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RaceFans readers have voted Max Verstappen as their top driver of the 2022 Formula 1 season. It is the second year in a row the Red Bull driver has topped our poll.

The Red Bull driver retained his championship crown, but while he had to fight to the last round in 2021, this time he put a lock on it with four races to spare.

The margin of Verstappen’s 2022 title win, triumphing by 146 points over runner-up Charles Leclerc, was similar to his dominance in the RaceFans readers’ poll. Over half of all votes were for Verstappen, although he actually took a smaller portion of the total votes compared to last year (52% to 55%).

In another parallel to last year a Mercedes driver received the second most votes, but this time it was new signing George Russell instead of Lewis Hamilton. Russell accumulated 11% of readers’ votes, with Hamilton dropping to fifth place and 5% of the total votes. Between the two Mercedes drivers were Alpine’s Fernando Alonso (10%) and McLaren’s Lando Norris (9%).

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen picked up 3% of the vote, with Leclerc and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel level on 2% and then six drivers (Alex Albon, Valtteri Bottas, Nicholas Latifi, Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz Jnr and Mick Schumacher) all earning at least one vote.

That left six full-time drivers who were nobody’s top performer among the RaceFans readership, including Red Bull’s Sergio Perez who won two grands prix and finished third in the championship standings.

RaceFans F1 Driver of the Year poll winners since 2010

2022: Max Verstappen 2021: Max Verstappen 2020: Lewis Hamilton 2019: Lewis Hamilton 2018: Lewis Hamilton 2017: Lewis Hamilton 2016: Daniel Ricciardo 2015: Sebastian Vettel 2014: Daniel Ricciardo 2013: Sebastian Vettel 2012: Fernando Alonso 2011: Sebastian Vettel 2010: Lewis Hamilton

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RaceFans 2022 F1 Driver of the Weekend winners

Eight different drivers won RaceFans’ Driver of the Weekend poll during 2022. Here’s who triumphed in each, plus who Formula 1’s official Driver of the Day winners:

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2022 F1 season review

  • 2021 F1 driver rankings #1: Max Verstappen
  • 2021 F1 driver rankings #2: Lewis Hamilton
  • 2021 F1 driver rankings #3: Lando Norris
  • 2021 F1 driver rankings #4: Charles Leclerc
  • 2021 F1 driver rankings #5: Carlos Sainz Jnr

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