F1 2021: Controversial Driver Ratings Revealed
F1 2021

F1 2021: Controversial Driver Ratings Revealed

Hamilton and Verstappen are tied at the top of the overall rankings, but then it gets messy.

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Since they were added in F1 2020, driver ratings have always been a point of significant controversy among fans of the sport and of the game. It is little surprise, then, to see that some of the freshly announced F1 2021 driver ratings are causing a little bit of a stir. With a sport like Formula 1, it is always very difficult to dissect the driver’s performance from their car, and as such this area is always open to debate.

How does it work?

Each driver’s performance is broken down into four categories, and then these categories are all considered when coming up with the driver’s overall rating. Awareness, pace, racecraft and experience are the factors taken into account.

Experience is straightforward enough – it’s simply determined by how many races a driver has started in their career. With the other three, getting an accurate score is a little more difficult. Racecraft is measured by how many positions a driver gained or lost during a race, relative to what is expected for their grid position.

High awareness scores are granted to drivers skilled at avoiding penalties and incidents in races. Pace, the ultimate factor for any racing driver, is simply described as being a measure of the driver’s fastest lap times, compared to the overall fastest lap. For the overall rating, these four categories are calculated with a weighted average, with a bias applied to their pace score.

The Ratings

Two drivers are joint at the top with overall ratings of 95. Of course, they are Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Lewis is given the edge over Max on pace, and heads him comfortably in experience, but the Dutchman is stronger on both racecraft and awareness. The next highest rated driver, and this is where things get a little controversial, is Valterri Bottas with a score of 92. Bottas is certainly no slouch, but very few fans of the sport would argue that he is the third best driver in the field.

One driver who many would claim is the third best on the grid is  Charles Leclerc. However, the young Monegasque’s score of 88 puts him only ninth best overall and one point behind Sebastian Vettel, who he comfortably dealt with in 2020 when the two were teammates at Ferrari. Lando Norris’ breakout 2021 season is recognised with a rating of 91, putting him fourth best overall, and four full points ahead of his 2019 and 2020 teammate  Carlos Sainz Jr., who Norris rarely managed to get the better of.

In terms of experience, Kimi Räikkönen leads the way with his 338 race starts earning him a score of 99. In fact, he blitzes his teammate  Antonio Giovinazzi,  out-scoring him in every single category, despite the fact that the pair have generally been very closely matched over the last year at least.

Overview of all F1 2021 ratings

DriverOverallExperienceRacecraftAwarenessPace
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)8862888792
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)8769889485
Fernando Alonso(Alpine)8999899486
Esteban Ocon(Alpine)8660939879
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)8991938788
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)8362938282
Lando Norris (McLaren)9160969989
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)9080949188
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)9569969697
Sergio Perez (Red Bull)8781928487
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-AMG Petronas)9592948998
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes-AMG Petronas)9275899992
George Russell (Williams)8460769983
Nicholas Latifi (Williams)7155697970
Mick Schumacher (Haas)7647658183
Nikita Mazepin (Haas)6747657866
Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo)8799918486
Antonio (Alfa Romeo)7954828280
Pierre Gasly (Alphatauri)9059929989
Yuki Tsunoda (Alphatauri)8246887886

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Jacob Hancox
My name is Jacob and I have been writing for OverTake since November of 2020. I come from the UK, but I'm now living in Berlin. I love to watch, write about and sometimes shout about all forms of racing.