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Driver of the Day 2020

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Introduced in 2016, the Driver of the Day award is voted for by fans during each Grand Prix and announced at the end of the race. Here's this year's winners so far...

Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2020

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He's been Mercedes' biggest threat all season and finally - at the last round of the year - his perseverance paid off once more. A perfect drive from pole to flag at Yas Marina gave Red Bull's Max Verstappen his second win of 2020. No wonder you gave him your seal of approval. Here’s how the voting broke down…

Max Verstappen - 21.2%
Sebastian Vettel - 13.8%
Daniel Ricciardo - 11.3%
Lando Norris - 7%
Sergio Perez - 6.1%

Formula 1 Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix 2020

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It was an emotional rollercoaster of a race for Mercedes debutant George Russell, who for so much of the evening looked set for a maiden win. A pit crew error and then a puncture ultimately ended his hopes, but he at least scored his first championship points – and earned your admiration in droves. Here’s how the voting broke down…

George Russell - 48.8%
Sergio Perez - 23.5%
Pietro Fittipaldi - 5.8%
Esteban Ocon - 3.4%
Max Verstappen - 2.3%

Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2020

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He may have completed only a couple of corners in Bahrain, but such was everyone’s relief when he miraculously extricated himself from the burning wreckage of his crashed Haas, there was only ever going to be one winner in Sakhir - here’s how the voting broke down…

Romain Grosjean - 36.8%
Sergio Perez - 12.3%
Carlos Sainz - 11.6%
Lando Norris - 6.9%
Max Verstappen - 6%

Formula 1 DHL Turkish Grand Prix 2020

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He's had a tough season, and from 11th on the grid, few would have predicted a first podium of the year for Sebastian Vettel. But in Istanbul he reminded us of why he's a four-time champion - and you rightly rewarded him with your votes, after witnessing his supreme drive to third place for Ferrari…

Sebastian Vettel - 25.8%
Charles Leclerc - 20.3%
Lewis Hamilton - 16.7%
Sergio Perez - 8.2%
Carlos Sainz - 6.1%

Formula 1 Emirates Gran Premio dell'Emilia Romagna 2020

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A mammoth first stint helped set him up to take maximum advantage of the late Safety Car, bringing him only his second points finish of the season - it was a superb drive that got Kimi Raikkonen your nod, and here's how the voting broke down…

Kimi Raikkonen - 18.6%
Max Verstappen - 13.9%
Lewis Hamilton - 10.6%
Daniel Ricciardo - 10.5%
Daniil Kvyat - 7.3%

Formula 1 Heineken Portuguese Grand Prix 2020

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After spinning down the order following a racing incident with Max Verstappen on Lap 1, Sergio Perez put in a typically gutsy recovery drive to fight his way back up to P7 for Racing Point. No wonder the Mexican got your seal of approval. Here’s how the voting broke down…

Sergio Perez - 18.2%
Charles Leclerc - 13.6%
Pierre Gasly - 11.5%
Kimi Raikkonen - 10.3%
Lewis Hamilton - 9.8%

Formula 1 Aramco Grosser Preis der Eifel 2020

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He may have finished 'only' eighth, but that was after starting 20th and last, having been parachuted in to replace a sick Lance Stroll at Racing Point barely a couple of hours before qualifying. Nico Hulkenberg really is one very super sub - here’s how the voting broke down…

Nico Hulkenberg - 34.7%
Daniel Ricciardo - 17.6%
Lewis Hamilton - 8.4%
Charles Leclerc - 7.4%
Max Verstappen - 5.6%

Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix 2020

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He did it again. Yes, time penalties for rival Lewis Hamilton helped, but once more Max Verstappen put his Red Bull between the mighty Mercedes with a faultless drive to the podium in Sochi. Here’s how the voting broke down…

Max Verstappen - 13.7%
Charles Leclerc - 11.3%
Lewis Hamilton - 10.5%
Valtteri Bottas - 10%
Daniel Ricciardo - 9%

Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio della Toscana Ferrari 1000 2020

