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F1 Driver of the Year: 6th

Counting down the top ten F1 Drivers of the 2016 season as voted for by Crash.net readers... who is 6th?
6th - Fernando Alonso
Average poll score out of ten: 6.8
Team: McLaren-Honda
Car: MP4-31
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Poles: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Best Finish 5th
Championship points: 54
Championship position: 10th out of 24


That Fernando Alonso himself consider this, 2016, his third best ever year in Formula One says a lot and after a lacklustre previous campaign, which saw him drop to 16th in our end of year poll, the Spaniard definitely seemed to re-discover his mojo.

It didn't start well in Australia, with that horrifying airborne crash putting him out and subsequently forcing him to miss the next race in Bahrain, but after that the two-time F1 World Champion again showed his class.

There were obvious highs in Monaco – when he finished fifth – and in Austin when he repeated the feat, with late moves on Felipe Massa and fellow countryman Carlos Sainz.

There were also points' finishes in Russia, Hungary, Belgium, Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil and Abu Dhabi – and in two of those he had to start from the back.

It left him with 54 points on the board at season end, more than double that of team-mate Jenson Button.

Alonso's form in qualifying was also notable, again showing Button the way and beating him 15-5.

Alonso also made Q3 on eight occasions - in Spain, Monaco, Canada, Britain, Hungary, Singapore, Brazil and Abu Dhabi – although it was clear he was continuing to be held back by a car and engine package that while improved, was a long way off his immense talent.


Fernando Alonso in the Crash.net F1 Driver of the Year poll
Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2015: 16th
Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2013: 2nd
Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2012: 1st
Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2011: 3rd
Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2010: 5th
Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2009: 12th



Do you agree with the poll results? Have your say in the comments section below...

About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Drivers' World Championship standings, the F1 Driver of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, driving style, experience, progress and personality just as much as race results.

Over 70,000 votes were cast for the 2016 Crash.net F1 Driver of the Year poll, where viewers awarded each of this year's full-time participants.





Related Pictures

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26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
25.11.2016 - Free Practice 1, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
25.11.2016 - Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
30.10.2016 - Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
30.10.2016 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31

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