F1 Driver Ratings: 2024 Austrian GP

Find out which of the 20 drivers impressed at the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix as we reveal the F1 Driver Ratings

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George Russell clinched his second career Formula 1 victory at the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix and improved his Austrian GP driver rating, only after the drama involving Max Verstappen and Lando Norris propelled the Mercedes star into the lead.

The Mercedes driver got his reward for being patient in P3 after Norris and Verstappen collided, although the 26-year-old would be the first to admit he never believed he could win before the front pair clashed on Lap 64.

Norris was forced to retire with a puncture causing too much damage to his floor, while Verstappen came home in fifth despite receiving a 10-second penalty. Despite that, Norris was named Driver of the Day while Russell won the race, but was he the top-ranked driver in our Austrian GP driver ratings?

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

George Russell on the podium after winning 2024 Austrian GP | Mercedes
George Russell on the podium after winning 2024 Austrian GP | Mercedes

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Check out the Total-Motorsport.com F1 2024 Austrian GP driver ratings below.

Max Verstappen 5/10

Sprint: 1st – Qualifying: 1st – Race: 5th

Every so often, the dark side of Verstappen’s character rises to the surface and while Red Bull let their star driver down with a shoddy pit stop, he also let himself down in Austria. There were far too many occasions where he moved under braking, endangering Norris behind him, and he entirely deserved his 10-second penalty for crashing into Norris and ending his race. As Andrea Stella said, it didn’t have to be this way, and Verstappen must learn to accept defeat more graciously.

Lando Norris 9/10

Sprint: 3rd – Qualifying: 2nd – Race: DNF

No driver has given Verstappen such a headache since Lewis Hamilton in 2021. Norris is the man Red Bull fear and his late attacks on Verstappen were admirable, if not audacious. The 24-year-old can’t be blamed for trying to get past Verstappen – that’s simply racing – and he was extremely unfortunate to suffer a race-ending puncture when he wasn’t at fault.

George Russell 9.5/10

Sprint: 4th – Qualifying: 3rd – Race: 1st

Showed some fight to win back his position from Hamilton under DRS but was unable to keep apace with Norris as he focused on keeping his Mercedes on the podium. By doing so, he was gifted the highest reward after Verstappen and Norris collided – and keep his head ice cold to bring home the W15 with a small buffer to Piastri to claim the second victory of his career. The only thing preventing him from a perfect Austrian GP driver rating score was missing out on the podium in the sprint.

Carlos Sainz 8/10

Sprint: 5th – Qualifying: 4th – Race: 3rd

A season that started with such promise has faded in recent weeks, so Sainz will absolutely savour his unexpected podium success after the Verstappen-Norris drama. The Ferrari star can pride himself with keeping his nose clean, especially after an intense battle with Lewis Hamilton, and he brings home some crucial points for the Scuderia after Leclerc’s messy race.

Oscar Piastri of McLaren, George Russell and Carlos Sainz on the podium after 2024 Austrian GP | Mercedes
Oscar Piastri of McLaren, George Russell and Carlos Sainz on the podium after 2024 Austrian GP | Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton 7/10

Sprint: 6th – Qualifying: 5th – Race: 4th

Made a crucial pass on Sainz at Turn 1 and 3, and was then all over the back of his team-mate. But a switch-back ordered by the stewards pushed him back to P5. First of the top six to pit for hard tyres on Lap 22, and made a costly error when he crossed the white line at pit entry, getting a five-second penalty. Pace was good, but this was Russell’s weekend in every sense.

Charles Leclerc 5/10

Sprint: 7th – Qualifying: 6th – Race: 11th

Disastrous first lap after losing part of his front wing with Piastri and he had undergone three pit stops by half distance. The Monegasque deserves credit for fighting his way back through the field, but after another pointless Sunday, he must find a way to avoid these incidents.

Oscar Piastri 9/10

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

The Australian was desperately unlucky to have his qualifying lap time deleted, which would have had him starting in P3, after coming second in the sprint. Piastri’s feisty battle with Perez was absorbing and he pulled off a superb overtake at Turn 6 around the outside, before repeating it later in the race to move past Sainz. Had it not been for that track limits “violation”, he could have won the race altogether.

Sergio Perez 6/10

Sprint: 8th – Qualifying: 8th – Race: 7th

The Mexican’s drop-off after the first four races has been mystifying. Nowhere near Verstappen this weekend in every session, and even when his team-mate had a pitstop, 10-second penalty, puncture and another pit stop, he still finished 15 seconds clear of Perez. How?

