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Posted By: James Allen  |  17 Nov 2009   |  7:06 pm GMT  |  945 comments

With all the talk of how well Jenson Button might match up to Lewis Hamilton in equal cars and whether Kimi Raikkonen is too talented to drop out of F1, I thought this would be a good moment to invite you to vote for your top five drivers of 2009.

Choose the five drivers who you think did the best job in 2009.

Do Vettel’s mistakes put him below Button? Did Alonso punch above his weight in a poor car? Does Raikkonen’s second half of the season make up for the first? How do you rate Webber’s and Barrichello’s performances?

To my mind the three criteria for judging are; how high were the peaks, how consistent was the performance level and what did they make of the machinery they were given?

Please send in your entries by clicking the comment tab at the end of this post. Anyone who selects the same top five order as me will receive a signed copy of my new book, “F1 2009: A revolutionary year” – a review of the year, which comes out next week and is based on the best of the blogs from the season, plus some new material linking it all together and a foreword from the man in the news at the moment, Ross Brawn. Photography, as ever, is by Darren Heath.

The competition is free to enter and we will announce the winners a week from today, on 24 November.

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  1. Top Five Drivers of 2009, thinking about relative car perfomance as well as the world championship.

    1. Fernando Alonso
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Jenson Button
    4. Sebastien Vettel
    5. Nico Rosberg

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    1. Tommi says:

      1. Lewis Hamilton
      2. Kimi Räikkönen
      3. Jenson Button
      4. Sebastian Vettel
      5. Rubens Barrichello

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    2. Ok, since others appear to be explaining their choices, I’ll include my reasoning…

      Alonso – An absolute dog of a car, possibly the slowest of the lot towards the end of the season, and still managed to scored 26 points and finish in the top half of the championship. Only a double champ could do that.

      Hamilton – Similar to Alonso, completely out drove Kovalainen (who may not have set the F1 world alight, but who is no slouch). Pretty much the slowest car in the field at the start of the season, but consistantly scored and finished ‘best of the rest’ at the end.

      Button – a wobble mid season, but the first half was superhuman.

      Vettel – great driver, can see many years of Hamilton v. Vettel on the cards, though a couple of ‘experience-gaining’ errors cost him at critical moments this year – he’ll be stronger for it though.

      Rosberg – Quietly scored an awful lot of points for Williams – 34.5 to Nakajima’s 0. 7th in WDC in a bottom half car is quite impressive.

      Barrichello would be close behind, though the number of times he lost critical time in races on cold tires cost him, and Webber also would be close for some great drives, especially with his lack of pre-season training. Kimi? Well, a little too hit and miss this year, it was only after Massa was injured that he came alive.

      Well that’s my tuppence worth – I suspect that all of us could argue into the small hours about this season… shows what a cracker it was.

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      1. James Allen says:

        One of the top F1 engineers also put Alonso top, when I asked him. Interesting choice.

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      2. Ahlapski says:

        This is a difficult one, because quite a few drivers did a very good job. Here is my list:-

        1. Jenson Button – you must have done a pretty good job if you win the World Championship regardless of the circumstances. He is lucky to have a head start, but rules are rules. If the authority said it’s ok then it’s ok. ( BTW I am not a Jenson fan.)

        2. Lewis Hamilton – Simply the most talented driver on the grid, and still improving.

        3. Fernando Alonso – Carried the whole team for the last two years.

        4. Nico Rosberg – I choose Nico over Vettel because generally the Williams is a slower car than RBR. I like to see Vettel in a Williams in 2009 and score the same number of points Nico did. He will be a force in Mercedes next year.

        5. Sebastien Vettel – He could have been champion if not for his mistakes and bad fortune. Still young, a promising driver.

        Thx.

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  2. Ash says:

    1 Jenson
    2 Vettel
    3 Rubens
    4 Lewis
    5 Webber

    And Kobayashi as rookie of the year.

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    1. kurt says:

      Thats the one in my book!

      Good luck with the Comp, Ash!

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  3. Jacob Tyler says:

    In no paticular order

    Button
    Vettel
    Hamilton
    Rosberg
    Raikkonen

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    1. James Allen says:

      I’m afraid that’s an invalid entry, Jacob. It says quite clearly in the post that the order has to match mine if you want to win a signed book

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  4. Maks Podzigun says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

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  5. Matt Walker says:

    1. Sebastian Vettel.
    2. Lewis Hamilton.
    3. Jenson Button.
    4. Kimi Räikkönen.
    5. Mark Webber.

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  6. AJE says:

    Vettle
    Button
    Rubens
    Hamilton
    Kimi

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  7. Charles says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

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  8. joel says:

    1. button – didn’t make too many mistakes
    2. vettel – a couple of mistakes and poor reliability lost him title
    3. webber – coming back from that injury
    4. hamilton – would be higher if it wasn’t for lying
    5. barichello – great season but too many mistakes, great entertainment.

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    1. Phil says:

      Hi Joel,
      Comment on Hamilton silly James was asking for best drivers not political comments.

      Agree with your order mostly though>
      1. Jense, Who thought he would ever make it, brilliant
      2. Vettel, German good without needing to cheat
      3. Lewis, crap car amazing talent to score so well in the second half of the season
      4.Webber, knackered leg and past it but still drove some cracking races
      5. Rubens, similar comment to Jense but unlucky as usual

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      1. Scott King says:

        Phil yours could be considered equally as silly. Webber past it but not Rubens? How is bogging your car down at the start unlucky?

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      2. joel says:

        fair comment, but i still think how good a sportsman you are and how honest you are is part of what makes you good at your sport.

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  9. JimR says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Webber
    4. Hamilton
    5. Barrichello

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  10. Jodie Kemp says:

    Top 5…

    Lewis Hamilton
    Jenson Button
    Kimi Raikkonen
    Sebastian Vettel
    Rubens Barrichello

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  11. Alex says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Niko Rosberg
    3. Kimi Raikkonen
    4. Rubens Barrichello
    5. Jenson Button

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  12. Daniel Gomes says:

    1 – Jenson Button
    2 – Sebastian Vettel
    3 – Lewis Hamilton
    4 – Rubens Barrichello
    5 – Mark Webber

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  13. Dave McAlister says:

    My top 5 based on those criteria are:

    Alonso
    Raikkonen
    Hamilton
    Button
    Vettel

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  14. Ruskers says:

    1 – Vettel
    2 – Button
    3 – Hamilton
    4 – Glock
    5 – Alonso

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  15. Tuan Pham says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Button
    4. Barrichello
    5. Alonso

    Props to Kabayashi. I wonder what would’ve happened if he raced the entire season.

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    1. Anthony says:

      I agree, hope he gets a seat next year

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  16. 1. SEBASTIAN VETTEL
    2. MARK WEBBER
    3. RUBENS BARRICHELLO
    4. JARNO TRILLU
    5. KOBAYASHI

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  17. Chris Hellmund says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Sebastien Vettel
    3. Lewis Hamilton
    4. Nico Rosberg
    5. Giancarlo Fisichella

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  18. Tibet Fonteyne says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Webber

    Hamilton beats Raikkonen because he managed to make up about a second a lap to compensate for the car in the start of the season (Barcelona, Turkey). Button is first because eventhough he had a bad middle part of the season, his start was superhuman. Vettel was simply quicker than Webber on multiple occasions, but Webber beats Rubens because he did what he did despite his injury…

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  19. Ronald Ooms says:

    1.Vettel
    2.Button
    3.Hamilton
    4.Barrichello
    5.Rosberg

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  20. Melanie Bentley says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Rubens Barrichello
    4. S Vettel
    5. Kimi Raikkonen

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  21. Rebecca says:

    1 (best). Hamilton: He started with a monster but kept at it. Very few drivers could have taken that beast and helped turn it into a race winner and had he not dropped out of the last race he would’ve ‘won’ the second half of the season I think.

    2. Vettel. Very consistent.

    3. Webber. He showed flashes of brilliance, particularly in mid-pack battles with the likes of Alonso.

    4. Barrichello. Achieved well despite a plethora of mechanical problems that his teammate didn’t have – that had to be frustrating. Not always consistent but again with flashes of brilliance.

    5. Raikkonen. Similar to Lewis, he achieved well with a so-so car, particularly without the development that the McLaren had at the tail end of the season.

    As it doesn’t include Button (I’d probably place Alonso, Massa in the races he achieved, and perhaps Sutil for effort in the face of a steaming pile of steel, ahead of him) we clearly won’t match up.

    Additionally, thanks for your updates, James! They’ve been fabulous.

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    1. Richard Mee says:

      You’re not an ex-girlfriend are you?… it’s the only plausible reason why Jenson would be that far down the list.

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      1. Rebecca says:

        Haha! No. I just don’t rate his driving style. I can see passion for driving… when he’s OFF the track. On track I see no passion, no spark, and none of the flashes of brilliance that other drivers have shown in inferior cars. Button excels in doing clean loops of the circuit when he’s got the best car, but sinks when he has to fight or when he doesn’t have the best car. He’s clean and efficient, I’ll give you that, but in my eyes that makes someone good and not great.

        The only time I’ve ever rated him was in… I believe Brazil this year.

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      2. ahlapski says:

        I think you are wrong Rebecca. I wonder if you actually watch any of the races. (I have to stress that I am not a Jenson fan.) In a lot of the races during mid-season, Jens actually fights quite hard for the lower positions. He did a lot of overtaking, which is more than could be said for some other drivers.

        It is the car that is not fast enough. Also as Ross Brawn points out; for Jens to be fast he needs his car to be set up a certain way to fit his driving style. If something that is not right, he will tell the engineers to fix it, but he does not drive over it. That is his style. And with the in season testing band; this was hurting him bad. When the car isn’t quite right.

        This is the reason I prefer Hamilton; he is much more adaptable. He is simply the most talented driver on the grid.

        Back to your comment; “Vettel. Very consistent. ” If he were, he would be Champion not Jens. The thing is, regardless of circumstances, if someone who wins the World Championship did not do the best job, I don’t know who did.

        Thx

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      3. krad says:

        Plus I cant see how its possible for anyone to realistically rate Rubens above Button when button beat him.

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  22. Nimish says:

    Jenson Button
    Lewis Hamilton
    Nico Rosberg
    Sebastian Vettel
    Kimi Raikkonen

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    1. CS says:

      1) Button
      2) Hamilton
      3) Vettel
      4) Barrichello
      5) Raikkonen

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  23. Jeremy says:

    My choices for 2009 are:

    1. Button
    2. Webber
    3. Hamilton
    4. Vettel
    5. Barrichello

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  24. Paul Holt says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Kamui Kobayashi
    5. Rubens Barrichello

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  25. Michael says:

    My selection would be in this order.

