Autosport Awards 2021

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The 36th edition of the Autosport Awards represents a move back to the event’s traditional location of the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane. The COVID-19 pandemic meant that last year the Grosvenor’s red carpet remained untrodden by the stars of motorsport, with the event taking place online. But now it will be unfurled again, a little later than planned, on Sunday 6 February 2022.

Before that, we’ve got a little request for our readers. We need you to vote, and here you can select the candidate you think performed best in each category during the season. The winners will be announced on 6 February, across multiple digital platforms including autosport.com, as well as in Autosport magazine.

The annual extravaganza has been one of the highlights of the year for four decades, and attracts key motorsport figures, including Formula 1 champions and World Rally stars. As well as the awards voted for by you, it will include the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award, plus the Autosport Gold Medal incorporating the Gregor Grant Award for lifetime acheivement and the Pioneering and Innovation Award incorporating the John Bolster Trophy for technical achievement.

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International Racing Driver of the Year

Presented by PirelliOpen to professional racing drivers competing at an international level

Lewis Hamilton

As usual, the knighted seven-time world champion has been leading the charge for Mercedes. As is not usual, there are serious doubts in 2021 as to whether he has the fastest car. Five wins to date means he trails Max Verstappen by 19 points with four races to go.

Lewis Hamilton
nominated for
International Racing Driver of the Year

Alex Palou

Was quick and savvy on his way to the IndyCar title in just his second season in the United States. Impressively, he was new to several circuits that dropped off the calendar in his rookie year due to COVID-19. Even more impressively, he put talismanic Ganassi Racing team-mate Scott Dixon in the shade.

Alex Palou
nominated for
International Racing Driver of the Year

Max Verstappen

With the Red Bull chassis and Honda engine on song this year, he has finally been able to mount a concerted F1 title challenge. Eight proper wins (plus Spa) means he holds a slender advantage over Hamilton as the campaign enters the final furlongs.

Max Verstappen
nominated for
International Racing Driver of the Year

Nyck de Vries

Making this a 50% Dutch contest and a 50% Mercedes shootout is the Formula E champion. Sporting regulations made the electric series a bit random, but the 2019 F2 title winner scored two wins and put together as consistent a campaign as possible to triumph.

Nyck de Vries
nominated for
International Racing Driver of the Year

International Racing Car of the Year

Presented by Blink ExperienceOpen to cars competing in any class of circuit racing

Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02

Look beyond Nyck de Vries's Formula E title victory and you'll see that this machine was also saddled by Venturi Racing's runner-up Edoardo Mortara. Add in their respective team-mates Stoffel Vandoorne and Norman Nato, and it won five of the 15 races in the hands of four different drivers.

Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02
nominated for
International Racing Car of the Year

Mercedes W12

This car has allowed the Brackley team to narrowly lead the Formula 1 constructors' standings at present as it bids for an incredible eighth successive title. In the hands of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, it has scored six GP race wins to date and has topped qualifying eight times as the team vies with Red Bull.

Mercedes W12
nominated for
International Racing Car of the Year

Red Bull RB16B

With Max Verstappen leading the points, it's arguably the relative performances of Bottas and Sergio Perez that mean Red Bull has trailed in the constructors' standings for much of the campaign. Even so, Perez has contributed to the 10 (including Spa) GP wins to date, with the Milton Keynes team on resurgent form.

Red Bull RB16B
nominated for
International Racing Car of the Year

Toyota GR010 HYBRID

There were doubts whether this trailblazer for the Le Mans Hypercars movement could even beat the LMP2 cars. But of course it has done this quite comfortably, and six out of six World Endurance Championship wins - including the blue-riband 24 Hours - mean Toyota has picked up in LMH where it left off in LMP1.

Toyota GR010 HYBRID
nominated for
International Racing Car of the Year

International Rally Driver of the Year

Open to professional or semi-professional rally drivers in international events

Elfyn Evans

Our 2020 Award winner is once again in the thick of the World Rally Championship title fight heading into the finale at Rally Monza. A strong late-season run of form with Toyota has moved him ever-closer to team-mate Sebastien Ogier in the points, and included a fine win in Finland to add to his earlier Portuguese success.

