Hamilton, chosen by the team principals as the best driver of 2016


The traditional vote among the team leaders in the grill of Formula 1 to appoint the best driver of the season has already been published and, in it, the winner has not been the rider who has achieved the title, but Lewis Hamilton.

The british pilot, who was also elected in 2015, has overcome in more than 50 points, the runner-up: Max Verstappen, which has beaten the World Champion this year, Nico Rosberg, by a narrow margin of seven points.

Fernando Alonso was left on the door of the top 5 -as it happened in 2015 – and has been sixth behind Sebastian Vettel, which has fallen three positions compared to last year. Carlos Sainz, who in his first season as a Formula 1 driver did not appear among the top ten, this year, has called the attention of the heads and closed the table behind Sergio Pérez.

Posición Piloto Puntos Position 2015 Position. championship
1 Lewis Hamilton 234
Max Verstappen 183
Nico Rosberg 176
Daniel Ricciardo 133
Sebastian Vettel 90
Fernando Alonso 67 10º
Kimi Räikkönen 61 10º
Sergio Pérez 52
Valtteri Bottas 26
10º Carlos Sainz 25 12º

Votantes: Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Maurizio Arrivabene (Ferrari), Vijay Mallya (Force India), Claire Williams (Williams), Eric Boullier (McLaren), Franz Tost (Toro Rosso), Gunther Steiner (Haas), Fred Vasseur (Renault), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber) and Dave Ryan (Manor).

the opinion of The editor

As is often the case when it comes to establishing a classification that depends on the subjective criterion, few people agree with the end result. In any case, the team leaders have decided to give priority to what is shown by Lewis Hamilton this season, without a doubt hinting with the result that the mechanical failures suffered by the british this year are the cause of the outcome of the championship and not the superiority of Nico Rosberg.

The already holder of the title has not only been outdone by his companion in the voting, but also by Max Verstappen, a pilot of which surely have appreciated much more of their spectacular nature and their achievements in relation to the experience that she treasures, that their irregularity in classification and the time to properly manage the degradation of the tyres.


The season of Sebastian Vettel has been unfortunate, but not good enough to deserve to be among the five best of the year.

one of the things that draws attention is the fifth place Sebastian Vettel, that while has a certain logic that has been more voted than his team-mate-whose season has been overrated too much by unexpected-, it has not so much that his season has been considered better than that of Fernando Alonso -tenth overall with a McLaren-Sergio Perez, or even Carlos Sainz, Valtteri Bottas or Romain Grosjean -who has also suffered quite a few mechanical problems and woes, but has achieved all the points of his inexperienced team-. The disadvantages of belonging to a team is not a pointer, a circumstance to which, for reasons gained to pulse for many years, has survived the Spanish McLaren.

In short, it is always interesting to know the opinion of the team leaders, but it is surely wise not to take it as the panacea.