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Lewis Hamilton wins team bosses' top 10 drivers vote for 2018 season

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The Formula One season ended with a fifth Drivers' Championship for Lewis Hamilton, and the Brit swept the board in Autosport's Formula One team principals' Top 10 Drivers of 2018 vote.

Hamilton dominated the track whilst driving for Mercedes, and concluded the 2018 calendar by winning in Abu Dhabi a fortnight ago.

And he has made his mark on Formula One team bosses throughout the course of the year-long season, with website Autosport asking team chiefs to select their top 10 Drivers of the Championship.

Points are cast via the Formula One scoring system - 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 - which then decides the winner.

And Hamilton was the clear winner of the award, surpassing second-placed Max Verstappen to easily claim the prize.

Below is the top 10 drivers and the points which they received. 

1. Lewis Hamilton - 218 
2. Max Verstappen - 139 
3. Sebastian Vettel - 105 
4. Fernando Alonso - 103
5. Daniel Ricciardo - 85 
6. Charles Leclerc - 71 
7. Kimi Raikkonen - 57 
8. Valtteri Bottas - 38 
9. Esteban Ocon - 27 
10. Nico Hulkenberg - 23

What's quite surprising from the list is that retiring Spaniard Fernando Alonso claimed fourth spot, clearly highlighting his popularity within the sport.

On the track, it's safe to say it wasn't a great season for the veteran, so the fact he eclipsed the likes of Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Bottas is quite surprising.

F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

Thirty three-year-old Hamilton recently admitted that he hopes to see more F1 venues with "real racing history."

"On the racing side, I don't know how important it is to go to new countries as such," the five-time champion said in a recent interview.

"If you had the Silverstone Grand Prix and a London Grand Prix, it would be pretty cool.

"We've got a lot of real racing history in England, Germany, Italy and now in the States it is starting to grow," added Hamilton. "But you only have one event per year in those places.

Lewis Hamilton's Official Championship Party at The Abu Dhabi EDITION

"If it was my business, I'd be trying to do more events in those countries.

"I've been to Vietnam before and it is beautiful. I've been to India before to a race which was strange because India was such a poor place yet we had this massive, beautiful grand prix track made in the middle of nowhere. I felt very conflicted when I went to that grand prix.

"We had a grand prix in Turkey and hardly anyone came. Cool track, cool weekend but poor audience."

Valterri Bottas
Charles Leclerc
Nico Hulkenberg
Valtteri Bottas
Esteban Ocon
Sebastian Vettel
Max Verstappen
Daniel Ricciardo
Kimi Raikkonen
Fernando Alonso
Lewis Hamilton
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