POWER RANKINGS: Who is on top and who is on bottom after 2022 Australian Grand Prix?

Charles Leclerc dominated at Albert Park – but who else impressed in Melbourne? Our judges’ power ranking results are from the 2022 Australian Grand Prix.

How it works

  • Our panel of five judges each rider after each Grand Prix, scoring them out of 10 based on their performance over the weekend – taking the machines out of the equation

  • Our experts’ scores are then averaged to create a race score – and these scores are then added together across the season on our overall performance rankings (bottom of page).

Charles Leclerc scored a perfect 10 from the judges and completed a Grand Slam – pole, fastest lap, and every lap led on his way to the top – Down Under. He leads the overall standings and clinched victory for the second time in three races – and the applause of our jury.

READ MORE: 6 winners and 5 losers of the Australian Grand Prix – who got the crowd going in Melbourne?


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Alex Albon drove an incredible race from P20 on the grid – carrying a penalty from the previous race and then being disqualified from qualifying in Australia due to a problem with a fuel sample – to make it to P10 and give Williams their first point of the season . The team’s ingenious strategy could have failed without its solid execution.

READ MORE: Albon says P10 finish was ‘unimaginable’ before executing inspired strategy in Australia


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Lando Norris mastered his and McLaren’s first Q3 appearance of the season to take points home again, leading teammate Daniel Ricciardo with a safe performance. The 22-year-old hardly made a mistake at Albert Park and took home the third-highest power ranking score.

WATCH: Albon and Norris’ hilarious post-race takeover of the Australian Grand Prix


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Another podium for Mercedes – this time George Russell got his first top three for the Silver Arrows. The ex-Williams racer qualified alongside Lewis Hamilton but overtook his team-mate thanks to a pit stop during the safety car, bringing home a much-needed result for the team.

READ MORE: Russell says maiden Mercedes podium and second in Championship is ‘pretty crazy’


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Max Verstappen did not finish the race but qualified second and took his chance to stay there until the Red Bull RB18 gave him up near the end of the race. The Dutchman drove an almost flawless race and went away empty-handed.

READ MORE: ‘If you want to fight for the title, these things can’t happen’ – Verstappen frustrated by ‘unacceptable’ Melbourne retirement


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Sergio Perez scored the same as teammate Verstappen according to our judges, but the Mexican was the one to claim P2 on Sunday. Perez qualified third and got the better of both Mercedes on track, picking up the pieces for his team with a safe performance.

READ MORE: “We couldn’t match Ferrari at any point,” says Perez after saving P2 for Red Bull


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Lewis Hamilton tied the same power rankings as the Red Bull drivers despite the Mercedes finishing fourth on Sunday after missing a chance to pit during the safety car. Hamilton surpassed Russell and was in the lead until that inopportune tire stop – but that did little to dent his power ranking result.

READ MORE: Hamilton explains ‘difficult position’ radio call after coming home behind Russell in Melbourne


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Fernando Alonso finished last on the grid on a Sunday when his alternative strategy didn’t pay off, but the Spaniard showed brilliant pace all weekend. He started 10th on the grid and had the pace for much more before his Alpine stalled at Turn 11. On Sunday the safety car interventions didn’t get in the way and he lost his luck again.

READ MORE: Alonso ‘speechless’ after weekend to leave him last in Melbourne


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Local hero Daniel Ricciardo picked up his first points of the season for McLaren in a much-improved performance, qualifying seventh and finishing sixth ahead of Alpine’s Esteban Ocon – and just four tenths off teammate Norris. It was a solid performance that now serves as the benchmark for the Australian in 2022.

READ MORE: Ricciardo relieved to avoid another ‘painful home race’ as he delivered P6 in front of Australian fans


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Valtteri Bottas narrowly outperformed teammate Zhou Guanyu on Saturday, but the ex-Mercedes driver put in a strong performance on Sunday, taking P8 for Alfa Romeo after suffering an unfortunate retirement at Jeddah. Bottas seems to have settled surprisingly quickly with his new employer.

READ MORE: Bottas hails Alfa Romeo’s performance after finishing P8 in Melbourne

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Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon were the pair to miss out on the top 10 in Australia – despite both riders coming home in the points for AlphaTauri and Alpine respectively.

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