Formula 1's Driver Power Rankings After 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Formula One is in genuine danger of being considered exciting again after a second thrilling race in a row.

The 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix was a lights-to-flag exhibition of the best the beloved sport has to offer. Drivers like Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso proved why they are considered among the finest in the field with top-class drives to first, third and fifth, respectively.

Max Verstappen recovered well from a difficult start to secure a career-best fourth, Daniil Kvyat kept his cool to score his first-ever F1 podium and, until his car let him down, Kimi Raikkonen looked like a man who deserves to keep his Ferrari seat.

But the race also featured some sub-par displays, with the title-chasing Mercedes duo among the worst offenders. Two clumsy mistakes cost Lewis Hamilton a race he should have won, while team-mate Nico Rosberg suffered from a baffling, weekend-long lack of speed.

An early penalty marked the start of a tough afternoon for Felipe Massa, and the less said about Pastor Maldonado's penalty-collecting spree, the better.

Mentally, this will have been a difficult race for all concerned following the death of Jules Bianchi; the four-week summer break, frustrating as it can be for fans, has probably come along at just the right time.

F1 will be back in action on August 21 at Spa-Francorchamps for the start of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

Here's how the drivers rank as we enter the second half of the season.

Note on F1 Driver Power Rankings

These rankings should not be confused with the championship table.

Rather than looking solely at how many points each driver has, these rankings take into account race results, qualifying, the overall performance of each driver and how drivers stack up against their team-mates. The relative pace of each driver's car is factored in, as is the identity and ability of his team-mate.

For each race, every driver who took part is awarded a score out of 10. The sum of these scores across the previous six races is given on each driver's slide and determines the driver's ranking.

As we're more than six races into the season, drivers will start dropping points from races earlier in the year; this, coupled with a very tight field, may result in large fluctuations.

All position changes are relative to where the driver was in the previous set of rankings, published after the British Grand Prix and available here.

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