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Have your say on the perfect of 2022: Autosport Awards nominees revealed

The Awards, which date again to 1982, have fun the highest drivers and competitors machines annually. The nominees within the eight classes open to public vote in 2022 have now been revealed (beneath).

Autosport.com subscribers and journal readers are in a position to vote for the nominee they suppose carried out finest in every class. The classes open to voting are Worldwide Racing Driver of the Yr offered by Pirelli, British Competitors Driver of the Yr, Rookie of the Yr, Worldwide Racing Automotive of the Yr offered by Blink Expertise, Rally Automotive of the Yr, Worldwide Rally Driver of the Yr, Nationwide Driver of the Yr and Esports Driver of the Yr offered by Motorsport Games.

To have your say on the 2022 winners, go to awardsvoting.autosport.com

Worldwide Racing Driver offered by Pirelli nominees

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 1st position, on the podium

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 1st place, on the rostrum

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Charles Leclerc
Leclerc appeared the true deal when combating for an F1 title for the primary time. He notably crashed whereas main in France, however his 12 months was harm to a larger extent by Ferrari errors. 9 poles and his Australia dominance confirmed his pace, whereas passing Verstappen thrice to win in Austria mirrored his brilliance in wheel-to-wheel battle.

Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet, podium

Will Energy, Staff Penske Chevrolet, podium

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Will Energy
The Australian mixed warning and consistency to the pace he’s all the time needed to scoop his second IndyCar title. The Penske star solely scored one victory however added eight different podiums throughout the 17 races to outscore team-mate Josef Newgarden and Chip Ganassi’s six-time champ Scott Dixon.

Stoffel Vandoorne, Mercedes-Benz EQ, 2nd position, heads to the podium

Stoffel Vandoorne, Mercedes-Benz EQ, 2nd place, heads to the rostrum

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Stoffel Vandoorne
Such was Vandoorne’s consistency throughout the 2022 season that he solely wanted one win to safe the System E title. He scored factors in each race besides Mexico; his Monaco victory the fulcrum to a managed run to the championship. Threat and reward had been completely balanced by the Belgian.

World Champion Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing

World Champion Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing

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Max Verstappen
The star of the F1 season maximised the Purple Bull RB18 and has typically been unstoppable irrespective of the place he begins. Minor offs and Hungary spin apart, Verstappen has been sensible and appears like a greater driver with that first world title behind him – the Dutchman’s second got here swiftly earlier than he took the F1 wins document for a single season.

To have your say on the 2022 winners, go to awardsvoting.autosport.com

Worldwide Racing Automotive offered by Blink Expertise nominees

Sheldon van der Linde, Schubert Motorsport BMW M4 GT3

Sheldon van der Linde, Schubert Motorsport BMW M4 GT3

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BMW M4 GT3
The brand new BMW M4 GT3 overcame stiff multi-marque competitors to ship the model’s first DTM title since 2016 with Sheldon van der Linde. Routinely topping pace traps, the M4 proved a formidable device in race trim and was fast in qualifying, too. It additionally received in ADAC GT Masters, British GT and the IMSA SportsCar Championship’s GTD class.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

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Ferrari F1-75
Ferrari’s best F1 automotive for a number of years got here out of the blocks shortly in 2022 and appeared like a possible championship winner. However staff errors and unreliability hampered the ground-effects machine earlier than Purple Bull upped its sport and drew away on the head of the sphere. 4 wins continues to be Ferrari’s finest since 2018.

Stoffel Vandoorne, Mercedes-Benz EQ, EQ Silver Arrow 02

Stoffel Vandoorne, Mercedes-Benz EQ, EQ Silver Arrow 02

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Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02
Taking the mantra of ‘quitting whereas forward’ to coronary heart, Mercedes as soon as extra proved the producer to beat in System E earlier than exiting. The Silver Arrow 02 received half of the races in 2022, rewarding the works Mercedes squad with one other constructors’ conquer ‘buyer’ staff Venturi.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB18

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Purple Bull RB18
There have been reliability issues at first and it was initially chubby however the RB18 has come to be the automotive initially of F1’s second ground-effects period. With higher tyre degradation and smarter calls from the pitwall than rival Ferrari, Purple Bull swept to a title double, with 14 wins thus far for Verstappen and two for Sergio Perez.

To have your say on the 2022 winners, go to awardsvoting.autosport.com

Worldwide Rally Driver nominees

Sébastien Loeb, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team

Sébastien Loeb, M-Sport Ford World Rally Staff

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Sebastien Loeb
Loeb made historical past on a number of fronts this 12 months, demonstrating his expertise and adaptableness throughout rally disciplines. Runner-up on the Dakar Rally, the Frenchman switched from sand to gravel and ice and received the primary spherical of the WRC’s Rally1 period at Monte Carlo. Loeb additionally completed second within the Rally-Raid sequence and is combating for the Excessive E title.

