A little later than usual due to the late conclusion to the 2020 season, the RaceFans F1 driver rankings begin today and will count down over the coming weeks.
After a year of unprecedented disruption, some of the season’s more unusual stories were easily overlooked. Here are a few unusual details and easily forgotten tales from the past 12 months in F1.
It was the year F1 returned to lost tracks, discovered new venues – and witnessed an extraordinary escapes. Here are our favourite photographs from 2020.
RaceFans readers rated every grand prix during 2020. Abu Dhabi received the worst score for 13 years, but another race made the all-time top 10. Here’s your scores in full.
Lewis Hamilton has been voted the best Formula 1 driver of the year by RaceFans readers, for the fourth year in a row.
Who did the best starts, was the most formidable qualifier, and suffered the most retirements during 2020? Here are 20 revealing statistics on each driver’s season.
Lewis Hamilton comprehensively beat Valtteri Bottas again, sealing his seventh title as he did, and ensuring his later absence due to Covid did not affect the title fight.
Red Bull gave Alexander Albon all year to prove he could measure up against Max Verstappen, but he ended up further off his team mate’s pace than Pierre Gasly was last season.
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jnr and Lando Norris were probably the two most closely-matched team mates in the 2020 season.
For the second time in three years, Racing Point have got rid of their quickest driver. Sergio Perez extended his margin over Lance Stroll during the course of 2020.
Esteban Ocon took time to get back up to speed after a year out of the cockpit, and Daniel Ricciardo did most of the points-scoring for Renault.
In his second season at Ferrari, Charles Leclerc routed four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel, asserting himself as the new number one at the Scuderia.
While Pierre Gasly scored a shock win, Daniil Kvyat’s gradual improvement over the course of 2020 may not be enough to keep Yuki Tsunoda from taking his seat.
Kimi Raikkonen is now the most experienced Formula 1 driver ever, but Antonio Giovinazzi measured up well against him in their second season as team mates.
Romain Grosjean’s crash in Bahrain brought an early end to his four-year partnership with Kevin Magnussen. The pair were closely matched in Haas’s uncompetitive car.
Although George Russell dominated Nicholas Latifi in qualifying, the rookie gave a decent account of himself on race day.