Formula One’s unprecedented 2020 season is over.
But how did the grid driver carry it? Grades are based on each season.
Top of class
Lewis Hamilton-Mercedes (A +)
Again, Hamilton is this year’s Star Formula One. His list of achievements in 2020 includes 11 race wins, 10 pole positions and a record 7th World Championship. Hamilton also led the sport’s responsibility to shed light on racism and fraud around the world. His ability to stay focused and drive success after years of leadership is commendable and he may now be the best driver ever.
Max Verstappen-Red Bull (A)
Without a doubt, Verstappen is the second best driver of the season, and it’s becoming clear that he can compete with Hamilton for the title with a more powerful car. Verstappen claimed to have won impressive victories on Silverstone, Abu Dhabi and nine other podiums. This is easily the best return for drivers other than Mercedes.
His performance compared to his teammate Alex Albon was sensational, beating him in almost every competition session during the season. Verstappen is only 23 years old, so it seems to be improving year by year. Due to his lack of patience in Turkey, he almost certainly missed the perfect score after winning his third victory of the season.
Sergio Perez-Racing Point (A)
It’s a real shame to leave Formula One after Perez has undoubtedly created his best-ever season featuring his first win. His performance in Sakhir, from the very end to the beginning, was of great value and one of the greatest victories everyone has had in recent years.
Given that Perez also missed several races with COVID-19 early in the season, finishing fourth in the Drivers’ Championship is a remarkable endeavor. Team bosses who move up and down the paddock need to be careful.
Pierre Guthrie-AlphaTauri (A)
2019 wasn’t an easy year for Guthrie, but 2020 was the exact opposite. The French were impressed with the extraordinary victory in Monza and other powerful shows in Germany, Portugal and Bahrain. Guthrie also thrived on Saturday, winning 13-4 in the AlphaTauri qualifying against teammate Daniil Kvyat. If he maintains this standard, it’s hard to see him not returning to Red Bull in the future.
George Russell-Williams / Mercedes (A-)
Russell, who hasn’t disqualified from Williams yet, clearly shows that he belongs to Formula One, before calling Mercedes in the penultimate race. At the Bahrain Grand Prix, Russell showed that he has the skills, class and spirit to not only fight for victory, but perhaps to fight for the World Championships. One weekend, he offered more than Valtteri Bottas offered throughout the second half of the season.
Daniel Ricciardo-Renault (B +)
Ricardo has surpassed everyone’s expectations with some great performances this year. Especially at the Grand Prix of Eifel and Emilia Romagna, who claimed he had won the podium. Ricardo was also able to find consistency that was lacking in touch during his first season at Renault. Australians regularly outperformed Esteban Ocon and scored points in the last 11 races of the season. Let’s hope he brings it back in 2021 for Formula One and McLaren.
Charles Leclerc-Ferrari (B +)
Once again, Leclerc demonstrated his skills in 2020, completely surpassing his experienced teammates throughout the year. It’s an incredible effort at Ferrari, a few miles away from the pace, to finish the season with six finishes to the top five in Vettel, scoring almost three times as many points as Sebastian Vettel. The only slight knock of his year was the mistake he made in Italy and Bahrain, but if Ferrari could put together that action, he would have the qualities to fight for victory on a regular basis. I understand.
Carlos Sainz-Maclaren (B)
He took some time to start this year, but when Sainz found his rhythm, he once again showed that he was one of the strongest drivers on the grid. Like Leclerc, Sainz couldn’t take full advantage of his opportunities in Monza (although he manages the best second-place finish of his career) and Bahrain. Bahrain is also missing out on better results this year. He will also want to find some improvements in qualifying trim.
Overall, 2020 only boosted Sainz’s positive reputation. Now, about that Ferrari in 2021 …
Lance Stroll-Racing Point (B-)
There have been many critics of the walk since he arrived in Formula One, but the young Canadians deserve tremendous admiration. He managed to block the noise and improve it dramatically. He is now completely confident in his abilities and it’s going well. The walk was one of two non-Mercedes drivers who won pole position this year and took the podium twice.
If he hadn’t survived the disappointing race after his first podium and was disqualified from Racing Point Teammate 11-3, the walk could have scored an A in 2020. But overall, he can be happy with his season.
Lando Norris-Maclaren (B-)
Norris booked the season with a powerful performance. He opened in a spectacular way, finishing third in Austria, recording the fastest lap in the season opener and finishing in a comfortable fifth place in Abu Dhabi. There were other strong performances throughout the season, but he needs to find a little more consistency before he can enter the third season, especially in relation to his teammates. If he can do that, he’s another driver who can easily hit A.
