F1 2023 Brazilian GP – Driver Ratings

Here are our driver ratings for the 21st round of the 2023 Formula 1 season at the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo

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Max Verstappen enjoyed another Sunday to remember with victory in the 2023 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, with Lando Norris back on the podium after a race away with second.

Fernando Alonso came out as the victor from a nail-biting scrap between himself and Sergio Perez to secure the final spot on the rostrum, with Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz rounding off the top six.

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

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 Interlagos.

F1 Driver Ratings – Brazilian GP

Max Verstappen 9/10

Sprint finish: 1st; Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st

Brazil was yet another routine win for Verstappen after a near-perfect weekend, which saw him wrap up win number 17 of 2023.

Lando Norris 9/10

Sprint finish: 2nd; Qualifying: 7th – Race: 2nd

A really strong weekend from Norris, scoring his seventh podium of 2023, along with a second place in the Sprint after keeping Verstappen honest throughout. 

Fernando Alonso 9/10

Sprint finish: 11th; Qualifying: 4th – Race: 3rd

One of Alonso’s finest weekends in 2023 as he converted a good qualifying into his first podium since Zandvoort after a gladiatorial battle with Perez, which went down to the wire.

Fernando Alonso leads Sergio Perez of Red Bull at 2023 Brazilian GP | Aston Martin F1 Team

Sergio Perez 7.5/10

Sprint finish: 3rd; Qualifying: 9th – Race: 4th

Perez may have lost a podium on the line, but a clean weekend saw him take another step closer to securing second in the drivers’ championship.

Lance Stroll 8/10

Sprint finish: 12th; Qualifying: 3rd – Race: 5th

Arguably one of Stroll’s best performances of the season after timing his Qualifying run to perfection before driving a fine race and holding Sainz back in the closing stages despite a slow second stop.

Carlos Sainz 7/10

Sprint finish: 8th; Qualifying: 8th – Race: 6th

Sainz was behind Leclerc all weekend and had to defend for most of the Sprint due to tyre degradation. The race wasn’t much easier as he spent most of it wedged behind Stroll’s gearbox.

Pierre Gasly 8/10

Sprint finish: 13th; Qualifying: 13th [started 15th] – Race: 7th

It had been a grim weekend up until race day for Gasly, but from 15th, he showcased his class with a stellar comeback drive, scoring good points for Alpine

Lewis Hamilton 7/10

Sprint finish: 7th; Qualifying: 5th – Race: 8th

The honourary Brazilian had a frustrating ‘home’ race, spending most of the weekend dropping down the pack and could not defend his position due to the limitations of his car.

Sergio Perez overtakes Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the 2023 Brazilian GP | Mark Thompson/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Yuki Tsunoda 8/10

Sprint finish: 6th; Qualifying: 16th – Race: 9th

Tsunoda put his Mexico disappointment behind him with an excellent weekend in Brazil, scoring points in both races despite a slight trip across the grass in the GP, which cost him time.

Esteban Ocon 5.5/10

Sprint finish: 14th; Qualifying: 12th [started 14th] – Race: 10th

Ocon gave his mechanics plenty of headaches after having a clumsy crash in the Sprint shootout, but the alternative strategy in the race paid off, snatching a point from a tricky weekend. 

Logan Sargeant 5/10

Sprint finish: 20th; Qualifying: 19th – Race: 11th

Sargeant had a clean albeit unspectacular weekend and had been able to use the soft for the whole race but couldn’t reap the rewards from a race of attrition

Nico Hulkenberg 6/10

Sprint finish: 18th; Qualifying: 11th – Race: 12th

Hulkenberg was unlucky to miss out on Q3 by less than two-tenths, but the race saw him endure another frustrating afternoon with no pace and tyre woes. 

Daniel Ricciardo 5.5/10

Sprint finish: 9th; Qualifying: 17th – Race: 13th

A mistake in Q1 wrecked Ricciardo’s Qualifying and commenced a run of bad luck, which included him missing out on points in the Sprint and having a damaged car from Lap 1 in the race.

Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo of AlphaTauri during 2023 Brazilian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Oscar Piastri 6/10

Sprint finish: 10th; Qualifying: 10th – Race: 14th 

Piastri was caught out by the changing conditions in Qualifying and had his race kyboshed after being caught up in the opening lap pileup, leaving him to nurse a wounded car to the finish.

George Russell 6/10

Sprint finish: 4th; Qualifying: 6th [started 8th] – Race: DNF

Russell did himself no favours by impeding in the pitlane during Qualifying, picking up a two-place grid drop before enduring a miserable race which ended early because of a cooling issue.

Valtteri Bottas 5/10

Sprint finish: 19th; Qualifying: 18th – Race: DNF

Bottas had tried to ring everything out of his Alfa Romeo and briefly ran in the points in Sunday’s race before a technical issue cut a decent drive short.

Zhou Guanyu 4.5/10

Sprint finish: 17th; Qualifying: 20th – Race: DNF

Zhou didn’t have a great weekend in Brazil, Qualifying last and not doing much better in the Sprint. A chance to make amends in the race went with a technical issue.

Kevin Magnussen 5/10

Sprint finish: 16th; Qualifying: 14th – Race: DNF

Arriving a day late in Brazil was a bad omen of what was to come for Magnussen, as his first Q2 birth since Austin was followed by his race ending after a few hundred yards.

Alex Albon 6/10

Sprint finish: 15th; Qualifying: 15th – Race : DNF

It was a frustrating weekend for Albon as Williams’ lack of pace meant he was fighting a desperate battle to salvage points. A racing incident on Lap 1 meant he was left empty-handed.

Charles Leclerc 8.5/10

Sprint finish: 5th; Qualifying: 2nd – Race: DNS

If Leclerc had no luck, he wouldn’t have any luck, as a good qualifying was scuppered by a hydraulics failure on the formation lap, causing him to spin and not make the start.

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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