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Max Verstappen

Verstappen beats Hamilton as team bosses choose best drivers of 2021

As well as being crowned World Champion, Max Verstappen has topped the rankings in a vote amongst F1 team bosses, who have chosen their top 10 drivers of the year.

Max Verstappen has picked up another accolade along with his debut F1 World Championship, having topped a vote amongst team bosses as the best driver of the year.

All 10 team principals were asked to create a list of their top 10 drivers of the 2021 season, with their choices remaining anonymous.

To compile all of these rankings, the top-placed driver in each vote received 25 points, with points being awarded down to the final driver in the top 10, as is the case in a Grand Prix.

After this process, Verstappen emerged as the winner with a total of 213 points, beating title rival Lewis Hamilton, who placed second with 192 points.

Lando Norris took third with 110 points, whilst Ferrari duo Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc held fourth and fifth on 85 points and 70 points respectively.

Most of the results bore a very similar picture to the Drivers' Driver of the Year poll, where most of the grid voted for the top 10 drivers of the year.

However, the one key difference was the appearance of Valtteri Bottas in the team bosses' vote. The Mercedes driver was P9 in the rankings, but did not feature in the drivers' selection.

Team bosses' top 10 drivers of 2021

Position Driver Points
1 Max Verstappen 213
2 Lewis Hamilton 192
3 Lando Norris 110
4 Carlos Sainz 85
5 Charles Leclerc 70
6 Fernando Alonso 69
7 Pierre Gasly 64
8 George Russell 44
9 Valtteri Bottas 43
10 Esteban Ocon 41

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