The wet and dry 2022 Monaco Grand Prix saw Charles Leclerc lose to his team-mate, as well as both Red Bulls, as Sergio Perez took his first win of the season. But who impressed the judges – and who is at the top of the rankings now? Scroll down to see.
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Our panel of five judges assess each rider after each Grand Prix and rate them out of 10 based on their performance throughout the weekend – eliminating machines from the equation
Our expert scores are then averaged to produce a race score – these scores are then tallied throughout the season on our overall power ratings chart (at the bottom of the page)
A near-flawless Perez earned the highest score this weekend after skipping the Ferraris and keeping Sainz, and his Red Bull team-mate Verstappen, behind during a tough final stint on medium-grit tyres. There were a couple of close calls, with the Mexican nearly going – or recovering – through the hairpin, but he kept his cool in one of the toughest settings.
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Leclerc’s sensational pole position set him up for what looked like a likely first home win. But the rain meant the Monegasque driver would face a tough task to maintain his lead – and it proved, with Ferrari’s strategy crumbling and Red Bull taking the lead as Leclerc fell to fourth. The judges gave him a high score and there is no doubt that Leclerc was unlucky not to win both this Spanish GP and the previous one.
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Tonsillitis did little to deter Norris from a solid finish in Monaco. Qualifying a brilliant fifth, the McLaren driver managed to finish sixth on the road and take the bonus point for fastest lap while team-mate Ricciardo only managed to finish 13th. Additionally, Norris finished more than 30 seconds ahead of Alpine’s Alonso.
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Sainz was overqualified by Leclerc on Saturday after crashing into the Red Bull hit by eventual winner Perez. From second on the grid, it looked like the Spaniard had a chance to win the race had he not been compromised behind a latecomer on a lap out of the pits. His face said it all, really. But he got a pretty solid score from the judges and finished ahead of teammate Leclerc.
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Another top five for Russell, who really couldn’t have finished higher with the first to make it to the very end. The Mercedes driver’s pace puts him well ahead of the midfielders – 12 seconds ahead of sixth-placed Norris and nearly 40 seconds ahead of team-mate Hamilton.
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Verstappen failed to keep pace with team-mate Perez throughout the weekend, and that ultimately resulted in the Red Bull driver finishing third behind fellow Red Bull and Ferrari’s Sainz. The Dutchman still managed to take the last place on the podium after jumping poleman Leclerc and, above all, took the championship lead in Azerbaijan.
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He couldn’t keep up with Norris, but Alonso had a solid weekend nonetheless, qualifying seventh and finishing there – holding off a train of cars that included Hamilton. It was a calculated, albeit slightly infuriating display of driving for those following it, which secured some useful points for Alpine.
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Vettel made it through qualifying to enter Q3 and secure ninth place on the grid after the Aston Martin driver made an early mistake by losing a place to Ocon. His pace in the race was decent, although the four-time champion lost to Bottas and Ocon later. He was promoted in the points when the Alpine driver received a five-second penalty.
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Perhaps unfortunate to qualify 17th given the traffic late in Q1, Gasly got moving after an early pit stop for intermediate tyres. A display of confident pace around Monaco, with some brilliant passing, saw him move up to 12th but was stopped in his tracks when the red flags flew. The Frenchman was promoted to P11 when his compatriot Ocon took his penalty.
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Bottas couldn’t string together qualifying – perhaps no surprise given he was again hampered by reliability issues in Friday practice – but the Alfa Romeo driver was the one of the few to capitalize on the switch from rains to slicks and finished 10th. P9 was his reward when that five-second penalty hit Ocon.
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Magnussen missed the top 10 this week. The Haas rider retired with a power unit problem but, qualifying 13th, he edged out teammate Schumacher and ran 11th before reliability issues arose.