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F1 Driver of the Day

During each Formula 1 race, viewers can vote for their favourite 'Driver of the Day'. The driver with the most votes wins this honorary title. In this article, you can read who became Driver of the Day for each race in 2024, the previous Driver of the Days in other seasons and how you can vote yourself.

F1 Driver of the Day 2024

Driver of the Day 2024 overview

Check out the Driver of the Day overview of Formula 1's 2024 season in the table below.

F1 Driver of the Day 2024 overview

Race Driver of the Day
Bahrain Grand Prix Carlos Sainz
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Oliver Bearman
Australian Grand Prix Carlos Sainz
Japanese Grand Prix Charles Leclerc
Chinese Grand Prix Lando Norris
Miami Grand Prix Lando Norris
Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix Lando Norris
Monaco Grand Prix Charles Leclerc

Carlos Sainz first Driver of the Day of 2024

In 2024, Carlos Sainz clinched the first F1 Driver of the Day title. With his Ferrari, he secured a podium finish thanks to a strong surge forward. He battled with his teammate, Charles Leclerc, whom he outbraked in turn one. Throughout the race, he also passed other drivers and finished just behind Sergio Perez, who came second. The Spaniard won the Driver of the Day title with a convincing percentage of 31.4%, followed by the GP winner Max Verstappen with a percentage of 13.3%.

Oliver Bearman driver of the day in Saudi Arabia

During the Saudi Arabian GP, Oliver Bearman made his debut, becoming the youngest Ferrari driver ever in Formula 1. The young Brit qualified eleventh for the race and impressively finished seventh. Despite limited practice time, as he could only join from FP3, which was a short session due to a red flag, Bearman showcased an impressive Formula 1 debut. As a result, he was overwhelmingly voted as Driver of the Day with 48.3% of the votes.


Lando Norris, Driver of the Day in Miami, wins his first race!

In Miami, Lando Norris was named 'Driver of the Day' with an impressive 41.1% of the fan vote. The Briton drove a fantastic race and was able to pull away from Max Verstappen, who was behind him, with each lap after the safety car. This allowed Norris to secure his first-ever F1 victory, which was well received by the fans!

Keep an eye on this page to see who else will be named Driver of the Day in the 2024 Formula 1 season.

Driver of the day 2024 © XPBimages

The beginning of Driver of the Day

Since 2016, Driver of the Day was first introduced as an official title of honour. Formula 1 fans can hereby cast their own vote on whom they thought had made an exceptional achievement during the race. It does not have to be that the Driver of the Day won the race, but it is about a driver's exceptional performance or some sympathy for that driver.

For example, a driver may have to start at the back of the grid and fight his way back to the podium. Another example is the Driver of the Day title for Sebastian Vettel after the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Fans honoured him this way, because this was his last Grand Prix in Formula 1.

Driver of the Day is also sometimes abbreviated as 'DOTD'.

The first Driver of the Day in 2016

In 2016, the first honorary title Driver of the Day went to Romain Grosjean. This came as a surprise to him, as it was previously announced that Rio Haryanto had won this title. After a recalculation, it was revealed that there was a miscalculation and this title really went to Romain Grosjean after all.

First Driver of the Day title for Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen also took his first Driver of the Day title in 2016. Unsurprisingly, he did so at the Spanish Grand Prix. There, he drove his first race for Red Bull Racing and immediately took his first ever victory.

Voting for F1 Driver of the Day

To vote yourself for F1 Driver of the Day during a race, go to the official Formula 1 website via F1.com/vote. There you will then choose your favourite driver and cast your vote. At the end of each race, the Driver of the Day will be announced and can also be found on this page.

Voting for Driver of the Day is very easy as no account is required.

Award for Driver of the Day

There is no official award for the driver who wins the F1 Driver of the Day title, it is purely about honour and fan appreciation.

Most Driver of the Day titles

After the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix, Max Verstappen leads with the most Driver of the Day titles, at 39. Followed by Sebastian Vettel with 23 titles and third Lewis Hamilton with 14 Driver of the Day titles.

Driver of the day 2024

Previous Driver of The Days

See the list of all F1 Driver of the Day titles since 2016 to 2023 below.