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Rosberg

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    1. Michael says:

      Can I also point out that you currently don’t have a limit on number of entries. I suggest this changes so that everyone doesn’t just add every driver in every conceivable order just to get a free book 😛

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  26. Oliver Drew says:

    OK, here’s my top 5…

    1. Button – won the WDC, brilliant start to the season and recovery. Most consistent driver of the season.

    2. Hamilton – fantastic performance in a poor car. Really grew as a driver.

    3. Vettel – quick but inconsistent. Key mistakes really cost him.

    4. Barrichello – poor start (compared to Button) but recovered and challenged. Back to his best

    5. Raikkonen – fast in a midfield car all season long (surely he’ll be on the 2010 grid?!)

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    1. Matthew H says:

      If he’s the fastest of the 2010 grid, I’ll buy you a house! 😉

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      1. Oliver Drew says:

        Who? If it was Raikkonen…then unfortunately I won’t be getting a house!

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    2. Matt Smith says:

      1. Hamilton
      2. Button
      3. Vettel
      4. Barrichello
      5. Webber

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  27. Axel says:

    Top 5:

    1. Sebastien Vettel
    2. Jenson Button
    3. Rubens Barrichello
    3. Kimi Raikkonen
    5. Fernando Alonso

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  28. Will says:

    1 Button
    2 Hamilton
    3 Vettel
    4 Barrichello

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  29. Will says:

    1. Hamilton
    -Dogged when the car was at its worst, sublime when it was at its best. Threatening Alonso’s ‘most compete driver’ title.

    2. Alonso
    Always got the feeling that he was doing the absolute best the Renault was capable of. Considering it was often considered the 6-7th fastest car, and sometimes worse, 9th in the standings is an acheivement.

    3. Button
    Flawless in the first half of the year, and even though qualifying was poor in the second half, his race pace was always superb. Great overtaking too.

    4. Vettel
    He and the RB5 were probably the fastest overall package, and there were mistakes, but maybe not as many as people are making out. He had some bad luck too, and on his day was unbeatable.

    5. Raikkonen
    If he drove in the first half of the year like he did in the second, he’d probably be no.1. He’d probably still have a job too.

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  30. Rob A says:

    1 Button
    2 Vettel
    3 Hamilton
    4 Barrichello
    5 Webber

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  31. Will says:

    5: Kimi

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  32. Christian says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Barrichello
    4. Hamilton
    5. Webber

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  33. Andrew says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

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  34. Jan says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Button
    4. Webber
    5. Rosberg

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  35. ShaneG says:

    1. Button (WDC)
    2. Vettel (put up the good fight, more to come)
    3. Barrichello (oldest but not slowest)
    4. Webber (good on ya)
    5. Rosberg (consistent)

    Honorable mention to Hamilton.. had it not been for LieGate, he would be on the list. Grew as a driver by leaps and bounds. Next year will be interesting to say the least.

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  36. Jason says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Webber
    5. Barrichello

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  37. Niko says:

    I suppose it would be dishonest to second-guess your own choices James, so I’ll stick to principle!

    1 – Hamilton
    2 – Button
    3 – Vettel
    4 – Barrichello
    5 – Rosberg

    Hmm…I thought I would have put Alonso in there!

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  38. Retro says:

    1. Vettel. Raw talent.
    2. Webber. Awesome season.
    3. Kobayashi. Rookie of the year.
    4. Räikkönen. Because of the last part of the season.
    5. Hamilton. Because of the last part of the season.

    Rubens and Button dropped because it was all about the car. Even Nick could have won WDC..

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    1. phil says:

      What? You drop the Brawn guys from your list and put Red Bull 1 & 2!! Now that was the fastest car and they won nothing

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      1. ahlapski says:

        I agree, the RBR guys did not do that good a job this season. I they did they would be Champion.

        Remeber this is to rank who did the best job in 2009.

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      2. ahlapski says:

        I agree. This is to rank who did the best job in 09. If they did they would be Champion not Jens and Brawn.

        Thx

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  39. Dougie says:

    My Top 5 (as also sent to @NobleF1)

    Button
    Hamilton
    Vettel
    Webber
    Kobayashi

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  40. RobPullar says:

    1) Button
    2) Hamilton
    3) Vettel
    4) Barrichello
    5) Webber

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  41. Gusz says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Barrichello
    4. Hamilton
    5. Webber

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  42. Will says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Raikkonnen
    5. Webber

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  43. George Wilson says:

    1. Button – won the world championship, and recovered well at the end of the season

    2. Vettel – hard to believe it was this kids second full season – would have put him above Button but for his mistakes

    3. Hamilton – not a fan, but have to say I was impressed with him at the end of the season

    4. Webber – lovely bloke, great to see him come good. Below Hamilton as he was a fair way from his team-mate in the end.

    5. Barrichello – as above!

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  44. Lisa says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Vettel
    3. Kimi
    4. Button
    5. Barichello

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  45. Christelle says:

    No particular order:

    Vettel
    Barrichello
    Button
    Webber
    Hamilton / Raikkonen (tied for 5th place)

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  46. Ross Evans says:

    1. Jenson
    2. Vettel
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Hamilton
    5. Rosberg

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  47. Marcin Pohl says:

    1. Rosberg
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Alonso
    5. Buemi

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  48. Toga says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Rosberg
    4. Alonso
    5. Hamilton

    The maxim that the table never lies is as good a starting point as any, and I use it to get the first two of my list but no more, as third and fourth place in the drivers’ championship were significantly outperformed (c. 55/45) by their teammates. Third and fourth in my top 5 are men who scored 100% of their teams’ points, which is no mean achievement however dubious their most immediate competitors’ credentials may be. Hamilton comes next, for his performances once his team found their 2009 feet. Raikkonen misses out: although he finished only a point behind Hamilton, he was outperformed by Massa for the first half of the season. Barrichello and Webber also fall short, mainly because they were both clearly number two in their respective teams (each only had one or two significant triumphs over their teammates during the season).

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  49. Jasper says:

    1. Button
    6 wins, the most points, no question! Made the most of the car when it was the fastest and picked up the points when it wasn’t.

    2. Vettel
    4 wins, 2nd highest amount of points! All 4 wins were flawless unbeatable performances. The mistakes were what let him down.

    3. Hamilton
    Two wins and scored the most points in the second half of the year. Wasn’t really that impressed in the first half of the season when the car was poor, the Renault was similarly bad and yet Alonso scored more points up until Germany. His wins were flawless, but I still think his best season in F1 was 2007, it was certainly his most consistent. I think having a strong teammate in Alonso pushed him to get the best out of himself, I think he really needs that in a teammate to be at his best.

    4. Raikkonen
    1 win that was really flattered by KERS, but all his other results, from the podium in Monaco onwards were pretty impressive, and he seemed to get the best out of the car, particulary once Massa was injured unfortunately.

    5. Alonso
    No wins, but should he really have scored 26 points, a podium, 2 fastest laps and a pole position in that car? And besides Button’s great overtaking moves and the KERS equipped Hamilton the other main source of overtaking seemed to be Alonso.

    That’s my opinion anyway, thanks for such great coverage through the year James and here’s to 2010!

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  50. Jackson says:

    1) Hamilton
    2) Vettel
    3) Button
    4) Barrichello
    5) Alonso

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  51. martin says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Rosberg

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  52. Peter M says:

    1. Sebastian Vettel
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Jenson Button
    4. Rubens Barrichello
    5. Mark Webber

    I so want to put Kimi on this list, but who would you bump? If I have it wrong I suspect it is because of #2 and #3.

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  53. Stefan Zwinkels says:

    1 Button
    2 Vettel
    3 Hamilton
    4 Barrichello
    5 Webber

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  54. Dave P says:

    1 Jenson
    2 Vettel
    3 Rubens
    4 Lewis
    5 Webber

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  55. Vikkie Souter says:

    1) Hamilton
    2) Barrichello
    3) Vettel
    4) Button
    5) Massa

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  56. Ahmed Youssef says:

    Hmmm… i need to think like James Allen…

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Button
    4. Barichello
    5. Webber

    Oh, and please, someone sign Kobayashi!

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  57. Andres says:

    1.Hamilton – Had a dip after lying gate but then recovered, rallied the team around him and won twice. Amazing

    2.Raikonnen – With the worst Ferrari of the last 10 years, had some amazing drives even after Scuderia stopped developing the car.

    3.Vettel – Mounted serious challenge but made silly mistakes with the car that was always a challenger from the word go.

    4.Barrichello – Went beyond what was expected of him and challenged Button for the championship. Unfortunately the dips were all baking related and that will always define hima as a second tier driver.

    5.Button – Peaked during first half of the season with the best car of the field. Had a full half season dip that was both car and driver related and still clinched the championship so deserve to be the 5th best driver in the season.

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  58. Tim Horton says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Jenson Button
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Mark Webber
    5. Nico Rosberg

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  59. Wintermute says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Kimi Raikonen
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Rubens Barrichello
    5. Mark Webber

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  60. Phil says:

    I’ll go for:

    Button
    Lewis
    Kimi
    Alonso
    Vettel

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    1. Phil says:

      BTW, that’s in order from top (best)

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  61. StephenR says:

    1, Vettel
    2, Hamilton
    3, Raikkonen
    4, Button
    5, Barrichello

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  62. Andy says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Alonso
    5. Kobayashi

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  63. si says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Rubens Barrichelo
    3. Lewis Hamilton
    4. Nico Rosberg
    5. Mark Webber

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  64. George says:

    Mine would be:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Räikkönen
    5. Kobayashi

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  65. Callum says:

    Based on your criteria:

    1)Button
    2)Vettel
    3)Hamilton
    4)Webber
    5)Raikonnen

    It was close between alonso & raikonnen, but I think Raikonnen regained some of the reputation he had lost over the last year or 2 by coming on strong

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  66. Chris says:

    1 Jenson
    2 Vettel
    3 Hamilton
    4 Webber
    5 Barrichello

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  67. joe,sydney says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Button
    4. Raikonen
    5. Webber

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  68. CRT says:

    1 – Jenson Button
    2 – Sebastian Vettel
    3 – Lewis Hamilton
    4 – Rubens Barrichello
    5 – Mark Webber

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  69. René Mellerup says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Rosberg
    3. Barrichello
    4. Button
    5. Massa

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  70. jonas says:

    1 Jenson
    2 Vettel
    3 Hamilton
    4 Barrichello
    5 Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  71. Rupert says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  72. Robert says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Rubens Barrichello
    5. Kimi Raikkonen

    Total votes:
    0

  73. Andys says:

    1 – Lewis Hamilton
    2 – Jenson Button
    3 – Rubens Barrichello
    4 – Sebastian Vettel
    5 – Mark Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  74. Aaron James says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Rubens
    4. Vettel
    5. Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  75. Steve JR says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Rosberg
    4. Webber
    5. Hamilton

    Total votes:
    0

  76. Zarooch says:

    1. Kimi Raikkonen
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Seb. Vettel
    4. Rubens Barichello
    5. Jenson Button

    And yes I know, my list won’t be the same as James, so no book free book I guess. I’ll buy it anyway.

