While some have struggled with team moves in 2021, two of the next drivers in our top 20 ranking have shown how it’s done.
How well are the championship contenders’ team mates performing in 2021? Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez appear in part three of RaceFans’ mid-season Formula 1 driver rankings.
Part two of RaceFans’ rankings of all 20 Formula 1 drivers so far this season includes a struggling McLaren driver and the Alfa Romeo pair.
In one of the toughest years ever to be a rookie in F1, all three newcomers appear in the bottom places in our mid-season driver rankings.
Lewis Hamilton’s seventh world championship victory was his most emphatic to date, and he might have won even more races if he hadn’t caught Covid-19.
Unreliability meant Max Verstappen covered fewer racing laps than any driver over the 17-race championship, yet remarkably he came within nine points of beating a Mercedes.
Charles Leclerc repeatedly dragged Ferrari’s dismal SF1000 far higher than it deserved to be in qualifying, and bagged a few excellent race results with it when he had the chance.
Carlos Sainz Jnr took sixth in the points for the second year running, but without a series of misfortunes could easily have been fourth.
Daniel Ricciardo became a major threat in the midfield once Renault figured out how to get the best from its RS20.
Pierre Gasly’s 2020 campaign was impressive in far more ways than just his headline-grabbing Italian Grand Prix victory for AlphaTauri.
Sergio Perez conjured up the most sensational win of 2020, and did not deserve to be shown the door by his Racing Point team.
It wasn’t just Lewis Hamilton who Valtteri Bottas struggled to measure up against during 2020 – George Russell proved a threat too.
George Russell made the most of his one-off outing for Mercedes, but his consistently excellent qualifying performances at Williams never yielded a points finish.
After a strong first half of the season, Lando Norris had a tricky few races, but bounced back with an excellent drive at the finale.
Kevin Magnussen deserved a lot more from his final full season in Formula 1 than a single point after another trying year at Haas.
Kimi Raikkonen has now started more races than any F1 driver ever, but even his vast experience couldn’t overcome the shortcomings of his Alfa Romeo.
Despite making some gains, Daniil Kvyat was clearly out-classed by his team mate in 2020, and consequently lost his seat to a newcomer.
On his return to Formula 1 following a one-year absence, it took Esteban Ocon a long time to get on terms with team mate Daniel Ricciardo.
Lance Stroll’s season ran true to his usual form, down to the one-off giant-killing performance which he never looked like repeating the rest of the year.
Ninth in the season-opener proved Antonio Giovinazzi’s best result of the year. But he steadily improved in qualifying and matched his experienced team mate’s points haul.