IN­TER­NA­TIONAL RAC­ING DRIVER OF THE YEAR

Open to pro­fes­sional rac­ing driv­ers com­pet­ing at an in­ter­na­tional level

Autosport (UK) - - VOTING | AUTOSPORT AWARDS -

FER­NANDO ALONSO

An­other year, an­other list of Alonso su­perla­tives. He has ended Stof­fel Van­doorne’s Mclaren ca­reer with his re­lent­less bril­liance and also won Le Mans at the first at­tempt, end­ing Toy­ota’s 24 Hours curse in the process.

SCOTT DIXON

Dixon quickly adapted to the 2018 Indycar pack­age and led a solo charge against Penske’s and An­dretti’s big­ger line-ups.

His great­est as­set was know­ing when to push for a win and when to set­tle for points, al­low­ing him to de­feat Alexan­der Rossi.

LEWIS HAMIL­TON

Hamil­ton has de­feated Se­bas­tian Vet­tel in wheel-towheel com­bat and oblit­er­ated Mercedes team-mate Valt­teri Bot­tas this sea­son. The 2018 cam­paign has been Hamil­ton at his peak, and he duly notched up a sen­sa­tional fifth ti­tle.

JEAN-ERIC VERGNE

Vergne cap­i­talised on Audi’s calami­tous start to the 2017/18 For­mula E sea­son and re­fused to let go of the top spot once he seized the stand­ings lead. He topped the win and pole tally with four each to score his first ti­tle since 2010 Bri­tish F3.

MAX VER­STAP­PEN

Ver­stap­pen has been largely fault­less since the Cana­dian Grand Prix, putting early sea­son er­rors be­hind him. He emerged from that spell as the most con­sis­tent driver be­hind Hamil­ton – just don’t tell him that he changed his ap­proach.

SE­BAS­TIAN VET­TEL

There have been mis­takes, no ques­tion, but Vet­tel has car­ried the weight of Fer­rari’s ti­tle hopes for two sea­sons and that pres­sure is im­mea­sur­able. Still man­aged five wins and now has 13 to Kimi Raikko­nen’s one in their time to­gether.

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