F1 2024 Miami GP – Driver Ratings

Lando Norris celebrated a memorable victory for McLaren, here are the F1 Driver Ratings from the 2024 Miami GP

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Lando Norris claimed his first victory in Formula 1 in a thrilling race at the 2024 Miami Grand Prix on Sunday, so how does that affect the Miami GP Driver Ratings for the race in Florida.

The McLaren driver qualified fifth on the grid but pitted at the right time with the safety car deployed to take the lead and managed to fend off Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. The 24-year-old took the checkered flag for the first time at the 110th attempt after 15 previous podium finishes.

Charles Leclerc joined Norris and Verstappen on the podium as the temperatures soared in Florida, as the Ferrari star finished ahead of Sergio Perez after Carlos Sainz picked up a penalty.

Elsewhere on the grid, Visa Cash App RB took their biggest haul of the season away with 12 points from Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo across the sprint race and main event on Sunday.

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

Lando Norris after winning the 2024 Miami GP | McLaren F1 Team
Lando Norris after winning the 2024 Miami GP | McLaren F1 Team

F1 2024 Miami GP Driver Ratings

Max Verstappen 8.5/10

Qualifying: 1st – Race: 2nd

From the first minute in FP1 on Friday, Verstappen complained about the lack of grip in Miami and Red Bull couldn’t find the answer all weekend. The 26-year-old felt he had benefited from his rivals’ mistakes to seal the Sprint qualifying and race double, but damage sustained to the car – from his own decision to cut the chicane – meant he was never likely to catch Norris on older tyres.

Charles Leclerc 8/10

Qualifying: 2nd – Race: 3th

This was the smoothest weekend the Monegasque has had in a while and overall, the Ferrari driver will be happy with how he performed. He was always in contention, keeping within touching distance of Max Verstappen and Oscar Piastri at the front, and finishing clear of Sainz on podium after their battle in China will be the cherry on top for Leclerc.

Carlos Sainz 7/10

Qualifying: 3rd – Race: 5th

The Spaniard cut a frustrated figure on the radio after tussling with Piastri and, while he had every right to feel aggrieved, it pointed to his mental fragility. He got too flustered in the Miami heat and paid the price, taking his revenge on Piastri too far and picking up a five-second penalty after the race after causing a collision.

Carlos Sainz during 2024 Miami Grand Prix | Ferrari
Carlos Sainz during 2024 Miami Grand Prix | Ferrari

Sergio Perez 7/10

Qualifying: 4th – Race: 4th

Only the Mexican will know how close he came to wiping out Verstappen and Sainz at Turn 1 after locking up his brakes, and it compromised his entire race as he struggled for grip with flat-spotted tyres in the first stint. He wasn’t really ever competitive in challenging the Ferraris, and benefited from the stewards’ decision to penalise Sainz after the race.

Lando Norris 10/10

Qualifying: 5th – Race: 1st

When you upstage Verstappen in the RB20 rocketship, you know you’ve done an outstanding job. So, take your cap off, Lando, and savour this special drive. It would be lazy to suggest the Briton wouldn’t have won without the luck of the safety car. The truth is he stretched the first stint on the mediums, kept Verstappen at bay on the safety car restart and bridged out a seven-second gap to win comfortably. All the highs and lows – from Austria to Sochi – led him to this. After 110 races, he is finally a grand prix winner and few have ever been more deserving.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 05: Race winner Lando Norris of McLaren, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari celebrate on the podium after the 2024 Miami Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Lando Norris celebrates his first win in Formula 1. Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Oscar Piastri 6/10

Qualifying: 6th – Race: 13th

When he made up three places at the start and pulled off a superb move to get past the two Ferraris, it looked like Piastri could challenge for the win – he even led the race at one point. But his battles with Sainz were over the limit and their second tussle saw him pick up damage to his front wing. Setting the fastest lap was a mere consolation on a frustrating day for the Australian.

George Russell 7/10

Qualifying: 7th – Race: 8th

Didn’t seem to have the pace to fight Hamilton all weekend, even if he out-qualified his team-mate by a small fraction. He struggled to make inroads at the start, with Hamilton benefitting from the longevity of the hard tyre, and spent most of his race behind slower cars.