Thierry Neuville, Hyundai World Rally Team

Thierry Neuville, Hyundai World Rally Staff

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Thierry Neuville
One other 12 months of near-misses, maybe predominately as a consequence of Hyundai’s reliability points, as a few early season podiums in Sweden and Croatia didn’t construct momentum in opposition to the Rovanpera and Toyota cost. A win in Greece places him in rivalry in opposition to team-mate Tanak for the runner-up spot within the WRC standings.

Kalle Rovanperä, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

Kalle Rovanperä, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

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Kalle Rovanpera
The brand new WRC king? Dominated his approach to a maiden WRC title, which appeared assured midway via the 12 months when he notched up his fifth win within the first seven rounds. Small blips in Belgium and Greece delayed his coronation, which got here with victory in New Zealand, making him the youngest world champion.

Ott Tänak, Hyundai World Rally Team

Ott Tänak, Hyundai World Rally Staff

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Ott Tanak
Rovanpera’s nearest challenger due to wins in Sardinia, Finland and Belgium, however minimal factors from the opening two rounds meant Tanak’s title battle by no means appeared on. Frustrations with Hyundai have proven however he nonetheless stays on track to complete better of the remaining and document his most profitable season since his title-winning 2019 marketing campaign.

To have your say on the 2022 winners, go to awardsvoting.autosport.com

Rally Automotive nominees

Sebastien Loeb, Isabelle Galmiche, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team Ford Puma Rally1

Sebastien Loeb, Isabelle Galmiche, M-Sport Ford World Rally Staff Ford Puma Rally1

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Ford Puma Rally1
Maybe the shock package deal because the quickest out of the blocks with Loeb’s Monte Carlo victory, however that’s pretty much as good because it bought. There have been simply three additional podiums – one among which was Craig Breen’s third place on the Monte – and M-Sport has slipped away in efficiency because the season has progressed.

Ott Tanak, Martin Jarveoja, Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai i20 N Rally1

Ott Tanak, Martin Jarveoja, Hyundai World Rally Staff Hyundai i20 N Rally1

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Hyundai i20 N Rally1
The producer furthest behind on Rally1 preparations, hit by the lack of staff principal Andrea Adamo, the i20 was the final of the WRC vehicles to say a victory this 12 months. Spectacular improvement noticed it comfortably overhaul the M-Sport Ford to mark a stable 12 months however lacked consistency as a consequence of reliability gremlins.

#201 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota: Nasser Al-Attiyah, Matthieu Baumel

#201 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota: Nasser Al-Attiyah, Matthieu Baumel

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Toyota GR DKR Hilux
Towards harder competitors on the Dakar Rally from Mini, a developed BRX and a brand new Audi assault, the Toyota remained the category of the sphere with Nasser Al-Attiyah guiding it to victory and Yazeed Al-Rajhi taking third. Qatari driver Al-Attiyah additionally captured the World Rally-Raid title.

Kalle Rovanpera, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Kalle Rovanpera, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

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Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
The category of the WRC area initially of the Rally1 period, taking Toyota to a clear sweep of world titles, with Rovanpera romping to 6 wins and Ogier including one other triumph with the ultimate spherical nonetheless to come back. A 1-2-Three-Four in Kenya demonstrated its superiority in opposition to the remaining.

To have your say on the 2022 winners, go to awardsvoting.autosport.com

British Competitors Driver nominees

Pole sitter #60 Meyer Shank Racing W/Curb-Agajanian Acura DPi: Tom Blomqvist

Pole sitter #60 Meyer Shank Racing W/Curb-Agajanian Acura DPi: Tom Blomqvist

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Tom Blomqvist
Blomqvist makes this checklist due to an excellent first season within the Meyer Shank Racing Acura, which netted victories within the Daytona 24 Hours and Petit Le Mans classics, plus the IMSA title alongside fellow Brit Oliver Jarvis. Blomqvist was additionally a winner within the all-electric ETCR tin-top sequence.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG

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Lewis Hamilton
It’s arguably Hamilton’s hardest F1 season since 2009 and fifth is as little as he has ever completed within the standings however he has nonetheless proven his class. The seven-time champ has been a key think about sorting the troublesome Mercedes W13 and, when the automotive has been proper, Hamilton has normally led the cost.

Lando Norris, McLaren, 3rd position, on the podium

Lando Norris, McLaren, third place, on the rostrum

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Lando Norris
McLaren didn’t make the progress it hoped for underneath F1’s new laws, however Norris has remained one of many staff’s strengths. Norris has as soon as once more blown away race-winning team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and his best-of-the-rest performances exterior the large three groups has stored McLaren within the battle with Alpine.

George Russell, Mercedes AMG

George Russell, Mercedes AMG

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George Russell
In his first season at Mercedes, Russell has measured up effectively in opposition to a team-mate as powerful and sensible as Hamilton. He’s maybe had extra luck than Lewis, however superb consistency has bought him forward within the factors and he took an outstanding first F1 pole in Hungary.