Nico Hulkenberg 9/10

Sprint: 19th – Qualifying: 9th – Race: 6th

What a brilliant drive from the Haas man, thoroughly deserved. To hold off a Red Bull in the final stage of the race takes some doing, let alone in a Haas, and there’s no denying Hulkenberg is having a phenomenal season. Many didn’t want the German back in the sport when he returned last year, but he continues to prove his doubters wrong.

Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen during 2024 Monaco GP | Haas F1 Team / LAT Images
Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen celebrated a double points finish for Haas | Haas F1 Team / LAT Images

Esteban Ocon 5/10

Sprint: 11th – Qualifying: 10th – Race: 12th

Once again found himself defending from his team-mate Gasly in the battle for points and the pair engaged in a fascinating battle, jostling for eight position. How he ended up 12th is anyone’s guess, but Ocon certainly trod the line of what can be regarded as fair racing – nearly causing a crash with Alonso and then shoving Gasly off the track. He must improve his conduct.

Daniel Ricciardo 8/10

Sprint: 14th – Qualifying: 11th – Race: 9th

Considering where RB were in Barcelona and how much pressure Ricciardo has been under, this is a magnificent result for the Australian. He showed his grit and used all of his experience to hold off the Alpines to collect some much-needed, morale-boosting points.

Kevin Magnussen 8.5/10

Sprint: 9th – Qualifying: 12th – Race: 8th

Hulkenberg wasn’t the only Haas man to impress this weekend. Magnussen might not be the most-liked driver on the grid, but he proved he is a genuine racer when he bravely hit back at his team for telling him to protect the tyres. The last time he finished in the top eight of any race was ironically Austria in 2022. It seems the Dane is a fan of the Red Bull Ring – and even more so now after two top-10 finishes in the sprint and race.

Pierre Gasly 7/10

Sprint: 12th – Qualifying: 13th – Race: 10th

The Frenchman will be delighted to have got the better of Ocon after complaining about his Alpine team-mate’s conduct during their battle in the points. He showed real determination to get past him, but didn’t make much more progress and had to settle for the final points place.

Pierre Gasly steps into his Alpine A524 for free practice ahead of the 2024 Bahraing GP | Alpine F1 Team
Pierre Gasly fought off Esteban Ocon to claim a point | Alpine F1 Team

Yuki Tsunoda 5.5/10

Sprint: 13th – Qualifying: 14th – Race: 14th

Extended the first stint after both Haas drivers pitted early, but the RB driver was never really in the conversation to score points this weekend. A rare instance where Ricciardo has had his number at every turn.

Fernando Alonso 4/10

Sprint: 15th – Qualifying: 15th – Race: 18th

What has happened to the Spaniard? So often a shrewd operator, Alonso looks a shadow of his former self and that was reflected in the 10-second penalty he received for colliding with Zhou. It was clumsy, ill-timed and desperate – not something you would normally associate with the 42-year-old. Are Aston Martin’s troubles taking their toll?

Alex Albon 6/10

Sprint: 17th – Qualifying: 16th – Race: 15th

The Williams driver was hit with a five-second penalty for crossing the line at pit entry, but fought his way through the pack and even overtook Leclerc on sheer pace at one point. Still, the team are some way off where they need to be – and Haas’ haul of points will be a sickener for the team.

Lance Stroll 6/10

Sprint: 10th – Qualifying: 17th – Race: 13th

It should have been a week of celebration for the Canadian after securing another season of racing with Aston Martin. But after bowing out in Q1, he only made steady progress in the race and finished a lap down. A small consolation is that he managed to beat Alonso for the first time in four races.

Lance Stroll had another disappointing weekend | Aston Martin

Valtteri Bottas 5/10

Sprint: 18th – Qualifying: 18th – Race: 16th

If Sauber can look at any positives right now, it is that they’re not finishing last in races. But their qualifying performance has to improve if they are to score a point this season, and Bottas is running out of time to prove to his bosses that he deserves to stay with another mediocre showing.

Logan Sargeant 4.5/10

Sprint: 16th – Qualifying: 19th – Race: 19th

Surprisingly beat Albon in the F1 Sprint. But when he was forced to pit on the first lap of the race, it ruined any chance of early progress for the Williams driver. After that, the American was way off the pace in comparison to the other drivers and finished two laps down.

Zhou Guanyu 4/10

Sprint: 20th – Qualifying: 20th – Race: 17th

To his credit, the Chinese driver had been enjoying a decent run in the first stint before Alonso crashed into the side of his car. That made any further progress quite difficult for the Sauber driver, who at least avoided the unwanted hat-trick of finishing 20th in the sprint, qualifying and the race.

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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