Top 5 drivers after the Brazilian Grand Prix
The latest Power Rankings were announced on the official Formula One website on Wednesday, three days after that awe-inspiring Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit. Points are assigned to the drivers by experts based on their performance on the track across the weekend, which could be used to determine the driver’s current form.
1) Max Verstappen:
Max Verstappen retains his top stop after that brilliant drive at the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix, which he almost won. The Dutchman finished the race in the second place, less than 1.5 seconds behind the world champion Lewis Hamilton. Currently, Max Verstappen is fifth in the drivers’ championship, three points behind Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas. Another driver like that at the Abu Dabhi Grand Prix would allow him to get past his Finnish adversary.
2) Lewis Hamilton:
Lewis Hamilton put on a wonderful show during qualifying, securing yet another pole position in the 2018 Formula One season. The five-time world champion started the race well and held the lead during the initial stages of the Grand Prix before surrendering the lead to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. However, after the halfway mark, the British driver regained his lead as the Dutchman got into a scuffle with Force India’s Esteban Ocon. Since then, Hamilton held on to his position and took home his second win at this track despite the late surge by Verstappen. Lewis Hamilton is already the 2018 World Champion and a win at the final race of the season at Abu Dabhi would allow him to finish the season on a high with an eleventh race win in the 2018 season.
3) Daniel Ricciardo:
Ricciardo endured a frustrating qualifying session that saw him start the race from the eleventh place due to a grid penalty. Before the penalty, the Australian took the sixth spot, only 0.002 seconds behind his teammate Max Verstappen. Unfettered by his bad luck, Ricciardo, like his teammate, showed tremendous race pace and zoomed past the chequered flag to take a brilliant fourth place.
4) Kimi Raikkonen:
Raikkonen started the race from the fourth spot, less than 0.5 seconds behind the polesitter Lewis Hamilton. The Finn continued the mesmerizing form that he had found in the recent past and held onto his position for most of Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen’s firm driver helped him to cruise to his second consecutive third-place finish, which was also his third successive podium. Another podium finish at the Abu Dabhi Grand Prix would be the perfect parting gift for Kimi Raikkonen, who will switch places with Charles Leclerc for the 2019 season.
5) Charles Leclerc:
After that spectacular show both during the qualifying session and the race, Charles Leclerc gains a spot and moves to the fifth place on the Power Rankings table. The Monegasque racing driver put on a breath-taking flying lap during the dying stages of Q2 under tricky track conditions to leapfrog into Q3, where he went on to finish the session in the eighth place.