To have your say on the 2022 winners, go to awardsvoting.autosport.com

Rookie nominees

#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR010 - Hybrid: Ryo Hirakawa

#eight Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR010 – Hybrid: Ryo Hirakawa

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Ryo Hirakawa
Grasped the possibility offered to him by Toyota that had beforehand gone begging with each fingers. Hirakawa didn’t fairly make the grade when he was groomed by the Japanese producer for an LMP1 seat again in 2017-18, however he confirmed in 2022 that he’s now bought what it takes to compete on the highest degree in sportscar racing.

Christian Lundgaard, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, Autograph Session

Christian Lundgaard, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, Autograph Session

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Christian Lundgaard
Though the Rahal Letterman Lanigan squad struggled with its three-car assault on IndyCar, Lundgaard bought on top of things shortly within the US. The Dane claimed his first podium with second place on the Indianapolis highway course, and beat Indy Lights graduate David Malukas to the Rookie of the Yr title.

Logan Sargeant, Williams Academy Driver

Logan Sargeant, Williams Academy Driver

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Logan Sargeant
Funds – or lack of them – meant a tough 2021, however the American has bought his profession correctly again on observe with a wonderful rookie F2 season at Carlin. Two wins (each in function races) have additionally bought him to the brink of an F1 break with Williams. Who must raid the IndyCar ranks?

Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo

Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo

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Zhou Guanyu
Zhou arrived in F1 to unfair criticism for supposedly being a pay driver solely. However some extent on his debut in Bahrain silenced many doubters earlier than he was again within the high 10 at Montreal and Monza. He’s averted the rookie hallmarks of clumsy crashes to deservedly preserve his Alfa Romeo seat for 2023.

To have your say on the 2022 winners, go to awardsvoting.autosport.com.

Nationwide Driver nominees

Alex Dunne, Hitech GP

Alex Dunne, Hitech GP

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Alex Dunne
There was solely ever going to be one champion in British System Four this 12 months. The Irishman was dominant from the opening spherical and racked up 11 victories with Hitech throughout the season, the following finest reaching simply 4. Snetterton was a selected highpoint, successful by a gargantuan 10 seconds in race three, whereas Dunne was additionally second in Italian F4 with US Racing.

Jake Hill, ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport

Jake Hill, ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport

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Jake Hill
Underneath new administration from Mark Blundell, this BTCC cult hero lastly bought the break he deserved with a transfer to West Surrey Racing. Completely made essentially the most of getting his fingers on the BMW. Claimed third in factors with three wins, and was hardly ever removed from the place the motion was.

Tom Ingram, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30N

Tom Ingram, Bristol Road Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30N

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Tom Ingram
In his second season with the Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai, he lastly blew away his nearly-man tag and captured a totally deserved maiden BTCC title. Additionally received essentially the most races – six. Intelligent, clever competitor who’s an impressive racer in addition, and is fashionable with the crowds.

Ashley Sutton, NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST

Ashley Sutton, NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST

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Ash Sutton
Had spent most of his BTCC profession in rear-wheel-drive equipment and, on his transfer to the Motorbase Efficiency Ford line-up, got here agonisingly near including a fourth title and turning into the primary to win it with RWD and FWD vehicles. Bagged three victories and proved an epic racer once more.

To have your say on the 2022 winners, go to awardsvoting.autosport.com

Esports Driver offered by Motorsport Games nominees

James Baldwin

James Baldwin

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James Baldwin
Baldwin is maybe finest recognized for successful the second World’s Quickest Gamer competitors in 2019, earlier than successful races in British GT in 2020. Nonetheless, his exploits this season are what internet him a nomination, claiming titles in Alpine Esports, Intercontinental GT Problem Esports and GT World Problem Europe Esports. Additionally received Motorsport  Video games Esports gold for Staff UK.

Enzo Bonito

Enzo Bonito

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Enzo Bonito
Following a profession in F1 Esports and successful the eRace of Champions in 2018, Bonito is nominated this 12 months primarily for his breadth of capacity throughout a number of totally different platforms. His performances within the VCO ERL competitors and on the Rennsport summit this 12 months present a flair for successful.

Frederik Rasmussen

Frederik Rasmussen

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Frederik Rasmussen
The laconic Dane is the reigning Autosport Awards victor and is nominated as soon as once more following one more F1 Esports season in title rivalry, plus back-to-back System E Esports crowns. He has now received extra F1 Esports races than every other driver and has helped Purple Bull change into essentially the most profitable staff so far.

Kevin Siggy

Kevin Siggy

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Kevin Siggy
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Digital GTE class, the System Professional Collection and the DTM Esports Championship throughout the similar season, Siggy’s capacity to win titles throughout differing platforms and automobile sorts is unwavering. His sim performances this 12 months additionally received him a real-world GT4 season in 2023.

To have your say on the 2022 winners, go to awardsvoting.autosport.com and Traxion.gg.




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