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  77. George says:

    Well, here goes:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Webber
    5. Rosberg

    …that was harder than I thought

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  78. chetz says:

    1.Lewis Hamilton

    2.Kimi Raikkonen

    3.Sebastien Vettel

    4.Jenson Button

    5.Adrian Sutil

    am pretty sure wudnt match up with the final list.. cos kimi is at 2.. cant help it..both lewis n he drove monster trucks this year…not F1 cars.

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  79. Randall says:

    1. Sebastian Vettel
    2. Jenson Button
    3. Kimi Raikkonen
    4. Mark Weber
    5. Kamui Kobayashi

    Total votes:
    0

  80. Dan_G says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Webber
    5. Rosberg

    Total votes:
    0

  81. Ankur Prakash says:

    1. S Vettel
    2. J Button
    3. L Hamilton
    4. M Webber
    5. N Rosberg

    Total votes:
    0

  82. martin_tf says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Button
    4. Webber
    5. Barichello

    Total votes:
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  83. Nick says:

    1. Hamilton – Out performed the car turned season around
    2. Button – Cracking start looked untouchable then midseason tail off
    3. Vettel – Fast but sporadic
    4. Barrichello – Turned back the years in second half
    5. Kobayashi – Explosive

    Total votes:
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  84. mfelat says:

    1 button
    2 hamilton
    3 vettel
    4 raikkonen
    5 barichello

    Total votes:
    0

  85. Brian Hendrick says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Massa

    Total votes:
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  86. Ian Lawrence says:

    Hello James,
    My top 5 would be:
    1: Jenson Button
    2: Sebastien Vettel
    3: Lewis Hamilton
    4: Fernando Alonso
    5: Kimi Raikkonen

    Great blog too BTW!

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  87. Ramy says:

    Hi, here is my vote James.

    1- Button
    2- Vettel
    3- Hamilton
    4- Barrichello
    5- Rosberg

    this is considering all the points you mentioned in your text.

    cheers,

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  88. tarun says:

    1 jenson
    2 vettel
    3 barrichelo
    4 raikkonen
    5 hamilton

    Total votes:
    0

  89. Luke Potter says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Jenson Button
    3. Kimi Raikkonen
    4. Sebastian Vettel
    5. Fernando Alonso

    Total votes:
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  90. James McNulty says:

    My top 5,

    Jenson Button
    Lewis Hamilton
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber
    Nico Rosberg

    Thanks for all the quality inside info. Roll on 2010! Ps any info on Lotus? Do you think they will be on the pace, better still do you think they will have a mock Lotus 25, 49 or 79 livery?

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  91. Chris says:

    1) Hamilton – Pulled the McLaren to the front in second half of the season
    2) Button – consistency throughout the season
    3) Vettel – Future WDC, made a few errors
    4) Webber – Great comeback from his out of season accident
    5) Raikkonen – Drove well in a skittish Ferrari

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  92. Janet says:

    My Top 5 are as follows:

    1- Lewis Hamilton
    2- Sebastian Vettel
    3- kimi Raikkonen
    4- Jenson Button
    5- Rubens Barichello

    Honorable mention: kamui Kobayashi

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  93. onyx says:

    1.Button-easily ‘driver’ of the year in terms of being the driver we all took an interest in and was mighty in those first few races
    2.Hamilton-probably the best out there now after a lack-lustre season from Alonso
    3.Vettel-fast but a few errors and when did he actually overtake anyone(another Massa in my book,fast out front)
    4.Rosberg-a decent job in not a great car
    5.Sutil-would be winning in a top car

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  94. LMW says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Alonso
    5. Barrichello

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  95. Fulveo Ballabeo says:

    1. Button: World Champ. 6 wins. Consistent points. ’nuff said.

    2. Hamilton: Look what he did with that car (particularly vs. Heikki). Made most of 2nd-half comeback.

    3. Alonso: Consistently outperformed equipment.

    4. Vettel: The real deal. Effort undermined by inconsistency.

    5. Webber: Breakout season.

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  96. Érico says:

    1 – Hamilton. Had a torrid and terrible start to the season (together with McLaren), but he picked it up, had many strong races and finished the season as a force to be reckoned with, lifting McLaren to 3rd in the WCC in the meantime;
    2 – Massa. He drove for only the first half of the season in a poor car and had plenty of bad luck (like his DNF at China), but his grit, speed and maturity were evident and worthy of praise. Once more he prevailed against Raikkonen and lead Ferrari;
    3 – Raikkonen. Was it Massa’s absence or a new found fighting spirit? We don’t know. But he also had a fantastic second half of the season and put the car where it didn’t belong. Fisichella went from pole and podium in a FI to slow and embarassing at his side;
    4 – Button. Worthy champion, made the best of the car and then played it strictly by the book.
    5 – Vettel. So good, so fast, so young. if it weren’t for some mistakes and misjudgements, could have put a real fight against Button.

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  97. zemaverick says:

    1.Button
    2.Vettel
    3.Hamilton
    4.Kimi
    5.Rubens

    Total votes:
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  98. steph90 says:

    I’m trying to guess James picks now rather than thinking of my own!:P
    1/ Button
    2/Hamilton
    3/ Vettel (too many errors though)
    4/ Alonso
    5/ Raikkonen

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  99. Dan Hager says:

    1.Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Rosberg

    Total votes:
    0

  100. Elliot says:

    1- button
    2- vettel
    3- hamilton
    4- webber
    5- barichello

    Total votes:
    0

  101. Luke Robbins says:

    1. Button.

    2. Vettel.

    3. Barrichello.

    4. Raikkonen,

    5. Webber.

    Total votes:
    0

  102. Simon says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Webber
    4. Barrichello
    5. Roseberg

    Total votes:
    0

  103. Malcom says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Webber
    5. Barrichello

    Honorable mention Sebastian Buemi

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  104. Kav says:

    I doubt this is your selection but for me it was:

    1. Raikkonen (I’m not a fanboy blindly voting for him, but his car was rubbish and unreliable in the beginning of the season, and average for the rest and rubbish again at the end, and the fact he got 5 podiums including a win when his car was maybe 4th or 5th best at Spa, and was close to scoring a pole at Monaco, and also was just one point behind Hamilton who had a car able to fight for the big points after Silverstone)

    2. Massa (This isn’t a sympathy vote, and its impossible to judge whether he would be able to achieve Raikkonen’s result if he weren’t injured but the fact is he scored a huge 22 points in that rubbish Ferrari, and before his injury he was the one who impressed me most)

    3. Hamilton (His car was not worth mention at the beginning of the European season, but when the car came good he was great, taking as many poles as the two top title contenders had all year! Seeing Hamilton come alive showed the title contenders how its done, fighting for podiums and not just settling for small points)

    4. Fernando Alonso (I think people give Alonso too much credit sometimes, but this year despite not being seen, he managed to get a large amount of points despite having a horrible car)

    5. Rosberg (I wasn’t sure whether to choose him as I was largely impressed at his consistent form, although his car was far superior to the Renault and Alonso wasn’t too far off in the points.. and I have a feeling if Raikkonen, Alonso, Hamilton, or even Vettel, they would have forced that car to win or atleast get a few podiums, it wouldn’t even have a choice in the matter. But his team did let him down when the car was at its most competitive so I’m sure if it weren’t for that he’d have scored a lot more points.)

    The BMW drivers deserve a mention as their car was as bad as the previous Honda’s for most of the season, and they proved at the end of the season that they bring the points in when the car is good enough.

    Disappointment of the year was seeing Massa injured, I wanted to see if he could force a car to win even if it weren’t the best. We were robbed of that.

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  105. LEA says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Button
    5. Barrichello

    Total votes:
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  106. Subbaraman V says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Rubens
    5. Kimi

    Total votes:
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  107. Dave Chapman says:

    1) Button – Scored points in every race apart from one when he was taken out by a rookie. Performed some magic overtakes through out the season and aprat from a few issues in quali never put a foot wrong

    2) Vettel – Great season had the fastest car on the grid for most of the season but the lack of experience let him down. far to many mistake to be the best and struggled to overtake all season long

    3) Alonso – Still the most complete driver on the grid made the best of what renault gave him .Was great to watch and will be fantastic next year in a ferrari

    4) Barrichello – Poor start to the season but came back strong in the middle part of the season but never really got the better of Jenson on race pace should have won more races this season

    5) Hamilton – Poor car at the start of the season and made far to many mistakes. Showed his ture colours early on when things were tough and he started to turn against his team but turned it around late on when he had more horse power than everyone he was racing. should have scored alot more points than he did must do better if he gets Button as a team mate next year

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  108. Dan Hager says:

    In no particular order

    1. Button – won the championship
    2. Vettel – solid improvement
    3. Hamilton – seriously fast at end of year.
    4. Rosberg – for consistent finishes
    5. Barrichello – for sticking up to Brawn and winning seeveral races.

    Total votes:
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  109. Claudio Nunez says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Raikkonen
    3. Alonso
    4. Button
    5. Vettel

    Total votes:
    0

  110. Dean Coulter says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Fernando Alonso
    4. Sebastian Vettel
    5. Nico Rosberg

    Total votes:
    0

  111. Bill Baars says:

    1. Hamilton – With great factory support, dragged that sorry chassis up the field; champion of the second half of the season.
    2. Alonso – 26 points with possibly the worst chassis. His teammates scored…0
    3. Raikonnen – Badoer and Fisichella demonstrated how difficult it was to drive the F60, but Kimi was outpaced by Massa.
    4. Button – Did what he needed to with a car that was miles ahead.
    5. Vettel – If only the double diffuser been declared illegal. But he also committed too many mistakes.

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  112. Jimmi C says:

    I agree with Mr Davies at the top of the page.

