Lewis Hamilton has been voted 2017 Driver of the Year in our annual poll of F1 Fanatic readers.
Hamilton won his fourth world championship title and broke Michael Schumacher’s record for most career pole positions this season.
He won nine of the 20 races, including ‘grand-slam’ successes in China, Canada and Great Britain where he took pole position, led every lap and set fastest lap on his way to victory.
Hamilton had a tougher fight to win the third championship success he has enjoyed at Mercedes. Despite former team mate Nico Rosberg’s retirement, Hamilton faced a renewed threat from Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel, who led the championship for more than half of the season.
Hamilton was previously voted Driver of the Year in 2010. He was voted the top driver this year with 39% of the vote.
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2017 Driver of the Weekend winners
Hamilton also won Driver of the Weekend more times than any of his rivals. He was voted best driver on six occasions. Other drivers who won the race weekend poll more than once were Max Verstappen (four times), Valtteri Bottas (three) and Sebastian Vettel (two). Carlos Sainz Jnr, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso, Lance Stroll and Pascal Wehrlein each won the poll once.
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