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  • Writer's pictureRhonan Colquhoun

F1: The championship in which neither Verstappen or Hamilton is going to win

Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton may be dicing it out to become the 2021 Driver's Champion but there's another championship in which neither driver is going to win


The Overtake Award has been created to reward the driver who make the most on-track overtakes this season. This award is the first of it's kind and keeps track of every successful overtaking move each driver makes during the course of the race.

It's time to turn back the clocks to 2012 because the two driver's battling it out to become Champion of the Overtake Award were battling to become that year's Driver's Champion.

Topping the standings after the Brazilian GP, Two Time World Champion and Alpine driver Fernando Alonso leads Four Time World Champion and Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel with the drivers on 114 and 112 overtakes each.

CHAMPIONS BATTLE: Past title rivals, Alonso leads Vettel on-track at the Spanish GP earlier this year and it's the Spaniard who holds a slender lead over the German in the standings

Aston Martin's Lance Stroll and 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen aren't far behind on 107 overtakes each with Ferrari's Carlos Sainz rounding out the top five with 103.

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo is on 100 overtakes for the whole season while Red Bull's Sergio Perez and the second McLaren of Lando Norris are both on 95 overtakes each.

Where do the title contenders fit in I hear you ask? Well, because both typically qualify and finish at the front of the grid, there's not much overtaking to be done. However, both Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamitlon have shown this year that they can - highlighting the fact that these two are the very best in the sport.

Having started near the back of the grid to finish second in Russia, Max Verstappen pulled off 15 overtakes.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton's storming Brazilian GP, which saw the Brit start the Sprint Race from last - to winning the race having started from 10th, witnessed a combine total of 25 overtakes.


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