Ranking F1 – after seven races

It is time for the return of my F1 rankings. These are my first since the end of the 2011 season. What a start we have seen to 2012, seven races and seven different winners. I have been impressed by five of those winners' campaigns so far. You can probably work out the five from the rankings.

1 Fernando Alonso +1

2 Lewis Hamilton +4

3 Sebastien Vettel -2

4 Nico Rosberg /

5 Romain Grosjean NE

6 Sergio Perez +3

7 Heikki Kovaleinen -2

8 Mark Webber +2

9 Jenson Button -6

10 Nico Hulkenberg RE

11 Paul Di Resta -4

12 Kamui Kobayashi -3

13 Kimi Raikkonen NE

14 Michael Schumacher -3

15 Pastor Maldonado +10

16 Timo Glock -1

17 Daniel Ricciardo /

18 Jean-Eric Vergne NE

19 Felipe Massa -6

20 Charles Pic NE

21 Vitaly Petrov -5

22 Pedro De La Rosa -3

23 Bruno Senna RE

24 Narain Kathikeyan /

 

I think Alonso deserves to be top of this pile for what he managed to achieve with what was an underperforming Ferrari early on. Hamilton meanwhile has been consistently fast this year with the only faults committed by his team. We have also seen two overperfoming youngsters in Grosjean and Perez. Both have had fantastic starts to the year and both appear to have bright futures. I am less impressed by Maldonado, he moves up 10 places thanks to his superb drive in Spain but his personality still hinders. His move on Perez in Monaco stops me from taking him seriously and I still blame him for a similar move on Hamilton at Spa last year. He may be quick but he needs to temper that with a hold on stupid outburst.

 

Meanwhile right at the base, I am starting to wonder if Bruno Senna is capable at this level, he is not doing well at all in that Williams. If I had to drop three drivers from F1 at this stage of the season it would have to be Karthikeyan, Senna and Massa.