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F1 2022

Rising stars impress as F1 panel name top drivers of the season so far

Max Verstappen leads the F1 Power Rankings at the summer break, followed by two drivers who are likely to join him in shaping the future of F1.

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Max Verstappen is confirmed as the F1 Power Rankings leader at the summer break, followed by up-and-coming drivers Charles Leclerc and George Russell.

After his eighth win of the season, the Red Bull driver retains his lead at the top of the table with a rating of 8.8.

Championship rival Leclerc is second on 8.3, with Mercedes' Russell in third and scoring 8.0, just ahead of his seven-time World Champion teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Every race weekend, the five judges grade every driver from one to 10, based on the driver performances and taking into account the relative level of each car.

For example, Lando Norris finishing in seventh place behind the top three teams (Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes) could theoretically earn him the best score of the weekend, as the best-placed midfield driver.

The scores are then averaged over the course of the season to create the Power Rankings, which are unveiled after every race weekend.

According to the Power Rankings, here are the top 10 drivers from the first half of the season:

F1 POWER RANKINGS AFTER FIRST HALF OF SEASON

Position Driver Rating
1. Verstappen 8.8
2. Leclerc 8.3
3. Russell 8.0
4. Hamilton 7.9
5. Norris 7.7
6. Alonso 7.5
7. Sainz 7.3
8. Perez 7.3
9. Ocon 7.1
10. Magnussen 7.0

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