Having sealed his fifth Formula 1 World Champion title last month, Lewis Hamilton has now received one of the highest (unofficial) accolades a driver can receive by being rated the best driver of the year by team principals.
Team chiefs were requested by Autosport to rate their top 10 drivers using F1’s scoring system (25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1) to calculate the winner.
The team bosses who participated were: Toto Wolff, Christian Horner, Cyril Abiteboul, Gunther Steiner, Zak Brown, Otmar Szafnaeur, Fred Vasseur, Franz Tost, and Claire Williams with only Ferrari chief Maurizio Arrivabene, opting not to take part.
Hamilton topped the scoresheets with 218 points – 79 more than Verstappen in second and a resounding 113 up on Vettel in third. The Ferrari driver scoring only two points more than Fernando Alonso in fourth.
Valtteri Bottas was down in 8th but ahead of Esteban Ocon who is a contender for his place at Mercedes, the out-of-a-seat Frenchman topped his 2018 Force India teammate Sergio Perez who failed to make it into the top ten.
Notably, also out of the top ten were the likes of McLaren bound Carlos Sainz, both Haas drivers and the Williams duo.
Top Ten 2018 driver ratings by team principals:
- Lewis Hamilton, 218
- Max Verstappen, 139
- Sebastian Vettel, 105
- Fernando Alonso, 103
- Daniel Ricciardo, 85
- Charles Leclerc, 71
- Kimi Raikkonen, 57
- Valtteri Bottas, 38
- Esteban Ocon, 27
- Nico Hulkenberg, 23