Vote now for your motorsport heroes of the year
On December 4, many of our sport's biggest stars will flock to the Grosvenor House Hotel in London for a glittering evening of prize-giving celebration. As last year, Autosport subscribers can vote online by simply clicking on your choices from the nominees below. All votes will be counted to crown the Autosport Award winner for each of the nine categories, which is the ultimate accolade following an intense season of action. Remember, your vote counts - so make sure you have your say!
» International Racing Driver of the Year
Open to professional racing drivers competing at an international level
As well as continuing to excel in sportscars, and cruelly losing victory at Le Mans, Buemi won the Formula E title and currently leads the 2016/17 points.
Hamilton’s campaign has been blighted with bad luck and engine problems, but he remains in the title hunt and, at his best, is almost unbeatable.
His first season with Penske was disappointing, but his second was spectacular. Pagenaud won five races and took a maiden IndyCar title.
Few doubt the Australian is a potential world champion with a strong enough car, and he deserves more than his single victory so far in Malaysia.
Currently leading the world championship, Rosberg has put together his most compelling title challenge yet and bounced back from a difficult 2015.
Winning on his Red Bull debut was sensational. For all the criticism of his racing style, Verstappen has lit up the front of grand prix racing this year.
» Racing Car of the Year
Open to cars competing in any class of circuit racing
Audi R18 e-tron quattro
The new R18 has been the fastest car in the WEC, but the overall results haven’t matched the performance.
The controversial new GTE machine won at Le Mans, 50 years on from Ford’s first outright win there, and also emerged as a race winner in the United States.
Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid
For the third year in succession Mercedes has dominated F1, taking the constructors’ title with four races to spare.
Porsche 919 Hybrid
While perhaps not the fastest car in LMP1, the Porsche still won Le Mans and leads the World Endurance Championship.
Red Bull-Renault RB12
The only car other than Mercedes to win GPs, its Tag Heuer-badged engine is still not as strong as Mercedes’ unit.
Renault had to develop its own motor, gearbox and inverter for the second season of Formula E, and emerged with the package to beat.
» International Rally Driver of the Year
Open to professional or semi-professional drivers in international events
Excellent Citroen debut in Sweden, and his season just got better from there. Podium in Finland was brave, brilliant and good enough for a full-time job.
Inspired with the confidence a long-term deal brings, Meeke won in Portugal and Finland in an out-of-date DS 3 WRC. The complete package now.
After 18 months in the doldrums, the old Neuville returned with a win in Sardinia this season. Been in contention for a podium pretty much everywhere since.
Drove a brilliant, tactical rally to take a 12th Dakar win, giving Sebastien Loeb the lesson of the tortoise and the hare.
Outstanding as ever on his way to a fourth straight WRC title. Rules made it harder work, but he’s still the best of the best in the best car.
Delivered an exceptional maiden World Rally Championship victory in Argentina, edging none other than Ogier in a final-stage South American shootout.
» Rally Car of the Year
Open to cars competing in rallying from international to national level
Citroen DS 3 WRC
A year away from any development and still this car can win two rounds of the WRC. Remains a potent force at rallying’s highest level.
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Despite the onset of its all-new 2017 car, the current Fiesta continued to evolve and Poland demonstrated its ability to beat the best in the right hands.
Hyundai i20 WRC
The New Generation i20 WRC was a major step forward for the Korean company at the start of the season – definitely the Polo-worrier in the pack.
Peugeot 2008 DKR
After a troubled birth, the second coming of this car rocked cross-country rallying to its core. It was simply superb and utterly dominant at this year’s Dakar.
Skoda Fabia R5
The Czech factory machine has had its work cut out trying to come to terms with the Fiesta R5, but it has shown speed and reliability for much of 2016.
Volkswagen Polo R WRC
The weapon of choice in the WRC for the fourth successive season. The pace hasn’t dipped since it started winning in 2013.
