Daniel Ricciardo from McLaren does not land in the team leaders’ 2021 top 10

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo is a notable omission from the top-10 drivers of 2021, as decided by the principals of the Formula 1 team.

At the end of each season, the heads of all 10 teams submit their list of this year’s top-10 drivers, which Max Verstappen topped in 2021 based on his first Formula 1 title.

Drivers are awarded scores based on the Formula 1 points system – 25 for first down to one for 10 – and these scores are combined to generate a ranking.

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Ricciardo is not a member of this year’s top 10 despite finishing as number eight in the World Cup.

Fernando Alonso, Pierre Gasly, George Russell and Esteban Ocon all finished lower than Ricciardo in the World Cup, but beat the McLaren driver to a place in the team leaders’ top 10.

Verstappen accumulated 213 points in the top 10, Lewis Hamilton (192 points) finished second and Ricciardo’s teammate Lando Norris (110) finished third.

Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc, Alonso, Gasly, Russell, Valterri Bottas and Ocon round the top 10 in that order.

Ricciardo had an overwhelming first season with McLaren, recording just six top-five finishes and a podium finish.

On the podium, the Western Australian got his first victory since 2018, performing a brilliant ride to take the checkered flag at the Italian Grand Prix in September.

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Ricciardo has two years left on his McLaren contract.

The team leaders involved in this year’s top-10 poll were Mattia Binotto, Jost Capito, Christian Horner, Laurent Rossi, Andreas Seidl, Guenther Steiner, Otmar Szafnauer, Franz Tost, Fred Vasseur and Toto Wolff.

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