Formula 1 stars Lando Norris and George Russell, World Endurance champion Mike Conway and Formula E race winner Oliver Rowland are the 2020 nominees for Autosport’s British Competition Driver of the Year Award.
This year’s edition of the Autosport Awards will be online, with increased digital coverage, and will continue the tradition of celebrating the best of the motorsport season.
The British Competition Driver Award is open to British drivers competing in categories at international level. F1 world champions Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton are all former winners, though Hamilton is exempt from this year’s contest.
Autosport.com subscribers and magazine readers will be able to vote for the nominee they think performed best in each category during the season. The winners will be announced in December, again across multiple digital platforms, as well as Autosport magazine, which is celebrating its 70th birthday in 2020.
To have your say on the 2020 winners, go to awardsvoting.autosport.com
British Competition Driver nominees
One of Toyota’s leading World Endurance drivers for several seasons, Conway again impressed during 2020. Sharing with Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez, Conway probably should have won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but did get some consolation by securing the LMP1 WEC title.
Norris continued his rise in 2020, increasing his profile during racing’s hiatus in Esports, then impressing with McLaren once the F1 season got under way. He and Ferrari-bound team-mate Carlos Sainz were once again evenly matched and helped the Woking squad get into the fight for third place in the constructors’ standings.
The nuances of Formula E can be tricky to master, especially for someone with a flat-out nature, but Rowland won a race in his second full season and finished fifth in the standings. He was only one point behind Nissan e.dams team-mate and 2015-16 champion Sebastien Buemi.
Improvements from Williams for 2020 have allowed Russell to get involved in more midfield battles than in his first F1 campaign. There have been some stellar drives and Russell has comprehensively outperformed rookie team-mate Nicholas Latifi, but points remained hard to come by.
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