Max Verstappen was the top performer in the 2023 Formula 1 season, according to GPblog’s rankings, with an average score of 9.3, followed by Lando Norris and Alexander Albon, who scored 7.6 and 7.5 respectively.
‣ The 2023 Formula 1 season concluded with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and GPblog has ranked the drivers based on their performances throughout the season.
‣ Max Verstappen was the top performer of the season with a record 19 victories and an average score of 9.3.
‣ Lando Norris and Alexander Albon also had strong seasons, with Norris making a significant comeback after a rough start and Albon leading Williams to seventh place among constructors.
‣ Despite a mediocre start, Lewis Hamilton managed to rebound in the second half of the season, impressively securing third place among drivers.
The 2023 Formula 1 season has wrapped up with the conclusion of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Who were the standout performers? GPblog has been diligently grading the drivers after each Grand Prix, and a final ranking has emerged.
Topping the list is Verstappen, with an impressive 9.3. Verstappen dominated the 2023 Formula 1 season, setting a unique record with 19 victories. GPblog rewarded him with a ’10’ 12 times, resulting in an average of 9.3. His supremacy was evident throughout the year.
Norris is second with a 7.6. Despite a rocky start, Norris had a strong season at McLaren. The tide turned for McLaren from the Austrian Grand Prix onwards, with Norris leading the charge. However, he still has flaws to iron out if he wants to compete with Verstappen for the world title.
Albon and Alonso share the third spot with a 7.5. Albon had a solid season for Williams, emerging as the team’s leader and helping them reach seventh place among constructors. Alonso started his season strong with a string of podiums, but his form dipped as Aston Martin’s performance declined.
Hamilton is fifth with a 6.9. After a mediocre start, Hamilton rebounded in the second half of the season. His third place among drivers is a commendable achievement, and he particularly impressed by outperforming his teammate in the individual duel.
Leclerc is sixth with a 6.8. Despite a shaky season, Leclerc ended on a high with strong performances in Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi. However, he still needs to improve his race performance to match his speed over one lap.
Tsunoda, Hulkenberg, Lawson, Gasly, and Piastri all share the seventh spot with a 6.6. Tsunoda showed significant improvement this season, leading AlphaTauri. Hulkenberg made a strong comeback after a three-year hiatus, dominating his teammate from the get-go. Lawson made a good impression in his five Grand Prix appearances, even scoring points in his first race. Gasly had a solid debut year at Alpine, beating his teammate of four years. Piastri had an impressive rookie season, already picking up a pole and a victory in the sprint race.
Sainz and Bottas share the twelfth spot with a 6.5. Sainz had a solid season, despite ending on a low note in Abu Dhabi. Bottas had a colorless season, performing better than his teammate but not living up to expectations as a ten-time race winner.
Ocon and Russell are fourteenth and fifteenth with a 6.4 and 6.3, respectively. Ocon needs to step up his game to keep his place in F1, while Russell had a lean season marred by big mistakes.
Ricciardo and Zhou share the sixteenth spot with a 6.1. Ricciardo had a mixed season, starting strong but losing the duel to Tsunoda. Zhou narrowed the gap against Bottas but still has a long way to go.
Magnussen, De Vries, Perez, Stroll, and Sargeant round out the list. Magnussen was outclassed by his new teammate Hulkenberg, while De Vries failed to impress in his ten races with AlphaTauri. Perez had a disappointing season, jeopardizing his second place in the drivers’ championship. Stroll was outperformed by Alonso, costing Aston Martin the fourth spot in the constructors’ fight. Sargeant, the driver with the least pace in 2023, was the only driver to never finish ahead of his teammate in qualifying and races.
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