2017 F1 Race Rankings
- Driver’s Championship leader: Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari (202 points)
- Constructor’s Championship leader: Mercedes (357 points)
- Pineapple Chart Leader: Jolyon Palmer (3)
- Last Place Leader: Pascal Wehrlein (3)
- Most retirements: Australian & Azerbaijan Grand Prix (7)
- Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Daniel Ricciardo took a surprise victory in a safety car filled race which was also red flagged due to excessive debris. McLaren finally scored points, both championship candidates were dropped from the front of the back, Valtteri Bottas took a 2nd place podium by the slimmest of all margins and Lance Stroll achieved the first podium of his career.
- 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.
- Chinese Grand Prix – Easily 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.
- Bahrain Grand Prix – Sebastian 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.
- Spanish Grand Prix – In 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.
- Monaco Grand Prix – Whereas 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.
- Austrian Grand Prix – Valtteri Bottas took his second victory with ease. Not much else happened after Daniil Kvyat’s disastrous crash with Fernando Alonso which took out Alonso and Max Verstappen.
- Russian Grand Prix – The 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.
- British Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton took another easy victory. Both Finns were on the podium despite Ferrari’s bad luck with tyre punctures. Beyond that, nothing else of real interest happened. The Toro Rossos bumped into each other causing a safety car session.
- Hungarian Grand Prix – Sebastian Vettel took the victory in a race dominated by Ferrari. Apart from Hamilton giving Bottas his position back at the end of the race, the race was quite uneventful. Several drivers performed embarrassing mistakes on track.
- Australian Grand Prix – Although 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.