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I'd like to be called Doctor Button - Christine's Rankings, Week 39 // The final update for 2016's competition crowns a winner

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Doctor Button
Credit: McLaren Honda

It's been a long old season, and Christine's Rankings has been there all the way to track the highs and lows of driver's off-track antics as they navigate that tricky thing called life. This is the final week of rankings for 2016, a bonus additional week due to unforeseen sickness at Sidepodcast HQ. It would have been fabulous to have a doctor on hand, if only there was a newly registered doctor on the rankings itself! Step up Button, except he's gone for the doctor of engineering route, so would be no good dishing out prescriptions.

Anyway, Button isn't the only one getting points this week, we've also got points for doing your bit for charity, a double take on some troubling footwear, and of course, we crown our winner. Step up Daniel Ricciardo, you've been the highlight of 2016!

Movements for Week 39

  • +1 Romain Grosjean: Spending some off-season time with the kids for a cancer charity, looks a bit chilly!
  • +2 Jenson Button: The pomp and ceremony is a bit embarrassing but good job Button getting an honorary degree from the University of Bath. As he says, "From now on I'd like to be called Doctor Button if you don't mind."
  • +1 Sebastian Vettel: Honestly, I'm just giving them points for looking so happy, hasn't happened much this year!
  • +1 Kimi Räikkönen: Honestly, I'm just giving them points for looking so happy, hasn't happened much this year!
  • +2 Lewis Hamilton: Interesting chat with athlete Allyson Felix about the differences between their sports but the similarities of their experiences.
  • +1 Fernando Alonso: Not being ashamed to like maths just when it's going in your favour.
  • +1 Jenson Button: Love the McLaren driver now insisting on his new title so much that he's changed his Twitter name to reflect it.
  • +2 Felipe Massa: Celebrating with Frank Williams at the team's Christmas party and posting this adorable photo.
  • +1 Nico Rosberg: Never known a champion take his trophy on a city break with him - love the enthusiasm!
  • -2 Lewis Hamilton: Sorry, but these red shoes remind me too much of red wing mirrors!
  • +2 Max Verstappen: We all saw it, but Pirelli have counted the times Max overtook others in 2016, and reckon him to be a record-breaker!

Standings for Week 39

This week's standings
PosNameChangeTotal
10Daniel Ricciardo70
20Lewis Hamilton59
31Felipe Massa257
4-1Nico Rosberg156
50Fernando Alonso153
60Jenson Button349
70Romain Grosjean136
80Carlos Sainz Jr35
90Max Verstappen232
100Sebastian Vettel130
110Nico Hülkenberg25
120Esteban Gutiérrez17
130Valtteri Bottas16
141Kimi Räikkönen113
15-1Daniil Kvyat12
160Kevin Magnussen11
170Sergio Pérez10
180Marcus Ericsson9
190Felipe Nasr8
200Rio Haryanto5
210Esteban Ocon4
220Stoffel Vandoorne4
230Pascal Wehrlein1
240Alfonso Celis Jr0
250Jordan King0
260Charles Leclerc0
270Sergey Sirotkin0
280Jolyon Palmer-5
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