The top marks were earned for the course of the race and the safety of modern Formula 1 cars. The drivers didn't get through the weekend without making mistakes. Not even Carlos Sainz, who finally won on the 150th attempt.
Carlos Sainz is finally a GP winner and a pole position man. The 27-year-old Spaniard had to wait 150 races for the two highlights. Only Sergio Perez took longer. Sainz wasn't the fastest man at Silverstone. Under normal circumstances he would not have stood a chance against Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and probably Lewis Hamilton.
But Sainz made the most of his chances. On Saturday when his last lap was his best. Neither Verstappen, Leclerc nor Hamilton succeeded. And on Sunday, when the safety car and an incomprehensible strategy from Ferrari gave him the lead. And he didn't give it up anymore. We give it a 9 for so much efficiency. Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez, Lando Norris and Fernando Alonso also get it.
Grade 9 for Schumacher's first points
We also give the grade 9 to Mick Schumacher. Finally the first championship points are sealed. With an impeccable performance. Schumacher had the speed, he kept the tires in good condition, and in the duel with Verstappen for 7th place he didn't allow himself to be carried away to an insane attack. This shows overview and racing intelligence.
Maybe there would have been more if a mechanic hadn't forgotten a spacer in the left tie rod on Saturday. With a car that pulled to the left, qualifying was limited to 19th place. One starting position behind Sebastian Vettel. At the finish, Schumacher was ahead of Vettel. The Aston Martin driver also staged a good race to catch up, but was tricked by his strategists. On old medium tires the birthday boy had no chance against the soft armada.
Great Britain GP driver's ratings
Here is a brief overview of the driver's ratings for the Grand Prix at Silverstone. As always, you can find the detailed individual reviews of all 20 drivers in the gallery.