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F1 2021 Driver Ratings Update: Codemasters hammers a title contender


A new update for F1 2021 has bought big changes to the Driver Ratings within the game.

These can be implemented in your current save if you want to keep up with the changes, so there is no need to start a new My Team or Career Mode!

But, do you want to use these new ratings? Maybe not...

Title challenger gets downgrade

The logic behind the ratings changes is often hard to understand. Max Verstappen once again leads the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship, but his rating has taken a hit.

His Pace has dropped by one point, and while his Experience has bumped up one too, his overall has dropped to a 92, two points behind Lewis Hamilton.

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TITANIC BATTLE: Max & Lewis are locked in a wild fight for the championship

Max has had four top-2 finishes in the last five races, and a pair of second-place finishes since the last update. While he was a little lucky with the weather in Russia there is no reason to feel that his pace has dropped off even slightly.

Gasly punished again

Pierre Gasly was harshly hit with a 5-second penalty and one point on his lisence in Turkey for being stuck in the middle at turn 1 and tagging Fernando Alonso. Even the Spaniard thought Gasly shouldn't have been penalised, but Codemasters has compounded that stewards decision with a downgrade for the Frenchman in F1 2021.

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WHAT WAS HE MEANT TO DO: Gasly's ratings hit is the biggest in this update

Gasly has received a 12-point hit to his Awareness which seems excessive. That has dropped his Overall by 3 points.

Alonso, who had a far more flagrant penalty when he punted Mick Schumacher in the same race, has had his Awareness dropped by nine, and even with a Racecraft drop of three his rating has only decreased by two, to 89.

Full Driver Ratings

Driver
Experience
Racecraft
Awareness
Pace
Overall
Lewis Hamilton
93
94
85
98
94
Max Verstappen
71
94
87
97
92
Valtteri Bottas
77
91
92
92
91
Pierre Gasly
61
93
87
91
89
Fernando Alonso
99
90
86
89
89
Lando Norris
62
93
85
92
89
Daniel Ricciardo
82
95
92
86
89
Sebastian Vettel
92
92
87
88
89
Carlos Sainz
71
91
95
86
88
Charles Leclerc
64
91
88
90
88
Kimi Raikkonen
99
90
81
86
87
Sergio Perez
82
89
81
87
86
Esteban Ocon
62
94
85
79
83
Lance Stroll
64
91
79
83
83
George Russell
62
76
85
85
82
Antonio Giovinazzi
56
82
79
83
80
Mick Schumacher
52
65
86
85
79
Yuki Tsunoda
51
81
78
77
77
Nicholas Latifi
58
73
79
71
73
Nikita Mazepin
52
65
78
65
67

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