How to vote for F1 Driver of the Day

Joshua Rogers May 9, 2021
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The F1 Driver of the Day (DOTD) award is given at the end of every Grand Prix. Here’s what it means and how to vote for Driver of the Day.

How to vote for F1 Driver of the Day

After every race is won, it is revealed on the live broadcast which driver secured the most votes to be awarded honour of Driver of the Day (DOTD).

The concept of DOTD was introduced in 2016 to bring fans closer to the action and allow them to have a say on proceedings.

Fans vote for who they think had the stand-out drive of the race, and isn’t necessarily awarded to the eventual race winner.

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The voting result has no effect on the race itself, with voting only beginning when the race starts.

Fans are limited to one vote each, with voting closing when the checkered flag waves.

To vote, fans simply have to go to the Formula One website. They can then share their vote on social media should they wish to.

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Who has won the most Driver of the Day awards in F1?

At the time of writing, Max Verstappen is the driver with the highest number of Driver of the Day awards with 28. 

Sebastian Vettel sits in second place with 18 DOTDs while Lewis Hamilton is on seven.

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Who won Driver of the Day most recently?

Fans rewarded race winner Lewis Hamilton with the Driver of the Day for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

Verstappen led the majority of the race after snatching the lead from Hamilton into Turn 1 at the start, however, with six laps to go, Hamilton used the superior performance of his newer tyres to pass the Dutchman and gain maximum points.

Here’s how the Driver of the Day voting went down at the 2021 Spanish GP…

  • Lewis Hamilton – 22.6%
  • Max Verstappen – 19.7%
  • Charles Leclerc – 12.3%
  • Nikita Mazepin – 7.3%
  • Daniel Ricciardo – 6.5%

Nikita Mazepin controversy

There are rumours that fans have been hijacking the Driver of the Day vote in recent weeks.

The claims suggest fans voted for Nikita Mazepin as Driver of the Day in Portimao at the Portuguese GP, despite the rookie finishing P19.

The Haas driver is the butt of several jokes and online memes, and has been a controversial figure in F1 since joining in 2021.

He’s endured a difficult debut season so far, spinning out on several occasions, leading him to be referred to as “Mazespin”.

A website tracking all of Mazepin’s Formula 1 spins was even launched this season.

Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.