Can F1 Team Principals Vote for Their Own Drivers While Rating the Top 10 Drivers of 2021?

Published 12/28/2021, 4:35 AM EST
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc at the start of sprint qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra


Following a dramatic 2021 F1 season, the team principals got the opportunity of ranking the drivers based on the order of Grand Prix points. For this, the best driver receives 25 points followed by 18 points for the second-best driver and it goes down to a mere point for the tenth-best driver.

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The poll ended recently, and unsurprisingly, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen led the fight by quite a margin from the rest of the pack. Verstappen found himself leading the table with 213 points, with Hamilton not quite far off with 192 points in P2.

Here’s how the top 10 looked like – 

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  1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) – 213
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes AMG) – 192
  3. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 110
  4. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 85
  5. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 70
  6. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) – 69
  7. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) – 64
  8. George Russell (Williams) – 44
  9. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes AMG) – 43

A total of 10 team principals took part in the poll namely, Mattia Binotto, Jost Capito, Christian Horner, Laurent Rossi, Andreas Seidl, Guenther Steiner, Otmar Szafnauer, Franz Tost, and Fred Vasseur, and Toto Wolff.

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Can Team Principals vote for their own F1 drivers?

One might suggest that it would be unfair for team bosses to vote for their respective teams’ drivers amidst favoritism over actual talent. But, the truth is, the team principals can vote for their own drivers.

A total of 9 team principals voted as of last week, with Mattia Binotto being the only remaining driver to offer his verdict.

Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari talks with Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

And the Italian boss made his vote earlier this week, which witnessed the change in the final standings; Charles Leclerc moving up a place. Hence, that indeed makes it quite obvious that Binotto had the Monegasque in his top 10 ranking of the drivers.

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Binotto’s possible ranking 

  1. Max Verstappen – 25
  2. Lewis Hamilton – 18
  3. Carlos Sainz – 15
  4. Charles Leclerc – 12
  5. Lando Norris – 10
  6. Pierre Gasly – 8
  7. Fernando Alonso – 6
  8. Driver outside the top 10
  9. Driver outside the top 10
  10. Driver outside the top 10

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Overall, while there could be the argument of Hamilton falling so far behind Verstappen, there could also be the question of whether Norris deserved to finish ahead of his former McLaren teammate, Sainz. So, let’s hear it from you – Does the top 10 look reasonable enough?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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