4th - Thierry Neuville
Average poll score out of ten: 6.2
105 points in WRC
13 (out of 13)
Power Stage wins:
Thierry Neuville was one of the stars in 2013 en-route
to the runners-up spot in the Drivers' Championship and he again delivered this season.
Taking on the role of team leader with the new Hyundai team, Neuville successfully gave the squad its first podium in only its third event, when he was third in Mexico, and then followed that up with another third in Poland.
He then capitalised to win in Germany, when Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke all threw it away - a great comeback given he had that massive crash in the shakedown when he rolled his Hyundai i20 WRC multiple times before the event had even started.
That wasn't the only crash he had, as he also notably went out in the very first stage on Rallye Monte Carlo and binned it early on in Finland, but he still came through to take points in nine of the 13 events, ending the year fourth on Wales Rally GB and sixth in the Drivers' Championship.
If Hyundai can continue to improve in 2015, he should be able to take lots more podiums and possibly even some more wins too.
Thierry Neuville in Crash.net's WRC Driver of the Year vote:
World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2013:
World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2012:
Crash.net's WRC Driver of the Year 2014 - results so far:
5. Mikko Hirvonen
6. Andreas Mikkelsen
7. Elfyn Evans
8. Dani Sordo
9. Mads Ostberg
10. Robert Kubica
About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Drivers' World Championship standings, the World Rally Driver of the Year poll asks readers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, driving style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.
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WRC Driver of the Year poll, where viewers awarded each of this year's full-time participants a mark out of ten for an average rating.