Best race car drivers of 2015

Lewis Hamilton

Already one of Britain’s all-time great Formula One drivers, at the age of 30 Lewis Hamilton is set to add to his two world championships. Beginning with karting as an eight-year-old, Hamilton was destined to become a star of motor racing at a young age. After being successful in Formula Renault, Formula Three and GP2, Hamilton was snapped up by F1 team McLaren for the 2007 season, and finished runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship at the first attempt. The next year Hamilton became world champion, and he became the youngest driver to achieve the feat. After being unable to repeat his success of 2008, Hamilton joined Mercedes for the 2013 season, and a year later he was world champion for a second time.

Scott Dixon

One of the greatest drivers in the history of IndyCar racing, New Zealander Scott Dixon is the current IndyCar champion, after winning the title again in 2015 with the Chip Ganassi Racing team. Dixon has also been champion on three previous occasions – in 2003, 2008, and 2013. Dixon’s 2003 victory was particularly impressive as it was in his first season in IndyCar racing, while he won the title despite suffering a bad hand injury during the season.

Sebastien Ogier

Sebastien Ogier is very much the dominant force in rallying in recent years, and the French driver’s win in 2015 made it three wins in a row in the World Rally Championship. Fellow Frenchman Julien Ingrassia has been Ogier’s co-driver during his successful three years, which coincided with Ogier joining Volkswagen for the 2013 season. Ogier’s win in 2013 also ended the reign of compatriot Sebastien Loeb, who had been world champion for all of the previous nine years.

Kevin Harvick

The current NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, Kevin Harvick secured his title in 2014 with the Stewart-Haas Racing team. As well as being a star of the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Harvick also competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Leila Gottlieb