    1. Fernando Alonso
    He wrung the neck out of a dreadful car and achieved results that he had no right to. Still, for me, the best overall package as a driver.

    2. Lewis Hamilton
    Everyone behind the scenes at Woking deserves a large slice of Hamilton’s praise for teaching a real dog how to walk and then run this season. But I think Lewis has really matured and he may end up exchanging his raw, blinding pace for something more rounded (like Alonso.) Less haste, more speed!

    3. Jenson Button.
    For the first part of the season he had the best car, but he also dominated Barrichello. For the second part he went to pieces (which no mere mortal can begrudge.) I doubt he could’ve done what my top two achieved in their respective cars though.

    4. Sebastien Vettel.
    Wins personality of the season hands down.

    5. Nico Rosberg.
    Because Kobayashi only raced twice. Another one who rode a lame horse faster than it deserved to be ridden. I really hope he gets his debut win next season and maybe pushes for the championship the season afterwards.

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  113. Rick Hayes says:

    Top for me:

    1: Alonso, Still in a League of his own.

    2: Barrichello, Many people wrote him off before the season started, but despite being the oldest on the grid him drove like rookie full of fight, speed and fire in the belly.

    3. Vettel, Yes he made some mistakes but it was only his second full season and his performances were stunning at times.

    4.Webber, If things had worked out a little different for him he could of been right in the Title fight in the End. Plus the little testing and recovering from a broken leg were two more reasons why he stood above others.

    5.Button, His first half of the season was superb, although the second half was less so, but I believe it was self inflicted pressure rather than a loss of talent.

    For me Mclaren’s staff were the bigger hero in that team than Hamilton. He’s still makes poor calls and mistakes including the lie-gate with the stewards. Plus on the occasions where Heikki matched him in qualifying with a car that was often up to 6 tenths slower.

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  114. josh cordon says:

    1. Hamilton

    2. Button

    3. Vettel

    4. Barrichello

    5. Alonso

    Total votes:
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  115. Brandon Merrell says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Rubens Barichello
    5. Mark Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  116. Adam Harwood says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Rosberg
    5. Weber

    Total votes:
    0

  117. Neil Kenward says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Raikkonen

    Total votes:
    0

  118. Andrew says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  119. Dom says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  120. Jeffyfish says:

    1) Lewis Hamilton
    2) Adrian Sutil
    3) Jenson Button
    4) Sebastian Vettel
    5) Nico Rosberg

    Total votes:
    0

  121. Jamie Kirkland says:

    1. Button
    2. Kimi
    3. Hamilton
    4. Vettel
    5. Barrichello

    Total votes:
    0

  122. Paul says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Webber
    5. Alonso

    Total votes:
    0

  123. Don says:

    1 – Button
    2 – Hamilton
    3 – Buemi
    4 – Vettel
    5 – Raikkonan

    Total votes:
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  124. Pat says:

    Badoer
    Grosjean
    Nakajima
    Piquet
    Bourdais :)

    That’s gotta be worth a book !!

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    1. Pat says:

      No seriously….

      1) Button
      (Made the most of his car when it was quickest, scored points in every round it wasn’t & he wasn`t punted off in – Then recovered from a disasterous qualifying session by putting it behind him & putting in a World Class performance when it mattered gaining 9 places with some great overtaking manouveres to win the F1 WDC).

      2) Hamilton
      (Kept his head down when his car was poop focussed with the team on putting it right then outscored every one in the second half of the season)

      3) Vettel
      (We forget how young this driver is – 2nd in WDC although Monaco & Turkey blotted his cop book).

      4) Webber
      (Showed great character and steel to recover from his broken leg off season and put in some stealthy drives to regularly pop-up very near the front at the end of races).

      5) Rosberg
      (Single handedly scored all of Williams` points in a car that wasn`t really up to it this year).

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      1. Keith says:

        If Pat wins, does he/she get a book for each of his/her entries? If so can I have one……

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  125. Supratim Chaudhury says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Rosberg

    Total votes:
    0

  126. Nathan says:

    1. Button

    2. Barrichello

    3. Hamilton

    4. Vettel

    5. Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  127. 1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Rosberg
    5. Raikkonen

    Total votes:
    0

  128. Yasir Shah says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Raikonnen
    5. Barrichelo

    Total votes:
    0

  129. Babur says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Webber
    5. Hamilton

    Total votes:
    0

  130. 1. Button: 6 wins in 7 races and enough skill to make sure he made it home to never relinquish the lead in the championship, a season ending podium and one in Monza that is often forgotten as Hamilton and Barrichello dominated in Italy.
    2. Vettel: Obviously the new rainmaster, but still young and prone to mistakes. His wins were solid.
    3. Hamilton: Like Alonso last year, found form in last half of season and outdrove the car, even though it got pretty good anyway.
    4. Barrichello: His wins were brilliant, both at expense of Hamilton, but the “old” guy still has it, Button was worried for a while when Rubens closed the gap considerably.
    5. This is a tough call, Sutil showed wonderful promise many times and was usually a statistic courtesy of Raikonnen, but Fisichella claimed first points and damn near won with the Force India at Spa, a memorable drive on a track he’s done well at, but his Ferrari lack of performance could boil down to his certain track ability, he should have gone better in Brazil where he won his first race ever. So not them, Webber’s two wins were solid, but he did very little to back them up, so not him either, Kobyashi who should be given a Star Trek uniform as he shares his name with Kirk’s infamous no-win situation Kobyashi Maru, was a stand-out rookie, easily overshadowing Grosjean and Aguilisari (sp?) and deserves to drive for someone. Kubica did a great podium run at Brazil, but the BMW was useless all season. Alonso despite his team’s ineptness and the ousting of Flav, completely destroyed his teammates and had a brilliant pole, and a well deserved podium, and the inevitable Ferrari seat. Raikonnen won in Spa because there was a safety car and he had KERS, and without it, Fisichella won in a Force India, a few podiums may be ok, but not enough to stay at Ferrari. Massa never really got going when his accident occurred, but they kept him, he will be a star, last year was proof. So of Raikonnen, Massa, Kubica, Kobyashi, or Alonso, it has to be Alonso, only 5th because his car sucked, or he’d be 1st.

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  131. Paul Howard says:

    Button – champion on a rookie team – no more needs to be said

    Vettel – a future champ, who outdrove a very good teammate

    Hamilton – took a very slow car and delivered some really consistent and solid results, esp. in 2nd 1/2 of season

    Rosberg – a respectable point total in any car, delivered in a Williams. Just compare to his teammate for validation of the exceptional aspect to his season.

    Sutil – I debated about Alonso in this spot – but if not for some unfortunate luck, Sutil would have had an amazing point total, in a Force India nonetheless. A great season nonetheless.

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  132. El Shish says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Lewis Hamilton
    4. Rubens
    5. Mark Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  133. Huggy says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  134. John says:

    1. Lewis
    2. Jenson
    3. Sebastian V.
    4. Barrichello
    5. Mark

    Total votes:
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  135. Euan Thompson says:

    1.Jenson Button
    2.Lewis Hamilton
    3.Sebastian Vettel
    4.Fernando Alonso
    5.Mark Webber

    Total votes:
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  136. RPJ says:

    1. Hamilton – ‘monstered’ a bad car, genius (gets my vote for the doughnuts a Silverstone alone!)
    2. Button – quick and consistant (mainly!)
    3. Raikkonen – out performed an underdeveloped car
    4. Vettel – quick, but a little inconsistant
    5. Webber – came a long way from his accident, great drive in Brazil that has been overlooked a bit.

    Total votes:
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  137. Mikko Haarala says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Sutil
    5. Rosberg

    Total votes:
    0

  138. Dave K says:

    1: Button
    2: Vettel
    3: Hamilton
    4: Webber
    5: Barrichello

    Total votes:
    0

  139. Robert Stokes says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Raikkonen

    Total votes:
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  140. CMR says:

    1. Jenson Button – He is World Champion
    2. Lewis Hamilton – Won races with a horrible car
    3. Sebastian Vettel – Brilliant with mistakes
    4. Rubens Barrichello – More than just driving
    5. Kimi Räikkönen – Enigma, but so fast

    Total votes:
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  141. Lizzie says:

    1 Button
    2 Vettel
    3 Raikkonen
    4 Hamilton
    5 Barrichello

    Total votes:
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  142. Jenson Button
    In the first half of the season Jenson made the most of the car and, crucially, made no mistakes and had Rubens on the back foot. The last two races reversed the decline in his reputation mid season.

    Lewis Hamilton
    Reinforced his reputation as the hardest tryer on the grid with his uncompromising effort to get back to the front. Surely the fastest man in F1. A similar poll for manufacturers would surely put McLaren at the top of the list for their achievement in turning a real dog into a multiple race winner.

    Rubens Barichello
    Many good performances but Rubens made one or two crucial mistakes and let Button build up too much of an advantage in the first half of the season.

    Sebastian Vettel
    Had he and the team made fewer mistakes, Sebastian would have been ahead of Rubens. Watch this space.

    Kimi Raikkonen
    Like Lewis, hampered by a pretty poor car which Ferrari abandonded in the second half of the season, unlike McLaren. Kimi did wonders with it – but only after he knew he was almost certain to lose the drive.

    In case you thought I had forgotten him :

    Fernando Alonso
    His undoubted skills shone through on a few occasions but nothing like often enough to displace the others on this list.

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  143. Rob Collins says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  144. JB says:

    1. RAI
    2. VET
    3. HAM
    4. BUT
    5. BAR

    Total votes:
    0

  145. David Young says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Jenson Button
    3. Seb Vettel
    4. Rubens Barichello
    5. Mark Webber

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  146. Sian Carter says:

    1. Button – for a brilliant start and continued consistancy.
    2. Webber – for overcoming serious, career-threatening injuries, and still keeping Vettel honest.
    3. Hamilton – for his never-say-die attitude and dealing with that dog of a car early in the season.
    4. Vettel – his inconsistancy cost him a higher place.
    5. Barrichello – off pace early in the season but came on song half way through.

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  147. Jacob molenkamp says:

    1)Button
    2)Vettel
    3)Hamilton
    4)Barichello
    5)Webber

    Total votes:
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  148. 1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Barichello
    5. Hamilton

    Total votes:
    0

  149. Craig says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Webber
    4. Alonso
    5. Glock

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  150. Silverstoned says:

    peaks, consistency, machinery, bearing in mind that the trick is to guess James’s list:
    1- Button
    2- Hamilton
    3- Alonso
    4- Vettel
    5- Raikkonen

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  151. Jackie says:

    5. Barrichello – Did well to take the title fight to the penultimate race of the season. However he was in a car that was clearly the class of the field in the early stages and failed to capitalise.

