Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

Next race: Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai

2017's real championship - Christine's Rankings // The battle for personality points kicks off ahead of Australia

Published by Christine Blachford

The only global driver rankings system that you need to worry about is back for 2017, with a set of fresh faces ready and waiting to be judged by me. If you're new to Christine's Rankings, then the object is simple - drivers receive points for doing awesome things and have points taken away for being rubbish, and it's all judged totally fairly by me, making it the most in-depth and accurate rankings system this site has ever seen.

We had a stellar year in 2016, with Daniel Ricciardo becoming the first rankings champion to successfully defend his title - with a whopping winning margin to go with it. Now Christine's Rankings enters its seventh year to help provide some insight into the drivers with the best online presence, the most fun personality, and the most natural engagement with fans. There are twenty drivers ready and waiting, and everyone has a chance to get points starting from today. The driver with the most points at the end of the season will be in with a chance to join this fantastic group of Rankings champions.

Rankings champions to date
YearChampionTotal pointsWinning margin
2010Timo Glock751
2011Heikki Kovalainen745
2012Jenson Button762
2013Lewis Hamilton582
2014Daniel Ricciardo693
2016Daniel Ricciardo7011

The regulations may have had a significant overhaul in Formula One, but Christine's Rankings remains as simple and easy to understand as ever. I pass judgement on social media antics, team videos, interview greatness and plenty of other things. I'll look at anything that passes in front of me, which means if you spot something that is pointsworthy, it is your duty to send it over (contact in the usual ways, or via the dedicated form).

The official 2017 Rankings rulebook goes something like this:

  • All 20 drivers on the 2017 entry list are automatically entered to compete
  • Any additional driver appearing in a Friday practice session or substituting another driver throughout a weekend is also eligible for points
  • In all but the most exceptional circumstances, on track incidents are not considered for points
  • The rankings page is updated in realtime, with a weekly round up post to keep track
  • Suggestions are actively encouraged throughout the season
  • But what I think goes
  • Although there has been one official stewards enquiry that did result in a points change
  • But it didn't affect the title

The F1 season is just ten days away and the excitement is building. Ten teams will pit their drivers against each other to decide who is the fastest, and then here on Sidepodcast, we'll decide who is the nicest. Let us begin!

All content in the series Driver rankings 2017




Buy from Amazon - Pocket F1 Handbook: Guide to the 2015 Grand Prix Season

365 F1 stories

The US Grand Prix West of 1983 was held on this day, with Patrick Tambay on pole position, but who won the event?

F1 team launches
Sauber F1 TeamOnline20 Feb
Renault Sport F1 TeamTBC21 Feb
Sahara Force India F1 TeamSilverstone, England22 Feb
Mercedes AMG Petronas MotorsportSilverstone, England23 Feb
McLaren HondaTBC24 Feb
Scuderia FerrariFiorano, Italy24 Feb
Williams Martini RacingTBC25 Feb
Haas F1 TeamTBC26 Feb
Red Bull RacingOnline26 Feb
Scuderia Toro RossoBarcelona, Spain26 Feb
F1 test schedule
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain27 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain28 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain1 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain2 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain7 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain8 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain9 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain10 Mar

An Aside with Joe