Max Verstappen has beaten the rest of the grid in more than one domain as he tops the annual list of F1 bosses' top drivers of 2021. The Dutchman has appeared on the list for several years and has remained in second place each time before finally topping the list this year.
All 10 team bosses were asked to submit their list of the top ten drivers of the year and were to remain anonymous. Scores were allotted as per the current F1 points system, with 25 points being given to the top driver and one point given to the tenth driver.
Max Verstappen topped the list, beating Lewis Hamilton for the first time since his entry into the sport. The Dutchman scored 213 points to Hamilton's 192, outscoring the Briton by 21 points.
Not too far down the list is Lando Norris, who has been lauded for his impressive driving by top drivers such as Lewis Hamilton. The Briton scored 110 points, making him the only driver besides Verstappen and Hamilton to score more than a century.
Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz finished fourth on the list, one place above his career-best drivers' championship finish of fifth. The Spaniard was followed by teammate Charles Leclerc in P5.
Esteban Ocon appeared on the list for the first time after a stunning P1 performance at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Frenchman placed P10 on the list.
It does not come as a surprise that Max Verstappen topped the list after he finished the 2021 season with 18 podiums, breaking an old Michael Schumacher record.
Max Verstappen to change car number to #1 in 2022 season
Max Verstappen won his maiden title earlier this month on the controversial final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. As world champion, the driver has decided to change his car number to #1 from #33 for the 2022 season. It will be the first time anyone has changed their car number to #1 since Sebastian Vettel in 2014. Lewis Hamilton had opted to keep his car number #44 despite winning multiple titles.
Verstappen justified his decision, saying:
“Yeah, I will run it. How many times can you do that? I don’t know, maybe it’s the only time I can in my life. I think it’s the best number out there. I will definitely put it on the car.”
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