The ranking is a result of a series of numerical and qualitative assessments made against the distinctive characteristics of each Grand Prix. It's one thing to brake on the cold Silverstone track, where the temperature measured 60.8°F at last year's practice.
It's an entirely different thing to race in the beginning of June on the hot Barcelona track, where the asphalt during the last four races registered a temperature of 113°F with 129°F peaks. The latter case poses the opposite problem of trying to cool the carbon brakes as they reach the dangerous temperature of 1472°F.
Obviously, the shape of the track also plays a decisive role. Although nearly all of the GP races measure the same length in kilometers, there are some races where the riders use the brakes almost 300 times, like at Misano Adriatico, and others where there are just over 180 braking sections, like the Thailand GP at Buriram.
Other tracks have the same number of braking sections but vary in length, so the number of times the riders brake is also different: Aragon, Brno and Sepang have 11 braking sections each lap, but on the first track the riders compete for 23 laps, on the second 21 laps and on the third 20. This means that the Aragon GP has a total of 253 braking sections and the Malaysia GP 'only' 220.