F1 Driver Ratings – Canadian GP 2024

Find out which of the 20 drivers impressed in Sunday's race at the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix as we reveal the F1 Driver Ratings

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The Formula 1 2024 Canadian Grand Prix promised to offer unpredictability with interchangeable weather and, for fans at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, it did not disappoint as a heavy downpour caused mayhem in Montreal.

Max Verstappen claimed his 60th career race victory after fighting his way past polesitter George Russell and Lando Norris at different points in the race, with two safety cars deployed during the 70-lap race.

With wet conditions turning dry and then damp later in the race, the drivers were dealt a tricky task of trying to keep their cars out of the wall, with only 15 of the 20 starters managing to finish the race.

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

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

George Russell 8.5/10

Qualifying: 1st – Race: 3rd

Dead-heated with Verstappen in qualifying to hand Mercedes an unexpected pole position, but had a difficult hand to play with the ever-changing weather conditions and the faster Red Bull and McLaren cars behind him. Two costly errors denied him the race victory, but he showed fight at the end to barge his way past Piastri and deny team-mate Hamilton an elusive podium.

Max Verstappen 9.5/10

Qualifying: 2nd – Race: 1st

Was on the losing side of his dead heat with Russell in qualifying, but the Dutchman didn’t let that faze him. Even with suspension issues, Verstappen found pace that others struggled to match and as always looked at home in wet conditions. We take it for granted, but the way carved out a 1.8-second gap to the McLarens on the second safety car restart was sublime.

Lando Norris 9/10

Qualifying: 3rd – Race: 2nd

Drove a fine race and looked competitive throughout, taking the lead for a brief moment before McLaren botched their pit stop strategy under the safety car. Voted Driver of the Day by F1 fans at home and the McLaren star rarely put a foot wrong. To his frustration, he probably would have won had it not been for the team’s error judgement.

Max Verstappen leads Lando Norris of McLaren during the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Lando Norris challenged Max Verstappen during the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Oscar Piastri 8/10

Qualifying: 4th – Race: 5th

A difficult race to judge for Piastri who was never quite in the hunt for a race win or podium. He was second-best of the McLarens and was summoned to the stewards for a tussle with Russell, which was on the edge of ‘hard racing’ and just an illegal shove off the track. But on the other hand, he scored some more valuable points for McLaren in the constructors’ standings.

Daniel Ricciardo 8/10

Qualifying: 5th – Race: 8th

Reacted with anger to Jacques Villeneuve’s comments and many will be wondering where this version of the Australian has been hiding. He was two tenths off pole, which was a magnificent effort, and Ricciardo showed tremendous skill behind the wheel to keep his nerve with a host of cars behind him. He did lose three grid positions, but after scoring his first raceday points of the season, Villeneuve will be eating his words for dinner tonight.

Fernando Alonso 7.5/10

Qualifying: 6th – Race: 6th

Mr Consistent is back after a few below-par displays in the Aston Martin. Enjoyed one of his favourite activities – keeping Hamilton at bay – before he was undone by Mercedes’ pit strategy. But he was never in danger of losing his place and finished ahead of Stroll to bring home a double points finish.

Lewis Hamilton 8.5/10

Qualifying: 7th – Race: 4th

Quickest in FP3 by four tenths, this was a display reminiscent of the ‘old’ Hamilton. Even if P7 in qualifying cost him dearly, the 39-year-old had pace to burn and nearly snatched a podium off polesitter Russell before he was passed at the end. His best result of the season, which says a lot about how his season has gone, and it’s difficult to comprehend how he regarded this drive as “one of the worst” of his career.

Lewis Hamilton during practice for the 2024 Canadian GP | Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton finished fourth at the 2024 Canadian GP | Mercedes

Yuki Tsunoda 5/10

Qualifying: 8th – Race: 14th

A rare race to forget for Tsunoda after another Q3 appearance, which only goes to show why he has been handed a contract extension by the team. He was on course to score points for the fourth race in a row for RB, until he spun under pressure from a long line of cars behind him.