    4. Webber – Fought back from a very nasty injury to become a title contender and take his first victory.

    3. Vettel – Was in the best car during the 2nd half of the season but made to many mistakes to be champion, this season!

    2. Hamilton – Had a car that was clearly a dog early on, although it did improve greatly during the later half of the year. The first part of the season is best forgotten; however in the 2nd half Hamilton proved that form is temporary, class is forever.

    1. Button – Trounced the opposition in the first 5 races, and put in some fighting performances during the rest of the season. Finished it off with champion’s drive in Brazil and, after all, the table doesn’t lie. Jenson Button, World Champion.

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  152. Seb says:

    1. Fernando Alonso
    2. Jenson Button
    3. Lewis Hamilton
    4. Sebastian Vettel

    Total votes:
    0

    1. Seb says:

      Thats wrong, my list is actually:

      1. Fernando Alonso
      2. Jenson Button
      3. Lewis Hamilton
      4. Kimi Raikkonen
      5. Sebastian Vettel

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  153. Mahendar Jain says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Button
    5. Barrichello

    Total votes:
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  154. Josh H says:

    1) Hamilton for dragging a dog of a car up to the front of the grid.

    2) Button – great start to the season in undoubtedly the best car but fell away terribly in the second half of the season.

    3) Vettel – If it wasn’t for the Renault he would probably be world champion.

    4) Kimi – Ferrari might have given up but Kimi didn’t. Would be a great shame if this season is the last we see of him in F1

    5) Barrichello – Pushed Jenson hard but didn’t have the pace early in the season due to break issues.

    Special mentions to Kobiyashi, Webber & Fisi

    Worst drivers of the year Luca Badoer, Piquet & Heikki

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  155. TheNewNo2 says:

    1) Hamilton

    2) Barrichelllo

    3) Webber

    4) Vettel

    5) Massa

    I omit Button because while his first races were exceptional, he really pissed me off with his whining. Anyone can drive a good car quickly, but it takes true skill to drive a not so good car quick, and he utterly failed that test.

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    1. TheNewNo2 says:

      That and that awful beard.

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  156. Mark Edwards says:

    Based on driver performance, effort and commitemnt and circumstances, regardless of points scored.

    Top 5 are

    1 Alonso
    2 Button
    3 Hamilton
    4 Vettel
    5 Barrichello just edges Webber for 5th

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  157. Navillus says:

    1. Button

    2. Vettel

    3. Hamilton

    4. Webber

    5. Raikkonen

    Total votes:
    0

  158. Soroush says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Barrichello

    Total votes:
    0

  159. Mike from Medellin, Colombia says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Jenson Button
    3. Sebastien Vettel
    4. Fernando Alonso
    3. Rubens Barrichello

    Total votes:
    0

  160. Henrik says:

    1. Lewis – a few mistakes, but the best raw pace;
    2. Jenson – struggled a bit in qualis in the second half, but racepace was consistently good and basically no mistakes;
    3. Sebastian – fast on a consistent basis, but like Hamilton, a few mistakes;
    4. Kimi – generally good, including some very impressive drives, with a few dips here and there;
    5. Fernando – probably as good as always, but that special icing on the cake (memorable top drive like Fuji in’08) has been missing this season.

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    0

  161. Coco comley says:

    Hamilton – improvement over season, must be a race engineer’s wet dream
    vettel – flawed genius, his wet weather driving was awesome
    button – first six and last but one! Rest was too “Ginger”
    kimi – when he can be bothered
    webber – because he reminds me of eddy Irvine!

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    0

  162. Seb says:

    1. Fernando Alonso
    2. Jenson Button
    3. Lewis Hamilton
    4. Kimi Raikkonen
    5. Sebastian Vettel

    Total votes:
    0

  163. Ali says:

    Here is my top 5:

    1) Jenson Button
    2) Kimi Raikkonen
    3) Lewis Hamilton
    4) Sebastian Vettel
    5) Nico Rosberg

    Total votes:
    0

  164. Richard says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Alonso

    Total votes:
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  165. Xiaogang Mao says:

    My top five in 2009 are:
    1.Sebastian Vettel
    2.Lewis Hamilton
    3.Jenson Button
    4.Fernando Alonso
    5.Niko Rosberg

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  166. Steve says:

    My top 5 would have to be:

    1. Jenson – did everything that was asked of him, won in the first half of the season, brought it home in the second half

    2. Lewis Hamilton – Very impressive second half. His lie-gate experience can’t be forgiven though, and that’s what keeps him off the top

    3. Vettel. The only driver to really take the challenge to Button. However, his numerous mistakes at the start of the season (Melbourne, Sepang and Monaco) rule him out for the top spot.

    4. Webber. Has finally come of age this season, winning his first race, gaining pole positions. However, he was inconsistent at the start of the season.

    5. Barrichello. A mature season, whilst not matching Button’s heights, he has had an impressive season late in his career.

    Drivers who missed the cut: Raikkonen – he was anonymous until Massa’s accident. The early season lack of application was unforgivable.
    Rosberg. He missed the top 5 since he missed the podium all season. He was presented with a fast car, particularly at the start of the season, but failed to capitalise.

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  167. Paul says:

    1. Raikkonen – Clearly the Ferrari was a very difficult car to drive and yet he did pretty well.

    2. Hamilton – He definitely got a lot out of a car that was not so great.

    3. Vettel – without mistakes, no one was better.

    4. Button – mistake free to start and consistent enough from the middle to win the WDC.

    5. Barrichello – even with the problems he had he still was there in the end.

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  168. Stephen Russell says:

    1. Vettel – His drives in Japan and China were stunning (quali in China when he had 1 lap per session and nailed pole was amazing!)
    2. Button – Had the best car at the start but so did Rubens, while in other years they were even for pace, given a gd car Button produced)
    3. Raikkonen – Won a race when his car was a dog all year and when his team had clearly given up on the year. The fact his team mates after Massa were so bad shows him up even higher. Also his win at Spa was achieved in a car that was clearly not the fastest.
    4. Webber – To come back from the dreadful injury he suffered last year was incredible, to win 2 races and push his very talented team mate soo hard was also very impressive. If only button hadnt got that lead at the start of the season what a really exciting championship it could have been!
    5. Hamilton – Won twice and could have been twice, but his car was developed extremley well, they didnt give up like Ferrari. Start of season liegate deserves to count against him

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  169. John says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Raikkonen

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  170. Zvonimir says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Vettel
    3. Button
    4. Barrichello
    5. Kobayashi

    Total votes:
    0

  171. Rory Alex says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Webber
    5. Alonso

    Total votes:
    0

  172. Kenny Carwash says:

    1. Button
    2. Barrichello
    3. Vettel
    4. Hamilton
    5. Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  173. My 5:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

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  174. fakeru says:

    1.Nico Rosberg
    2.Lewis Hamilton
    3.Sebastian Vettel
    4.Jenson Button
    5.Rubens Barrichello

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  175. My 5:

    1.Hamilton
    2.Button
    3.Vettel
    4.Barrichello
    5.Webber

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  176. Tim Lumley says:

    My selection would be in this order:

    1. Button

    2. Vettel

    3. Hamilton

    4. Webber

    5. Barrichello

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  177. Bloke says:

    1. Button – overtaking, 6 wins, consistent points
    2. Vettel – wins,pace, but too many mistakes
    3. Barichello – life in the old dog yet
    4. Webber – recovery from injury, Brazil
    5. Hamilton – great turnaround, but cant deny he lied.

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  178. Jiong Yang says:

    1.Sebastian Vettel
    2.Lewis Hamilton
    3.Jenson Button
    4.Kimi Raikkonen
    5.Fernando Alonso

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  179. Conor mclarnon says:

    1 jenson b. Still don’t rate him but did good job dis year
    2 s vettel. Flashes of total brillance but few costly mistakes
    3 f alonso. Dragged Renault higher than it really should have been does the man every make a mistake
    tied for 4th between kimi r and l hamilton. Both dragged dogs up the grid but both made more mistakes than alonso. Kimi in Spain and oz and Hamilton in china Monaco silverstone monza come to mind.

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  180. AlexD says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton – I do not like him, but he was consistently faster that his team mate, he extracted maximum from the car, he was constantly fighting and he was always on the edge.
    2. Kimi Raikonnen – I was shocked by his performance this year. He was as fast as you can only be, no mistakes, pure focus and impressive drive. Spa was just one great race
    3. Button – great start of the season, but he was overshadowed by Rubens and could have lost his WDC, but had enough points in his bag and was lucky that RBR was not so reliable
    4. Vettel – he was great, but he is a poor overtaker. He made some mistakes and I was not so impressed with his starts and his overtaking.
    5. Alonso – managed to do some great racing in probably the worst car

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  181. Lady Snowcat says:

    I don’t think so James…

    I am pretty certain that my ideas and your ideas won’t co-incide…

    For example you’ll certainly have Lewis higher than I would have…. in line with almost all your voters so far…

    I think if you awarded points for how good the car was relatively speaking and how it was suited to a driver’s style… and take those points away from the final WDC positions you may get somewhere close…

    But everything is always perception… otherwise known as smoke and mirrors… can we suggest it is more scientific than that?… but then smoke and mirrirs are scientific aren’t they?…

    And in the end, who knows,I may be wrong?… and you may get things exactly right… and agree with me…. but I think not…

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    1. Stevie P says:

      Blimey! You only have to list your top 5 of the year Miss Snowcat, if they match James’s 5 you’ll get a book. He’s not going to put you over his knee, if your lists don’t match.

      And yes, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion (from their own perceptions) – even the person that had Fisi at No 5.

      So here’s my opinion…

      My top 5:-

      1, Button – WDC, dominant when the car was great; kept it together (just!) as the pack closed in and the immense pressure built.

      2, Vettel – really should have been WDC; too many race mistakes. Confirmed his undoubted talent though.

      3, Webber – fought well alongside and against his team-mate; first wins too for the Aussie. Shame about the accident pre-season, messed him up big-time.

      4, Hamilton – only just though!! Car was a dog to start with but kept racing. Yes he lied, but I feel young ‘uns will tow the party-line – he’s learned from that (I hope)!

      5, Rubens – Should have done better early on, when the car was well ahead; but great to see there’s life in the old dog (ha ha, he’s younger than me – just!). I didn’t like his emotional outbursts, but I can understand where it came from and the “blah blah blah” still makes me smile.

