F1 2018: The end of season awards
Last Updated: 26/11/18 12:04pm
Picking out some of the most memorable moments of the year - and have your say at the bottom of the page...
Angry bust-up of the year: Max Verstappen v Esteban Ocon. No contest.
Backgammon chat of the year: Sebastian Vettel certainly had a few stories to share when he met Ted in Canada!
WATCH: This story from Vettel is brilliant! 🤣🤣🤣— Sky Sports F1 🏎 (@SkySportsF1) June 8, 2018
Police: “What was the purpose of your visit to the country?
Vettel: “Visiting the F1.”
Police: “Did you have a good seats?”
Vettel: “…well I had one seat…”
📺 Sky Go: https://t.co/fxH1316WnM #SkyF1 #F1 #CanadianGP 🇨🇦🍁 pic.twitter.com/mBGLhtaFh7
Comeback of the year: Welcome back, Robert Kubica. Force India also deserve credit for returning from the financial abyss, and then finishing fifth and sixth in their first race as a 'new' team in Belgium.
Driver of the year: Lewis Hamilton is now a five-time champion, barely made a mistake on-track, and won 11 of the season's 21 races despite not always having the fastest car.
Alternative driver of the year: Well, you voted for Sergey Sirotkin!
Drivers' briefing of the year: Farewell, Fernando Alonso.
Engine of the year: Ferrari made huge strides in 2018.
F1 Show moment of the year: Take your pick!
False accusation of the year: "I think Ericsson hit us!" - Haas to Romain Grosjean at the Azerbaijan GP. Comedy gold.
Flag waver of the year: Winnie Harlow. Just a shame it came a lap too early..
Football celebration in an F1 paddock of the year: The sun was shining at Silverstone. England were shining at the World Cup. And Johnny Herbert got soaked in the post-qualy celebrations.
WATCH: Live interivew with Haas' Guenther Steiner, England score in Russia on the big screen in the paddock, Johnny and Guenther get covered in champagne...🍾🍾— Sky Sports F1 🏎 (@SkySportsF1) July 7, 2018
(And Simon can't resist a celebration)#SkyF1 #F1 #BritishGP #Eng #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/w4mptXG8wi
Golf shot of the year: The word Lance Stroll needed here was: "For!"
Interview of the year: Never change, Kimi Raikkonen.
Lap of the year: Hamilton and Mercedes were by no means favourites in Singapore, but he outpaced closest challenger Verstappen by 0.3s and title rival Vettel by more than half a second. The title-winning lap?
Alternative lap of the year: Max Verstappen in Canada. Purely for how much it shocked Daniel Ricciardo.
Long wait of the year: The Italian GP was in September. Haas found out that they had officially lost Grosjean's sixth place in November.
Mistake of the year: Vettel was heading towards a 17-point advantage in the championship before sinking his Ferrari into the gravel at his home German GP. Hamilton never looked back.
Mistake of the year II: Ferrari for trialing new parts on their car, to ill-effect, at the most crucial stage of the season. They found their pace again soon after reverting back to their previous spec. Funny that.
Most improved team of the year: Sauber started the season as perennial backmarkers, but end it as a leading midfield runner.
Optimistic quote of the year: Alonso, after finishing fifth in McLaren-Renault's first race in Australia: "Hopefully from Bahrain we will see another step forward and Red Bull will be the next target." Ouch.
Overtake of the year: Vettel's swoop to take the lead off Bottas in Silverstone was majestic. But any of Ricciardo's in China are also contenders!
Picture of the year: Remember when the introduction of the Halo was criticised? Leclerc was certainly thankful for it when Alonso's McLaren catapulted over the top of him at Spa.
Publication of the year: Never change, Kimi Raikkonen. Part Two.
Qualifier of the year: Alonso 21. Vandoorne 0.
Sportsmanship of the year: Hamilton and Vettel: F1's respectful rivals.
Race of the year: The Chinese GP. Ricciardo rose from sixth to first in the space of 10 laps - but there were a lot of spectacular races to choose from!
Rookie of the year: Leclerc was so impressive in his debut campaign that he will become Ferrari's second-youngest F1 driver in history next year.
Shock announcement of the year: Ricciardo joining Renault. Because who really saw that coming?
Team of the year: They overcame their toughest challenge of the hybrid era to make history. Mercedes are arguably the most impressive team in sport, let alone F1.
Team radio of the year: Any of these...
Unexpected bombshell of the year: When Alonso claimed Red Bull tried to sign him for next season. The paddock was certainly an interesting place to be that weekend!
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