F1 2023 Abu Dhabi GP – Driver Ratings

Here are our driver ratings for the final round of the 2023 Formula 1 season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Find out how the F1 drivers ranked at Yas Marina


Max Verstappen ended the 2023 Formula 1 season in fine style with a dominant victory for Red Bull in Sunday’s 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc finished his 2023 campaign on a high with a second place, whilst George Russell, who made his first trip to the podium since June’s Spanish GP, with third.

Total-Motorsport.com’s driver ratings for the 2023 Abu Dhabi GP assesses all 20 drivers based on their qualifying and race performances in Abu Dhabi.

Team errors such as a slow pit stop or poor strategy do not affect our ratings as they are no fault of the drivers. Instead, our driver ratings solely look at how well the drivers got on throughout the weekend in Yas Marina.

F1 Driver Ratings – Abu Dhabi GP

Max Verstappen 9/10

Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st

The perfect end to a near-perfect season for Verstappen, who dominated once again to secure win number 19 of 2023.

Race winner Max Verstappen poses for a photo with his team after 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Charles Leclerc 8.5/10

Qualifying: 2nd – Race: 2nd

Another excellent weekend for Leclerc, narrowly missing out on pole before driving a well-executed race to second. 

George Russell 8/10

Qualifying: 4th – Race: 3rd

A good weekend to cap off an unhappy season for Russell, dragging his Mercedes onto the podium for the first time since Spain, helping the team secure second in the constructors championship.

Sergio Perez 6.5/10

Qualifying: 9th – Race: 4th

Once again, track limits were a bane of Perez’s weekend, but he had no one else to blame but himself for throwing away a podium after making contact with Norris, earning him a five-second penalty.

Lando Norris 7/10 

Qualifying: 5th – Race: 5th

A slight moment in Qualifying cost Norris pole position, but despite a slow first stop, a good recovery drive allowed him to end his season on a high.

Oscar Piastri 7.5/10

Qualifying: 3rd – Race: 6th

Piastri’s rookie season ends with another solid weekend and his first top-six finish since Qatar. 

Fernando Alonso 7/10

Qualifying: 7th – Race: 7th

Not quite the ending Alonso had envisioned at the start of 2023, but another solid haul of points saw him end his most successful season since 2013 with fourth in the drivers standings.

Yuki Tsunoda 8.5/10

Qualifying: 6th – Race: 8th

Tsunoda was one of the stars of the Abu Dhabi weekend, putting his AlphaTauri on the third row of the grid before driving an excellent race, which included a brief stint in the lead. 

Lewis Hamilton 6/10

Qualifying: 11th – Race: 9th

Hamilton will be happy to see the back of the W14, as he was once again knocked out in Q2 before salvaging a couple of points from a tricky race.

Lewis Hamilton on track in free practice ahead of the 2023 Abu Dhabi GP | LAT Images / Mercedes F1 Team

Lance Stroll 6/10

Qualifying: 13th – Race: 10th

Stroll continued a season-long trend of struggling to match his teammate before driving a steady race to hold Ricciardo off in the closing stages for the final point.

Daniel Ricciardo 6/10

Qualifying: 15th – Race: 11th

The end of Ricciardo’s comeback season saw him nearly snatch a point in the closing stages but he simply had too much to do after an early stop and a poor qualifying.

Esteban Ocon 6/10

Qualifying: 12th – Race: 12th

Ocon had been struggling with illness heading into the season finale, but he was passed fit to drive and produced a decent race even if he received no reward for his efforts.

Pierre Gasly 6.5/10

Qualifying: 10th – Race: 13th

Gasly overcame tyre troubles to secure a second consecutive Q3 appearance, only for a poor strategy and contact with Hamilton to end all chance of points.

Alex Albon 6/10

Qualifying: 14th – Race: 14th

It was a tame end to a superb season for Albon, who dragged his Williams into Q2 but couldn’t trouble the top 10.

Nico Hulkenberg 6.5/10

Qualifying: 8th – Race: 15th

Abu Dhabi was another weekend where Hulkenberg punched above its weight only to struggle in the race because of his car’s poor race pace.

Logan Sargeant 4/10

Qualifying: 20th – Race: 16th

Sargeant cost himself a place in Q2 with multiple track limit infringements, lumping him to the back of the field, where he stayed until the chequered flag.

Zhou Guanyu 5/10

Qualifying: 19th – Race: 17th

Zhou was anonymous in Abu Dhabi as Alfa Romeo struggled for speed, leaving him to trundle around at the tail end of the field.

Carlos Sainz 3.5/10

Qualifying: 16th – Race: 18th

Sainz saved his worst for last, as a crash in FP2 meant he was playing catch-up. A Q1 exit meant he would have to play rear gunner in Ferrari’s failed bid to secure second in the constructors.

Valtteri Bottas 5/10

Qualifying: 18th – Race: 19th

Bottas tried to make a 30-lap stint on hards work with nothing to lose, but ultimately, it was a fruitless task and made the rest of his race a cruise.

Kevin Magnussen 4/10

Qualifying: 17th – Race: 20th

The only silver lining from Abu Dhabi for Magnussen is that he won’t have to drive the VF-23 again after another awful weekend.

Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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