      Kimi? Anyone who’s enjoying an ice-cream, when a race might re-start… err, hmmm!?!? I like his laidback ways… but he only came alive when he realised Alonso was in with a sniff of his seat. [I don’t think we’ll see him next season]

      Alonso? Well, he may have driven the wheels of the car… but you expect that of him. Keeping his tinder dry for 2010 in a scarlet car, me thinks.

      Massa? A much better job than Kimi, until his unfortunate moment in Hungary.

      Ok, I’ll get me coat… 😉

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    2. Dean says:

      HAHA!!!!…Bravo!

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  182. Dean says:

    Button – Rags to riches Champion

    Vettel – Champion in waiting

    Raikkonen – Scored the 2nd most points of the latter season yet drove a dog of a car.

    Hamilton – Same as Kimi, however, the car was still developed throughout the season

    Barrichello – Always a bridesmaid never the bride

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  183. Declan says:

    1. vettel
    2. button
    3. alonso
    4. fisichella
    5. rosberg

    Total votes:
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  184. Fernando Sandrini says:

    1 – Button
    2 – Raikkonen
    3 – Hamilton
    4 – Vettel
    5 – Alonso

    Total votes:
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  185. Jonathan Chan says:

    1. Jenson Button – The driver with the most points, redeemed himself after second half slump with stunning drives in Brazil and Abu Dubai
    2. Lewis Hamilton – Wrang the neck out of the
    the Mp4-24, but made some silly mistakes in Monza and Monte Carlo
    3. Sebastian Vettel – Stunningly quick, patches of brilliance, areas of immaturity
    4. Kimi Raikkonen – Kept Ferrari in the fight for 3rd despite car developement being haulted for next season.
    5. Kamui Kobayashi – From Sushi to Gold, showed Roman Grosjean & Nelson Piquit Jr how to drive an F1 car and show up your expierienced team mate. Hope he finds a drive!

    Just for fun – Second Choices – (It was tough not to pick these guys)

    1. Roman Grosjean – Added value for spectators, synchronized spinning at every race.
    2. Heikki Kovalainen – Lewis 6 podiums – Heikki – 0 – Enough said.
    3. Nelson Piquit Jr – R.Grosjean made Nelson look good
    4. Luca Badoar – How not to forefill your Ferrari dream by being 3 seconds off the pace each race and assume you’ll be in the points in Monza.
    5. Kazuki Nakajima – Outshone, outdriven and outhussled by his rookie friend from Japan. P45 – Sign here please.

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  186. maria jose says:

    los 5 mejores pilotos son:
    1.Alonso
    2.Rosberg
    3.Barriquelo
    4.Wettel
    5.Button

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  187. teamworkf1 says:

    1- Kimi Raikkonen
    2- Lewis Hamilton
    3- Kimi Raikkonen
    4- Lewis Hamilton
    5- Heikki Kovalainen

    Total votes:
    0

    1. Ginger says:

      Interesting choice at number 5. Why?

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  188. btjones says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Alonso
    5. Barrichello

    Total votes:
    0

  189. Metin says:

    1.Vettel
    2.Button
    3.Webber
    4.Raikkonen
    5.Kobayashi

    Total votes:
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  190. Stu says:

    Based on your criteria and that we have to guess who you picked.

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Rosberg
    5. Barrichello

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  191. Martin says:

    1: Button
    2: Hamilton
    3: Vettel
    4: Webber
    5: Rosberg

    Total votes:
    0

  192. Mike Pinto says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  193. Steven says:

    My top five would be:

    1. Lewis Hamilton – an amazing season given the dog of a car.
    2. Jenson Button – consistant and showed blinding speed
    3. Vettel – drove well but made some mistakes
    4. Barrichello – didn’t produce the speed when he needed it the most
    5. Raikkonen – drove well in a Ferrari that was not being developed

    Total votes:
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  194. Edward Smith says:

    1.Lewis Hamilton
    2.Seb Vettel
    3.Jenson Button
    4.Nico Rosberg
    5.Kimi Raikkonen

    Total votes:
    0

  195. raffamuffin says:

    My personal top 5 are:

    Button,
    Hamilton,
    Vettel
    Barrachello
    Wehher

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  196. kuilis says:

    Button
    Hami
    Kimi
    Seb
    Rubens

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  197. Sublimeuk says:

    1. Button – You only get to be WC if you are better than the rest

    2. Hamilton – Drove above and beyond the capabilities of his equipment

    3. Vettel – Got much better lap times out of the same car than MW

    4. Sutil – Made the most of his car when he could

    5. Buemi – Quietly consistant

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  198. Phil says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Räikkönen

    Total votes:
    0

  199. SD says:

    1. Button
    2. Raikkonen
    3. Hamilton
    4. Vettel
    5. Rosberg

    Total votes:
    0

  200. Ed says:

    1. Alonso

    2. Hamilton

    3. Vettel

    4 Button

    5. Massa

    Total votes:
    0

  201. Andrew Cecil says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Alonso
    5. Barrichello

    Total votes:
    0

  202. Meeklo says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Vettel
    3. Rubens
    4. Kobi
    5. Button

    Total votes:
    0

  203. Padeepa says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Vettel
    3. Webber
    4. Button
    5. Rosberg

    Total votes:
    0

  204. Nick Tabbal says:

    1 Button
    2 Hamilton
    3 Vettel
    4 Raikonnen
    5 Barichello

    Total votes:
    0

  205. Al (21prods) says:

    In my opinion, considering the three criteria, top five drivers of 2009 would be:

    1. Button (who could expect him to become WDC when Honda pulled out?).
    2. Barrichello (same reasoning, except that he did not make it happen).
    3. Alonso (poor car, incredible he got a podium).
    4. Hamilton (he got to the top as soon as the car got into grips).
    5. Raikkonen (that car seemed undriveable, as Badoer and even Fisichella proved)

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  206. Brian says:

    Jenson Button
    Lewis Hamilton
    Rubens barrichello
    Sebastien Vettel
    Fernando Alonso

    I know in F1 we can never use “IF” Vettel could have comfortably covered Jenson to the tittle had it not been for reliability. Everytime Jenson had a bad race, the Red Bulls did badly apart from reliability headaches.

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  207. Eaun Taylor says:

    1. Jenson Button

    2. Sebastian Vettel

    3. Lewis Hamilton

    4. Rubens Barrichello

    5. Nico Rosberg

    Total votes:
    0

  208. Peter Wright says:

    1. Button
    2. Lewis
    3. Vettel
    4. Kimi
    5. Nico

    Total votes:
    0

  209. Ian Chilton says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  210. FC says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Webber
    5. Alonso

    Total votes:
    0

  211. Peter Williams says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Webber
    5. Barrichello

    Total votes:
    0

  212. Ben Brouard says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Rosberg

    Total votes:
    0

  213. Myles Jee says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Barrichello
    4. Webber
    5. Fisichella

    Total votes:
    0

  214. Adam G says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Rosberg
    3. Vettel
    4. Button
    5. Alonso

    Honourable mention: Raikkonen, Massa, Trulli, Glock

    Total votes:
    0

  215. VV says:

    1. Button.
    2. Vettel.
    3. Hamilton.
    4. Barrichello.
    5. Webber.

    Total votes:
    0

  216. Anthony says:

    -Lewis Hamilton (made the most out of a bad machinery, beat teammate)
    -Jenson Button (high peaks/consistency)
    -Sebastian Vettel (high peaks)
    -Kimi Raikkonen (made the most out of a bad machinery)
    -Nico Rosberg (consistency, beat teammate)

    Total votes:
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  217. Ben says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Alonso

    Total votes:
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  218. Ian Blackwell says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Kimi Raikkonen
    3. Jenson Button
    4. Seb Vettel
    5. Rubens Barrichello

    Honorable mention : Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  219. Ashley Grimshaw says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Webber
    4. Vettel
    5. Barrichello

    Total votes:
    0

  220. Japanese Sage says:

    1 Button
    2 Vettel
    3 Barrichello
    4 Webber
    5 Rosberg

    Special mention for Kobayashi the best new driver in 2009. I am pleased he has found a new career following his one off role in “The Usual Suspects”

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    0

  221. Rich Cooper says:

    My top 5 are as follows..

    1st Lewis Hamilton – that car was a dog & he never gave up, he was on the limit & over it.His best season so far

    2 = Jenson Button – a tale of two half seasons, the first half was sublime, the second the pressure got to him in quali, however he did two great races to end the year .

    2 = Sebastian Vettel – very consistant , apart from a couple of errors because his lack of experience.

    4th Mark Webber – His best season yet & two fine wins, especially when you consider his health at the beggining of the year.He wil be stronger next year

    5th Barrichello – Once he caught up to Jenson in mid season he was match for anyone.

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  222. Paul says:

    1. Hamilton – overcame the worst possible start to the year to destroy his team mate and stay ahead of the development of a donkey to turn it into a 2 time race winner.

    2. Vettel – So fast when on it, needs that final polish to be a great.

    3. Button – Grasped the once in a lifetime opportunity with both hands, then overcame the nerves to haul himself out of a slump that would have broken a lesser character.

    4. Webber – lifted himself to a higher level, because he had to. Kept Vettel honest all year.

    5. Raikkonen – Generally brought it home higher then his grid slot until development tailed off in the last 3rd of the season. Would love to see him recapture the win or bust spirt of Imola & Nurburgring 2005.

    Barrichello & Alonso did well but not enough to make this top 5.

    Honerable mention to Rosberg, Glock, Kubica & Hiedfeld for keeping the head down and pushing for some, little or no reward.

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    0

  223. Paul says:

    1 Hamilton
    2 Button
    3 Vettel
    4 Barrichello
    5 Rosberg

    Total votes:
    0

  224. Brian Parkin says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Seb Vettel
    4. Niko Rosberg
    5. Mark Webber

    Total votes:
    0

  225. Paul says:

    1 Hamilton
    2 Button
    3 Vettel
    4 Barrichello
    5 Rosberg

    :-)

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    0

  226. muckymuck says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Rosberg

    I wanted to say Hamilton first since he’s shown he can take a mediocre car and do something with it (Heikki didn’t do much with the same car). But end of the day I think Button deserves first – even during the 2nd half he made some key moves to keep the points coming.

