Max Verstappen has one other accolade for his mantelpiece, with the Pink Bull driver popping out on prime in our unique ballot of his friends…
Within the fifth operating of our Drivers’ Driver of the 12 months vote, we requested this 12 months’s full-time drivers to evaluate their rivals’ efficiency on observe and create their private prime 10 rating.
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As in earlier years, the principles permit drivers to vote for themselves – with not all of them selecting to take action – they usually submitted their rating on the proviso it could stay secret.
Scores got primarily based on the present F1 factors system, with the highest driver on every checklist incomes 25 factors down to at least one level for the driving force in tenth. We then mixed the checklist to create an total prime 10.
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Verstappen adopted up his success in our crew boss rating by as soon as once more beating title rival and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc to prime spot.
Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and George Russell couldn’t be cut up by their friends and share the ultimate podium place.
McLaren’s Lando Norris – the one non-Pink Bull, Mercedes or Ferrari driver to take a podium in 2022 – was voted fifth by his friends, one place larger than within the crew boss rankings.
Aston Martin-bound Fernando Alonso was sixth, one place forward of countryman Carlos Sainz in a reverse positioning of the crew boss rating.
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Alex Albon’s incredible efficiency in a largely uncompetitive Williams impressed his rivals, with the Thai driver in a three-way tie for eighth with Sergio Perez and the retiring Sebastian Vettel.
The drivers who took half within the vote (in alphabetical order) had been: Alex Albon, Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas, Pierre Gasly, Nicholas Latifi, Charles Leclerc, Kevin Magnussen, Lando Norris, Esteban Ocon, Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, George Russell, Carlos Sainz, Mick Schumacher, Lance Stroll, Yuki Tsunoda, Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel, Zhou Guanyu.
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