Drivers vote for their top 10 drivers of 2020

Date published: December 21 2020

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Lewis Hamilton has topped yet another end-of-season poll as his peers have voted him the best driver of the 2020 season.

Fresh from a seventh Drivers’ World Championship title success and helping Mercedes record a seventh Constructors’ Championship victory, more accolades have unsurprisingly come Hamilton’s way.

He had already won the vote from the team principals and added a second BBC Sports Personality of the Year award to his collection this past Sunday. Now, it is his fellow drivers who have shown their appreciation to the World Champion.

Hamilton himself, plus Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc did not take part in the poll, leaving 15 drivers on the 2020 grid to cast their votes.

The top 10 drivers of the year, as voted by the drivers themselves via the official Formula 1 website, is as follows:

1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Max Verstappen
3. Daniel Ricciardo
4. Charles Leclerc
5. Pierre Gasly
6. George Russell
7. Sergio Perez
8. Romain Grosjean
9. Carlos Sainz
10. Alex Albon

The top two entrants in the drivers’ votes, Hamilton and Verstappen, matches that of the bosses’ vote which was revealed on Thursday, December 17.

But, while the team principals voted Charles Leclerc in third spot, Daniel Ricciardo came out ahead of Leclerc amongst the drivers.

There was also a difference of opinion over the number five spot as Pierre Gasly took that spot in the drivers’ vote, but it was Sergio Perez who impressed the team bosses more.

Lando Norris and Valtteri Bottas were also present on the team principals’ top 10 list, yet they missed out on the drivers’ list. In their places came two surprise entrants in the form of Haas’ Romain Grosjean and Red Bull’s Alex Albon.

The drivers who took part in the vote (in alphabetical order) were: Alexander Albon, Pierre Gasly, Antonio Giovinazzi, Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat, Nicholas Latifi, Kevin Magnussen, Lando Norris, Esteban Ocon, Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, George Russell, Carlos Sainz, Lance Stroll, Max Verstappen.

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