F1 Driver Ratings – Emilia Romagna GP 2024

Total-Motorsport.com assesses the performances of all 20 drivers from the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola


Max Verstappen returned to the top of the podium after seeing off a late challenge from Lando Norris to win the Formula 1 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday. Here are the F1 Driver Ratings from Imola.

The Red Bull driver overcame issues with a lack of grip and a low battery to take the checkered flag – having lost out to Norris in Miami a fortnight ago.

It capped a fine weekend for the Dutchman, who also celebrated eight consecutive pole positions to equal Ayrton Senna and won his 24-hour virtual sim race with Team Redline. But it was far from routine after Norris finished within a second of him at the finish line.

Total-Motorsport.com’s F1 2024 Emilia Romagna GP Driver Ratings assesses all 20 drivers based on their Qualifying and Grand Prix performances.

Race winner Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Race winner Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 2024 Emilia Romagna GP Driver Ratings

Max Verstappen 9.5/10

Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st

Having sneaked onto pole to equal Ayrton Senna’s record of eight consecutive poles, Verstappen put a sizeable gap between himself and Norris before the McLaren star chiseled away towards the end. But he held on, keeping Norris not only behind him but also out of DRS. That composure proves why he’s the greatest driver in F1 right now.

Lando Norris 9.5/10

Qualifying: 2nd – Race: 2nd

Another fantastic display from a driver who is staking his claim as the best of the rest behind Verstappen. Picked up a fourth Driver of the Day award of the season for his efforts and with one lap more might have caught the Red Bull star. Sensational from the Briton.

Charles Leclerc 8.5/10

Qualifying: 3rd – Race: 3rd

Wasn’t brave enough under braking at Turn 1 when Norris opened the door and paid the price as he couldn’t keep up with the McLaren, which he explained was due to a power issue. Otherwise, he brought home another solid podium for Ferrari – he still hasn’t finished below fourth this season – and beat his team-mate for most of the weekend.

Carlos Sainz 8/10

Qualifying: 4th – Race: 5th

Defended superbly from Piastri after being chased by the Australian again, just two weeks after their collision in Miami. Ferrari’s odd strategy choice saw him come out behind Piastri after being undercut and he was unable to reel in Piastri towards the end of the race.

Oscar Piastri 8.5/10

Qualifying: 5th – Race: 4th

A superb qualifying display was wrecked by a three-place grid penalty for impeding Kevin Magnussen, although the blame was more on the team than the 23-year-old. He made amends as well in the race, showing his quickness in the MCL-44 behind Sainz and eventually leapfrogged him with a well-executed pit strategy.

Oscar Piastri during practice for the 2024 Emilia Romagna GP | McLaren
Oscar Piastri at the 2024 Emilia Romagna GP | McLaren

George Russell 8/10

Qualifying: 6th – Race: 7th

On paper, he finished behind Lewis Hamilton but that doesn’t tell the story. Even if Hamilton was quicker, he couldn’t get close enough to line up a pass on Russell. Instead, Mercedes pulled off a fine piece of strategy to snatch the fastest lap from Sergio Perez by pitting Russell, who gained an extra point for the team despite losing one himself.

Yuki Tsunoda 7/10

Qualifying: 7th – Race: 10th

Surprised everyone with a hugely impressive lap time in Q2 to go third fastest before struggling to repeat that in Q3. He also made a brilliant overtake on Logan Sargeant stick in the middle stint, and if Red Bull are watching, they would have taken note of another stellar drive from the Japanese.

Lewis Hamilton 7.5/10

Qualifying: 8th – Race: 6th

The crucial thing was passing Tsunoda on the first lap and that allowed him to bridge a gap to the Japanese and Hulkenberg – two drivers he has been stuck behind on several occasions this year. Generally the quicker of the two Mercedes drivers in clean air, before making a critical error when driving onto the gravel – and he lost a huge chunk of time as a result.

Lewis Hamilton during 2024 Emilia Romagna GP practice at Imola | Mercedes / LAT Images
Lewis Hamilton finished sixth at the 2024 Emilia Romagna GP at Imola | Mercedes / LAT Images

Daniel Ricciardo 6/10

Qualifying: 9th – Race: 13th

Lost two places at the start and that cost the Australian badly as he was caught up in the DRS train behind Hulkenberg. Even when he put on fresh rubber, the RB driver couldn’t find the pace to get ahead of his midfield rivals. Still waiting for his first points on a Sunday.

Nico Hulkenberg 6.5/10

Qualifying: 10th – Race: 11th

Gained two places at the start but fell down the order after. It’s clear the Imola track wasn’t suited to Haas this weekend as Hulkenberg was more the cork in the bottle than anything, but he is still yet to finish below 11th this season, which shouldn’t be sniffed at.

Sergio Perez 5/10

Qualifying: 11th – Race: 8th

Started on the hard tyre after a poor qualifying display in which he was beaten by both RB drivers. Went off into the gravel to ruin his strategy and he even struggled as a buffer to keep rivals behind him. Made up places on the medium tyre at the end, but he’s miles off where he needs to be just when he needs to perform to earn a drive for Red Bull in 2025.

Esteban Ocon 5/10

Qualifying: 12th – Race: 14th

What was meant to be a transformative weekend for Alpine turned out to be more of the same. Ocon was faster in qualifying than some might have expected, but the Frenchman didn’t have the pace to challenge for the points.

Lance Stroll 7/10

Qualifying: 13th – Race: 9th

Aside from a strange incident where he appeared to simply allow Hamilton pass him for position, Stroll’s strategy worked a treat and he took home some valuable points, looking particularly quick in the final stint.

Alex Albon 5/10

Qualifying: 14th – Race: DNF

After signing a new long-term contract with the team, Albon would have hoped to turn the corner. But it was another disastrous weekend for the Williams driver after experiencing an issue in FP1 and a botched pit-stop that effectively ruined his race.

Pierre Gasly 4.5/10

Qualifying: 15th – Race: 16th

When you’re driving for a team that is struggling, you don’t want to be the worst of the two drivers. But it’s clear that whatever Alpine’s issues are, Gasly isn’t helping them after another miserable race.

Valtteri Bottas 4/10

Qualifying: 16th – Race: 18th

Bottas says his representatives are in talks with other teams, but who would want the Finn when he is finishing behind Zhou and Logan Sargeant on pure pace?

Logan Sargeant 4/10

Qualifying: 17th – Race: 17th

Even if Albon’s problems will mask his performance, coming third-last isn’t going to be enough to save him from the chop as Williams look to improve their lineup for 2025.

Zhou Guanyu 5/10

Qualifying: 18th – Race: 15th

Even if he is fighting a losing battle for his future, Zhou is now 3-2 up on Bottas in their head to head battle. That may be something for Sauber to ponder if they can’t sign Sainz for 2025.

Kevin Magnussen 7/10

Qualifying: 19th – Race: 12th

All eyes were on the Dane with the threat of race ban looming. But he kept it clean at Imola and made up seven places in the race – more than any other driver – after an excellent 40-lap run on the medium tyre in the first stint.

Fernando Alonso ahead of the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola
Fernando Alonso finished last at the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola | Aston Martin F1 Team

Fernando Alonso 3/10

Qualifying: 20th – Race: 19th

The Spaniard started from the pit lane after hitting the barrier on a rare off day in qualifying. And he experienced more misery in the race, with the soft tyre failing to give him a pace advantage at the back. Finishing last of the 19 runners is his worst result since returning to F1 in 2021, ending a run of nine consecutive points finishes.

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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