2022 Miami Grand Prix driver ratings RaceFans

The first ever Miami Grand Prix offered plenty of challenges to the 20 Formula 1 drivers, with high temperatures, a low grip surface and plenty of walls to punish mistakes.

Here are RaceFans’ driver ratings for the Miami Grand Prix weekend.

Lewis Hamilton – 6

Qualified: 6th (+6 ahead of team mate)
Finished: 6th (-1 behind team mate)

  • Qualified sixth behind former team mate Bottas
  • Lost two places at start after bump from Alonso at turn two
  • Passed Alonso, then passed Gasly in early laps
  • Ran behind Bottas before and after pit stop, staying out under Safety Car
  • Gained a place through Bottas’s turn 17 error, lost one to his team mate soon after
  • Was briefly handed his place back from Russell before being passed a second time, finishing sixth
Russell benefited from a well-timed Safety Car

George Russell – 5

Qualified: 12th (-6 behind team mate)
Finished: 5th (+1 ahead of team mate)

  • Set the pace on Friday with the fastest lap of the day
  • Eliminated from Q2 by 0.045s in 12th, admitting lack of confidence in the car
  • Started on hard tires and fell to 15th at start, later losing another place to Albon
  • Passed Ricciardo and inherited places when medium runners pitted and to move up to fifth
  • Pitted under convenient Virtual Safety Car, losing only two places and switching to mediums
  • Passed Bottas after his mistake at turn 17, then passed Hamilton outside of track limits, having to give up place
  • Overtook Hamilton a second time after handing back position, holding onto fifth at the finish
Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Miami International Autodrome, 2022
Verstappen missed most of Friday but still secured the win

Max Verstappen – 8

Qualified: 3rd (+1 ahead of team mate)
Finished: Winner (+3 ahead of team mate)

  • Overheating problems on Friday led to him setting no timed laps in second practice
  • Had provisional pole in Q3 but turn five mistake allowed Ferraris to jump him on grid
  • Passed Sainz to take second at the start
  • Caught Leclerc in early laps before passing him for the lead into turn one
  • Managed the gap to Leclerc on the hard tires before Safety Car
  • Resisted pressure from Leclerc in closing laps to claim second successive victory, with fastest lap

Sergio Perez – 5

Qualified: 4th (-1 behind team mate)
Finished: 4th (-3 behind team mate)

  • Qualified fourth after admitting leaving time on the board in sector two on final Q3 lap
  • Held fourth at the start and kept in touch with Sainz before sensor failure cost him seven seconds
  • Unable to close gap to Sainz ahead after switching to hards
  • Pitted for another set of mediums under Safety Car
  • Tried to pass Sainz at restart but could not get past
  • Almost able to pass Sainz with lunge into turn one but ran wide, fourth finishing

Carlos Sainz Jnr – 5

Qualified: 2nd (-1 behind team mate)
Finished: 3rd (-1 behind team mate)

  • High speed spin in first practice led to puncture
  • Crashed at turn 14 in second practice
  • Took advantage of Verstappen’s Q3 error to take second on grid by five thousandths of a second
  • Lost second to Verstappen at the start
  • Slow pit stop but had enough margin to retain third
  • Struggled to match team mate on hards, dropping off by over half a second a lap
  • Almost lost position to Perez after bad restart, then did well to repel his later attack
  • Finish third and claimed his fitness was not 100-percent after recent lack of race distances
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Miami International Autodrome, 2022
Leclerc was never lower than second in every session

Charles Leclerc – 7

Qualified: Pole (+1 ahead of team mate)
Finished: 2nd (+1 ahead of team mate)

  • Took pole after being quickest in all three qualifying phases
  • Held his lead off the line and led the early laps before being passed by Verstappen
  • Pitted first of the frontrunners but lost time to Verstappen in the pit cycle
  • Tried to pressure Verstappen after restart but unable to get close enough to make a move for the lead
  • Never lower than second all weekend

