F1 Driver Standings 2020: Who Takes Which Position in the Table?

Published 12/25/2020, 7:10 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 13, 2020 Drivers pose ahead of the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


After the season-finale in Abu Dhabi, the 2020 F1 season drew to a conclusion. 13 of the 23 drivers took the podium while only five of them managed to stand at the top step. But where did they eventually end up in the points table after 17 exhilarating rounds of races?

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1) Lewis Hamilton – 347 points (11 wins & 13 podiums)

No surprises here. The Briton sealed his record-equaling seventh World Championship this season by outclassing teammate Valtteri Bottas. Expect him to be the leader of the pack next season too.

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Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason

2) Valtteri Bottas – 223 points (two wins & 10 podiums)

Second to Lewis Hamilton in the true sense. Despite driving the same Mercedes car and finishing second in the standings, Bottas does not sit at the same champion-caliber table as Lewis.

3) Max Verstappen – 214 points (two wins & 10 podiums)

Max is the biggest threat to Hamilton’s title chances. And if he retires, Verstappen is the apparent successor on the throne.

4) Sergio Perez – 125 points (one win & one podium)

We are truly entering the mid-field class now. The Mexican’s career-best season culminated in a maiden race win and landed him a Red Bull drive.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

5) Daniel Ricciardo – 119 points (two podiums)

Sometimes, his performances go under the radar because of his evergreen persona. Make no mistake, Ricciardo is one of the premium drivers on the F1 grid. Responsible for Renault’s first podium in 10 years, he will look to finish higher with Mclaren in 2021.

6) Carlos Sainz Jr. – 105 points (one podium)

The Spaniard continued his upward trajectory this season. Though level on points with Albon, Sainz beats him on account of a higher number of second-place finishes – second in Italian GP while Albon took third in Tuscan GP & Bahrain GP.

7) Alex Albon – 105 points (two podiums)

His position in the table is the reason he won’t be partnering with Max next season. Scoring less than half the points as your teammate puts no F1 driver in good stead.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – DecembRed Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

8) Charles Leclerc – 98 points (two podiums)

One may be wondering why fans and critics call him the next big thing in F1 when he could muster only 98 points in a Ferrari. However, scoring almost three times the points as his four-time World Champion teammate only strengthens his case.

9) Lando Norris – 97 points (one podium)

The other half of the most evenly matched driver pairing of the season.

10) Pierre Gasly – 75 points (one win)

Like Perez, Gasly grabbed an unexpected and emotional victory. In some regards, his performances played a part in kicking Daniil Kvyat out of his AlphaTauri seat.

11) Lance Stroll – 75 points (two podiums)

An up and down season that yielded a couple of podiums and a surprise pole position in Turkey.

12) Esteban Ocon – 62 points (one podium)

He had some difficult times in his F1 return next to his more accomplished teammate. If he does not pull up his socks, Fernando Alonso will make it hell for him.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 25: Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren F1 walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

13) Sebastian Vettel – 33 points (one podium)

Vettel’s position on the table personifies his and Ferrari’s struggles this season.

14) Daniil Kvyat – 32 points

Even a strong finish to the season could not help Kvyat salvage his race seat.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Race winner Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Carlin celebrates on the podium during the sprint race of the Formula 2 Championship at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

15) Nico Hulkenberg – 10 points

He showed why he deserves a place on the F1 grid. With almost zero practice in the cockpit, he drove to a superb eighth-placed finish at Eifel GP 2020.

16) Kimi Raikkonen – four points

Biggest achievements – FIA Action of the Year Award and record for most F1 race starts.

17) Antonio Giovinazzi – four points

Better drivers than him find themselves without a drive for the 2021 F1 season.

18) George Russell – three points

Ah! The curious case of George! Getting the first points finish of your F1 career may be a joy for some, but it was anguish for him. However, with his talent and affiliation with Mercedes, he won’t stay at the bottom of the table for long.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ George Russell celebrates after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

19) Romain Grosjean – two points

Surviving the horror crash in Bahrain was perhaps more important than a single points finish.

20) Kevin Magnussen – one point

Another driver who may have had his last swan song in F1. His defensive driving drove his peers crazy; the animated discussions with those on his team radio will be a missing element next season.

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21) – 23) Nicholas Latifi, Jack Aitken & Emerson Fittipaldi – 0 points

None of these pay drivers could open their accounts in F1.

Will the 2021 F1 Driver’s standings surprise us?

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2020 Haas’ Mick Schumacher walks the circuit with his team REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Well, at the very top of the pile, it is difficult. Max, Lewis, and Valtteri may take the top three places once again. However, the battle for the fourth and below spots may be hotly contested next season too.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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