    Total votes:
    0

  227. R. Adams says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Weber

    Total votes:
    0

  228. Michael says:

    1. Jenson Button – won the World Championship. Had a brilliant start and was consistent enough when the other cars caught up in development.
    2. Kimi Raikkonen – Once Felipe was injured he was the go to guy at Ferrari. He was able to drive a car that lacked pace and was not being developed but still managed podium finishes.
    3. Sebastien Vettel – A bit inconsistent but still when he was on he was on and drove the heck out of the car. Even when he was in engine damage limitation mode he still pushed the car hard and never gave up.
    4. Fernando Alonso – The car was a dog all year but he managed to squeeze that car into the points more than expected.
    5. Rubens – Impressed with his attitude of not wanting to take a back seat to Button and push to the very end and stay in the title hunt.

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    0

  229. Phillip Horton says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Webber
    5. Raikkonen

    Total votes:
    0

  230. Robert says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Jenson Button
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Kimi Raikkonen
    5. Rubens Barrichello

    Total votes:
    0

  231. John says:

    1. Button
    2. Rosberg
    3. Vettel
    4. Hamilton
    5. Raikkonnen

    Total votes:
    0

  232. Joe Williams says:

    1. Button – consistency when required and some great drives when possible.

    2. Vettel – put in some brilliant performances, shame about the engines.

    3. Hamilton – pulled a decent season out of a horrible start.

    4. Barrichello – got fire in his belly and took the fight to Button.

    5. Kobayashi – balls the size of melons.

    Total votes:
    0

  233. Alias says:

    1. Raikkonen
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Button
    5. Massa

    Since Mclaren’s big turn around in Germany, Raikkonen has managed to only score 2 points less then Hamilton, that is quite a feat if you consider the car he was driving. But throughout the year Hamilton and Raikkonen really stands out as the only drivers who consistently placed their cars in places it didn’t belong. Raikkonen pips Hamilton because he didn’t make any mistakes while doing so. But they where really the stand out drivers of the season.

    Vettel had a good season for his age and experience, but he still made a few mistakes. However he was very fast. Button had a good year especially in the beginning of the season, he looses out to Vettel because of Vettel’s level of experience and youth. Barrichello also did a very good job for a veteran. But Massa was really doing well with no mistakes, until his unfortunate accident.

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  234. Japanese Sage says:

    Button
    Vettel
    Barrichello
    Webber
    Rosberg

    New driver of the year Kobayashi, pleased he finally has a new career following his role in “The Usual Suspects”

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  235. Pete says:

    1. Jenson
    2. Rubens
    3. Hamilton
    4. Webber
    5. Vettel

    I don’t know really…but if I start to doubt whether I’m going to win, can I request a “huissier de justice”?

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  236. Curro says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Rosberg
    4. Hamilton
    5. Barrichello

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  237. Craig says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Sebastien Vettel
    4. Nico Rosberg
    5. Kimi Raikkonen

    Special mentions:

    If Kobayashi is making Sushi next year it will be a shame for F1, he deserves a chance.

    Well done Barrichello for his epic performances this year.

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  238. Graham says:

    1. Button

    2. Hamilton

    3. Vettel

    4. Ruebens

    5. Alonso

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  239. Gavin Bayliss says:

    1. Badoer
    2. Nakajima
    3. Kovalainen
    4. Hamilton
    5. Grosjean

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  240. Pedro Andrade says:

    1- Button
    2- Hamilton
    3- Vettel
    4- Barrichello
    5- Raikkonen

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  241. Micheál Breen says:

    Hi James. I’ve read this blog several times a day all season but I’ve never left a comment before. I want to thank you for what has been an amazing resource. This blog is much more insightful than any other online coverage and beats the television and specialist coverage of F1 as far as I’m concerned!

    My Top 5

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Rosberg
    5. Raikkonen

    I also must make it clear that until this season I didn’t particularly rate Lewis. His inherent speed has been clear from his first race in 2007 but his first two years he was blessed with an amazing car and made plenty of mistakes. The way he bounced back from Liargate this year and wrestled a dog of a McLaren to poles and victories it really didn’t deserve impressed me tremendously. I also think he has grown as a man and I think he will very hard to beat in 2010. Je

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  242. adrian says:

    1. Button

    and then no-one else really shone, this year. In the best cars, Vettel and Barichello made a lot of silly mistakes. Webber was outshone by Vettel and had some really lacklustre races. Hamilton, I still fail to be particularly impressed with – he had some good races but he had some really scruffy ones as well. By the second half of the season, the Maclaren was top-3 cars and it some circuits probably the best car.

    2. Raikkonen (very decent performance particularly in the second half of the season in a Ferrari that seems to have been horrible to drive).

    3. Kubica (outshone a truly awful BMW – in Brazil especially – and never threw his prams out of the basket)

    4. Vettel (haphazard, but some dominating performances)

    5. Barricello (kept pressure on Button especially with v. good quali, but race performances seldom matched up to qualifying)

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  243. Yos says:

    Hello james here is my top five list, but i wish i could put joint third Hamy and Raiko and joint fourth Rosberg and Webber with Rubens 5th.

    Vettel
    Button
    Hamilton
    Raikonen
    Rosberg

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  244. Richard Bell says:

    1. Button – Won the most races, scored points every race he finished and overtook more than anyone. Buckled under qualifying in the later races but never through it off the road and always raced well.
    2. Vettel – Made the mistakes that cost big points unlike Button but drove like a future champion.
    3. Lewis – Dragged the car further up the grid than it deserved to be proving he’s still the best. Stuffing it Monaco and Italy didn’t stick with his “I’m going to cut out the mistakes” promise he made at the season start though.
    4. Rubens – Too slow at the start of the year and made mistakes, but being in such good form after 17 years he deserves a big trophy.
    5. Webber – Finally a winner, stood up to Vettel well, could put him 4th but Ruben’s got it because is such a nice smiley chap I don’t want to disappoint him

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  245. BRIAN says:

    1. HAM
    2.BUTTON
    3.KIMI
    4.VETTEL
    5.ROSBERG

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  246. Chris says:

    Hi,

    My 5 drivers are:
    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Rosberg
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Vettel

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  247. Antoine says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Jenson Button
    4. Fernando Alonso
    5. Rubens Barrichello

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  248. Hezla says:

    Button
    Vettel
    Kimi
    Hamilton
    Rosberg

    Just under top 5
    Rubens
    Webber

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  249. Josh says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3.Vettel
    4.Webber
    5. Barrichello

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  250. Oddur Jonasson says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Jenson Button
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Rubens Barrichello
    5. Fernando Alonso

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  251. Seb says:

    1° Lewis Hamilton
    2° Jenson Button
    3° Sebastian Vettel
    4° Rubens Barrichello
    5° Nico Rosberg

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  252. Paul McEvoy says:

    (1)Hamilton- true defending champion despite poor car in early season
    (2)Vettel- some mistakes but awesome, the new shumi.
    (3)Alonso- rang the neck of midfield car, one of the greats.
    (4)Button- made most of early car advantage but showed cracks in middle season, Brazil excepted!
    (5)Rosberg- Williams will miss him big time, better than his dad!

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  253. holguin30 says:

    1 Button, super consistent and incredibly fast in the rain, plus the best overtaker

    2 Hamilton, Bad car great performances, just ask Kovalainen

    3 Fisichella, very small team, continually punched above its weight

    4 Sutil, will be a world champion one day

    5 kovayashi, very exiting to watch

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  254. Rich Gibbons says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Webber
    5. Barrichello

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  255. Elliott says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

    I have enjoyed the blog immensely all season James, many thanks!

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  256. Frank says:

    Following your criteria the order has to be:

    Jenson Button
    Sebastian Vettel
    Lewis Hamilton
    Rubens Barrichello
    Kimi Räikkönen

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  257. Pat says:

    No seriously

    1) Button
    (Made the most of his car when it was quickest, scored points in every round when it wasn’t & he wasn’t punted off in – then recovered from a disastrous qualifying session & put it behind him to produce a World Class drive in Brazil gaining 9 places with some great overtaking manoeuvres when it mattered to win the WDC)

    2) Hamilton
    (Kept his head down when his car was poop focussed with the team on putting it right then outscored every one in the second half of the season)

    3) Vettel
    (We forget how young this driver is – 2nd in WDC although Monaco & Turkey blotted his copy book)

    4) Webber
    (Showed great character and steel to recover from his broken leg off-season and put in some stealthy drives to regularly appaear very near the front at the end of races)

    5)Rosberg
    Scored all of Williams’ points in a car that wasn’t really up to it season.

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  258. Chris Leonard says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Sutil
    5. Webber

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  259. Thomas says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Rosberg
    5. Webber

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  260. randy says:

    best drivers of 09 1 button 2 vettel 3 webber 4 hamilton 5 barrichello 6 raikkonen

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  261. Frederik says:

    1) Button
    2) Vettel
    3) Hamilton
    4) Raikkonen
    5) Rosberg

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  262. Gavin Cameron says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hamilton
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Button

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  263. Josh says:

    1. Button, 6 wins out of 7 races, scored in every race except Spa when he was punted out. Even took the championship, eventually and agonisingly.
    2. Vettel, took to the big team seat fantastically with 4 race wins and 8 podiums. Stunning pace at Silverstone and Suzuka.
    3. Lewis Hamilton, matured from an arrogant child to a hard fighting winner in only half a season. Two very well deserved wins for team and driver.
    4. Raikkonen, patient second half of the season performance in a car that was clearly very difficult to race and prematurely finished being developed. The only race he stood any chance of winning, he won.
    5. Barrichello, out paced by JB for most of the season but beat him when it mattered in Monza. Race pace was inconsistent but he still squeezed the championship out until the penultimate race. Scored plenty of points.

    Best of the rest: Webber, 2 well deserved wins but spent too much of the season behind his team mate. Performances like Suzuka made you wonder where Vettel found so much speed that Webber missed.

    Highly Commended: Rosberg, missed out on early season opportunity with a double diff car but persevered and clearly matured to collect a great points haul. He should do well at Mercedes.

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  264. Andrew says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Vettel
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Hamilton
    5. Button

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  265. C. Rodriguez says:

    1. Jenson button
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Mark Webber
    5. Rubens Barrichello

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  266. Demetrios says:

    James,

    first off, kudos on your website and the material you post. Your insight, commentary and overall content of your website is outstanding. I read your posts daily, whether in-season or off-season.

    My top-5 drivers for 2009 are:

    1. Kimi – 38 2nd-half points only 2nd to Lewis, and in a car w/out any developments in last 4-5 races; 1 amazing race win at Spa where RBR was supposed to dominate
    2. Lewis – 40 2nd-half points, 2 race wins; inspired McLaren team to not give up and continue development of car … and it paid off
    3. Alonso – 26 points in a crappy car all season borders on the miraculous
    4. Nico – in the points in 11 of 17 races; no DNFs (even Lewis in the reliable Mclaren had one)
    5. Heidfeld – 19 points in a crappy car, of which 13 came in the last 6 races, after the team had announced their withdrawal from F1; now that’s a fighting spirit !

