Hamilton was unsurprisingly in second place with Lando Norris third in the poll. An interesting side note is that drivers from Mercedes and Red Bull, the two teams who were locked in such a bitter title race, declined to participate in the vote, as did Alfa Romeo.
So a total of 14 drivers then cast their ballots using the same points scoring system as in every F1 race. The person in first was given 25 points, second received 18 while third had 15. It is understood that Verstappen also topped the charts in a vote cast by team bosses. The Dutchman won the championship on the final lap of the final race of the season having taken advantage of a safety car by changing his tyres.
The race director then allowed him to pass enough lapped cars to have a duel with Hamilton on the final lap and he passed the Brit. Elsewhere in the rankings, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Charles LeClerc finished fourth and fifth with Fernando Alonso and Pierre Gasley sixth and seventh.
Williams’ George Russell was eighth, Estaban Ocon ninth and Mick Schumacher tenth, meaning Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez failed to make the list.