Surprise Entry Beats Sainz and Albon in F1 Drivers’ Ranking Led by Lewis Hamilton

Published 12/21/2020, 7:36 AM EST
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Boyers


Lewis Hamilton won his seventh championship – something that every single Formula 1 driver predicted before the season began. In the process, Hamilton equaled Schumacher’s record of championships won.

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton’s performance impressed everyone around the world. He dominated the season, was lauded by everyone on the grid, and also won this year’s ‘driver of the year’ poll, selected by the drivers. Remarkably, drivers rated Romain Grosjean higher than Sainz and Albon.

Formula 1 asks the drivers to assess the performance of their rivals and chose the top-10 drivers of the year. This was the third year running, and the Briton won the poll.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 13, 2020 Third placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference after the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS

According to Formula 1, “The rules allow drivers to vote for themselves – though it should be noted that not all of them did, while not all that did put themselves as number one – and they did so in the knowledge they would be voting anonymously.

The results are based on F1’s point system. After the votes, top-10 drivers are listed based on the overall points. Lewis Hamilton came out on the top of this table as well.

Verstappen and Ricciardo share the podium with Lewis Hamilton

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen made it to the P2 position on this particular occasion as Daniel Ricciardo came in at P3. However, Valtteri Bottas failed to make it to the top-10.

Charles Leclerc showed impressive speed despite Ferrari’s engine woes, putting teammate Sebastian Vettel in the shadows. He claimed the P4 position and debut race winner Pierre Gasly completed the top-5.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 6, 2020 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly celebrates winning the Italian Grand Prix on the podium Miguel Medina/Pool via REUTERS

Gasly was followed by Russell, Perez, Grosjean, Sainz, and Albon. George Russell may have scored only two points this season, but he displayed incredible skill. As the stand-in for Lewis Hamilton, he outperformed Bottas and also overshadowed Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel on multiple occasions.

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Surprisingly, Romain Grosjean managed to sneak into the top-10 drivers of the year. The Frenchman spent most of 2020 languishing at insignificant positions, scoring only two points.

Most recently, Grosjean managed to walk away from a scary crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

This season saw a few new circuits and a couple of new race winners. There’s been a significant shuffle on the grid as we go into 2021, which will also see 23 races and new interesting battles on the grid.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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