Verstappen still dominates but rivals catching up

  • We are 12 rounds into the 2024 Formula 1 World Championship
  • Max Verstappen leads the 2024 F1 Drivers’ Championship standings
  • Red Bull Racing leads the 2024 F1 Constructors’ Championship standings

The 12th round of the 2024 Formula 1 World Championship got underway on Sunday with the British Grand Prix, held at Silverstone.

Mercedes-Benz AMG’s Lewis Hamilton took the win, his first victory in over two years. The victory is also the second for Mercedes this season.

However, Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen, the reigning champion, came charging back to take P2 in the final few laps of the race. 

Norris put up a great fight at Silverstone, like he has in previous rounds, but tire decisions and strategy sealed his fate. The McLaren driver was primed to finish second behind Hamilton, like he did in the two previous races, the Spanish and Canadian Grands Prix. He also made his maiden victory this season, by taking top honors at the Miami Grand Prix, and given his improving pace there may be more victories for him before the year is out.

Norris’ strong performance also means McLaren has well and truly overtaken Ferrari as the team putting up the best fight against leader Red Bull. Mercedes has also shown some pace in recent rounds, though like Ferrari it remains a step behind Red Bull and McLaren.

Verstappen is still the favorite to take home the title this season, which will be his fourth, though his performance gap with Norris isn’t as big as it used to be, as witnessed in the last three races.

Fellow Red Bull driver Sergio Perez continues to deliver a mixed performance and as a result remains well off the pace of his teammate.

Mercedes, like Perez, has struggled throughout much of the season, though recent upgrades look to be turning the tide. Nevertheless, any change is too late to retain star driver Lewis Hamilton, who switches to Ferrari next year.

There’s still plenty of time for teams to make changes and for drivers to further catch up with current leader Verstappen, as there are still 13 races to go in this season.

2024 F1 Drivers’ Championship standings

1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing – 255 points
2) Lando Norris, McLaren – 171 points
3) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari – 150 points
4) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari – 146 points
5) Oscar Piastri, McLaren – 124 points
6) Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing – 118 points
7) George Russell, Mercedes-Benz AMG – 111 points
8) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG – 110 points
9) Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin – 45 points
10) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin – 23 points
11) Nico Hulkenberg, Haas – 22 points
12) Yuki Tsunoda, RB – 20 points
13) Daniel Ricciardo, RB – 11 points
14) Oliver Bearman, Ferrari – 6 points
15) Pierre Gasly, Alpine – 6 points
16) Kevin Magnussen, Haas – 5 points
17) Alexander Albon, Williams – 4 points
18) Esteban Ocon, Alpine – 3 points
19) Zhou Guanyu, Sauber – 0 points
20) Logan Sargeant, Williams – 0 points
21) Valtteri Bottas, Sauber – 0 points

2024 F1 Constructors’ Championship standings

1) Red Bull Racing – 373 points
2) Ferrari – 302 points
3) McLaren – 295 points
4) Mercedes-Benz AMG – 221 points
5) Aston Martin – 68 points
6) RB – 31 points
7) Haas – 27 points
8) Alpine – 9 points
9) Williams – 4 points
10) Sauber – 0 points

2024 F1 season race winners

Bahrain Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Australian Grand Prix – Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
Japanese Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Chinese Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Miami Grand Prix – Lando Norris, McLaren
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Monaco Grand Prix – Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
Canadian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Spanish Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Austrian Grand Prix – George Russell, Meredes-Benz AMG
British Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG
Hungarian Grand Prix – TBA
Belgian Grand Prix – TBA
Dutch Grand Prix – TBA
Italian Grand Prix – TBA
Azerbaijan Grand Prix – TBA
Singapore Grand Prix – TBA
United States Grand Prix (Austin) – TBA
Mexican Grand Prix – TBA
Brazilian Grand Prix – TBA
Las Vegas Grand Prix – TBA
Qatar Grand Prix – TBA
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – TBA

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