Austrian Grand Prix Driver Ratings: Mixed Performances and Penalties Galore
The Austrian Grand Prix was a challenging race for many drivers, with penalties for track limit violations dominating the headlines. Here are the driver ratings for the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix, as rated by PlanetF1.com:
Max Verstappen: 9/10 Verstappen had another dominant weekend, topping every session. He fended off a strong challenge from his teammate in the sprint race and took a commanding victory in the main race, securing his fifth successive win.
Charles Leclerc: 8/10 Leclerc showed good pace, leading the race briefly after a strategic pit stop. However, he couldn’t hold off Verstappen and finished second. He questioned why his teammate had more pace early on in the race.
Sergio Perez: 6.5/10 Perez struggled in qualifying, receiving multiple warnings for track limit violations. He made his way through the field to finish on the podium, but his performance was overshadowed by his teammate’s dominance.
Lando Norris: 9/10 Norris had an excellent drive, showcasing the improvements from the upgrades applied to his car. He showed potential for a podium finish but ultimately couldn’t match the pace of the Red Bulls and Ferraris. He received credit for avoiding in-race penalties.
Fernando Alonso: 7.5/10 Alonso started in P7 and had an unconventional strategy with early pit stops. He finished in fifth place but lacked the pace to challenge the cars that pitted later.