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Esteban Ocon, Alpine A523, leads Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT04, and Pierre Gasly, Alpine A523
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The reasons why three F1 drivers missed out on Autosport's 2023 top 10 rankings

OPINION: It is that time of year when the season review and driver rankings cause debate and disagreement to keep us immersed in the year that has just been during the quieter winter months. This year, three Formula 1 drivers each had reasons for feeling aggrieved for being absent from the top 10 list – but here’s why each of them just missed out

Here's a peek behind the curtain: there might not be complete and unanimous agreement between the wonderful people at Autosport towers when it comes to our usual end-of-season host of rankings. That's the fun of it and, when you leaf through our Top 50 reveal on Thursday, invariably there will be placings that you may disagree with. We can't wait to read your own variations on the format.

The case in point is that, when Alex Kalinauckas and I came up with the top 10 list for last week's issue, there was a murmur of curiosity from one or two about the decision to rank Nico Hulkenberg's season in the upper half of the field. We accepted that Hulkenberg's inclusion might have been a left-field pick but, when you consider the other options, it makes a little bit more sense to have him there rather than those who missed out.

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