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The F1 Driver of the Day Award lets F1 fans vote on which driver they believe showed the best performance in each individual Grand Prix. It’s an excellent way for fans to participate in the event and show their support.
What is the F1 Driver of the Day Award?
- 1 What is the F1 Driver of the Day Award?
- 2 How is the F1 Driver of the Day Chosen?
- 3 Who received the F1 Driver of the Day Award most recently?
- 4 Who has won the most F1 Driver of the Day Awards?
- 5 How Do I Vote For F1 Driver of the Day?
- 6 F1 Driver of the Day 2023 Scorecard Broken Down
Debuted in 2016, the F1 Driver of the Day Award was first won by Romain Grosjean in the 2016 Australian Grand Prix. One race later, in Bahrain, Grosjean earned the second F1 Driver of the Day Award.
It’s important to note that The F1 Vote Driver of the Day has no bearing on the race, and the drivers do not gain any additional points as a result of the number of votes that they receive.
How is the F1 Driver of the Day Chosen?
Here is some key information about how the F1 Driver of the Day Award works.
Who chooses the Driver of the Day?
The F1 Vote Driver of the Day is put forward by the fans! Fans vote for who they believe is the finest driver in each Grand Prix. And the award is not always given to the Grand Prix winner. Sometimes it’s a driver who ended in P8 but had a terrific race. It’s not just about what position a racer finishes in, but about their performance throughout the race.
The award is a great way to recognise drivers based on their talent, rather than the position number they end in. There is a whole range of factors that fans consider when voting. Some of these include the driver’s ability to overcome obstacles, heart-racing speed, shocking overtakes, and other exciting moments that make the race worth watching.
How long do you have to vote?
The F1 Vote Driver of the Day begins when the race starts and finishes when the checkered flag is raised. With each race lasting an average of 90 minutes, and a maximum of 120 minutes available for each race, you have plenty of time to pick who you think deserves the F1 Driver of the Day title.
Who received the F1 Driver of the Day Award most recently?
Lando Norris continued McLaren’s run at the top of the Driver of the Day Award votes. The British driver won his F1-leading third award of 2023, making it three in a row for the Woking-based squad following Oscar Piastri’s double in Japan and Qatar.
F1 Vote Driver of the Day: US Grand Prix 2023
Lando Norris – 26%
Lewis Hamilton – 23.3%
Max Verstappen – 14.4%
Sergio Perez – 7.5%
Fernando Alonso – 6.8%
Despite losing the on-track battle against Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, Norris managed to beat both drivers in the fan vote. The McLaren driver edged out Hamilton in a close fight, with Verstappen down 10 percentage points on the winner.
Who has won the most F1 Driver of the Day Awards?
Up to this point, 162 F1 Driver of the Day awards have been given out; who do you think has won the most? You guessed correctly if Max Verstappen came to mind! Max has won 39 awards, followed by Sebastian Vettel (23 awards) and Lewis Hamilton (14 awards).
Alonso won the Driver of the Day award in Bahrain, while also celebrating his 99th career podium. The Spaniard secured the award for the fifth time in his career.
In Saudi Arabia, Verstappen’s recovery drive from 15th on the grid to second at the checkered secured his all-time leading 37th Driver of the Day Award.
Another recovery drive by a Red Bull led to Perez winning the award in Australia. The Mexican started last and from the pit lane, making his way up to fifth at the line.
Perez won his second consecutive Driver of the Day Award in Azerbaijan. The Red Bull driver took advantage of an early Safety Car to pit and jump teammate Max Verstappen, then proceeded to control the race at the front.
Verstappen scored his second Driver of the Day Award of the year in Miami. The Dutchman’s recovery from ninth on the grid to win the race made the choice uncontestable.
At Monaco, Ocon won the Driver of the Day Award for the first time in his career. The Frenchman scored his third career podium with a heroic drive, surviving attacks from Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton, as well as changeable weather conditions, to finish third in his first podium since winning the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2021.
Hamilton won his first Driver of the Day of 2023 in Spain. The seven-time champion finished second, matching his and Mercedes’ best result of the year with a solid drive from fourth on the grid.
In Canada, Albon secured his fourth career Driver of the Day Award, and first in 2023. The Thai driver finished a solid seventh for Williams, successfully holding off a train of cars to score the team’s best result of 2023.
