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It's the end of the season, so here's a little bit of group therapy in the form of an awards thread similar to Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer Awards to help us get over how shit it's been. Some of you are too young for Jameson's so this will have to do, sorry.

Driver of the Year: Sebastian Vettel
Team of the Year: Mercedes
Rookie of the Year: Max Verstappen
Reject of the Year: McLaren Honda
Most Improved: Sebastian Vettel
Most Charismatic: Sebastian Vettel
Most Exciting: Max Verstappen
Most Useless: McLaren Honda
Most Anonymous: Roberto Merhi
Most Disappointing: Nico Rosberg
Overtake of the Year: Max Verstappen on Felipe Nasr, Belgium GP
Drive of the Year: Romain Grosjean, Belgian GP
Most Overrated: Kimi Raikkonen
Most Underrated: Romain Grosjean
Race of the Year: 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix
Worst Race of the Year: 2015 Australian Grand Prix
Most Spectacular Crash: Daniil Kvyat, Japanese GP Qualifying
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: Red Bull's taunting of F1 engine suppliers
Best Commentator: Gary Anderson
Worst Commentator: David Croft
Best Non-Driver Personality: Niki Lauda
Worst Non-Driving Personality: Christian Horner

Those are my choices. Now post yours.


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Driver of the Year: Lewis Hamilton (Vettel close second)
Team of the Year: Ferrari
Rookie of the Year: Carlos Sainz (Verstappen is great, but Sainz matched him)
Reject of the Year: Roberto Mehri
Most Improved: Sergio Perez
Most Charismatic: Sebastian Vettel
Most Exciting: Pastor Maldonado (I love waiting for him to crash)
Most Useless: Renault and their 'upgrades'
Most Anonymous: Will Stevens
Most Disappointing: Nico Hulkenberg
Overtake of the Year: Verstappen on Perez, Brazil T1
Drive of the Year: Sergio Perez, Russian GP
Most Overrated: Kimi Raikkonen
Most Underrated: Felipe Massa
Race of the Year: US Grand Prix
Worst Race of the Year: Spanish Grand Prix
Most Spectacular Crash: Romain Grosjean, Sochi
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: Russia and Mexico getting special podium hats, but USA not getting stetsons
Best Commentator: Coulthard
Worst Commentator: di Resta
Best Non-Driver Personality: Martin Brundle
Worst Non-Driving Personality: Ron Dennis

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Driver of the Year: Vettel / Verstappen / Hamilton

Team of the Year:
Mercedes / Ferrari (for the massive improvement)

Rookie of the Year:
Verstappen

Reject of the Year:
McLaren

Most Improved:
Ferrari / Perez

Most Charismatic:
Vettel

Most Exciting:
Verstappen

Most Useless:
Honda

Most Anonymous:
Manor in general

Most Disappointing:
Rosberg / Kimi / Honda

Overtake of the Year:
Verstappen on Perez at Brazil / Verstappen on Ericsson in China / Verstappen on Nasr at Spa

Drive of the Year:
Grosjean at Spa / Perez at Sochi

Most Overrated:
Raikkonen / Rosberg

Most Underrated:
Grosjean / Kvyat

Race of the Year:
USA / Hungary

Worst Race of the Year:
The other 17

Most Spectacular Crash:
Daniil Kvyat, Japan

Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic:
Red Bull's empty threats to quit

Best Commentator:
Brundle

Worst Commentator:
Edwards

Best Non-Driver Personality:
Niki Lauda / EJ

Worst Non-Driving Personality:
Damon Hill / Damon Hill / Damon Hill

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Driver of the Year: Max Verstappen

Team of the Year: Mercedes

Rookie of the Year: Max Verstappen

Reject of the Year: McLaren Honda

Most Improved: Sebastian Vettel

Most Charismatic: Sebastian Vettel

Most Exciting: Max Verstappen, Daniil Kvyat, Sebastian Vettel

Most Useless: McLaren Honda

Most Anonymous: Manor drivers

Most Disappointing: Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren Honda

Overtake of the Year: Riccardo on the FI at Abu Dhabi

Drive of the Year: Anytime Sebastian Vettel starts near the back

Most Overrated: Kimi Raikkonen

Most Underrated: Nico Rosberg

Race of the Year: US GP, Hungarian GP

Worst Race of the Year: The rest

Most Spectacular Crash: Daniil Kvyat Japan

Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: Red quiting F1, Ferrari saying no to cheaper engines for struggling teams

