F1 team bosses vote Lewis Hamilton as best driver of 2014

Lewis Hamilton has topped AUTOSPORT's Formula 1 team principals' top 10 drivers poll for 2014

F1 team bosses vote Lewis Hamilton as best driver of 2014

But, unlike what happened on track this season, it was not his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg who emerged as his closest challenger.

As part of the annual Formula 1 season review, AUTOSPORT has again exclusively polled every team principal for their top driver list of the year.

These lists are kept secret, so the bosses can be honest about their opinions, and only the overall results are collated together using the F1 scoring system of 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1.

The form that Hamilton displayed en route to capturing his second world championship this year was enough to deliver him a comfortable margin at the head of the rankings.

However, although Rosberg pushed Hamilton until the end of the season for the championship, the German only ended up fifth overall in the rankings.

Instead, it was Fernando Alonso who emerged as the team principals' second best driver, with his performance in the underwhelming Ferrari serving to impress.

Daniel Ricciardo's brilliant season for Red Bull, as he became the only non-Mercedes driver to win a race, secured him third place ahead of Williams' Valtteri Bottas.

Marussia's Jules Bianchi, who remains in a serious condition in hospital following his accident at the Japanese Grand Prix, was ranked eighth overall - having delivered his and his team's first world championship points at the Monaco Grand Prix.

AUTOSPORT TEAM PRINCIPALS' TOP 10 2014 1. LEWIS HAMILTON (194 points) 2. FERNANDO ALONSO (155 points) 3. DANIEL RICCIARDO (135 points) 4. VALTTERI BOTTAS (119 points) 5. NICO ROSBERG (115 points) 6. FELIPE MASSA (55 points) 7. SEBASTIAN VETTEL (53 points) 8. JULES BIANCHI (44 points) 9. JENSON BUTTON (40 points) 10. DANIIL KVYAT (28 points) 

WHO VOTED

Christian Horner, Red Bull
Toto Wolff, Mercedes
Federico Gastaldi, Lotus
Marco Mattiacci, Ferrari
Eric Boullier, McLaren
Vijay Mallya, Force India
Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber
Franz Tost, Toro Rosso
Claire Williams, Williams
Graeme Lowdon, Marussia

* Caterham not included due to multiple changes of management

This week's issue of AUTOSPORT reviews the 2014 season and tells the story of Lewis Hamilton's title triumph, plus everything that made the year a classic

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