Which drivers are working wonders in sub-par equipment? Who’s finished last more than anyone else? Here are 20 telling stats on their performances so far.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2021
Although Hamilton’s Hungary result means he now leads the championship, he hasn’t led the most laps this year. Only once in the past 12 years has a driver who didn’t lead the most laps won the title – Nico Rosberg in 2016

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Baku City Circuit, 2021
Underlining Mercedes’ diminished competitiveness compared to recent seasons, Bottas ranks only sixth in terms of laps led, behind his team mate, the Red Bull drivers, Charles Leclerc and Esteban Ocon

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Red Bull Ring, 2021
Verstappen has led the most laps of any driver this year – 403, over three times as many as Hamilton – including every lap of both races at the Red Bull Ring

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Autodromo do Algarve, 2021
Perez has led his team mate on-track for just 4.5% of laps where both cars were circulating, the lowest of any driver. Every time it happened – in Portugal, Azerbaijan and France – it was because Verstappen pitted first

Lando Norris

Lando Norris, McLaren, Bahrain International Circuit, 2021
Norris has been the first driver home in a car other than a Mercedes or Red Bull far more often than any other driver – seven times in the first 11 races. Leclerc is the only other driver to have done so more than once, finishing ‘best of the rest’ twice

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, Autodromo do Algarve, 2021
While Norris hasn’t failed to reach Q3 yet, Ricciardo has gone out in Q2 five times and Q1 once

Lance Stroll

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin, Autodromo do Algarve, 2021
Stroll may not have scored as many points as Vettel, but he has finished ahead of him more often in races where both drivers reached the chequered flag

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin, Hungaroring, 2021
Before his disqualification in Hungary, Vettel had scored more points over the first 11 races this year than he had during the whole of 2020

Esteban Ocon

Ocon is the only driver to have won a race in a car other than a Red Bull or a Mercedes

Fernando Alonso

The Alpine drivers are the closest team mates in the championship – Alonso is just one point behind Ocon, and has the longest scoring streak of any active driver, with top 10 finishes in the last six races

Charles Leclerc

Start, Baku City Circuit, 2021
Leclerc is the only driver to have taken pole position in a car other than a Red Bull or a Mercedes, though he only got to start there in Baku, as a car problem meant he failed to start in Monaco

Carlos Sainz Jnr

Carlos Sainz Jnr, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2021
Sainz an Leclerc were level on points until Vettel was disqualified in Hungary. Now Sainz leads by three, despite having finished behind Leclerc more often than not in qualifying and the races

Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly's destroyed left-rear tyre, 2021 Styrian Grand Prix
Gasly is statistically the worst started this year, having lost a total of 24 places on lap one. Damage in the Styrian Grand Prix and a delay due to the turn one crash in Hungary are largely to blame

Yuki Tsunoda

Despite picking up points on his debut and in four subsequent races, Tsunoda has the lowest share of any team’s haul, contributing just 23% of AlphaTauri’s total

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo, Red Bull Ring, 2021
Raikkonen is the best starter so far this year, gaining a total of 30 places on the first lap, including five at the Styrian Grand Prix

Antonio Giovinazzi

Despite out-qualifying Raikkonen 80% of the time, Giovinazzi has spent just 29% of laps ahead of his team mate during races

Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher, Haas, Hungaroring, 2021
Schumacher is the only Haas driver to have run in a points-paying position this year – he spent 24 laps in the top 10 in Hungary

Nikita Mazepin

Nikita Mazepin, Haas, Autodromo do Algarve, 2021
Mazepin has chalked up the most last-placed finishes of any driver this year – six so far. Team mate Schumacher has two

George Russell

George Russell, Williams, Silverstone, 2021
Russell isn’t the only driver to have out-qualified his team mate every weekend – Gasly and Schumacher have too – but among those only the Williams drivers have set times in every qualifying session. Russell’s ‘Mr Saturday’ nickname is therefore well deserved except perhaps at Silverstone, scene of his best result, when qualifying was on Friday.

Nicholas Latifi

Nicholas Latifi, Williams, Hungaroring, 2021
Latifi trails Russell 7-2 in terms of who has finished ahead in races but he was leading when it counted in Hungary, and has scored more points than his team mate as a result

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