‘Power Rankings’: Catch-up race ‘agile’ Verstappen not enough for the highest mark

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‘Power Rankings’: Catch-up race ‘agile’ Verstappen not enough for the highest mark

The ‘Power Rankings’ of the race weekend in Saudi Arabia are in. The Red Bull Racing drivers score, just like on the asphalt of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, a one-two. Sergio Pérez receives the highest rating from the jury and he is closely followed by teammate Max Verstappen. Fernando Alonso took his hundredth podium during the Grand Prix weekend and that is rewarded with a podium place in the ‘Power Rankings’.

After every Grand Prix, Formula 1 presents the ‘Power Rankings’. The most recent performances of the drivers are judged by a five-person jury. The jury has also taken stock again after the Grand Prix of Bahrain. Material is not included in this, only form determines your final score. The scores are kept throughout the season, so that at the end of the year we find out which driver has really performed the best.

Another one-two for Red Bull

For the second consecutive Grand Prix weekend, the Red Bull team achieved a one-two. This time it was Pérez who came out on top, despite being under pressure from Verstappen in the final stages of the race. The race winner will therefore receive the highest score this weekend. Perez had to work hard for victory, after losing the lead to Fernando Alonso at the start and later having to fend off the attack of his teammate, Max Verstappen. But he handled it perfectly,” writes Formula1.com.

Verstappen therefore also has to tolerate his teammate in the ‘Power Rankings’. His catch-up race from P15 was not enough for first place, but left an excellent impression. “A lot of people in the paddock still saw him going for the win on Sunday night. He deftly maneuvered through the field to finish second, and while Verstappen accepted the result, he was also a little disappointed, which shows how well he is performing at the moment.

Jury rewards ‘exciting evening’ Alonso

Alonso, like Verstappen, is again in the top three in the ‘Power Rankings’. After the Bahrain Grand Prix he was even awarded the highest mark. The Spaniard now gets an 8.8 for his race in Jeddah. When he overtook Perez at the start, many wondered if that 33rd victory was also in the offing, but later he had to acknowledge his superiority in the faster Mexican and his Red Bull teammate. Nevertheless, Alonso never seemed under pressure from any of his rivals behind him and drove brilliantly to finish third.

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