Elfyn Evans
nominated for
International Rally Driver of the Year

Thierry Neuville

Another year of 'what if' for the bespectacled Belgian, who was one of the victims of a run of Hyundai problems that befell both him and Ott Tanak. As ever, he has shown blistering speed when everything is working, and took a home win on Rally Ypres and scored in Spain.

Thierry Neuville
nominated for
International Rally Driver of the Year

Sebastien Ogier

The brilliant Ogier is in prime position to add an eighth WRC crown to his tally. His second season with Toyota brought four victories from the opening six rounds. He's failed to win across the last five, but road-sweeping duties as series leader bring a toll.

Sebastien Ogier
nominated for
International Rally Driver of the Year

Kalle Rovanpera

The hype about a Finnish teenager had been deafening for years. And guess what: he has absolutely justified it. On his first full season in the top-class WRC ranks with Toyota, he has scored two wins, in Estonia and rocky Greece. Titles are surely not far away.

Kalle Rovanpera
nominated for
International Rally Driver of the Year

Rally Car of the Year

Open to cars competing in rallying from international to national level

Ford Fiesta WRC

The M-Sport-built machine doesn't have the results this year of Toyota or Hyundai, but it's been youngsters Adrien Fourmaux and Gus Greensmith in the driving seat. Best rally has been their impressive Safari 4-5, with Greensmith just ahead and both within two minutes of victory.

Ford Fiesta WRC
nominated for
Rally Car of the Year

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

The South Korean marque is only just in with the slightest of mathematical chances of the WRC manufacturers' crown, but the i20 has been arguably the fastest car of the year, with 109 stage wins to the 97 of the Yaris (and one of the Fiesta). It has propelled Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanak to three wins.

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
nominated for
Rally Car of the Year

Mini JCW Buggy

It seems a little bizarre to describe a car that could probably accommodate an entire Mini Miglia grid as a Mini, but there's no denying that it's a mean rally-raid weapon. The big one is, of course, the Dakar Rally, and the JCW Buggy carried Stephane Peterhansel to victory and Carlos Sainz to third.

Mini JCW Buggy
nominated for
Rally Car of the Year

Toyota Yaris WRC

While the Hyundai has the edge on fastest stage times in 2021, the Yaris has been the trusty steed of choice for getting to the end of WRC events in first position. This it has managed on eight out of 11 occasions this season, meaning it's an all-Toyota fight for the drivers' title.

Toyota Yaris WRC
nominated for
Rally Car of the Year

British Competition Driver of the Year

Open to British drivers competing in categories at international level

Mike Conway

Firmly established as a star exponent of top-flight sportscar competition, Conway has at last taken that long-coveted maiden Le Mans 24 Hours victory with Toyota. Along with co-drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez, he also scored a second consecutive World Endurance drivers' crown.

Mike Conway
nominated for
British Competition Driver of the Year

Jake Dennis

The only people surprised by his stunning rookie Formula E season will be those who didn't know him. Dennis didn't have the glamour feeder-series titles on his CV, but superbly scored two wins with BMW Andretti on his way to third in the points standings.

Jake Dennis
nominated for
British Competition Driver of the Year

Lando Norris

He's just getting better and better with McLaren in F1, and the fact that he didn't take the marque's first GP win in nine years was very much against the run of play. As it is, Norris has scored four podiums in 2021 and was just a bad pit call away from his maiden F1 success in Russia.

Lando Norris
nominated for
British Competition Driver of the Year

George Russell

With Williams, he had no chance of running at the front as he had with Mercedes in the 2020 Sakhir GP. Hang on a minute... Absolutely stunning tricky-weather qualifying showings at Spa and Sochi showed why he fully deserves his Mercedes seat for 2022.

George Russell
nominated for
British Competition Driver of the Year

Rookie of the Year

Open to professional racing drivers in their first season in their respective categories

Romain Grosjean

He didn't win the IndyCar rookie title, but almost certainly would have done had he not skipped the first three oval races. Made a great impression with Dale Coyne Racing after being let loose from F1, and scored three podiums as well as a maiden pole at Indy.

