Lewis Hamilton Gets Poor Awareness Rating Compared to Bottas, Verstappen

Published 07/11/2021, 2:56 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


The F1 2021 video game release is almost around the corner. As a result, Codemasters have released the driver ratings. They have evaluated the drivers based on- experience, race craft, awareness, and pace.

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These scores median to one overall score. Upon looking at the individual scores closely, one notices Lewis Hamilton has an awareness score of a meager 89.

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The official website describes awareness as: “A measure of the driver’s ability to avoid incidents and penalties in a race.” Hamilton was behind names like Russell, Ocon, Verstappen, and his teammate, Bottas.

Surely, fans weren’t too happy about the score, and the comments hold testament to it. Codemasters have put Hamilton in the same group as Tsunoda, Mazepin, and Stroll. Did the seven-time-world champion get a fair score?

Lewis Hamilton- incidents and penalties

Is the awareness score fair? In all honesty, Lewis has had his decent share of incidences on track. 2008, in Canada, Hamilton crashed into Raikkonen in the pit lane. Because of this, it penalized him with a 10-place drop in the next race.

The 2019 Australian GP saw Hamilton and McLaren give “deliberately misleading” evidence over a safety car incident. This resulted in Hamilton being excluded from race results.

More recently, 202o gave us the Hamilton-Albon crash. The incident at Austria last season gave Hamilton a five-second penalty.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc seen in the background REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

What one can also consider a lack of “awareness” is the incident at Baku with the breaks. That was a regrettable incident as it affected his championship standing in the long run.

In Hamilton’s 14-year- long career, a collection of incidents and penalties is inevitable; is it fair to give the reigning champion an 89?

How did the others fair?

Unsurprisingly, both Hamilton and his rival for the championship share the same overall score. Max and Lewis sit on top of the pile with a score of 95. Mazepin holds the lowest score of 67.

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He falls short in the areas of awareness and pace. Valtteri Bottas and George Russell stood 92 and 84, respectively. McLaren’s teammates Ricciardo and Norris were extremely close to each other with 90 and 91.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads at the start of the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

The scores shouldn’t receive too much weight. However, fans don’t like the idea of having someone with Lewis’ skill set being rated poorly.

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Hamilton has matched F1 legend Michael Schumacher and broken many records. A simple video game rating shouldn’t pass over that.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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