Lance Stroll 7/10

Qualifying: 9th – Race: 7th

For only the second time this season, Stroll finished in the top eight and it was a decent drive from the Canadian at this home race. His future still hasn’t been finalised for 2025, although many expect him to stay. Irregardless of whether his father runs the team or not, Stroll proved his value to Aston Martin with an incident-free race and six points in Montreal.

Alex Albon 6/10

Qualifying: 10th – Race: DNF

He pulled off the overtake of the season to get both Alpines at the final chicane, but was rewarded with the most rotten luck after being collected by a spinning Sainz and stalled his engine. Albon deserved so much more following another sizeable improvement this weekend.

Charles Leclerc 3/10

Qualifying: 11th – Race: DNF

What a miserable weekend for Leclerc and Ferrari. His tense demeanour was evident in the media pen after qualifying, and he was at odds again with his race engineers during the race after a huge gamble to put the hard tyre on in damp conditions backfired. An engine issue cut short his race when he was a lap down – and the Monegasque was probably relieved.

Charles Leclerc in action during the 2024 Canadian GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office
Charles Leclerc endured a nightmare at the 2024 Canadian GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Carlos Sainz 3/10

Qualifying: 12th – Race: DNF

This was the first DNF of the season for Sainz, which highlights his consistency, but that’s about as good as it gets for the Spaniard. Not only was he out-qualified by Leclerc but the 29-year-old made a mess of his race, spinning out in the wet and taking Albon into the wall. A shoddy display all round.

Logan Sargeant 4/10

Qualifying: 13th – Race: DNF

After a promising qualifying performance, the American returned to his bad habits in the race. He had not one but two incidents – the second which proved fatal for his race – after clipping the wall at Turn 4 and bringing out the safety car. Quite simply, the wet exposes the best and worst in F1, and he is rooted to the bottom of the pile in that respect.

Kevin Magnussen 6.5/10

Qualifying: 14th – Race: 12th

Reached as high as fourth after choosing the full wet tyre – the right compound to begin the race in treacherous conditions – and that gave the viewers some excitement in the early stages. However, an unplanned pit stop was detrimental to his race and he couldn’t compete when the track dried out.

Pierre Gasly 7/10

Qualifying: 15th – Race: 9th

On paper, he beat Ocon and collected his biggest haul of points of the season. The race told a very different story, with Gasly benefiting from team orders from Alpine to chase down Ricciardo, only for him not to give the place back to Ocon at the end of the race. But the 27-year-old won’t lose any sleep over that after a nightmare 2024.

Sergio Perez 2/10

Qualifying: 16th – Race: DNF

The worst way to celebrate a new two-year contract with the champions? Failing to make it out of Q1. It’s becoming a worrying pattern for Perez after qualifying 16th in Monaco and 11th at Imola. How is that acceptable when Verstappen wins races in the same machinery? What’s worse is he crashed into the barriers – causing damage to his car, Red Bull’s cost cap budget and his reputation.

Nico Hulkenberg 6.5/10

Qualifying: 17th – Race: 11th

Like Magnussen, it all looked so promising for Haas in the first 10 laps of the race but their luck with the weather quickly ran out, with Hulkenberg in P8 at one stage. To finish only half a second off a world championship point isn’t bad at all considering many expected Haas to be at the back of the grid.

Esteban Ocon at the 2024 Canadian GP | Alpine
Esteban Ocon at the 2024 Canadian GP | Alpine

Esteban Ocon 7/10

Qualifying: 18th (five-place penalty) – Race: 10th

A mega first stint on the intermediates lifted him up to P8 before he reluctantly let Gasly past and settled for a point in 10th. He’s not done a lot right lately, but after a difficult week Ocon can hold his head up high after an impressive comeback in Montreal.

Valtteri Bottas 5/10

Qualifying: 19th (pit lane start) – Race: 13th

Sauber opted to change parts while in parc ferme conditions, demoting the Finn to a pit lane start. But two safety cars, plus a flurry of retirements, helped him fight amongst the midfield and backmarkers.

Zhou Guanyu 4/10

Qualifying: 20th (pit lane start) – Race: 15th

The only driver of the 15 finished to be lapped, it was a day to forget for Zhou. The team’s gamble, putting on the hard tyre when the conditions were still damp, was an utter failure and it left him stranded at the back of the grid.

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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