Best Commentator: David Coulthard

Worst Commentator: David Croft, Martin Brundle ( Didn't care if Red bull quit F1 reducing the number of teams)

Best Non-Driver Personality: Christian Horner

Worst Non-Driving Personality: Nikki Lauda, Toto wolff

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Driver of the Year: Lewis Hamilton
Team of the Year: Mercedes
Rookie of the Year: Max Verstappen
Reject of the Year: McLaren Honda
Most Improved: Sergio Perez
Most Charismatic: Daniel Ricciardo
Most Exciting: Max Verstappen
Most Useless: Honda
Most Anonymous: Roberto Merhi
Most Disappointing: Nico Rosberg
Overtake of the Year: Max Verstappen on Felipe Nasr, Belgium GP
Drive of the Year: Romain Grosjean, Belgian GP
Most Overrated: Kimi Raikkonen
Most Underrated: Sergio Perez
Race of the Year: United States Grand Prix
Worst Race of the Year: Spanish Grand Prix (it's always boring)
Most Spectacular Crash: Daniil Kvyat, Japanese GP Qualifying
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: More Asian races taking place over the classic European ones.
Best Commentator: Jack Nicholls
Worst Commentator: David Croft
Best Non-Driver Personality: Toto Wolff
Worst Non-Driving Personality: Bob Fernley

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Driver of the Year: Lewis Hamilton
Team of the Year: Force India
Rookie of the Year: Max Verstappen
Reject of the Year: Roberto Merhi
Most Improved: Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel & Felipe Massa
Most Charismatic: Sebastian Vettel
Most Exciting: Max Verstappen
Most Useless: Honda & Renault
Most Anonymous: Marcus Ericsson
Most Disappointing: Nico Hulkenberg & Valtteri Bottas
Overtake of the Year: Verstappen on Nasr at Blanchiment, but Vettel on Raikkonen at Stowe was pretty good too
Driver of the Year: Perez at Sochi & Grosjean at Spa
Most Overrated: Felipe Nasr
Most Underrated: Jenson Button
Race of the Year: Hungary
Worst Race of the Year: Japan
Most Spectacular Crash: Perez at Hungary
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: Red Bull being sore losers
Best Commentator: Jack Nicholls
Worst Commentator: David Croft & Paul di Resta
Best Non-Driver Personality: Christian Horner "Eddie talking out his arse again"
Worst Non-Driver Personality: Monisha Kaltenborn

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Driver of the Year: Sebastian Vettel
Team of the Year: Mercedes
Rookie of the Year: Max Verstappen (Close with Sainz though)
Reject of the Year: McLaren
Most Improved: 
Most Charismatic: Sebastian Vettel
Most Exciting: Max Verstappen
Most Useless: Williams strategy team and pit crew
Most Anonymous: Valtteri Bottas
Most Disappointing: McLaren
Overtake of the Year: Any of the DRS aided overtakes
Drive of the Year: Romain Grosjean, Belgian GP
Most Overrated: Felipe Massa
Most Underrated: Carlos Sainz Jr
Race of the Year: 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix
Worst Race of the Year: Too many to list
Most Spectacular Crash: Perez at Hungary
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: All of them
Best Commentator: David Coulthard
Worst Commentator: David Croft
Best Non-Driver Personality: Niki Lauda
Worst Non-Driving Personality: Christian Horner

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Driver of the Year: Vettel, mostly because everyone wrote him completely off this year
Team of the Year: Mercedes
Rookie of the Year: Verstappen
Reject of the Year: McLaren by far
Most Improved: From last year? Vettel/Ferrari. This year Perez and FI
Most Charismatic: Vettel surprisingly
Most Exciting: Hat-gate
Most Useless: Maldonado per usual
Most Anonymous: Who ever drove for Manor who wasn't Rossi
Most Disappointing: Raikkonen
Overtake of the Year: Verstappen on Nasr at Spa
Drive of the Year: Hamilton
Most Overrated: McLaren
Most Underrated: Grosjean I guess
Race of the Year: Hungary and USA
Worst Race of the Year: Most, but probably Canada
Most Spectacular Crash: Alonso/Raikkonen at Austria or Grosjean in Russia
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: Anything Red Bull related; "Won more time;" All of Hamilton's hashtags and his blonde hair
Best Commentator: Leah Diffey
Worst Commentator: Steve Hobbs
Best Non-Driver Personality: As always, FakeCharlieWhiting
Worst Non-Driving Personality: The McLaren engine twitters

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Driver of the Year: Max Verstappen.
If it wasn't for him, I would've dropped F1 because of this season. The guy is insanely young, insanely talented and a damn good overtaker. The likes of Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean deserve mentions too, but the way Verstappen drove + the fact that he's a rookie, made him my driver of the year.

