This month we asked you, the readers of Crash.net, to vote for your F1 Drives of the Year.

From numerous options, we whittled the selections down into a shortlist of twelve, from dominant race wins, to unexpected podiums and charging drives up the orders, and here we reveal your top six...

Daniil Kvyat - Monaco Grand Prix

Daniil Kvyat's charge to fourth place at this year's Monaco Grand Prix represented the Russian's breakthrough moment with Red Bull after a slow start to the season.

The 21-year-old was promoted to Red Bull from Toro Rosso after the departure of four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel to Ferrari. With a considerable race seat to fill and in an underperforming car, Kvyat quickly came under pressure from the team's bosses after picking up just five points from the opening five races.

Heading to Monaco the pressure was cranked up further with Renault beginning to get on top of its reliability issues, and at a circuit which played to the Red Bull's aerodynamic strengths the youngster needed a positive result in just his second Grand Prix at the principality.

A solid fifth on the grid in qualifying ensured Kvyat started directly behind team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and a measured drive with supreme strategy saw him get the better of the Australian to claim his best career finish in F1, until his second place in Hungary two months later.

Max Verstappen - Belgium Grand Prix

After Max Verstappen enjoyed a breakthrough race of his own in Hungary, narrowly missing out on a maiden F1 rostrum result in fourth, the rookie battled back from adversity to take an unlikely eighth place at Spa.

Competing in effectively his home event, Verstappen was slapped with a ten-place grid penalty for using his sixth power unit of the year which meant he started from 18th and just ahead of the two McLarens.

If Verstappen had made the most of drivers in front of him suffering problems in Hungary, he demonstrated incredible offensive driving skills to storm through the field, including a magnificent pass on Felipe Nasr at Blanchimont on lap 11 which eventually won 'Action of the Year' at the FIA awards.

Verstappen was on the attack until the very last lap when he challenged Kimi Raikkonen but settled for a mightily impressive eighth place which convinced any remaining doubter the teenager was ready for F1.

Max Verstappen - United States Grand Prix

Verstappen's second appearance in your top-six Drives of the Year came as a result of his performance at the United States Grand Prix.

The Toro Rosso slotted into eighth on the grid in Austin after penalties for both Ferrari drivers took effect and in the tricky wet-to-dry conditions Verstappen produced robust but clean defensive driving against Kimi Raikkonen, while a controlled tyre strategy saw the 18-year-old equal his career-best F1 result of fourth.

While his previous outstanding drives had been created by attacking driving and maximising opportunities, this performance had a coming-of-age sense to it where he got the very best out of his Renault-powered Toro Rosso and the Pirelli tyres.

Sebastian Vettel - Malaysian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel made himself a hero with the Ferrari faithful by taking victory in his second-ever race with the Italian squad and proving the dominant Mercedes was not as untouchable as first feared.

The four-time F1 champion appeared largely powerless to deny Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the season opener in Melbourne but in the very next race they were made to sit up and take notice.

Starting alongside Hamilton on the front row Vettel fought off Rosberg's attacks and an early safety car period saw the Mercedes duo dive into the pits while Vettel stayed out to inherit the lead. As Hamilton and Rosberg made their way through traffic, the Ferrari driver pulled out a useful cushion before pitting and on fresh rubber overtook Rosberg for second.

After another round of pit stops, Vettel's decision to remain on a two-stop strategy worked perfectly as he fended off a late charge from Hamilton for his first win since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix and earning a place in the hearts of the Tifosi.

Sebastian Vettel - Singapore Grand Prix

A second appearance on the list for Vettel comes thanks to his third win in 2015 at the Singapore Grand Prix, where Ferrari utterly dominated under the lights in East Asia.

Hamilton, who was hunting a record-equalling eighth straight pole position, simply could not match the speed of Vettel who took pole position by well over half a second with the defending F1 world champion down in fifth.

Vettel had a faultless race by negotiating a Virtual Safety Car period early to build a lead only to have it wiped out by a full Safety Car period due to a man running on the track.

Once the race resumed the Ferrari driver defended an end-of-race charge from former Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to take victory in a strength-sapping two hour race in which his drinks bottle failed to work halfway through.

Lewis Hamilton - British Grand Prix

The 2015 F1 world champion arguably took his best win of the year at his home event at Silverstone.

Despite securing pole position, both Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg had disastrous starts to eventually slip behind both Williams drivers. Keeping both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa within touching distance, an aggressive undercut at the first pit stop saw Hamilton jump both Williams and regain the lead, setting the fastest lap of the race on his outlap.

With rain threatening the British Grand Prix, Hamilton made the perfect call to pit for intermediate tyres just as the rain began to fall heavier and stormed to the chequered flag for his third home GP victory.

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