F1 2021 Ratings Out: Who Is the Top-Rated F1 Driver – Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen?

Published 07/08/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 19, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton Pool via REUTERS/Nicolas Tucat


Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are in the midst of one of the most intense title battles in recent years. With 32 points separating them in the driver’s championship, the two drivers continue to push each other to the limit this season.

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While 2021 rolls on, F1 released the ratings for each driver in the F1 2021 video game. While there are a few surprises, the championship contenders led the way yet again.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton tied at the top of F1 2021 driver ratings

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The F1 2021 game scored drivers on five metrics. Those metrics were experience, racecraft, awareness, pace and the overall rating, which is a weighted average of these four metrics.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti

Verstappen and Hamilton have the highest rating of any driver in the game at 95. Although Verstappen is far behind in experience points, he makes up for it in racecraft and awareness points. In fact, the Dutchman has scores of 96 in awareness and racecraft, which is more than Hamilton.

Although both drivers improved on their ratings from last year, Verstappen’s jump is greater than Hamilton’s. In addition, their current teammates made equal jumps in ratings as well. While Valtteri Bottas jumped from 90 to 92, Sergio Perez jumped from 85 to 87.

Lando Norris gets the biggest increase in driver ratings

After a successful 2020 season, Norris stepped it up a notch with three podiums in the first nine races this season. Rated a lowly 79 in last year’s game, the Briton got a massive jump to 91, making him the fourth highest rated driver. In addition, Norris rates higher than teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who improved from 87 to 90.

However, both McLaren drivers ranked higher than their competitors at Ferrari. Charles Leclerc, rated 88 outscored his new teammate Carlos Sainz rated 87. Pierre Gasly got a massive jump in his ratings from 80 last year to 90 this year.

Although Fernando Alonso returned to the game with a rating of 89, fellow veteran Kimi Raikkonen stayed the same as last year with 87. His former teammate Sebastian Vettel also kept his 89 rating from F1 2020.

Nikita Mazepin the lowest rated driver in F1 2021

Despite this season being Mazepin’s rookie season, the Russian got the lowest rating in this year’s video game. In fact, Mazepin’s rating of 67 makes him the only driver rated below 70 in this year’s game. His teammate Mick Schumacher got a rating of 76, while Yuki Tsunoda got the highest rating among the rookies this year with 82.

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With the official F1 2021 video game set to release next week, fans can look forward to racing with their favorite drivers soon.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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