» British Competition Driver of the Year
Open to British drivers competing at international level
A GTE Pro race winner in the World Endurance Championship in his first full season with Ferrari, and is also a serious contender in Formula E.
The McLaren-Honda isn’t the best package, but Button showed no signs of easing up before his year off and delivered good results in the circumstances.
While he’s not leading the GTE Pro points in WEC, Calado has excelled in the AF Corse Ferrari and been bitterly unlucky not to have won more regularly.
Hamilton bounced back strongly after early setbacks this season and is the third most successful Formula 1 driver in history in terms of race victories.
Claimed his first World Endurance Championship race victory for Audi at Spa, and has been a strong performer all year.
Flew every time he got out in the Citroen in the World Rally Championship, with his conquest of Rally Finland one of the great British rally feats.
» Rider of the Year
Open to riders competing in any of MotoGP’s three racing categories
The South African played a rare hand in dominating the fiercely competitive and frenetic Moto3 feeder class, sealing the title with four races to go.
Bounced back from a tough start to become a multiple MotoGP race winner, and Britain’s first victor in the top class since Barry Sheene in 1981.
A title defence didn’t go the way Lorenzo wanted, but he still leaves Yamaha for Ducati having won multiple races in his final season.
Marquez balanced supreme speed and consistency to wrap up a third MotoGP title in four years, with three rounds of an unpredictable season to spare.
The 37-year-old wound back the years and was a mainstay at the front, taking more pole positions than he managed in all of the 2010-15 seasons.
Vinales shone in his second season in MotoGP, taking his maiden podium finishes and a British Grand Prix victory.
» Rookie of the Year
Open to professional racing drivers in their first season at their respective level
The Italian leads the GP2 championship heading into the Abu Dhabi finale after a stunning debut year for Prema.
The French Ferrari protege currently leads the GP3 standings, and has impressed on Friday outings for the Haas Formula 1 team.
After a difficult time in his first DTM season, Ocon was promoted to F1 after the August break and soon started to outpace Wehrlein at Manor.
Renault in 2016 wasn’t the best place to be for a debut F1 season, but Palmer has acquitted himself well and took his first points in Malaysia.
It was a challenging season in IndyCar for Alexander Rossi, but his victory in the 100th Indianapolis 500 made it an incredible year overall.
The Mercedes junior has impressed in his first season in F1, with the highlight being a point for 10th place in the Austrian Grand Prix for Manor.
» National Driver of the Year
Open to drivers racing in BTCC, British GT or Formula 3
The Scot became the first driver to retain the British GT3 Championship crown after moving to the TF Sport team, taking two wins.
Second in British GT driving for Barwell Motorsport, and won three times, wringing the neck of the Lamborghini Huracan every time he got into it.
Ended the Formula 3 European Championship season as the best non-Prema driver in third overall, taking victories at the classic Pau and Spa circuits.
Clinched a second successive BTCC crown, and third in total, after prevailing in an eight-way shootout in the Brands Hatch season finale.
Was in the thick of the BTCC title race all season, with 2016 marking his emergence as one of the top dogs in British tin-tops.
After a troubled start with Subaru, Turkington flew in the Levorg and stayed in the title hunt all the way to the finale.
» British Club Driver of the Year
Open to British drivers in any class of TOCA supports or equivalent and below
Secured a second successive Porsche Carrera Cup GB crown, breaking the record for most wins in a season in the process.
Recorded joint highest number of victories (five) during first season of rebadged British F3 Championship on his way to second overall with Carlin.
Claimed the British Formula 4 title with an impressive victory in the final Brands Hatch race after an extremely consistent season.
Just missed out on being British Formula 4 champion, achieving five victories despite having a fraction of the budget of some of his rivals.
Started four-series 2016 season with Toyota Racing Series crown in February, and later added Formula Renault Eurocup and NEC successes.
Clinched the Renault UK Clio Cup title after a dramatic finale, winning half of the races and making some blistering starts.