Belgian GP driver ratings

In the last for Charles Leclerc.

This is a much-deserved first F1 victory for your youngster and a faultless weekend operation – from his staggering 0.7s advantage in qualifying, to the 44 laps of the race where he built a lead, then kept his composure when the Mercedes came charging.
What made this introduction win all the more astonishing was that Leclerc lost a friend in Anthoine Hubert on Saturday, together using the Ferrari driver admitting he had been additional focused to deliver the following day so that he can dedicate the race to the 22-year-old along with his loved ones.
Lewis Hamilton was outspoken in his praise Leclerc – that should have had three wins now – all year and called greater”devotion to come” following his landmark win on Sunday, while Sky F1’s Damon Hill predicted the”floodgates” will open.
“He’s already established himself faster then Sebastian Vettel,” added Hill of Leclerc, and it’s difficult to argue with that considering he’s out-qualified his own team-mate in the last six races.
Rating out of ten: 10
He missed out on success this year but Lewis Hamilton insisted that he was proud of his weekend – and it’s simple to see why.
Hamilton was in qualifying, and but for a couple laps he would have overtaken Leclerc of his improbable victories for a few. That could have been quite a feat considering Mercedes boss Toto Wolff claimed this was going to be”damage limitation” because of Ferrari’s flat-rate rate.
Actually Hamilton extended his championship lead nearly got lost due to Leclerc victory, while Max Verstappen is suddenly a whopping 87 points back but the Englishman is now 65 points ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
Rating from ten: 9
Valtteri Bottas renowned a brand Mercedes contract that was new at Spa and by defeating against Hamilton, he’d have hoped to justify the faith of his team. However, the weekend got going to the Finn.
He ended a tenth off Hamilton in qualifying despite his own team-mate’s P3 smash and, although his team regularly attempted to push him on and gee him up in the race,” Bottas wasn’t really in contention for the top two positions and finished 12s off turning down his engine overdue on.
Bottas hasn’t finished before Hamilton because the GP, although his triumph drought stretches back to round four of the season in Azerbaijan. He desperately wants to find his mojo.
Rating from ten: 7.5
This can be a one for Sebastian Vettel. Since that agonising penalty in Canada in June, Vettel has failed to out-qualify Leclerc and has two podium finishes from those six races.
Despite a worrying 0.7s deficit in qualifying, Vettel was well-placed for the race, second on the grid along with the advantage of slipstream, but a poor start enabled Hamilton by and, even though he passed the Mercedes, his lack of speed meant Ferrari pitted him early on. That meant a second stop was had by him that dropped him to fourth – .
Vettel does deserve credit, but because of his role in securing Leclerc the victory. When minding team orders with a minimum amount of fuss, he moved from his team-mate’s way, he held up Hamilton to get a couple of laps. That may well have been crucial.
Rating from ten: 6.5
Red Bull could not have asked for more from Alex Albon on his own debut. Among the struggles Pierre Gasly needed was making his way through the midfield but, despite having a tricky opening stint on mediums, Albon hauled to the things softs through the area – a spike that included several overtakes.
His moves on Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez, from Gasly, that finished fifth or higher twice in his 12 races at the Red Bull we seldom watched in particular, showcased wheel-to-wheel fearlessness.
A promising start.
Rating from ten: 9
Sergio Perez is back from the points following a career-long eight-race drought and it is no real surprise to see him return into the top 10 in Belgium, where he has three finishes. He was agonisingly near a fourth Sunday prior to being passed by Albon to the last lap.
“I moved into attack mode with lots of overtaking,” said Perez of the race after having several areas throughout the first-lap chaos.
Promisingly it appears like their lift overhaul was effective after securing only their second points finish of their year.
Rating out of ten: 8.5
Daniil Kvyat would be forgiven for feeling quite downbeat after being overlooked for a Red Bull advertising after the team chosen for Albon, who also the Russian out-qualified and out-scored within their 12 races . Charge for another powerful race-day performance, however, to Kvyat.
Much like Albon, Kvyat was pressured into a back-of-the-grid (well, 19th because of other penalties) followed and start his former team-mate onto the mediums. That gave him the soft tyre at the close of the race also, although passed by Albon, he gained six locations after that second stop – also getting before Gasly.
The battle involving Kvyat Albon and Gasly is one to consider over the following eight races of the season, with all Red Bull keen to choose one of them since the permanent team-mate of Max Verstappen from 2020 onwards.
Rating from ten: 9
the German confessed that he was lucky to score several points, although nico Hulkenberg was among the few drivers that made a two-stop race work on Sunday. He was and just entered the top 10 with two laps remaining.
Following a few days that are disappointing , but with Esteban Ocon verified as the replacement for second year of Hulk, he will certainly take the things .
Rating out of ten: 7.5
“We couldn’t be prouder of this guy, this weekend,” read a tweet by Honda about Monday after Pierre Gasly’s first race back using Toro Rosso. Ninth place was incredibly impressive, considering the circumstances. Not just was Gasly feeling the strain after Red Bull’s summertime axing, but he then had to come to terms with his friend Hubert’s death.
“I have grown up with this guy. I raced in karting with Charles and Anthoine since 2005,” said an understandably emotional Gasly following the race. “Afterward we lived in the same flat for five decades. We moved at precisely the classroom, to the identical school. I’ve known this guy so long and we shared so many minutes on track, and off track, particularly.”
Gasly deserves his own points and was unlucky to lose so many places at the last stages as he toiled on tyres, but fought in defence and attack during the race.
Rating out of ten: 8
He still made Q2, made six places up from the race although qualifying was always likely to be more half-hearted from Lance Stroll because of his grid penalty. He believed he could have gained more.
“It was a bit frustrating because I spent the whole race stuck in traffic, behind automobiles on various approaches,” said the Canadian. “It was tough to find clean atmosphere and actually push on.”
He has dropped two factors from the drivers’ standings.
Rating out of ten: 7
Lando Norris may have been fortunate to get six locations after Turn One, however, his drive then – functioning for 43 laps – meant he deserved the very best result of his career. An engine failure with 1 lap remaining cruelly refused. No wonder his wireless message was full of expletives.
Rating out of ten: 9
Another race day for Haas and Kevin Magnussen. The Dane began seventh, qualified 10th, and stayed in that position until Lap 9. But Magnussen’s Sunday began to fall apart as he lost six places. He never recovered after that. As he told Sky F1’s Martin Brundle before the race, so it is not that they aren’t using them whatsoever, although that their tyres are being used by Haas too much. A puzzle.
Rating out of ten: 6
It had been going better for Romain Grosjean as, following being out-qualified by Magnussen, he discovered himself up until his very first stop on Lap 15. After that, that the Frenchman believed he was aggressive. But that Haas simply appears to get rid of Grosjean’s pace vanished from the second half of this race so much so that he asked his team and also all downforce in visitors. “I’m very upset,” said Grosjean following the race.
Rating from ten: 6
Fourteenth doesn’t seem like a wonderful return, but Daniel Ricciardo needed a weekend that is remarkable. He qualified up in sixth for Renault and, despite having a five-place grid punishment, could have been confident of securing solid things. But his Renault was hit from behind into Turn One and then spent the rest of the race. While he had that car, Ricciardo was with under 10 laps at the top 10. Unlucky.
Rating out of ten: 7.5
George Russell began a 14th in Spa but was never likely with Williams anticipating this to be one of this year of the most troublesome weekends to stay there for long. Russell did finish before Robert Kubica again.
Rating out of ten: 6.5
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