2017 F1 Race Rankings

Season Stats:

  • Driver’s Championship leader: Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari (141 points)
  • Constructor’s Championship leader: Mercedes (222 points)
  • Pineapple Chart Leader: Jolyon Palmer, Renault (2)
  • Last Place Leader: Lance Stroll & Pascal Wehrlein (2)
  • Most retirements: Australian Grand Prix (7)

Race Rankings:

  1. Canadian Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton drove to an unchallenged victory, but Vettel and the Force Indias gave a good show at the finale. Overtake battles, crashes, safety cars and internal radio strife. Lance Stroll also scored his first points in F1.
  2. Chinese Grand PrixEasily the best race so far, even if Lewis Hamilton lead from start to finish. Alonso fought another pyrrhic victory and Perez rammed Stoll off the circuit. Generally some good mayhem (and rain) contributed to a good race.
  3. Bahrain Grand PrixSebastian Vettel claimed victory after starting from behind Valtteri Bottas (who was 3rd due to a terrible pit stop and team orders). After sitting out on the first two races, Pascal Wehrlein was Best of the Rest and Lance Stroll was rammed out of the race for the second time in a row by another driver (this time Sainz). An okay race.
  4. Spanish Grand PrixIn the first five races, the least amount of technical retirements. Lewis Hamilton fought his way back to victory after getting passed at the start. Wehrlein brought Sauber its first points (beating McLaren to the punch) there were also plenty of run-ins. From the three-way collision between Bottas, Räikkönen and Verstappen to the ex-team mate bash of Alonso and Massa.
  5. Monaco Grand PrixWhereas Mercedes make their team-orders painfully obvious, Ferrari does at least a better job of hiding them, if indeed this was the case with Sebastian Vettel overtaking pole-man Räikkönen during a pit stop. Overtaking was difficult on the Monaco track, with only Lewis Hamilton improving. A dramatic collision between Pascal Wehrlein and the formerly/formally retired Jenson Button. Perez also totalled Kvyat’s car. Beyond that, quite an uneventful race.
  6. Russian Grand PrixThe Finnish double podium with Valtteri Bottas as the leader is pretty much the only thing separating this and the Australian rounds in terms of excitement. Grosjean bumped into Palmer and in delicious irony got taken out by Palmer’s runaway car as well. But that’s about it.
  7. Australian Grand PrixAlthough it was refreshing to see Sebastian Vettel as the winner in the season opening race, there was little in the sense of actual racing action. This race set the bar high for retirements. However, as all these retirements were due to technical problems, they didn’t really do wonders for race-excitement.