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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.