Team principals agree Lewis Hamilton isn’t a top four driver anymore

Max Verstappen was voted as the best driver of 2023 by F1's team bosses

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Formula 1’s team principals have declared Max Verstappen to be the best driver on the grid but left Lewis Hamilton out of their top four, despite him finishing as best of the rest in the 2023 season.

Verstappen retained his spot as top of the pile from the team bosses, a position he has held since 2021, and has never finished outside of the top two since his debut in 2015. His latest F1 season saw him collect 19 wins from 22 races, 21 podiums, 12 pole positions and nine fastest laps with 575 points as he cruised to his third drivers’ title.

Hamilton, meanwhile, dropped from fourth to fifth in what is his lowest ever ranking, despite finishing third in the drivers’ title with 234 points, taking a pole position, scoring six podiums and leading the race head-to-head against George Russell 17-5.

McLaren team principal Andrea Stella attracted controversy on social media for ranking Verstappen, Lando Norris and Fernando Alonso above the 103-time race winner whilst speaking to DAZN Spain.

What are the full rankings?

There were two new entries in the form of Oscar Piastri after his strong debut season with McLaren that saw the rookie win the Qatar Sprint Race on his way to 97 points, whilst he was joined by Alex Albon after the Thai-British driver recorded 27 points and finished 13th in the standings with Williams.

The two drivers they replaced were Sebastian Vettel, who retired at the conclusion of the 2022 F1 season and Valtteri Bottas, who dropped out after a tough second season with Alfa Romeo that yielded just four points finishes.  

  • 1st: Max Verstappen (no change)
  • 2nd: Fernando Alonso (up six places from 2022)
  • 3rd: Lando Norris (up three places)
  • 4th: Charles Leclerc (down two places)
  • 5th: Lewis Hamilton (down one place)
  • 6th: Carlos Sainz (up one place)
  • 7th: Oscar Piastri (new entry)
  • 8th: Alex Albon (new entry)
  • 9th: George Russell (down six places)
  • 10th: Sergio Perez (down five places)
Brandon Sutton
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