British GP power rankings


A Hamilton victory at Silverstone looked like a sure thing, but a couple of hiccups at the start lead to a supremely entertaining race, albeit off-script.

Here's our power rankings from the final prong of what could be F1's one and only triple header: 

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▲ Lewis Hamilton will surely take every Driver of the Day poll there is (hint: scroll down for ours ;p) with his come-from-behind recovery drive for P2 in front of his home crowd. Carrying the hopes of all red-blooded British fans, a poor start left him among the hustle and bustle of the Ferraris, the opening lap incident leading to his only blemish of the weekend—his "interesting tactics" jibe.

▲ Sebastian Vettel charged to the lead off the line after narrowly missing out on pole, and controlled the race until the late safety car(s). Pitting for fresh rubber meant he was always going to be a handful for Bottas to defend against, yet reclaiming the lead was no guarantee.

▲ Kimi Raikkonen (don't stop reading!) might have played the villain in the opening corners, but drove a brilliant race, first trading blows with Verstappen, then pushing to the finish with the top four cars within almost 1.5 secs and anyone in contention for the win. I'm not convinced a junior driver could have performed like this, and it goes some way to justifying Ferrari's decision to keep proven drivers in their cars.


▼ Romain Grosjean returns to the naughty corner for making contact with his teammate which left both of them with damage that affected their progression through the race, and then coming together with Carlos Sainz, to which the Stewards determined both drivers contributed. 

Sauber's wheel management cost the high-flying Charles Leclerc another solid finish. Whatever is behind this year's plethora of wheel related issues, we need a solution before it winds up deciding a championship.

▼ Toro Rosso showed their shortcomings in the engineering department this week, just barely getting Brendon "Big Heart" Hartley onto the grid, only for him to retire. Asked on the grid about his situation, Hartley suggested the car was still on blocks and might not even start the race, his tone suggesting the team were going through the motions. Not good that they couldn't recover from his FP3 crash in time for the race.

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French GP power rankings


Circuit Paul Ricard might be back on the calendar, but it brought with it mixed feelings. While not really the racetrack of old, most expected a processional affair, and although we saw plenty of unexpected overtaking, it came at the cost of an easy, untroubled victory to Lewis Hamilton.

Here's how the power rankings shook out this week.

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▲ Lewis Hamilton reclaims the championship lead that he held a few races ago. There's not much more to say, besides the fact that Hamilton has won at every track on the calendar, and on his day, in a competitive car, could beat almost anyone. It's strange that he has so many off days, and that they come and go without too much explanation, but he's clearly back in charge of the drivers' championship and peaking at the right time of the season.

▲ Max Verstappen backed up his "haven't changed his style, but also he clearly has" performance in Canada with another podium. What makes his race such an achievement, is that it embodies why Red Bull signed him, comfortably controlling his race ahead of his teammate (even before Ricciardo's problem).

▲ Kevin Magnussen slipped into the top six, and although you need some luck to go your way to squeeze between any of the Mercedes/Ferraris/Red Bulls these days, to do so meant leading the midfield which Magnussen did with ease. Haas have been disappointing all year, and haven't come even close to their top potential, K-Mag is giving them something to celebrate.


▼ Sergey Sirotkin finished as the last of the classified drivers, and copped a 5 sec penalty for driving unnecessarily slowly behind the safety car. As the man who Williams decided offered the best chances this year over the statesman-like Felipe Massa, it's hard to understand what he brings to the table.

▼ Marcus Ericsson also disappointed compared to his teammate. After looking the better of the pair in the early races, Leclerc has found his groove and is delivering the goods for his team scoring another 10th place. With rumors that Leclerc is replacing Kimi at Ferrari next year, Marcus might be feeling just a little despondent right now. 

▼ French GP organizers disappointed from the get go. Starting on the first day of practice, fans were complaining about six hour waits to get into or out of the track. Add to that the nonsense that is those Gorilla trophies and there are some serious questions that need to be asked and answered.  

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