Team of the Year: Mercedes.
Because I'm really trying to come up with reasons to give it to anyone else like my opinion matters, but it's not working, so Merc getting it.

Rookie of the Year:
Max Verstappen.
Obvious. Shout-out to Carlos Sainz too, was very unlucky.

Reject of the Year:
McLaren Honda.
Because HAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAA RON DENNIS LOL BTFO GET REKT MATE

Most Improved:
Sergio Perez.
Destroyed Hülkenberg, insane end to the season for him too. Might be considered at a top-team again in the future with his sponsors and maybe he'll get lucky and the top-team isn't McLaren.

Most Charismatic:
Sebastian Vettel.
Just bantered off the Mercedes-drivers all year long and basically didn't gave a shit when commenting on whatever. Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso honorable mentions because of their team-radios that probably saved them from massive depressions.

Most Exciting:
Max Verstappen.
His nickname is Mad Max. I mean, really.

Most Useless:
McLaren Honda.
Well, they delivered great humor, is that still being useless? Yes. Yes it is.

Most Anonymous:
Will Stevens.
He's there. But I don't hold it against him.
You know what, changing it to Marcus Ericsson. Because I keep forgetting that Marcus Ericsson, Formula One-driver for Sauber F1 Team, is actually a thing.

Most Disappointing:
Nico Rosberg or Nico Hülkenberg.
Rosberg because he got ruined by Hamilton and nearly by Vettel. In fact, he got ruined by Vettel, but barely managed to end up in front. Hülkenberg because Mr. Future World Champion got destroyed by Perez in the second half of the season. I expected him to beat Perez again. Guessing he has lost whatever chance he might've had at a big team.

Overtake of the Year:
Max Verstappen on Valtteri Bottas, Monaco GP.
Because it was so intelligent and unorthodox. Basically chasing Vettel as fast as he could and whilst Vettel was overtaking lapped cars, Verstappen was forcing his car between them before they could cut back. Team-mate Sainz also was a victim of this tactic, but the overtake on Bottas happened right after the hairpin and was more spectacular. Honorable mentions: Verstappen on Perez in Brazil and Verstappen on Nasri in Belgium.

Drive of the Year:
Max Verstappen, United States GP.
 He got 4th and pissed off a world champion, what's not to like.

Most Overrated:
Felipe Massa.
I was going to say Raikkönen, but I don't think people expect too much from Kimi anyway these days. Massa on the other hand just got beat by Bottas and never felt like anything above average in his career anyway.

Most Underrated:
Romain Grosjean.
He has the pace of a World Champion. There is something in him and even though Max is rumored for Ferrari in 2017, I would hope that the other Ferrari-related rumor is true, as in Grosjean using 2016 at Haas to earn a Ferrari-drive the following year. Look at what Maldonado, a race winner, did in the Lotus and look at Grosjean did in the Lotus.

Race of the Year:
2015 Hungarian Grand Prix.
That race was insane in every way imagineable.

Worst Race of the Year: Like every race before that. Just going to pick the Spanish Grand Prix randomly because Spain is boring.

Most Spectacular Crash:
Daniil Kvyat, Japanese GP Qualifying.
It was violent at an awkward spot. I used to look at crashes without the slightest fear a driver could end up being injured, but recent times has changed that and I felt Kyvat's crash landed him in trouble. Sainz in Sochi was pretty bad too and Verstappen/Grosjean in Monaco too.

Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic:
Every Lewis Hamilton hashtag this season.

Best Commentator:
Me.

Worst Commentator:
You.

Best Non-Driver Personality:
Jessica Michibata. Because look at her.

Worst Non-Driving Personality:
Monisha Kaltenborn. Ask Sutil and Van der Garde.

