Autosport announced that Lewis Hamilton has been awarded Autosport’s 2020 International Racing Driver of the Year Award presented by Pirelli.
Hamilton has won the award after a season in which he matched Michael Schumacher’s seven Formula 1 world titles record and became the most successful F1 driver in history by surpassing the German’s record for most pole positions and most race wins.
The winner was determined by votes from Autosport readers. Hamilton won ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, IndyCar champion Scott Dixon and Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa.
“A huge thank you to Autosport for continuing to support me all these years and for all you do for the sport,” said Hamilton upon learning of his win.
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“And to all the fans who have voted for me – I’m always blown away by the support I receive, through thick and thin. Thank you to you all.
“I know this year will have been such a difficult year but I hope you’re staying positive and that 2021 is a great year for you all.”
The 35-year-old has won the award eight times, more than any other driver since it was instituted in 1982. Previous winners include Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen and Sebastian Vettel, as well as fellow British drivers: Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button.