F1 2021 Driver Ratings Revealed: Is Hamilton or Verstappen top dog on the virtual grid?

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The release of F1 2021 is just days away! As racers around the world wait for the new game to become available, Codemasters has lifted the lid on the F1 2021 driver ratings.

With the Formula 1 crown more hotly contested this season than we have seen for some time, just how will Codemasters and EA rate the 20 drivers?


Let's take a look!

Hamilton vs Verstappen

The seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton has found himself behind in the championship to Max Verstappen following his longest run without a win since 2016.

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Red Bull's star man is leading a single-seater championship for the first time in his career and relishing his time at the top, but how has Codemasters rated the two for F1 2021? Equally!!

That's right, both Verstappen and Hamilton are getting a massive 95 overall score from Codemasters. That is higher than any of the seven Icons included in the Deluxe Edition bundle too.

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While Lewis has the experience edge on Verstappen, Codemasters gives the young Dutchman the better racecraft and awareness rating. Hamilton just beats Verstappen on pace though.


Rest of the field

Behind the two juggernauts of F1, the rest of the ratings are littered with talking points. The first one being the perhaps generous 92 overall that Valtteri Bottas gets.

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Valtteri is having a miserable season, both thanks to some bad luck but also just some bizarre weekends where his pace disappears.


Behind Bottas is a gaggle of young, hungry drivers. Lando Norris (91), Pierre Gasly (90), and Charles Leclerc (88) are all hot on the heels of HAM VER BOT and ready to break the status quo.

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There are some impressive veterans too though, as Daniel Ricciardo (90), Fernando Alonso (89), and Sebastian Vettel (89) all get good ratings.

Complete F1 2021 Driver Ratings

Here's the full breakdown of driver ratings. Which do you think Codemasters & EA got spot on? And which are off the mark?

Driver Team Experience Racecraft Awareness Pace Rating
Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing6996969795
Lewis HamiltonMercedes9294899895
Valtteri BottasMercedes7589999292
Lando NorrisMcLaren6096998991
Daniel RicciardoMcLaren8094918890
Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri5992998990
Fernando AlonsoAlpine9989948689
Sebastian VettelAston Martin9193878889
Charles LeclercFerrari6288879288
Carlos SainzFerrari6988948587
Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing8192848787
Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo9991848687
Esteban OconAlpine6093987986
George RussellWilliams6076998384
Lance StrollAston Martin6293828283
Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri4688788682
Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo5482828079
Mick SchumacherHaas4765818376
Nicholas LatifiWilliams5569797071
Nikita MazepinHaas4765786667