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With the early run of flyaway races spanning from Melbourne to Miami complete, Formula One’s trio of 2023 rookies returned to more familiar surroundings in the past two races.

Monaco and Spain are two well-known events to Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries and Logan Sargeant. The circuits are both staples of the calendars in Formula 2, while de Vries even raced around Monaco’s legendary streets in Formula E. A lack of track familiarity could not be used as an explanation for any struggles.

That’s not to say these two races didn’t present fresh challenges. The late rain in Monaco tested all three – Sargeant had not driven an F1 car in the wet before – while de Vries had to contend with the extra pressure of speculation about his future with AlphaTauri. He brushed it off and put in two solid weekends, bouncing back from his tricky, incident-filled spell.

But what were the standout moments for the trio in Monaco and Spain? Here’s a look in our latest set of rookie rankings. If you need a reminder of how our points system works, and how they fared last time we checked in post-Miami, head here. And as always, please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Big moments from Monaco

Piastri: A point in his first Monaco Grand Prix, even after being thrown a late curveball with the rain, was a solid achievement for Piastri. He narrowly missed out on Q3, starting 11th, and held off de Vries with a nice move at Massenet to take back the position he lost off the line. Piastri didn’t have the pace to keep up with teammate Lando Norris, but pulled a lovely move on Yuki Tsunoda for 10th around the outside of Sainte Dévote. For a rookie’s first Monaco, good going.

De Vries: The Monaco weekend started with de Vries batting away speculation about his future, and ended with his cleanest performance of the year up to that point. He qualified decently in 12th, where he remained pretty much for the duration. Teammate Yuki Tsunoda showed what the AlphaTauri was capable of fighting for in ninth, only for his late mistake to drop him back. Still, Monaco took de Vries in the right direction and stopped the rook’s run of errors.

Sargeant: Williams’ rookie had never driven an F1 car in the rain until the late downpour in Monaco, only increasing the challenge he faced. An early puncture in the dry didn’t help his race either, dropping him to the rear of the field where he then struggled with degradation. But it was still a messy race at points, including a lock-up at the hairpin where he narrowly avoided sliding the car into the wall.

Big moments from Barcelona

Piastri: The Australian driver made it to Q3 again, though an error in Turn 10 (on a wet bit of track) marred what could have been a solid lap. With teammate Lando Norris qualifying P3 and him at P10, Piastri went as far as to say to Viaplay, “It was a shame – we could have had both cars up there I think. I just ran out of talent.” If Piastri had repeated his Q2 time of 1:13.059, the McLaren driver would’ve qualified P7.

De Vries: De Vries managed to make it to Q2 in Spain, but told the media that after his spins in Q1, he didn’t have new tires left for the next session. “That obviously took all the realistic opportunities away for a better qualifying position.” His spins came at the same point of the track, exiting Turn 11.

Sargeant: In all fairness to Sargeant, Barcelona was not an easy track for Williams as the circuit stressed the car’s weaknesses. That being said, he finished fairly far off of teammate Alex Albon and ended the day last for the third race in a row (two drivers retired early in Monaco). Plus, there was his FP3 shunt, which he admitted on Sunday had been “very, very costly,” but denied the mistake did anything to dent his confidence.

Getting to the points

Piastri 

  • Grabbing a point in Monaco after almost reaching Q3: +10 points
  • Sweet move around the outside of Tsunoda at Sainte Dévote: +5
  • Reaching Q3 in Spain: +5 points

De Vries

  • Clean Monaco weekend with zero errors, reaching Q2: +10 points
  • Reaching Q2 in Spain, staying out of trouble during the race: +10 points

Sargeant 

  • Monaco mistakes (with caveat of first F1 experience in the rain): -5 points
  • His “very, very costly” FP3 incident in Spain: -5 points

So here’s where we stand after race seven of 22:

F1 Rookie Rankings

Oscar Piastri Nyck de Vries Logan Sargeant

Season Total

85

25

-10

Monaco/Spain

20

20

-10

Miami

10

0

0

Azerbaijan

10

-10

-5

Australia

25

5

-15

Saudi Arabia

15

0

0

Bahraiin

5

10

20

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(Lead photo of Nyck de Vries at the Spanish Grand Prix: Eric Alonso/Getty Images)



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