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Driver of the Year: Hamilton/Vettel
Team of the Year: Toro Rosso. If that car had a Merc engine it would've scored multiple podiums. 
Rookie of the Year: Max Verstappen
Reject of the Year: Roberto Mehri
Most Improved: Sergio Perez
Most Charismatic: Sebastian Vettel
Most Exciting: Max Verstappen
Most Useless: McLaren Honda
Most Anonymous: Mercedes in Suzuka
Most Disappointing: McLaren Honda
Overtake of the Year: One of Ricciardo's late braking moves
Drive of the Year: Perez in Sochi, Vettel's Singapore pole lap
Most Overrated: Valterri Bottas
Most Underrated: Daniil Kvyat
Race of the Year: Hungary
Worst Race of the Year: Australia
Most Spectacular Crash: Verstappen, Monaco
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: Ron Dennis' "the Honda engine is a piece of jewellery" speech
Best Commentator: Martin Brundle
Worst Commentator: David Croft
Best Non-Driver Personality: Niki Lauda
Worst Non-Driving Personality: Ron Dennis

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fIsince08 said:
Crofty getting a lot of love on here :joy:   
It was only after I put Crofty that I remembered Di Resta commentated over a few practice sessions this season. Crofty still takes the biscuit though based on the fact I had to listen to him every f**king race. 

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Driver of the Year: Sebastian Vettel. I'd say a tie with Hamilton but his dip in the last races give it to Vettel.
Team of the Year: Mercedes. Honorable mention to Ferrari.
Rookie of the Year: Max Verstappen.
Reject of the Year: Renault. I feel it's worse for them than Honda since they've made next to no progress whereas it was to be expected in Honda's first season back.
Most Improved: Sergio Perez.
Most Charismatic: Toto Wolff, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.
Most Exciting: All four of the Red Bull drivers.
Most Useless: Manor Marussia
Most Anonymous: Marcus Ericsson
Most Disappointing: Mclaren Honda
Overtake of the Year: Max Verstappen on Sergio Perez, Brazilian GP.
Drive of the Year: Sergio Perez, Russian GP and Sebastian Vettel, Singapore GP.
Most Overrated: I don't really like this but if I must name one it'd be Valtteri Bottas.
Most Underrated: Jenson Button. Many believed he'd be completely walked over and he proved them wrong. Again. A mention for Daniil Kvyat too. He did very well against Ricciardo.
Race of the Year: US GP.
Worst Race of the Year: Australian GP.
Most Spectacular Crash: Romain Grosjean, Russian GP.
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: Wouldn't call it promotional but Sauber's treatment of drivers at the start was terrible.
Best Commentator: David Coulthard.
Worst Commentator: Ben Edwards. That voice...ugh... (I didn't watch Sky since they were always terrible)
Best Non-Driver Personality: Mauricio Arrivabene.
Worst Non-Driving Personality: Dietrich Mateschitz.

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Driver of the Year: Max Verstappen. For putting his car where it shouldn't be. 
Team of the Year: Ferrari. We all weren't expecting them to produce a come back like they did this year.
Rookie of the Year: Max Verstappen.
Reject of the Year: Roberto Merhi. I guess money talks...
Most Improved: Sergio Perez. He's done a great job this year to beat Hulkenberg. Also Danill Kyvat. He took the fight to Riccardo every step of the way.
Most Charismatic: Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.
Most Exciting: Max Verstappen.
Most Useless: Honda. We were all expecting them to produce however, that never quite happened! 
Most Anonymous: Felipe Nasr.
Most Disappointing: Renault & Honda.
Overtake of the Year: Max Verstappen on Felipe Nasr.
Drive of the Year:  Romain Grosjean. For his third place at Spa. Also Sergio Perez at Russia.
Most Overrated: As much as I like Nico Hulkenberg, He hasn't really done the things that were expected of him and was beaten by his team mate.
Most Underrated: Danill Kyvat, He's done a great job this year against Riccardo. Also Felipe Nasr, He did a lot better than I expected from seeing him in GP2.  
Race of the Year: Easily the US Grand Prix or Hungary.
Worst Race of the Year: Japan.
Most Spectacular Crash: Carlos Saniz, Russian GP FP3 & Danill Kvyat in Japan.
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: Red Bull Renault engine debate.
Best Commentator: Martin Brundle. Always knows his stuff.
Worst Commentator: Not a commentator but Simon Lazenby. He's useless at his job as a presenter and has no interest in the sport at all! 
Best Non-Driver Personality: Mr E.
Worst Non-Driving Personality: Head staff at Red Bull & Ron Dennis

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