Lewis Hamilton 7.5/10

Qualifying: 8th – Race: 6th

It’s been a strange season for Hamilton so far, but this was by some margin his best showing in the W15. Now that Mercedes’ experiments are over, he was able to manage his tyres and used his know-how to get past Nico Hulkenberg after his struggles with Kevin Magnussen in the sprint race. The only blot against his name was a penalty for speeding in the pit lane on Saturday.

Nico Hulkenberg 6.5/10

Qualifying: 9th – Race: 11th

Consistent, reliable and quick. It’s no wonder Sauber have swooped to recruit the revitalised German from Haas, who is still yet to finish lower than 11th this season. This time he didn’t have Magnussen to help him keep Hamilton at bay, but the 36-year-old still performed above expectations.

Yuki Tsunoda 8/10

Qualifying: 10th – Race: 7th

Gone are the days of the erratic, immature hothead behind the wheel. This is the new Tsunoda, one who fights fairly and keeps his head down – and the good folk at Visa Cash App RB will delighted. His second top-seven finish of the season, in addition to scoring a point in the Sprint race, may put him in the conversation for a promotion.

Lance Stroll 5/10

Qualifying: 11th – Race: 17th

The Canadian was undone by the timing of the safety car but showed his pace in the latter stages of the race, recovering from 17th to 13th and he was on the cusp of the points. Then he received a 10-second penalty for overtaking Alex Albon off the track, although some might call that a harsh call from the stewards.

Pierre Gasly 6/10

Qualifying: 12th – Race: 12th

Laurent Mekies must have had his heart in his mouth when Gasly and Ocon got their swords out on Lap 1, and it was Gasly who lost out despite showing some fight in the midfield. Still yet to beat his team-mate in a race this year, although this was best finish to show some signs of progress.

Esteban Ocon 7.5/10

Qualifying: 13th – Race: 10th

At long last, Alpine have a world championship point and Ocon’s efforts are worthy of a mention. His fight with Gasly would have raised heart rates inside the Alpine garage, but he kept a cool head after prevailing and used all of his experience to keep Hulkenberg at bay in the final laps.

Esteban Ocon scored Alpine’s first point in 2024. | Alpine F1 Team

Alex Albon 4/10

Qualifying: 14th (started from pit lane) – Race: 18th

Started from the pit lane after Williams made changes to his suspension, but starting last in the sprint race – meaning he was out-qualified by Sargeant – showed Albon is really struggling. It’s just not getting any better for a driver whose fine from 2023 is looking like a distant memory.

Fernando Alonso 7.5/10

Qualifying: 15th – Race: 9th

How many times have we see the 42-year-old extract the absolutely maximum from his car to overachieve in the AMR24? He is one of four drivers to finish in the points in every race this season, and given that the other three are Leclerc, Perez and Piastri, it is a fine demonstration of his consistency after a shocking qualifying display.

Valtteri Bottas 5/10

Qualifying: 16th (started 19th) – Race: 14th

He was penalised in qualifying for impeding Piastri and that meant a three-place grid drop, so to finish where he did starting from 19th on the grid is a decent show from the Finn.

Logan Sargeant N/A

Qualifying: 17th – Race: DNF

His home race weekend ended in disappointment after colliding with Magnussen, with the Florida-born driver perhaps guilty of not leaving enough space. But otherwise, beating Albon in the sprint will do wonders for his confidence.

Daniel Ricciardo 6/10

Qualifying: 18th (started 20th) – Race: 15th

Ricciardo’s three-place grid drop from China meant he actually started last and the RB driver struggled to make his way through the field. But we must take into account his incredible defensive display in the Sprint race, which earned him P4 and five precious points, which he will be delighted with. Also, how nice was the Miami livery?

Daniel Ricciardo of Visa Cash App RB during Sprint Qualifying ahead of 2024 Miami Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Daniel Ricciardo of Visa Cash App RB during Sprint Qualifying ahead of 2024 Miami Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Kevin Magnussen 3/10

Qualifying: 19th – Race: 19th

Some of his driving this weekend bordered on ridiculous, with the only positive being he had the honesty to admit it. The Haas driver went way over the line with Hamilton and took out Sargeant too, although that was more of a 60-40 in attributing blame. He’s now in danger of a race ban, which would surely spell the end of his F1 career.

Zhou Guanyu 5/10

Qualifying: 20th – Race: 14th

Benefited from Bottas, Ricciardo and Albon starting behind him, but the Chinese driver – reacting to the news that he could be making way for Hulkenberg next season at Sauber – did the best he could with the tools at his disposal.

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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