Team bosses’ top 10 drivers
Lewis Hamilton’s charge to a fifth Formula 1 world championship marked him out as the standout driver of the year. So it’s no real surprise that he ended up dominating Autosport’s team principals’ top 10 drivers of 2018.
But what was always going to be more interesting was how the order stacked up behind him, with a host of drivers having had seasons of various highs and lows.
Sebastian Vettel had some brilliant wins but also made some big errors. Max Verstappen starred at the end of the campaign but had a real struggle at the beginning.
And then there was Fernando Alonso, who again dragged his Mclaren to places that others may have struggled to reach.
Here, then, is the verdict of F1’s team bosses. In what has now become an Autosport tradition, we asked each team principal to give us their top 10 drivers in secret. By doing it anonymously, it ensures that we can get a more honest opinion about what they really think, rather than feeling that they have to toe the PR line.
Points were then awarded to each driver using the F1 structure (25-18-15-12-10-8-64-2-1), and the results collated to deliver the final verdict.