POWER RANKINGS: Who's up and who's down after the 2022 Australian Grand Prix?
Charles Leclerc dominated at Albert Park – but who else impressed in Melbourne? The Power Rankings scores from our judges are in from the 2022 Australian Grand Prix.
How it works
Our five-judge panel assess each driver after every Grand Prix and score them out of 10 according to their performance across the weekend – taking machinery out of the equation
Our experts’ scores are then averaged out to produce a race score – with those scores then tallied up across the season on our overall Power Rankings Leaderboard (at the bottom of the page)
Charles Leclerc scored a perfect 10 from the judges, completing a grand slam – pole, fastest lap, and every lap led on his way to the top – Down Under. He leads the standings and, for the second time in three races, took victory – and our judges' plaudits.
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 thanks to a fuel sample issue – to make it to P10, giving Williams their first point of the season. The team's inspired strategy could have fallen flat without his sound execution.
Lando Norris nailed his and McLaren's first Q3 apperance of the season and brought home points once again, leading team mate Daniel Ricciardo with an assured performance. The 22-year-old barely put a foot wrong at Albert Park and took home the third-highest Power Rankings score.
Another podium for Mercedes – this time George Russell netting his first top-three for the Silver Arrows. The ex-Williams racer qualified alongside Lewis Hamilton but leapfrogged his team mate thanks to a pit stop during the Safety Car, and brought home a much-needed result for the team.
Max Verstappen didn't finish the race but qualified second and maximised his opportunity to remain there right until the Red Bull RB18 gave up on him moments from the end of the race. The Dutchman drove an almost faultless race and came away empty-handed.
Sergio Perez scored the same as team mate Verstappen according to our judges, but the Mexican was the one to take P2 on Sunday. Perez qualified third and got the better of both Mercedes on track, picking up the pieces for his team in an assured performance.
Lewis Hamilton netted the same Power Rankings score as the Red Bull drivers, though the Mercedes finished fourth on Sunday having missed out on the chance to pit during the Safety Car. Outqualifying Russell, Hamilton was in front until that inopportune tyre stop – but that did little to detract from his Power Rankings score.
Fernando Alonso finished last on the grid on a Sunday that saw his alternate strategy fail to pay off, but the Spaniard showed brilliant pace throughout the weekend. Starting 10th on the grid, he had the pace for far better before his Alpine cut out at Turn 11. On Sunday, the Safety Car interventions didn't fall his way and left him ruing his luck once again.
Home hero Daniel Ricciardo netted his first points of the season for McLaren in a much-improved display, qualifying seventh and finishing sixth ahead of Alpine's Esteban Ocon – and just four-tenths behind team mate Norris. It was a solid showing that now serves as a benchmark for the Australian in 2022.
Valtteri Bottas just about outqualified team mate Zhou Guanyu on Saturday, but the ex-Mercedes driver put in a strong Sunday performance to take P8 for Alfa Romeo, bouncing back from an unfortunate DNF at Jeddah. Bottas seems to have got to grips with life at his new employers remarkably fast.
Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon were the pair to miss out on the top 10 in Australia – though both drivers came home in the points for AlphaTauri and Alpine, respectively.