Driver of the Day overview 2016

Race Driver
Australian Grand Prix Romain Grosjean
Bahrain Grand Prix Romain Grosjean
Chinese Grand Prix Daniil Kvyat
Russian Grand Prix Kevin Magnussen
Spanish Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Monaco Grand Prix Sergio Pérez
Canadian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
European Grand Prix Sergio Pérez
Austrian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
British Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Hungarian Grand Prix Kimi Räikkönen
German Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo
Belgian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
Italian Grand Prix Nico Rosberg
Singapore Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Malaysian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Japanese Grand Prix Max Verstappen
United States Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Mexican Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Brazilian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel

Driver of the Day overview 2017

Race Driver
Australian Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Chinese Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Bahrain Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Russian Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas
Spanish Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Monaco Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Canadian Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Lance Stroll
Austrian Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas
British Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo
Hungarian Grand Prix Kimi Räikkönen
Belgian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
Italian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo
Singapore Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
Malaysian Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Japanese Grand Prix Max Verstappen
United States Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Mexican Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Brazilian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas

Driver of the Day overview 2018

Race Driver
Australian Grand Prix Fernando Alonso
Bahrain Grand Prix Pierre Gasly
Chinese Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Charles Leclerc
Spanish Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
Monaco Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo
Canadian Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
French Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Austrian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
British Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
German Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
Hungarian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo
Belgian Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Italian Grand Prix Kimi Räikkönen
Singapore Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Russian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Japanese Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo
United States Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Mexican Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Brazilian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Fernando Alonso

Driver of the Day overview 2019

Race Driver
Australian Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas
Bahrain Grand Prix Charles Leclerc
Chinese Grand Prix Alexander Albon
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Charles Leclerc
Spanish Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Monaco Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Canadian Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
French Grand Prix Lando Norris
Austrian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
British Grand Prix Charles Leclerc
German Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Hungarian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Belgian Grand Prix Lando Norris
Italian Grand Prix Charles Leclerc
Singapore Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Russian Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Japanese Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas
Mexican Grand Prix Max Verstappen
United States Grand Prix Alexander Albon
Brazilian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Nico Hülkenberg

Driver of the Day overview 2020

Race Driver
Austrian Grand Prix Alexander Albon
Styrian Grand Prix Sergio Pérez
Hungarian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
British Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
70th Anniversary Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Spanish Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Belgian Grand Prix Pierre Gasly
Italian Grand Prix Pierre Gasly
Tuscan Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo
Russian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Eifel Grand Prix Nico Hülkenberg
Portuguese Grand Prix Sergio Pérez
Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix Kimi Räikkönen
Turkish Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Bahrain Grand Prix Romain Grosjean
Sakhir Grand Prix George Russell
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Max Verstappen

Driver of the Day overview 2021

Race Driver
Bahrain Grand Prix Sergio Pérez
Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix Lando Norris
Portuguese Grand Prix Sergio Pérez
Spanish Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
Monaco Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
French Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Styrian Grand Prix Charles Leclerc
Austrian Grand Prix Lando Norris
British Grand Prix Charles Leclerc
Hungarian Grand Prix Fernando Alonso
Belgian Grand Prix Not awarded*
Dutch Grand Prix Sergio Pérez
Italian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo
Russian Grand Prix Lando Norris
Turkish Grand Prix Carlos Sainz
United States Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Mexico City Grand Prix Sergio Pérez
São Paulo Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
Qatar Grand Prix Fernando Alonso
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Kimi Räikkönen

*Driver of the Day not awarded

The Driver of the Day title was not awarded at the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix. Due to bad weather conditions at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, the drivers were only able to do a few laps behind the safety car. After almost four hours of waiting, the race was not resumed and so officially no racing took place. However, half points were awarded to the drivers who finished in the top 10.

Driver of the Day overview 2022

Race Driver
Bahrain Grand Prix Charles Leclerc
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Charles Leclerc
Australian Grand Prix Charles Leclerc
Emilio Romagna Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Miami Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Spanish Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
Monaco Grand Prix Sergio Perez
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
Canadian Grand Prix Charles Leclerc
British Grand Prix Sergio Pérez
Austrian Grand Prix Mick Schumacher
French Grand Prix Carlos Sainz
Hungarian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Belgian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Dutch Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Italian Grand Prix Nyck de Vries
Singapore Grand Prix Sergio Perez
Japanese Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
United States Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel
Mexico City Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo
Sao Paulo Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel

F1 Driver of the Day 2023 overview

Race Driver of the Day
Bahrain Grand Prix Fernando Alonso
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Australian Grand Prix Sergio Perez
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Sergio Perez
Miami Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Emilio Romagna Grand Prix Cancelled
Monaco Grand Prix Esteban Ocon
Spanish Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
Canadian Grand Prix Alexander Albon
Austrian Grand Prix Lando Norris
British Grand Prix Lando Norris
Hungarian Grand Prix Sergio Perez
Belgian Grand Prix Max Verstappen
Dutch Grand Prix Fernando Alonso
Italian Grand Prix Carlos Sainz
Singapore Grand Prix Carlos Sainz
Japanese Grand Prix Oscar Piastri
Qatar Grand Prix Oscar Piastri
United States Grand Prix Lando Norris
Mexican Grand Prix Lando Norris
Brazilian Grand Prix Lando Norris
Las Vegas Grand Prix Charles Leclerc
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yuki Tsunoda
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