Late catastrophe for Max Verstappen as Charles Leclerc wins Bahrain GP – driver ratings

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Alex Albon – Williams: 6

Possibly exceeded expectations by reaching Q2 on Saturday, and Williams do not look to be in a position to be challenging for points in these early stages of the season. Stayed out of trouble, and probably got about as good of a result as he could.

Nicholas Latifi – Williams: 5

Started from the very back of the grid and never looked likely to make too many inroads. Largely made up the numbers this weekend, did the Canadian.

Valtteri Bottas – Alfa Romeo: 7

After a brilliant qualifying result, his start was a disaster as he fell down to 14th from sixth. Steadily made his way further up the order, showing patience and the buckets of experience he has. Held on well for points.

Zhou Guanyu – Alfa Romeo: 7

A lot of attention on Zhou as the first Chinese driver ever in F1. Even if his racing career goes nowhere, an overtake on Hamilton in his Mercedes will be a story to tell the grandkids. Managed to get a point to round of what was a rather impressive debut overall!

Kevin Magnussen – Haas: 8

Got off to a great start and moved up to fifth, but repeatedly made errors in turn 1 which saw him picked off at times. Worked his way back up to seventh, though, and delivered a good haul of points on his return to F1.

Mick Schumacher – Haas: 7

Suffered an early spin after some unfriendly contact from Ocon on the first lap, but seemed to recover pretty well. Might have ensured double points for Haas, but fell out of 10th after the safety car restart and narrowly missed out. They will come, though.



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