Lando Norris – 5

Qualified: 8th (+6 ahead of team mate)
Finished: Retired (Crash – L40)

  • Comfortably reached Q3, winning eight on the grid
  • Lost one place at the start, running ninth until switching to hards and dropping to 16th
  • Struggled to catch and pass Schumacher but later passed Vettel for 14th
  • Collided with an ailing Gasly ending his race on the spot, racing incident

Daniel Ricciardo – 4

Qualified: 14th (-6 behind team mate)
Finished: 13th

  • Reprimanded for failing to follow practice start procedure correctly
  • Eliminated in Q2 after delay leaving the garage compromised his final run
  • Gained one place on opening lap, then lost two in consecutive laps
  • Pitted the latest of the medium starters, but fell to 17th
  • Switched to softs under Virtual Safety Car and gained two places after melee at restart
  • Passed Magnussen on penultimate lap at turn 12 outside of track limits, earning five second penalty
  • Crossed the line 11th but fell to 13th after penalty
Fernando Alonso, Alpine, Miami International Autodrome, 2022
Alonso received two time penalties in the race

Fernando Alonso – 3

Qualified: 11th
Finished: 11th (-3 behind team mate)

  • Disappointed to miss out of Q3, blaming traffic
  • Gained four places at the start, bumping Hamilton at turn two
  • Passed by Hamilton on lap three, dropping to eighth, then ran close to Gasly over opening stint
  • Tried to undercut Gasly but failed, spending 22 more laps unable to pass him
  • Hit Gasly at turn one, earning a five second time penalty which he later apologised for
  • Investigated twice for missing the turn 14 chicane and gaining an advantage, handed a second time penalty for one of them
  • Finished eighth on track but penalties demoted him to 11th

Esteban Ocon – 4

Qualified: 20th – No time set
Finished: 8th (+3 ahead of team mate)

  • Reprimanded for nearly hitting Russell in pits in first practice
  • Heavy 51G crash at turn 14 in third practice forced him out of qualifying
  • Passed Latifi on the second lap before running behind Albon on hard tires
  • Gained places from rivals ahead stopping, eventually rising to eighth
  • Pitted after Virtual Safety Car was upgraded to Safety Car, allowing him to rejoin in tenth
  • Ran tenth at restart, gained ninth after Vettel and Schumacher collided
  • Claimed after the race to have been feeling “50 percent physically” after Saturday crash

Pierre Gasly – 5

Qualified: 7th (+2 ahead of team mate)
Finished: Retired (Crash damage, L45)

  • Secured seventh on the grid after “besting of the year”
  • Passed Hamilton at the start to sit sixth before Hamilton retook the place on lap six
  • Absorbed pressure from Alonso and had to pit early to defend undercut attempt
  • Faced more pressure from Alonso until being hit by the Alpine at turn one
  • Told that his car data looked clear after clash but complained of bent steering
  • Suddenly lost grip entering the marina, losing multiple positions until contact with Norris ended his race

Yuki Tsunoda – 4

Qualified: 9th (-2 behind team mate)
Finished: 12th

  • Struggled for practice pace compared with team mate
  • Reached Q3 to secure ninth on grid
  • Lost one position to Alonso at the start
  • First to switch from mediums to hards, dropping him to the back
  • Pitted for softs under Safety Car but only able to pass Latifi, finishing in 12th
Vettel’s race ended after contact with Schumacher

Sebastian Vettel – 4

Qualified: 13th (-3 behind team mate)
Classified: 17th (-7 behind team mate)

  • Eliminated in Q2 after admitting “small wobble” in final sector cost him Q3 berth
  • Forced to start from the pit lane after fuel legality concerns
  • Followed team mate Stroll up the order on hard tires until passed by Magnussen
  • Repassed Magnussen at turn 17 before losing position to both Haas at turn 11 the next lap
  • Gained two places after restart clash between Stroll and Magnussen to sit 11th
  • Snatched two places from Ocon and Schumacher at turn 17
  • Collision at turn on with Schumacher ended race, deemed racing incident

