F1 Driver Ratings – Spanish GP 2024

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


Max Verstappen clinched his seventh Formula 1 victory of the season at the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix, but the Red Bull star’s F1 driver rating suggests his dominance may soon be coming to an end.

The Dutchman, who topped our Canadian GP F1 driver ratings, was involved in a strategic battle with Lando Norris throughout the 66-lap race as the McLaren star finished just 2.2 seconds adrift of the championship leader. It looks to be a clear fight between Verstappen and Norris at the front as the F1 title battle shapes up 10 races into the season.

It proved to be another positive weekend for Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton rounded off the podium places, although the seven-time world champion was another 15 seconds down the road from the top two. George Russell also finished ahead of both Ferraris in qualifying and the race at the Circuit de Barcelona.

Norris was named Driver of the Day, while Verstappen won the race, but was he the top-ranked driver in our F1 Driver Ratings? Total-Motorsport.com’s F1 Driver Ratings for the 2024 Spanish GP assesses all 20 drivers based on their Qualifying and Grand Prix performances.

Max Verstappen celebrates win at the 2024 Spanish GP | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Max Verstappen celebrates his win at the 2024 Spanish GP | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Driver Ratings – Spanish GP 2024

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

Lando Norris 9/10

Qualifying: 1st – Race: 2nd

He pulled off a tremendous lap to beat Verstappen in qualifying, but poor race starts are costing the 24-year-old – and he knows it. Norris lost out to Verstappen and Russell on the first lap, which left him work to do, and made amends with a thrilling battle with Russell. Most would take pole, fastest lap and P2 behind Verstappen, but Norris knows this was another win that got away from him.

Max Verstappen 9.5/10

Qualifying: 2nd – Race: 1st

To have won three of the last four races where Red Bull are no longer considered the quickest car on the grid takes some doing. Verstappen had some assistance from the pitwall on this occasion, but his ability to manage his tyres and reel in his rivals is second to none. Seven wins in 10 races has put him on course for a fourth world championship, with Norris his only realistic rival.

Lewis Hamilton 9/10

Qualifying: 3rd – Race: 3rd

On the back foot after being passed by Russell early, Hamilton showed some much-needed aggression to secure his best result of the season. His crucial move on Sainz was arguably the best overtake of the race, diving down the inside on the Ferrari. Then he showed bravery to go around the outside of Russell at the same corner later in the race to cap a superb weekend.

Max Verstappen, Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton on the podium after the 2024 Spanish GP | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Max Verstappen, Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton on the podium after the 2024 Spanish GP | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

George Russell 8.5/10

Qualifying: 4th – Race: 4th

Benefited from an incredible tow at the start to breeze past Hamilton, Norris and Verstappen into Turn 1. But as we often see with Russell, he couldn’t pull out the one-second gap needed to give him some breathing room over Verstappen, who passed him with ease. His pace fell away during the race after a poor call to put him on the hard tyres and he defended well to keep Leclerc at bay.

Charles Leclerc 8/10

Qualifying: 5th – Race: 5th

Not for the first time this season, the Monegasque collided with Sainz and channelled that frustration into his driving. Had Ferrari not been more ambitious with their tyre strategy earlier in the race, they could have passed Russell at the end as he missed out by just four tenths. And with it, his title hopes might just be slipping further away.

Carlos Sainz 7.5/10

Qualifying: 6th – Race: 6th

There was no shortage of drama for Sainz after colliding with his team-mate Leclerc on Lap 4, before another controversial tussle with Hamilton 15 laps later. But he was competitive and those battles made for entertaining racing – even if the Spaniard was unhappy with that particular incident and Ferrari’s baffling lack of pace all weekend.

Pierre Gasly 8/10

Qualifying: 7th – Race: 9th

The way he has responded to his fallout with Esteban Ocon has been impressive, with Gasly fully aware that he is fighting for his future at Alpine. Even with the team’s overall improvement, he kept it clean when racing against Piastri and Perez to bring home some vital points for the Enstone team.

Esteban Ocon 7.5/10

Qualifying: 8th – Race: 10th

If this was an audition for Ocon to prove to Haas he is worthy of a seat with the team next season, he might well have passed it. The Frenchman has earned a reputation for being reckless behind the wheel, but this display spoke to his mature side, managing his tyres well and keeping a pestering Hulkenberg behind him to secure another double points finish for the team.