Norris won the Driver of the Day Award in Austria, making it the sixth of his career. The McLaren driver showed an encouraging pace with the team’s new package, finishing fourth in the final order for his and the Woking team’s best result of 2023.
Norris won back-to-back Driver of the Day Awards in Great Britain. The McLaren man secured his first home podium in Silverstone, starting on the front row and finishing an impressive second, having even led the race at the start. McLaren’s new aero package continues to deliver results.
Perez secured his leading third Driver of the Day Award of 2023 in Hungary. The Mexican driver finally made it to Q3 after five weekends, but could only manage ninth on the grid. With pressure pilling up on him, Perez put on a solid drive to finish third for his second podium in the last three starts.
Verstappen tied Perez with his third award of the year in Belgium. The Dutchman secured his 10th win of the year after lining up sixth on the grid.
Alonso won his second Driver of the Day Award following a determinated drive to second in the Dutch Grand Prix. It marked the Spaniard’s first podium in four races, ending his brief drought since the Canadian GP in June.
Sainz secured his first Driver of the Day Award of 2023 after securing his first podium finish of 2023 at the Italian Grand Prix. After keeping the Red Bulls at bay for as long as he could early in the race, the Spaniard had to work hard to defend the final spot on the rostrum, holding off teammate Leclerc for third.
Sainz won the Driver of the Day Award again in Singapore. The Spaniard scored another pole, and this time converted it into his second career victory, using his wits to hold off two fast-charging Mercedes towards the end of the race.
Piastri won his first Driver of the Day Award in Japan. The Australian rookie secured his maiden career podium with a third place finish, picking up the fans’ vote with his solid showing around the challenging Suzuka Circuit.
And Piastri made it back-to-back awards the following race in Qatar. Building up on the momentum from his maiden podium and a sprint race win, the Australian rookie finished second at the Losail Circuit.
Norris won his third Driver of the Day Award in the US Grand Prix. The McLaren driver led most of the first half of the race, overtaking polesitter Charles Leclerc off the line. Even though he eventually finished behind Verstappen and Hamilton, Norris’ strong start was enough to secure another fan vote.
Here’s what the F1 Driver of the Day Award scoreboard looks like after the 2023 Qatar GP:
Sergio Perez: 3
Max Verstappen: 3
Lando Norris: 3
Carlos Sainz Jr.: 2
Fernando Alonso: 2
Oscar Piastri: 2
Esteban Ocon: 1
Lewis Hamilton: 1
Alexander Albon: 1
How Do I Vote For F1 Driver of the Day?
It’s very simple to vote if you want to show some support for who you think showed phenomenal racing skills. All you have to do is go to the Formula One website and cast your vote.
The voting link is: https://www.formula1.com/en/vote.html.
This link may change, so be sure to check the official F1 website’s homepage if you can’t access voting through the link above – it’s very easy to find, so don’t worry!
F1 Driver of the Day 2023 Scorecard Broken Down
|Race||Driver of the Day||Finishing Position||Votes|
|Bahrain GP||Fernando Alonso||3rd||53.3%|
|Saudi Arabian GP||Max Verstappen||2nd||26.3%|
|Australian GP||Sergio Perez||5th||21.3%|
|Azerbaijan GP||Sergio Perez||1st||29.1%|
|Miami GP||Max Verstappen||1st||27.1%|
|Emilia Romagna GP||Cancelled|
|Monaco GP||Esteban Ocon||3rd||23.5%|
|Spanish GP||Lewis Hamilton||2nd||24.7%|
|Canadian GP||Alexander Albon||7th||28.7%|
|Austrian GP||Lando Norris||4th||26.1%|
|British GP||Lando Norris||2nd||45.5%|
|Hungarian GP||Sergio Perez||3rd||20.7%|
|Belgian GP||Max Verstappen||1st||15.5%|
|Dutch GP||Fernando Alonso||2nd||20.9%|
|Italian GP||Carlos Sainz Jr.||3rd||31.5%|
|United States GP||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Mexico City GP||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Sao Paulo GP||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Las Vegas GP||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Abu Dhabi GP||TBD||TBD||TBD|
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