PF1 awards: Best recovery drive in 2018

Our penultimate category is to honour those performances where drivers have come from the back and made fine recoveries on race day.

We, along with our partners The F1 Word, have picked out five fine displays from drivers who have overcome adversity, which has not been inflicted upon themselves, and delivered the goods in a big way.

Take a look at the five performances nominated:

Fernando Alonso (Baku): From just two wheels and almost a lap down, to finishing P7 and picking up six points, Fernando Alonso was heroic in Azerbaijan.

After being involved in a first lap incident with Nico Hulkenberg and Sergey Sirotkin, which saw the latter retire from the race, the Spaniard trundled back to the pits, to find out he had extensive floor damage.

No matter, as with four new tyres and a new front wing, he was off and overtaking. Alonso finished in P7, and to this day, we are still not really sure how he did it..

Lewis Hamilton (Silverstone): Lewis’ home race, his pride and joy, the one he wants to win. Within three corners it had all gone wrong at Silverstone. The Brit was tapped by Kimi Raikkonen and spun round, falling all the way down to P18.

However, from there, he used his nous and the sheer greatness of the W09 to climb all the way back to P4 before a late Safety Car changed the game.

That bunched the field and we got to see Ferrari v Mercedes, two on two. Having not stopped, Valtteri Bottas fell from first to fourth, with Hamilton getting past his team-mate, and then Kimi Raikkonen to finish in P2.

Lewis Hamilton (Germany):After a mechanical failure in qualifying, Hamilton had to start the German Grand Prix from P14. Sebastian Vettel led away from the front and had the win wrapped up until rain started to fall at the Hockenheimring.

The German messed it up at his home race, and crashed out at the Sachs Kurve, bringing out a Safety Car. Hamilton was the only one to stay out, just…

He took the lead with everyone else pitting, and after a challenge from Valtteri Bottas on the restart, he held on to take a vital win in the race for five.

Max Verstappen (USA): Max Verstappen suffered qualifying pain in the United States, after hitting one of the sausage kerbs on the outside of Turn 15, braking the right-rear wishbone of his Red Bull.

Add to that a gearbox penalty and the Dutchman had to start the race in Austin from P18. However, he fought his way through the field to finish in P2, just 1.2s behind race winner Kimi Raikkonen.

Max Verstappen (Russia): In Sochi, the Dutchman was hit with a 43-place grid penalty, which meant he started the Russian Grand Prix from China.

Despite that, a long first stint saw him lead the race for 23 laps, having got past the early stoppers when they came in. Whilst it comes as no shock to see a Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull ease their way through the midfield, the ruthless manner in which Verstappen went about his business made this particular recovery drive a worthy nominee.

After his pit stop, he held on to P5, to take home vital points in the battle between the Bulls.

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