Oscar Piastri 7/10

Qualifying: 9th – Race: 7th

Who knows where the Australian would have been had he not dipped his McLaren into the gravel on his only timed lap in Q3? In the race, Piastri looked eager to make amends and keeping ahead of Perez on pace alone is one positive to take away from a slightly frustrating weekend.

Fernando Alonso 6/10

Qualifying: 10th – Race: 12th

A snap of oversteer cost him dearly as he lost two places at the start and clearly struggled in the midfield to get any momentum on another bad weekend for Aston Martin. A disappointing home race, but there will be more to come in the future.

Fernando Alonso ahead of the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola
Fernando Alonso finished outside of the points at his home race. | Aston Martin F1 Team

Sergio Perez 6/10

Qualifying: 11th (three-place penalty) – Race: 8th

The fact he spent most of the first stint fighting a Haas says everything about the Mexican’s struggles right now, with Christian Horner suggesting eighth was the “best he could have hoped for”. That would have been more believable he had not finished a whopping 59.5 seconds behind his team-mate Verstappen and collected four points from his last four races.

Valtteri Bottas 5/10

Qualifying: 12th – Race: 16th

It promised to be a much-improved weekend for Sauber after bringing upgrades to Barcelona and Bottas only narrowly missed out on an Q3 appearance. But in the race, the team’s decision to put him on the hard tyre backfired, as he slipped down the order and finished towards the back of the grid.

Nico Hulkenberg 7/10

Qualifying: 13th – Race: 11th

Made up three places on the opening lap and challenged Ocon in the closing stages, but the Alpine was too quick for the German. Hulkenberg has now failed to score in all of his last five races since his P10 in China, which paints a worrying picture for Haas after a bright start to the season.

Lance Stroll 5.5/10

Qualifying: 14th – Race: 14th

There is still yet to be an official announcement confirming Stroll will be staying with Aston Martin for 2025, and with performances like this, you have to wonder if he will. Finishing behind a Haas and Sauber is not where Aston Martin need to be, and while his father Lawrence will ensured he is protected, Lance’s lack of progress in his prime years is a major concern.

Zhou Guanyu 6/10

Qualifying: 15th – Race: 13th

Stopped on Lap 10 and that strategy seemed to benefit the Sauber as he benefitted from other drivers going on a three-stop strategy. Made the hard tyre work better than Bottas to get one over his team-mate.

Zhou Guanyu finished above team-mate Valtteri Bottas | Kick Sauber F1 Team

Kevin Magnussen 5/10

Qualifying: 16th – Race: 17th

The Dane was handed a five-second time penalty for a false start and his race didn’t really improve from there, despite his best efforts with a 36-lap stint on the hard tyre.

Yuki Tsunoda 4/10

Qualifying: 17th – Race: 19th

Quite simply a dreadful weekend for RB overall, and it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where it went wrong after bringing upgrades to Barcelona. Tsunoda stopped early on Lap 10 with an aggressive three-stop strategy, but paid the price with a five-second penalty for speeding in pit lane.

Yuki Tsunoda of Visa Cash App RB during practice ahead of the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Yuki Tsunoda endured a difficult Spanish Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Daniel Ricciardo 5/10

Qualifying: 18th – Race: 15th

Much like Tsunoda, the Australian had no pace all weekend and RB’s troubles meant the team failed to score a single point – in a race they finished – for the first time since Jeddah. For Ricciardo, there was the minor consolation of beating his team-mate.

Logan Sargeant 3/10

Qualifying: 19th (three-place penalty) – Race: 20th

Finishing two laps down, on the same weekend that Williams were reportedly set to announce Sainz as their new partner for Alex Albon, will help James Vowles sleep a little easier tonight. Sargeant can have no complaints.

Alex Albon 4/10

Qualifying: 20th (pit lane start) – Race: 18th

His qualifying position of 19th was highly disappointing, given that Williams have shown they have pace on high-speed tracks. But it appears he had some issues with the car after making changes in parc ferme, but didn’t fare much better in 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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