Romain Grosjean
nominated for
Rookie of the Year

Oscar Piastri

The ludicrous F2 calendar in 2021 means the racing is still only 75% done. The winner of this Award for his 2020 FIA F3 exploits has been a star of F2 on his graduation with Prema Racing. He has a strong points lead, with three wins (two in feature races) as well as three successive poles.

Oscar Piastri
nominated for
Rookie of the Year

Mick Schumacher

It was a bit of a hiding to nothing to be entering his rookie F1 season in the slowest car on the grid in the form of the Haas. He's done a thoroughly respectable job to get through to Q2 on a couple of occasions, and has outperformed team-mate Nikita Mazepin.

Mick Schumacher
nominated for
Rookie of the Year

Yifei Ye

Of the single-seater graduates flooding the LMP2 ranks in a bid to get noticed for the Hypercar future, this Chinese 21-year-old has been superb. Claimed the European Le Mans Series title with Robert Kubica and Louis Deletraz, and last-lap heartbreak robbed them of Le Mans 24 Hours victory.

Yifei Ye
nominated for
Rookie of the Year

National Driver of the Year

Open to drivers racing in the BTCC, British GT or at FIA F3 level

Dan Cammish

The Porsche Carrera Cup GB was vastly more competitive than when this British Touring Car refugee last contested it in 2017. Winning umpteen races was therefore no longer an option, but he allied consistency with pace and became champion for the third time. Also scored a podium on a BTCC one-off.

Dan Cammish
nominated for
National Driver of the Year

Josh Cook

Crept from under the radar to snatch third place in the BTCC - and the honour of top front-wheel-drive runner - from under the noses of Tom Ingram and Jake Hill. And nearly stole second in points from Colin Turkington. His tally of five race wins in the BTC Honda was matched only by Ash Sutton.

Josh Cook
nominated for
National Driver of the Year

Dennis Lind

The Dane was the pro keystone to his British GT title with Leo Machitski in the Barwell Lamborghini set-up. Such are the vagaries of the sporting regulations that they could only score one win - at Spa - but they scored well elsewhere and Lind very much did the heavy lifting.

Dennis Lind
nominated for
National Driver of the Year

Ash Sutton

Executed an almost-perfect season within the constraints of the BTCC rules to clinch the title with a race to spare at the wheel of his BMR/Laser Tools Racing Infiniti. He played it cautiously with success ballast but unleashed ferocious speed when he could to build up an irresistible force.

Ash Sutton
nominated for
National Driver of the Year

Esports driver of the Year

Presented by Motorsport Games Open to competitors in top-level virtual motorsport contests

Mitchell de Jong

To some, the American may be better known for his real-world exploits, as a former X Games rallycross champion, but de Jong is now one of the superstars of the racing esports scene. In 2021, the Coanda Simsport driver underlined his versatility and pace across disciplines as he finished as runner-up in the Porsche Esports Supercup and third in the eNASCAR iRacing Series.

Mitchell de Jong
nominated for
Esports driver of the Year

Frederik Rasmussen

The Red Bull Racing Esports driver narrowly missed out on the F1 Esports Series title in 2020 but immediately bounced back early in 2021. The Dane took an incredible victory in the Formula E: Accelerate championship on the rFactor 2 platform, which earned him €20,000 and a drive in a Gen2 car. His performances so far this year in F1 Esports appear to herald another title challenge.

Frederik Rasmussen
nominated for
Esports driver of the Year

Josh Rogers

After missing out on the Porsche Esports Supercup title last year to our 2020 Award winner Sebastian Job, Rogers hit back by becoming champion for the second time and banking $50,000 in the process. As part of the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual GTE winning entry, Rogers has also returned to endurance racing and is putting together a strong title challenge in the #92 Porsche.

Josh Rogers
nominated for
Esports driver of the Year

Kevin Siggy

The 22-year-old continued his incredible performances in top Esports series in 2021. Despite losing his Formula E crown, the Team Redline driver has proven himself to be an endurance master in the Le Mans Virtual Series. Siggy's superb single-lap pace has earned the #71 BMW M8 GTE a pair of pole positions and then masterful fuel-saving strategy at Spa secured his team a key victory.

Kevin Siggy
nominated for
Esports driver of the Year

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