F1 Driver Ratings – 2024 Australian Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz was the first non-Red Bull winner in the F1 season, find out the Total-Motorsport driver ratings for the 2024 Australian Grand Prix

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Ferrari became the first team to deny Red Bull and Max Verstappen victory this season as Carlos Sainz led home a memorable 1-2 at the Formula 1 2024 Australian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard led for the majority of the race after Verstappen’s early retirement ended his 43-race finishing streak, as well as bringing an end to his sequence of race victories at the 10th attempt.

He finished ahead of his team-mate Charles Leclerc, who scored his second podium of the season, with Lando Norris converting his impressive qualifying performance into a 14th career podium finish.

Total-Motorsport.com’s F1 driver ratings for the 2024 Australian GP assesses all 19 drivers based on their qualifying and race performances at Albert Park.

Please note: Logan Sargeant did not receive a rating as he was withdrawn from participating before the race.

F1 Driver Ratings – 2024 Australian GP

Max Verstappen N/A

Qualifying: 1st – Race: DNF

Much like his right rear brake pad, Verstappen’s hopes of extending his 43-race finishing streak went up in smoke in Melbourne on Lap 2 as his car caught fire. It wasn’t a smooth weekend for Red Bull after some issues in FP2, but finishing with no points from a winnable race will be a difficult pill to swallow for Verstappen.

Carlos Sainz 10/10

Qualifying: 2nd – Race: 1st

Two weeks ago, he was in bed watching Oliver Bearman drive his car in Saudi Arabia after undergoing surgery on his appendix. Incredibly, he made it back into the cockpit in Australia despite not being 100 per cent. To qualify second with all of those things considered is incredible in itself, but to then also pass Verstappen on track, be that much faster than Leclerc and win in Australia is simply outstanding.

Lando Norris 8.5/10

Qualifying: 3rd – Race: 3rd

After being undercut by his team-mate, McLaren made the difficult call to tell Piastri to move aside – and despite his best efforts, Norris failed to chase down Leclerc. That’s not the easiest of tasks, of course, given Ferrari’s obvious pace, but a podium is a nice consolation even if the wait for an elusive race win goes on.

Lando Norris navigates the Albert Park circuit at the 2024 Australian GP | McLaren F1 Team

Charles Leclerc 9/10

Qualifying: 4th – Race: 2nd

The Monegasque was the biggest beneficiary from Sergio Perez’s grid drop and he took full advantage after a below-par qualifying performance. He also got some luck from Verstappen’s retirement, but looked solid on the hard tyre and kept the McLarens at bay, even when Norris had fresher rubber in the closing stages.

Oscar Piastri 8.5/10

Qualifying: 5th – Race: 4th

There will be a large section of fans in Melbourne saying he deserved a podium over Norris after being told to move aside, but Piastri showed his maturity by allowing Norris past when he was on faster tyres. He showed he could be a team player and looked quick all weekend, only underlining why he is so highly-rated throughout the paddock.

Sergio Perez 6/10

Qualifying: 6th – Race: 5th

It’s difficult not to view this as a disappointing race for the Mexican. Red Bull would have been desperate for him to score some meaningful points after Verstappen’s retirement, and likewise, the 34-year-old had a rare opportunity to close the gap on his team-mate. Instead, he was beaten by both Ferraris and McLarens on pure pace.

George Russell 4.5/10

Qualifying: 7th – Race: DNF

It was all going so well for Russell after pulling off a fine move on Perez on Lap 1 and chasing down Fernando Alonso towards the end of the race. But he lost control of the W15 – which didn’t look stable all weekend – and slammed into the barrier to throw away eight precious points. A disastrous end to the weekend for Mercedes.

George Russell's Mercedes after crash at 2024 Australian GP | F1
George Russell’s Mercedes after crash at 2024 Australian GP | F1

Yuki Tsunoda 7.5/10

Qualifying: 8th – Race: 7th

Talk about outperforming the pace of your car, this is a huge result for Tsunoda. Not just because he scored four points and generally looked solid behind the wheel of the RB, but there was a clear gulf between himself and Daniel Ricciardo this weekend. Ahead of his home race in Suzuka, he will be brimming with confidence after getting four points on the board.

Lance Stroll 7.5/10

Qualifying: 9th – Race: 6th

Just like in Bahrain, the Canadian improved on his qualifying performance and performed fairly consistently all weekend in Australia. The only slight disappointment is how Alonso managed to get ahead of him, albeit with some good fortune after Hamilton’s retirement triggered a virtual safety car.

Fernando Alonso 7/10

Qualifying: 10th – Race: 8th

Another race where it’s clear the Spaniard is extracting the absolute maximum from the Aston Martin and that is a credit to the 42-year-old. His car stood no chance of keeping Perez’s rocketship behind him, but he used all of his experience to keep Russell at bay in the closing stages before his unfortunate crash – and the 20-second post-race penalty handed to him by the stewards was a baffling decision.

Lewis Hamilton 6.5/10

Qualifying: 11th – Race: DNF

Having fitted the soft tyre, he did what was asked of him by passing Alonso early on and then had his team to thank for undercutting Tsunoda in the pits. However, an engine failure ensured it would be another miserable day’s work for the 39-year-old, although it was through no fault of his own that he leaves Australia without points.

Alex Albon 5/10

Qualifying: 12th – Race: 11th

The Thai-British driver will be the first to admit he was lucky to be racing at all after his crash in FP2, as Williams prioritised Albon over Logan Sargeant by running only one car. But he struggled to make his way up the field and fell two places on the first lap, which contributed to him finishing behind both Haas cars, and the gamble simply didn’t pay off.

Alexander Albon looks on at the 2024 Saudi Arabian GP | Williams F1 Team
Williams’ gamble on Alex Albon backfired in Australia. | Williams F1 Team

Valtteri Bottas 5/10

Qualifying: 13th – Race: 14th

Much was made about Bottas’ arrival in Australia, which represented almost a home race for the Finn given how he has embraced his partner’s country. But it was easy to forget he was even racing at times, such was his anonymous display.

Kevin Magnussen 7.5/10

Qualifying: 14th – Race: 10th

A first point of the season for the Dane, who kept his nose clean and drove a splendid race behind his Haas team-mate Hulkenberg, clinching a first double points finish for the team since Austria 2022.

Esteban Ocon 4/10

Qualifying: 15th – Race: 16th

Finishing last of the 16 runners after being lapped by Sainz and beaten by his team-mate, it’s clear Ocon took a step backwards in the Alpine this weekend.

Nico Hulkenberg 8/10

Qualifying: 16th – Race: 9th

The Haas driver must really enjoy driving around the Albert Park Circuit because after last year’s impressive P7, he managed to score some vital points again for his team – even after being clearly impeded by Perez in qualifying.

Haas pair Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen scored points in Australia. | Andy Hone / LAT Images / Haas F1

Pierre Gasly 6/10

Qualifying: 17th – Race: 13th

Given how poor Alpine have been so far this season, Gasly deserves credit for literally pushing the Enstone team up the running order with an elongated stint on the medium tyre, which saw him briefly run in the points.

Daniel Ricciardo 5.5/10

Qualifying: 18th – Race: 12th

Track limits robbed him of the chance of scoring points this weekend after his lap time was deleted in qualifying, but Ricciardo showed some punchy moves in the midfield to salvage an adequate result. His struggles in the RB won’t be tolerated for long, though, particularly if Tsunoda scores more points.

Zhou Guanyu 5/10

Qualifying: 19th – Race: 15th

Started from the pitlane following Sauber’s decision to change his power unit under parc ferme conditions, and Zhou never looked competitive enough to make up places.

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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