Kimi Raikkonen-Alfa Romeo (C-)
Although Alfa Romeo’s pace sometimes hindered his ability to perform in class, it was a fairly unstimulating year for Raikkonen, with only four championship points. He will be disappointed by the fact that his teammate Antonio Giovinazzi scored more points than he did in 2020. I hope you can return to his best shape next season.
Antonio Giovinazzi-Alfa Romeo (C-)
There were moments when Govinati was really impressed, especially Austria and Germany all year round, but like Raikkonen, he often couldn’t compete for points. The most striking aspect of his season was the fact that he outqualified Raikkonen, but his experienced teammates often outperformed him during the race. Giovinazzi has another shot showing what he can do in 202, a year, and with a little more pace, he can show that he belongs.
Needs serious improvement
Esteban Ocon-Renault (D +)
There was a lot of excitement about Ocon’s return to F1, but for most of the year he wasn’t able to respond to the hype. His efforts in both qualifying and racing were often overshadowed by his teammate Ricardo. Ocon is disqualified (15-2), crosses the race (9-3) and must improve when he faces Fernando Alonso next year. His surprising second place finish in Sakhir in the penultimate race was the only thing that prevented him from his failure in 2020.
Daniil Kvyat-AlphaTauri (D)
The AlphaTauri proved to be the car that won the race in 2020, but Kvyat didn’t look as comfortable and capable as Gasly, at least until the second half of the year. He finished the season with less than half of Guthrie’s point count, was totally disqualified and couldn’t show that he had the skills needed to return to Red Bull someday. It’s very disappointing to see Daniel chasing backwards over the last few seasons since he was demoted.
Sebastian Vettel-Ferrari (D)
Vettel has lost the high level of performance we have been accustomed to over the last decade and a half. Germans have been disappointed over and over again, whether it’s maximizing the car in qualifying, getting a clean start on race day, or just overtaking.
To highlight the gap between Vettel and Leclerc at Ferrari, the four-time World Champion was on average 0.757 seconds late in the qualifying session. His best point finish was 2, but Leclerc was 7. The only thing that saves him from this year’s failure is his unexpected podium finish in Turkey, and the only otherwise disappointing highlight of the year.
Romain Grosjean-Haas (D)
It’s great to see Grosjean healthy and feeling better after a horrific crash in Bahrain. Unfortunately, this was the last time he got off to a good start in 2020, and his appearance was very overwhelming before the accident. Throughout the season, Grosjean made too many errors, causing spins and contact with other drivers. It’s no big surprise that he won’t continue in F1 after 2020.
Kevin Magnussen-Haas (D)
Like Grosjean, Magnussen rarely smiled at Haas in 2020. Having finished one point throughout the season and three times in the Top 14, the performance was lacking, but it was very disappointing to anyone who was shown to be a much more talented driver. Haas stopped him. Magnussen finished the season with more DNF than anyone else, and F1 hasn’t won the podium since his first race at McLaren in 2014. It is no exaggeration to say that he was unable to reach his full potential.
Valtteri Bottas-Mercedes (D-)
This year was another disappointing year for Botta, who does not appear to be in the same stratosphere as his teammates. Even if Formula One won just two wins in one of the most dominant cars ever seen and the world champion missed the race in Bahrain, it was more than 120 points behind Hamilton to finish two. It highlights the gap between the two.
Bottas’ efforts in Turkey were particularly terrible, spinning many times and finally finishing in 14th place. It was an outing that really summarized his season. If he wants a serious crack in the title, or just wants to stay on Mercedes’ salary, he must find a rapid improvement in 2021.
Alex Albon-Red Bull (F)
Albon’s promotion may have been too early. His impressive rookie season brought him a call to the senior team, but since then he has struggled to match his teammates at the forefront of the grid. He was humiliated in qualifying (0-17) and actually finished behind Verstappen in every race. Both pairs received the checkered flag. Albon often found himself in scraps with the midfield team and didn’t take the opportunity of Red Bull as he should have. It’s unclear at this point if he will secure a seat next season, but if so, he should consider himself very lucky.
Nicholas Latifi-Williams (F)
There were few highlights of Latifi this year. Russell seems to be driving a much faster car as he was the only driver who failed to score a single point in the season and was totally outperformed by his teammates both in qualifying and on race day. I saw. Latifi has signed a deal next season, but it’s hard to see him maintain his position in Formula One without significant improvements. It’s as easy as that.
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