Mercedes is going through an unprecedented stage, which leaves a script completely unexpected by statistics. The Brackley team, which had imposed
Mercedes is going through an unprecedented stage, which leaves a script completely unexpected by statistics. The Brackley team, which had imposed its hegemony in an unappealable way in the hybrid era, has gone from dominating everything with Hamilton to abandoning his favorite status and also, to having a new benchmark in the garage. A priori it is not what was expected of Russell when he sealed his signature with the star team, but the Briton has managed to outshine a seven-time champion This could be one of the main reasons that have catapulted him to the third position in the ranking of drivers drawn up by F1.
As usual every year, and here the custom has not changed, the World Cup prepares the power ranking, a list in which the best pilots are ordered by scores during the current season. A panel made up of five judges evaluates each driver with a score from 0 to 10 after each grand prix, regardless of the team they belong to, and from there an average is made that currently maintains Leclerc at the top (he holds an 8.9), followed by Verstappen (8.8) and the new Mercedes star, Russell (8.3).
The Briton, currently appearing on the fourth position overall, 41 points behind the Red Bull leader, not only has he managed to stand out above Hamilton along with those from Brackley but also, together with a single-seater that is fighting to position itself as the best in the middle zone, he has managed to make two visits to a podium that Lewis only savored (eighth in the ranking with an average 7.3) in Bahrain so far in 2022. A figure that is also lower than that of a Sainz (with four podiums), not even It has a gap in a top-10 that Alonso closes (7.1).
After his performance at the Monaco GP, the Spaniard returns to the top ten positions while the Ferrari driver, convicted of some mistakes during his adaptation process to the new F1-75, is left out of the best brands according to experts. It is contradictory that a pilot capable of fight for victories, even being a candidate for the title champion, stay out of the photo of the best at this point in the season. But at least you have 15 great prizes to reverse the situation and give him the bell. Because you cannot forget that Carlos continues to aspire to everything.