In a vote by the bosses of the Formula 1 teams, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was chosen as the best driver on the 2021 grid ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen and Hamilton have been involved in a close fight for the championship this year, with Verstappen considerably beating Hamilton for the title in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.

The team managers of the 10 teams on the grid have been invited by F1 to submit their list of the top ten drivers, with each submission remaining anonymous.

Each driver was given a total score, based on the current F1 scoring system – 25 points for the first, 18 for the second, and so on.

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Verstappen scored 213 points, while Hamilton finished second with 192. Last year Hamilton topped the same roster, but only scored 171 points.

McLaren’s Lando Norris finished third with 110 points, while the Ferrari duo of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc were fourth and fifth respectively.

George Russell also made an appearance on the list in eighth, edging out outgoing Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.

The final top 10 list is;

Position Driver Team Goal
1 Max Verstappen Red bull 213
2 Lewis hamilton Mercedes 192
3 Lando norris Mclaren 110
4 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 85
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 70
6 Fernando Alonso Alpine 69
seven Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 64
8 Georges russel Williams 44
9 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 43
ten Esteban Ocon Alpine 41


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