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ASN driver rankings: season break, part 2

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 20: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving (16) the Ferrari F1-75 leads Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 and the rest of the field going into the first corner at the start of the race during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 20, 2022 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

OPINION: After the first part of the ASN driver rankings has been revealed, it is time to take a look at the top 10 drivers of the 2022 F1 season so far.

The rules are the same. The position of a driver is based on an average mark given by the ASN editorial staff. In the event of a tie, the driver with a higher position in the Drivers’ Championship gets a better position in the rankings.

10. Fernando Alonso – 7.25/10

Luciano Calamante: One of the most legendary drivers in Formula 1 that still delivers to this day – Alonso had a poor start to the season, but he is not to blame in its entirety.

Fernando Alonso at the French GP. Credits: Reddit.

9. Sebastian Vettel – 7.5/10

Anton Hreskiv: Though he has missed the first two races of the season due to COVID, Vettel outscored his teammate Lance Stroll. The German is certainly set to end his F1 career on a high.

Sebastian Vettel at the Azerbaijan GP. Credits: Reddit.

8. Lewis Hamilton – 7.5/10

LC: Unfortunate start to the season by a team heavily affected by the new regulations. Hamilton has had some lows -like in Jeddah- but is on his way up to recovery and to fight for that desired 8th world title.

2022 Hungary Grand Prix 2022, Saturday – LAT Images. Credits: Mercedes.

7. Lando Norris – 7.75/10

LC: One of the rising stars in the sport of another team who’s suffered in contrast to 2021.

Lando Norris at the French GP. Credits: Reddit.

6. Kevin Magnussen – 8/10

LC: Asked to be back in a rush after Nikita Mazepin’s ban, Magnussen was already delivering since race 1 in a very promising Haas.

HUNGARORING, HUNGARY – JULY 29: Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team during the Hungarian GP at Hungaroring on Friday July 29, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Andy Hone / LAT Images). Credits: LAT Photo.

5. Valtteri Bottas – 8/10

LC: He’s not driving a Mercedes, but sure has the relief of not feeling the pressure of racing alongside a world champion. Though he’s not in race-winning machinery, he’s done some great performances.

Valtteri Bottas at the Hungarian GP. Credits: Reddit.

4. Carlos Sainz – 8.5/10

AH: Sainz scored his first pole position and race win in Britain which was a remarkable achievement for the Spaniard. At the same time, the impression of Sainz’s performance was affected by blunders in the early stages of the season.

Carlos Sainz at the Austrian GP. Credits: Reddit.

3. George Russell – 8.5/10

AH: Russell made a strong start to his stint at Mercedes. The 24-year-old was in the top 5 in every race he had finished and is currently ahead of Hamilton in the standings.

2022 Hungary Grand Prix, Sunday – Steve Etherington. Credits: Mercedes.

2. Charles Leclerc – 8.5/10

LC: A champion in the making who still needs to grow further, but the potential is there – although his team has been of no big help so far.

Charles Leclerc at the French GP. Credits: Reddit.

Winner. Max Verstappen – 9.75/10

LC: Verstappen is determined to win another world championship this year and has shown more maturity in contrast to 2021, though he’s not facing the same pressure as last year.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 29: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 29, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.
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