Lance Stroll – 6

Qualified: 10th (+3 ahead of team mate)
Finished: 10th (+7 ahead of team mate)

  • Reached Q3 but “messy” final sector left him ninth
  • Forced to start from the pit lane after fuel legality concerns
  • Ran hard tires on first stint, passing Latifi and fighting off Magnussen
  • Stuck behind Alonso for 24 laps until pitting under Virtual Safety Car
  • Clashed with Magnussen at restart, losing three places
  • Received black-and-white warning flag for weaving
  • Second collision with Magnussen at turn 11, but deemed not responsible by stewards
  • Finished 12th on track but inherited a point for tenth after Alonso and Ricciardo penalised

Nicholas Latifi – 3

Qualified: 19th (-1 behind team mate)
Finished: 14th (-5 behind team mate)

  • Slowest in all three practice sessions
  • Eliminated slowest in Q1 to start 19th
  • Started on hard tires but struggled for pace over first stint
  • Ran at back of the field before pitting but could not take advantage of medium tires
  • Finished ahead of both Haas drivers after their late problems
Alex Albon, Williams, Miami International Autodrome, 2022
Albon scored points for the second time in three races

Alexander Albon – 6

Qualified: 18th (+1 ahead of team mate)
Finished: 9th (+5 ahead of team mate)

  • Found for exceeding pit lane speed limit by 7.6km/h in first practice
  • Baffled by failure to convert promising practice pace into qualifying, leaving him 18th
  • Used medium tires to pass Russell in early laps
  • Made early switch to hards, passing Tsunoda and Latifi still on old tires
  • Jumped five spots to 11th under Safety Car
  • Passed by Vettel after restart, dropping to 12th
  • Gained two places after Vettel and Schumacher collided to finish tenth, which became ninth after Alonso penalty

Valtteri Bottas – 6

Qualified: 5th (+12 ahead of team mate)
Finished: 7th

  • Crashed at turn seven in first practice, causing heavy damage that ended his Friday running
  • Secured ‘best of the rest’ honors with fifth on the grid in qualifying
  • Kept fifth off the line and ran there through the entire opening stint
  • Gained fifth back under Safety Car but lost two places to Mercedes after turn 17 mistake
  • Unable to challenge Hamilton ahead and finished seventh

Zhou Guanyu – 5

Qualified: 17th (-12 behind team mate)
Finished: Retired (Water leak – L6)

  • Eliminated in Q1 for only the first time this season after hitting traffic on final lap
  • Gained one place over Russell on opening lap
  • Ran 14th until being called in to retire with a water leak on lap six

Mick Schumacher – 4

Qualified: 15th (+1 ahead of team mate)
Finished: 15th (+1 ahead of team mate)

  • Reached Q2 but eliminated as slowest in second session
  • Passed Ricciardo and Tsunoda in early laps, before being told to let Magnussen by for tenth
  • Gained ninth after rivals pitted under Safety Car
  • Took advantage of Magnussen’s lunge on Vettel to pass him before Magnussen error moved him 12th
  • Clashed with Vettel in closing laps, causing him to pit for a new front wing, deemed a racing incident
Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Miami International Autodrome, 2022
Magnussen described Miami as his hardest race ever

Kevin Magnussen – 3

Qualified: 16th (-1 behind team mate)
Finished: 16th (-1 behind team mate)

  • Eliminated in Q1 after losing radio communication in qualifying
  • Passed Ricciardo and Tsunoda in early laps before being allowed past Schumacher
  • Dived past Vettel for 13th but mistake at turn 17 allowed Schumacher back through
  • Clashed with Stroll at the restart, suffering front wing damage
  • Made further contact with Stroll at turn 11, receiving a five second penalty
  • Described the race as the “hardest I’ve ever done”

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