F1 2023 Driver Ratings – British Grand Prix

Here are our driver ratings for the 11th round of the 2023 Formula 1 season at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone


Although McLaren frightened him during the opening laps at Silverstone, Max Verstappen finally won the 2023 British Grand Prix, with Lando Norris an excellent second and Lewis Hamilton third.

Oscar Piastri gave Australian sports fans something to cheer about with a fourth place finishing, coming in ahead of George Russell and Sergio Perez.

Total-Motorsport.com rate all 20 drivers based on their qualifying and race performances at the British GP.

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 ratings solely look at how well the drivers got on throughout the weekend in Britain.

F1 Driver Ratings – British GP 2023

Max Verstappen 8.5/10

Started: 1st – Finished: 1st

Far from flawless for Verstappen after bungling the start and crashing in the pits during qualifying, but once past Norris, the race was a routine cruise to victory.

Max Verstappen of Red Bull celebrates winning the 2023 British Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Lando Norris 9/10

Started: 2nd – Finished: 2nd

A superb home weekend for Norris at Silverstone, who gave Verstappen a freight during the opening laps before holding onto second despite Hamilton’s late attacks.

Lewis Hamilton 7.5/10

Started: 7th – Finished: 3rd

Crowd power may have tried to give him an extra tenth, but Hamilton wasn’t happy with the W14 at Silverstone after a poor star didn’t help, so his surprise third-place finish will mean much more.

Oscar Piastri 8/10

Started: 3rd – Finished: 4th

Fourth on paper would have looked like an excellent result for Piastri if only an unlucky safety car hadn’t cost him a maiden podium.

George Russell 7/10

Started: 6th – Finished: 5th

Like his teammate, Russell was limited to what he could achieve from Silverstone, but after making the softs go longer and making a bold move on Leclerc at Luffield, more good points were secured.

Sergio Perez 4.5/10

Started: 15th – Finished: 6th

Yet another poor qualifying session put Perez on the backfoot for the race, and with dirty air making overtaking a rarity, he couldn’t challenge for the rostrum.

Sergio Perez speaks to his engineer Hugh Bird ahead of the 2023 British GP | Mark Thompson / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Fernando Alonso 7/10

Started: 9th – Finished: 7th 

Another quiet but productive weekend for Alonso as Aston’s lack of pace at Silverstone was laid bare, making him work extra hard to hold off the Ferraris.

Alex Albon 8/10

Started: 8th – Finished: 8th

Williams and Albon were one of the biggest stories from Silverstone, duly getting back into the points with a fine drive.

Charles Leclerc 6.5/10

Started: 4th – Finished: 9th

Leclerc could not repeat his Austria heroics, as Ferrari’s struggles in high-speed corners were laid bare. Pity as damp conditions may have seen him challenge Verstappen for victory.

Carlos Sainz 6/10

Started: 5th – Finished: 10th 

Sainz didn’t enjoy the rub of the green at Silverstone, but he didn’t help himself by losing three places in two corners, followed by a squeeze on Gasly at Copse which irritated the Frenchman.

Logan Sargeant 6/10

Started: 14th – Finished: 11th

Arguably Sargeant’s best F1 weekend to date, making Q2 for the first time since Baku and finishing 11th with a solid albeit unspectacular drive.

Logan Sargeant of Williams during 2023 British Grand Prix practice | Williams F1 Team

Valtteri Bottas 5.5/10

Started: 20th – Finished: 12th 

Disqualified from qualifying for a technical issue, Bottas had it all to do in the race, and points were again out of reach.

Nico Hulkenberg 6/10

Started: 11th – Finished: 13th

An extra two-tenths could have secured Q3 for Hulkenberg and changed his weekend,  but the Haas’ lack of pace made it virtually impossible. The race was frustrating after suffering from front wing damage early in the first stint.

Lance Stroll 3/10

Started: 12th – Race: 14th

Stroll’s worst weekend since Monaco after a catalogue of errors, the worst being an unforgivable move on Gasly, which earned him a penalty.

Zhou Guanyu 5/10

Started: 17th – Race: 15th

Quiet one for Zhou as neither he nor Alfa Romeo could contend for the points-paying positions.

Yuki Tsunoda 5/10

Started: 16th – Race: 16th 

AlphaTauri’s lack of progress with its new upgrade package condemned Tsunoda to another frustrating weekend where securing points was a fantasy rather than a reality.

Nyck de Vries 3.5/10

Started: 18th – Race: 17th

With his job on the line, de Vries needed a good result, and he did nothing to dispel those rumours after being out-qualified and out-raced by his teammate on his way to last.

Pierre Gasly 6.5/10

Started: 10th – Finished: DNF

Gasly had worked his way up to ninth before a VSC meant he had it all to do if he wanted points. Sadly Stroll’s clumsy move on the exit of the chicane prevented that from happening.

Kevin Magnussen 4/10

Started: 19th – Finished: DNF

A real horror show for Magnussen, having his qualifying cut short due to an oil pressure issue before a frustrating race ended courtesy of an engine failure.

Esteban Ocon 5/10

Started: 13th – Finished: DNF 

More misery for Ocon after failing to make Q2 after running over a damp patch before a hydraulic leak ended his day on Lap 10.

Where is the next F1 2023 race?

With the F1 circus finished at Silverstone, we move on to the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, which will be held at the Hungaroring, Budapest, over the weekend of July 21-23.

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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