Sport Hamilton tops poll of Formula One bosses

19:16  07 december  2017
19:16  07 december  2017 Source:   Reuters

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LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One team bosses have voted Lewis Hamilton as the sport's top driver for the fourth year in a row but Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas slipped to 10th place in the rankings. The poll , published by motorsport.com on Thursday

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One team bosses have voted Lewis Hamilton as the sport’s top driver for the fourth year in a row but Mercedes team mate Valtteri The poll , published by motorsport.com on Thursday, put four times world champion Hamilton far ahead of closest rival Max Verstappen.

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Formula One team bosses have voted Lewis Hamilton as the sport's top driver for the fourth year in a row but Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas slipped to 10th place in the rankings.

The poll, published by motorsport.com on Thursday, put four times world champion Hamilton far ahead of closest rival Max Verstappen.

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Bottas, winner of three races this year after joining as now-retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg's replacement, was listed in 10th place after bosses awarded points according to the regular F1 scoring system.

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LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One team bosses have voted Lewis Hamilton as the sport’s top driver for the fourth year in a row but Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas slipped to 10th place in the rankings. The poll , published by motorsport.com on Thursday

REUTERS. Ricciardo is F1's pass master in a season of fewer moves. Formula One team bosses have voted Lewis Hamilton as the sport's top driver for the fourth year in a row but Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas slipped to 10th place in the rankings.

That represented a drop of one place on where Bottas had been with Williams in 2016.

Hamilton scored 233 out of a maximum 250, with Red Bull's Verstappen on 143. Ferrari's 2017 championship runner-up Sebastian Vettel, also a four times champion, was third and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo fourth.

Force India's Mexican Sergio Perez dropped out of the top 10 entirely but his French team mate Esteban Ocon made his entry in fifth place, one ahead of McLaren's double world champion Fernando Alonso.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Renault's Carlos Sainz tied in seventh place with Renault's Nico Hulkenberg a new entry at ninth.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Allison hails 'astonishing' Hamilton .
Mercedes’ technical director James Allison says he is far from surprised at Lewis Hamilton’s record-breaking season, labelling the Briton as an “astonishing” driver. Allison joined the Brackley-based outfit in 2017 following his untimely exit from rivals Ferrari. In his first season with the team, he has played a vital role in helping Mercedes to a fourth consecutive constructors’ crown, as well as witnessing Hamilton becoming the most successful British driver in Formula 1 history. The 32-year-old clinched his fourth title in Mexico with two rounds to spare, and also claimed the record for most career pole positions at Monza; Allison says he’s in awe of Hamilton’s remarkable achievements and talent. “He’s got, as you can imagine, far more in common with the other great champions than things that are different,” Allison said in Autosport’s review of the top 10 drivers in 2017. “His hunger to win, even after being on the right end of nearly all the records in the sport, is just astonishing. “The most remarkable thing about him [as a driver] is just his raw, raw speed. You don’t get all those pole positions without being a pretty special controller of the car. “I think I’m very lucky to work with a whole bunch of very good people, but his ability on a Saturday is second to none. And he rarely drops the ball on race day having put it on pole on Saturday.

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