Yuki Tsunoda (P12): 6.5/10
It was a solid weekend for Yuki Tsunoda for the most part, even if things got away from him in the race itself. He was in the top six in the timesheets in both of Friday's practice sessions, and duly joined his AlphaTauri team mate Pierre Gasly in the final round of qualifying on Saturday which saw him pick up seventh place on the grid with every expectation of points in the race. Unfortunately starting on the soft compound and being the first of the front runners to make a scheduled stop on lap 12 pretty much undid all his good work up to that point. He dropped right ot the back and lost time taking care of the likes of Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher before getting held up behind Antonio Giovinazzi and Nicholas Latifi. By lap 50 he was up to ninth behind the two Ferraris, but a second pit stop sent him tumbling back out of the points and this time there was no way back. "I struggled with pace during the race and tyre management was really tricky," he summarised.
George Russell (P11): 9/10
After making regular appearances in Q2 for some time now, we've been fearing the moment when George Russell would hit a setback and have a bad weekend. After all, it's not like he was ever going to be able to make another quantum leap forward by managing to make it into the final round of qualifying in a Williams without the aid of incidents, crashes, safety cars or inclement weather to help him, is it? And yet remarkably that's just what Russell managed on Saturday. That's despite missing out on FP1 in favour of reserve driver Roy Nissany, and with his regular teammate Nicholas Latifi having a tough time of it overall. Starting from eighth place - and on the preferred medium tyres at that - should have seen him finally take his first points for the team after missing out due to technical issues last week, but he lost multiple positions at the start when Yuki Tsunoda locked up in front of him. Nonetheless he put up a spirited fight in a bid to retain tenth in the closing laps but inevitably the faster Alpine of Fernando Alonso was just too much to resist. Even so, the way he fought to the last was yet another feather in Russell's impressively plumaged cap.