LONDON, England - Formula 1 team principals have snubbed Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg in a 2014 "best-driver" poll by rating the German only fifth in a list headed by his title-winning team mate Lewis Hamilton.
HOME WIN FOR ROSBERG: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg celebrates winning the 2013 Monaco Formula 1 GP in the town in which he grew up - and where his father Keke (inset) won three decades earlier. Image: AFP
Rosberg ended the season second in the Drivers' championship despite winning five grands prix and out-qualifying Hamilton to take the inaugural "pole position" trophy with 11 poles out of 19 starts.
Spaniard Fernando Alonso, a double F1 champion who in 2014 left Ferrari to race for for McLaren in 2015, was second in the poll conducted by Autosport magazine -veven though the Italian team didn't win a race through 2014, for the first time since 1993.
Red Bull's Australian Daniel Ricciardo was third, Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas fourth.
French driver Jules Bianchi, still on the 'critical' list in hospital as a result of his crash in Japan, was eighth.Ten team bosses voted, with Caterham absent due to managerial upheaval and going under administration.