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Round 9 Formula 1 Driver, Rookie, and Constructor Awards

Our team of Formula 1 writers and broadcasters vote on the top performers for each race

Posted on June 22, 2023


  Dane Miller, Stephen Vilardo & Greg Kokot

There are a lot of moving parts and players that go into a successful Formula 1 team.

From the principal to the technical director and mechanics, the team can include anywhere from 300 to 1,200 people.

But the drivers and constructors shoulder the better part of the glory and blame.

Each week, or Formula 1 “Round,” our team of writers and broadcasters vote on awards for the top Driver, Rookie, and Constructor (which designs and builds the engine and chassis).

Our selections for last week’s Canadian Grand Prix appear below, along with a table showing how each writer-broadcaster voted.

— Dane Miller, Series Editor


Driver of the Week – Alex Albon, Williams

Thailand’s Alex Albon had one of the most impressive drives of the season at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Driving a Williams—one of the worst cars on the grid—Albon managed to finish seventh and ahead of the much stronger Alpines along with Lance Stroll in an Aston Martin.

Albon

Williams did bring a series of upgrades to their car that may have contributed to the success. Yet, Albon refused to be passed.

Lap after lap, a group of cars behind him were enjoying the increased speed produced by the drag reduction system. But by placing his car in all the right spots, Albon was able to prevent passes.

His skill in holding onto his position might have been the top performance of any driver this season.

Albon’s seventh-place finish earned him recognition as the “Best of the Rest,” with only the drivers from the top teams finishing ahead of him. Realistically, Williams had no business finishing that high up on the grid.

Albon’s form probably elevated him to the status as favorite to replace Sergio Perez at Red Bull in the near future.


Constructor of the Week – Ferrari

For what seems like the first time in several years, Ferrari got the strategy right. The famous Italian team has developed a reputation for blundering its race strategy and its drivers routinely refuse team orders.

But at the Canadian Grand Prix, Ferrari hit a home run. Bucking the multi-stop strategy that all the other teams used, the Prancing Horses pit just a single time and made their tires last to the end.

The result was a fourth and fifth-place finish after starting the race 10th and 11th. The track itself plays to the strength of Ferrari’s car, but the bold strategy call made the difference.

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko even told reporters that Ferrari’s race pace was faster than Red Bull and he was glad they started so far back.

The strong pace combined with the perfect strategy indicates what Ferrari could be—and arguably should be considering their resources.

Still, it was only one weekend and the team will continue to bear the reputation of having an incompetent race strategy until performances like this become the norm.


Rookie of the Week – Oscar Piastri, McLaren

McLaren’s Oscar Piastri continues to perform above expectations. The rookie finished 11th in Canada and outpaced his teammate who finished 13th.

Piastri

To put his performance into perspective, the other two rookies in the field finished 18th and 20th. At this point in the season, the Australian is arguably no longer a rookie and has established himself as a respected driver.

He did make a mistake in qualifying that resulted in a spin. But he didn’t damage the car and his crash produced a mixed-up starting grid that added to the drama.

Piastri’s form was even more respectable considering the wet weather the teams dealt with during practice and qualifying.

It sounds like a broken record, but the young Australian continues to distinguish himself as the top rookie. And it’s not even close.


How Our Writers and Broadcasters Voted

—Driver of the Week—
DaneAlex Albon
GregAlex Albon
StephenAlex Albon
—Rookie of the Week—
DaneOscar Piastri
GregOscar Piastri
StephenOscar Piastri
—Constructor of the Week—
Dane
Ferrari
GregFerrari
StephenRed Bull



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