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The Formula 1 field was closer and more competitive than it had been for many seasons in 2021. While Red Bull and Mercedes led the way, McLaren and Alpine also won races and Ferrari collected a pair of pole positions.

That made it easier to appreciate the efforts of all 20 regular drivers – plus a single substitute – who contested the 22 rounds.

By the end of the season the focus was naturally on the championship fight, which went down to the final race for the first time in five years. But was the outstanding driver of the year either of the title contenders, or someone who finished lower down the order?

With the season finishing so late, RaceFans’ annual driver rankings won’t appear until the new year. Until then it’s time to find out who impressed our readers the most during 2021.

How RaceFans assessed every driver’s race weekend in 2022

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  • 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Star Performers
  • 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Star Performers

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Who was the best driver of the 2021 Formula 1 season?

  • Lewis Hamilton (24%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Max Verstappen (56%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Lando Norris (6%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Lance Stroll (0%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (0%)
  • Esteban Ocon (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (2%)
  • Charles Leclerc (0%)
  • Carlos Sainz Jnr (4%)
  • Pierre Gasly (3%)
  • Yuki Tsunoda (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (1%)
  • Antonio Giovinazzi (0%)
  • Mick Schumacher (0%)
  • Nikita Mazepin (1%)
  • George Russell (2%)
  • Nicholas Latifi (0%)
  • Robert Kubica (1%)
  • No opinion (0%)

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