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He came painfully close to that first podium for Renault, but eventually had to settle for fourth - regardless, a never-say-die drive from Daniel Ricciardo justifiably got your nod. Here’s how the voting broke down…

Daniel Ricciardo - 23.9%
Alex Albon - 18.6%
George Russell - 13.2%
Lewis Hamilton - 8.9%
Charles Leclerc - 5.6%

Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d’Italia 2020

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For the second Grand Prix in a row, AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly gets your nod - but this time as a Formula 1 race winner too, after an afternoon of high drama at Monza. Here’s how the voting broke down…

Pierre Gasly - 28%
Carlos Sainz - 24.5%
Lewis Hamilton - 12.8%
Kimi Raikkonen - 5.5%
Lando Norris - 5.3%

Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix 2020

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He was the only man to start on the hard tyre, and then chose to stay out long when the safety car appeared. Pierre Gasly's drive impressed you - and paid off with a P8 finish from 12th on the grid. Here’s how the voting broke down…

Pierre Gasly - 18.9%
Daniel Ricciardo - 18.7%
Lewis Hamilton - 9.5%
Max Verstappen - 7.6%
Lando Norris - 7.3%

Formula 1 Aramco Gran Premio de Espana 2020

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It’s not been the easiest of season’s thus far for Sebastian Vettel, but in Spain on Sunday the four-time champion made the best of a bad situation. Ferrari's sole finisher went from 11th on the grid to seventh at the flag, stretching his soft tyres far longer than anyone had a right to expect. Here’s how the voting broke down…

Sebastian Vettel - 29.7%
Max Verstappen - 15.2%
Lewis Hamilton - 12.3%
Carlos Sainz - 6.2%
Sergio Perez - 5%

Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix 2020

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It was a win few would have predicted, given Mercedes' prior dominance of the weekend - but it was one that obviously delighted you, the fans. Superb tyre management and excellent Red Bull strategy kept Max Verstappen out front, as the Silver Arrows struggled in the Silverstone heat. Here’s how the voting broke down…

Max Verstappen - 31.8%
Nico Hulkenberg - 18%
Charles Leclerc - 11.9%
Lewis Hamilton - 9.3%
Alex Albon - 6.9%

Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix 2020

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He controlled the race from the start - but almost didn't make the finish, thanks to a last-lap puncture. You relished Lewis Hamilton's dramatic seventh Silverstone victory, making him a worthy winner. Here’s how the voting ended…

1st Lewis Hamilton
2nd Max Verstappen
3rd Lando Norris
4th Carlos Sainz
5th Alex Albon

Formula 1 Aramco Magyar Nagydij 2020

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What a comeback! He crashed on his way to the grid, but after some swift repair work from his Red Bull crew there was no stopping Max Verstappen. From seventh at the start to second at the flag, splitting the two Mercedes. No wonder he got your nod…

Max Verstappen - 18.1%
Lewis Hamilton - 14.9%
Sebastian Vettel - 12.8%
Valtteri Bottas - 8.2%
Lance Stroll - 8.1%

Formula 1 Pirelli Grosser Preis Der Steiermark 2020

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Sergio Perez never disappoints on race day - a storming drive from 17th on the grid saw the Mexican charge to P6, surviving late contact with Alex Albon and holding off team mate Lance Stroll by just 0.066s at the flag. No wonder he got your nod…

Sergio Perez - 34.7%
Lewis Hamilton - 10.9%
Max Verstappen - 10.7%
Daniel Ricciardo - 6.6%
Lando Norris - 5.6%

Formula 1 Rolex Grosser Preis von Osterreich 2020

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A case of so close but so far for Red Bull's Alex Albon, who looked set for his maiden podium before Lewis Hamilton nudged him into the gravel. A stirring drive from the youngster nonetheless got your plaudits…

Alex Albon - 15%
Lando Norris - 13.9%
Valtteri Bottas - 12.7%
Sergio Perez - 12.2%
Charles Leclerc - 11.6%

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