Verstappen tops F1 team managers survey for the first time
Both drivers have dominated the standings in recent years, finishing in the top two every year since 2016. But this is the first time Verstappen has won.
In what has become a long-standing tradition created by Autosport, each of the F1 team leaders was invited to choose their top 10 drivers of the year. Individual results are kept secret – so the team managers can answer honestly – and the tally is calculated using the F1 point structure which ranges from 25 points for the first to 1 point for the 10th.
For the first time since entering F1 in 2015, world champion Verstappen won with 188 points against 174 for Hamilton.
The poll result comes at the end of a campaign where his team boss Christian Horner said the Dutchman has been a tremendous inspiration to everyone at Red Bull.
Looking back on the season and Verstappen’s progress, Horner said: âI think we just gave him a better car and he used it a lot.
âHe finished all the races, first or second, except one, where he missed half of his car in Budapest. And the statistics speak for themselves: the number of laps he has led, pole positions, race victories. He was exceptional and so few mistakes under tremendous pressure.
âI think what you forget is the amount of pressure that has built up during the championship. And the way that as a young man he handled and handled it was inspiring. “
Lando Norris rose to third place overall after an extremely impressive season with McLaren, which saw him claim his first pole position at the Russian Grand Prix. He was the top 10 climber, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz both gaining four spots from their 2020 positions, while returning Fernando Alonso was fifth.
Despite their respective victories in the GPs of Azerbaijan and Italy, Sergio Perez (fifth in 2020) and Daniel Ricciardo (fourth) came out of the top 10.
The nine team managers who took part were Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Andreas Seidl (McLaren), Laurent Rossi (Alpine), Otmar Szafnauer (Aston Martin), Fred Vasseur (Alfa Romeo), Franz Tost (AlphaTauri), Jost Capito (Williams) and Gunther Steiner (Haas). The only team that did not participate was Ferrari.
Top 10 F1 team drivers in 2021:
|1||Max Verstappen||188||Up to 1|
|2||Lewis hamilton||174||Bottom 1|
|3||Lando norris||100||Up to 4|
|4||Carlos Sainz||70||Up to 4|
|5||Fernando Alonso||63||Back to school|
|6||Charles Leclerc||58||bottom 3|
|seven||Pierre Gasly||56||Up to 3|
|8||Georges russel||44||Bottom 2|
|9||Valtteri Bottas||43||No change|
|ten||Esteban Ocon||41||Back to school|
Last two seasons