Verstappen leads Alonso, Hamilton in initial F1 23 Driver Ratings

Justin Melillo
The initial Driver Ratings for the upcoming F1 23 game by EA Sports and Codemasters were unveiled on Friday (12th June 2023).
f1 23 verstappen leads

Driver Ratings for the upcoming EA SPORTS F1 23 title from Electronic Arts and Codemasters were unveiled in a video on Monday (12th June 2023). The full list was later posted to the official site.

One of the biggest components to a My Team in any of the recent Formula 1 games is the Driver Ratings for each driver on the real-world grid. These ratings are there to help prospective My Team players wary of current drivers’ attributes so that they can build the best team possible in their play through.

These rankings are based on real-world data. Four categories will combine for the overall rating score, and these numbers are based more on their current form as opposed to their historical stats. The ratings will be likely be dynamic and will also likely update through the 2023 Formula 1 season.

f1 23 verstappen

The categories are the same as last season, and they are:

  • Experience (EXP): This is based on the number of race starts a driver has over the course of their career.
  • Racecraft (RAC): The driver’s ability to work their way through the pack and finish in a higher position than where they started.
  • Awareness (AWA): The less time spent in the Steward’s room will help drivers here. Real-world punishments will impact the score in this category.
  • Pace (PAC): Benefits those who get closest to the fastest qualifying and race lap times. A driver beating their teammate is also taken into consideration.
  • Rating (RTG): The combination of the previous four ratings. This overall rating will go up and down throughout the season based on performance.

Similar to last season, drivers were paired up, usually with their teammate, to guess each other’s scores. George Russell and Lando Norris were tasked at guessing each others, despite being on different teams, as were the three rookies on the grid in Oscar Piastri, Logan Sargeant and Nick de Vries.

Here’s how each driver stacks up when the game goes live tomorrow:

LANDO NORRIS8976917991
SERGIO PEREZ8991938687
CARLOS SAINZ JR.8884928187
ESTEBAN OCON8677927686
PIERRE GASLY8578897685
LANCE STROLL8479917881
YUKI TSUNODA8369797587
ZHOU GUANYU7863787481
NYCK DE VRIES7150847567

At the top, Max Verstappen continues to lead after he stayed atop the standings in F1 22 during their final update. He was a 95 overall, now at 94 (despite the video having him at 93). Fernando Alonso moves up from 90 to 92 while Lewis Hamilton moves down from a 93 to a 92, those two now tied for second best.

Big rating gains were found for Yuki Tsunoda (75 to 83 from last year’s game to this year), Lance Stroll (78 to 84), Alex Albon (79 to 83), Pierre Gasly (81 to 85), Valtteri Bottas (83 to 87) and Esteban Ocon (83 to 86).

Sergio Perez (87 to 89), Kevin Magnussen (79 to 81) and Zhou Guanyu (77 to 78) also increased. On the downside, Besides Verstappen and Hamilton, Charles Leclerc (91 to 90) and George Russell (91 to 88) both dropped rating from last year. Lando Norris (89) and Carlos Sainz (88) both stayed the same.

Four new drivers that weren’t on the grid in 2022 are newly ranked for 2023. Nico Hulkenberg moves from a My Team Icon back to a regular driver and receives an 80 overall rating. Of the three rookies, Piastri leads with a 74 overall while both Sargeant and de Vries rank at 71.

Which driver’s ranking are you most surprised about? Let us know your thoughts on these initial rankings in the comments below!

EA SPORTS F1 23, the official Formula 1 racing game, will release on 16th June, 2023 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. Those who pre-ordered the Champions Edition will get three days of early access starting tomorrow, on 13th June, 2022.


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