The winners of the 2018 F1 Racing Awards

The winners of the 2018 F1 Racing Awards

It was billed as a battle between two heavyweights: Lewis Hamilton versus Sebastian Vettel. Only one man would become a five-time world champion in 2018 - but throughout the 21-race season, did Hamilton make the biggest impact on you, the fans, or did someone else impress? Here's how you voted, reports JAMES ROBERTS, in the nine categories in this year's F1 Racing Awards...

Qualifier of the year: Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes

As far as qualifying performance is concerned, there is no driver in the same league as Lewis Hamilton. This is the fifth consecutive season F1 Racing readers have voted the Mercedes racer the best qualifier of the year, and the statistics reveal just how dominant he is on a Saturday.

This year his career pole position tally reached 83, putting him 15 clear of Michael Schumacher, the next best in the all-time list. Lewis took 11 in 2018, nine more than team-mate Valtteri Bottas and six more than title rival Sebastian Vettel.

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