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  267. Andrew says:

    Given the criteria, I’m going to have to go with:

    1) Vettel — consistent (outside the first two races), amazingly fast, and made the most of a good car.

    2) Button — obviously a good driver no matter what he’s driving, but too inconsistent to take the number one spot.

    3) Alonso — continues to show why, no matter how much I want to dislike him, he gets my respect.

    4) Hamilton — as many others have pegged: seems to have grown as a driver and made the most out of a mediocre ride.

    5) Barichello — Suddenly 36 doesn’t feel that old.

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  268. Rob says:

    1 – Alonso
    2 – Vettel
    3 – Raikkonen
    4 – Hamilton
    5 – Badoer :-) ok ok… Rosberg

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  269. Roonmastor says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Rosberg
    5. Webber

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  270. Stephen says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Barrichello
    4. Vettel
    5. Webber

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  271. Alexr says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Raikkonen

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  272. Shagrathian says:

    1 – Jenson Button – Won the WDC. That’s good enough.
    2 – Lewis Hamilton – Brilliant performace with such a slow car. Also getting better and better.
    3 – Sebestian Vettel – Fast but inconsistent.
    4 – Nico Rosberg – Consistent.
    5 – Kimi Raikkonen – Consistent performance with a poor car. But I believe if Felipe had been continue to race, he would’ve outperformed Kimi.

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  273. Brendan Shanks says:

    1. Button – it seems so long ago, but he dominated the first third of the season, and made it good at the end to win WDC
    2. Hamilton – absolutely made the most of his car, even if he didn’t get points for it (Monza, Abu Dhabi)
    3. Vettel – first teammate to outshine Webber, and had a strong finish despite engine woes
    4. Barrichello – figured out his brake problem and showed he still had the will for a championship fight
    5. Raikkonen – his string of podiums and wins in a lousy car while single-handedly leading Ferrari were classic Iceman

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  274. pete says:

    1 Hamilton
    2 Vettle
    3 Button
    4 Rosberg
    5 Massa

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  275. KORraN says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Raikkonen

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  276. chaostheory says:

    1. Kimi Raikkonen – loved his driving in Spa, Monza and Brazil;
    2. S. Vettel – young, raw talent; interesting to watch him growing as a driver – without any controversies like in Hamilton case;
    3. Rubens Barrichello – watching him winning in Valencia with dedication to Massa – very moving 😉
    4. Lewis Hamilton – did a great job all year (except Australia, lets forget about that) – whether his car was bad or very good. He was annoying as a person in 2007 – 2008 but is wiser now…
    5. Jenson Button – for his 6 wins & a title he needs to be here, but he is lifeless to me as a driver…

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  277. sunama says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Raikonnen
    4. Vettel
    5. Barrichello

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  278. Race1 says:

    1) Hamilton – Struggled with the worst McLaren for a long time
    2) Alonso – Demonstrated time and time again his talents both in and out the car!
    3) Button – He did have to win those races!
    4) Vettel – Coming of Age year?
    5) Raikkonen – He OWNS Spa!

    As for worst? – Piquet Jr…

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  279. Rob Thorpe says:

    Hmm, difficult one isn’t it when everyone’s not in the same car… :)

    Before I come up with my order I’d have to say this season I was impressed with Hamilton after the Malaysian grand prix when he really put his head down and got on with things.

    Also Rosberg, Vettel and Barichello did very well despite all of them making some mistakes. Of course, Raikkonen did well in an underdeveloped car, and a couple of the Toyota drivers put in some good performances.

    But I’d have to give full marks to Button for doing what was necessary under a lot of pressure and some great overtaking moves all season.

    My top 5 for 2009, is therefore:

    1 – Button
    2 – Vettel
    3 – Hamilton
    4 – Barrichello
    5 – Raikkonon

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  280. Patrick Caselli says:

    1. Hamilton (can drive anything)
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello (bad, bad temper)
    5. Webber (blocking twice is always better than once)

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  281. Thomas says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Nico Roberg
    4. Kimi Räikkönen
    5. Lewis Hamilton

    Button is my top pick because he was world champ, because he did some super driving both in the fastest car and when the car was slower than others.

    Sebastian was just so dominant at times. I would put Lewis up there instead if not for his poorer start to the season and the liegate scandal.

    Nico has just been super consistent over the year. Should perhaps have accomplished more in the earlier races with the third-forth fastest car, but his stock should be high after this season.

    Kimi seems to have lost his edge over Massa somewhat – but then again we could question whether there ever was an edge. No doubt he found something when his teammate was injured, and really hit an impressiv run of form in the second part of the season. If he’d kept that form in the first part he would be my number 1.

    Lastly Lewis. Impressive perhaps, but not as much as Kimi. The McLaren was slower than the Ferrari in Melbourne, but they did a lot more development over the season and ended with one of the fastest two cars. Liegate was a big black mark for him, one that seems easy forgotten after a couple wins.

    Honorable mention to Rubens, who still got it, and Nick Heidfelt who I would love to see in a Mercedes next year.

    un-honorable mention to Sutil who in his 3rd(?) season still hasnt figured out F1.

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  282. Vinay says:

    1. Vettel – Should have won the GDC. but for the extremely strong Brawn in the first part.

    2. Button – For holding his own

    3. Hamilton – Making the most of a bad car

    4. Barrichello – For keeping up the pressure on Button

    5. Kimi – For being the most consistent in the later part of the season with a dog of a car

    6. Webber

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  283. Tarek says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Raikkonen
    3. Alonso
    4. Vettel
    5. Button

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  284. Pat says:

    No seriously

    1) Button
    (Made the most of his car when it was quickest, scored points in every round it wasn’t & he wasn`t punted off in – Then recovered from a disasterous qualifying session by putting it behind him & putting in a World Class performance when it mattered gaining 9 places with some great overtaking manouveres to win the F1 WDC).

    2) Hamilton
    (Kept his head down when his car was poop focussed with the team on putting it right then outscored every one in the second half of the season)

    3) Vettel
    (We forget how young this driver is – 2nd in WDC although Monaco & Turkey blotted his cop book).

    4) Webber
    (Showed great character and steel to recover from his broken leg off season and put in some stealthy drives to regularly pop-up very near the front at the end of races).

    5) Rosberg
    (Single handedly scored all of Williams` points in a car that wasn`t really up to it this year).

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  285. Alex M says:

    1 – Hamilton
    2 – Kimi
    3 – Vettel
    4 – Button
    5 – Alonso

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  286. David Faria says:

    1. Jensen Button – Stunning first half of the season, got things done when he had the opportunity. Despite the fact he couldn’t qualify in the second half of the season he still raced like a world champion in what was no longer the fastest car on the grid.

    2. Kimi Raikkonen – Start of the season wasn’t as dire as everyone seems to suggest, Monaco weekend standing out. Then dragged a car which was getting no better whilst all the others improved to four successive podiums and a great win at Spa.

    3. Lewis Hamilton – Some incredible highs, combined with some lows. Raced very well getting back to winning ways in Hungary and Singapore but also stuck it in the wall at Monza.

    4. Sebastian Vettel – Very fast and did well to keep championship challenge going as long as he did, but some crucial mistakes when Button was making none arguably cost him the championship.

    5. Fernando Alonso – Very frustrating year for the former champ, quietly did his best all year round but couldn’t drag an outstanding performance out a poor car in quite the way Kimi or Lewis managed.

    Rubens just misses out because of early season errors, and lack or race pace.

    Nico’s errors cost him dear, unlike Rubens his race pace was superb.

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  287. Tom - Australia says:

    I’m going for the booby prize!

    1: Luca Bad Slower
    2: Sebastien Bored Hey
    3: Piquet Jr (the Piquet name is an insult in itslef)
    4: Roaming Grosjean
    5: Heck he’s Slowerthaniam

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  288. 1.Lewis Hamilton
    2.Jenson Button
    3.Sebastian Vettel
    4.Rubens Barrichello
    5.Fernando Alonso

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  289. Alper Bozkurt says:

    My top 5 are:

    1-Jenson Button
    2-Lewis Hamilton
    3-Sebastian Vettel
    4-Nico Rosberg
    5-Mark Webber

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  290. Pat says:

    Apologies if you have this already my browser crashed as i hit he submit button last time.

    1) Button
    (Made the most of his car when it was quickest, scored points in every round it wasn’t & he wasn`t punted off in – Then recovered from a disasterous qualifying session by putting it behind him & putting in a World Class performance when it mattered gaining 9 places with some great overtaking manouveres to win the F1 WDC).

    2) Hamilton
    (Kept his head down when his car was poop focussed with the team on putting it right then outscored every one in the second half of the season)

    3) Vettel
    (We forget how young this driver is – 2nd in WDC although Monaco & Turkey blotted his cop book).

    4) Webber
    (Showed great character and steel to recover from his broken leg off season and put in some stealthy drives to regularly pop-up very near the front at the end of races).

    5) Rosberg
    (Single handedly scored all of Williams` points in a car that wasn`t really up to it this year).

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  291. Pat says:

    1) Button
    (Made the most of his car when it was quickest, scored points in every round it wasn’t & he wasn`t punted off in – Then recovered from a disasterous qualifying session by putting it behind him & putting in a World Class performance when it mattered gaining 9 places with some great overtaking manouveres to win the F1 WDC).

    2) Hamilton
    (Kept his head down when his car was poop focussed with the team on putting it right then outscored every one in the second half of the season)

    3) Vettel
    (We forget how young this driver is – 2nd in WDC although Monaco & Turkey blotted his cop book).

    4) Webber
    (Showed great character and steel to recover from his broken leg off season and put in some stealthy drives to regularly pop-up very near the front at the end of races).

    5) Rosberg
    (Single handedly scored all of Williams` points in a car that wasn`t really up to it this year).

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  292. StaffsSteve says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Nico Rosberg
    5. Rubens Barrichello

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  293. Matt B says:

    Button
    Hamilton
    Vettel
    Barrichello
    Kobayashi*

    ok – only 2 races but he made much more of an impact than any of the other new drivers

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  294. Lin Morris says:

    My Top 5:

    1) Jenson Button – I still don’t think he’s in the same league as Hamilton, Alonso & Raikkonen but this season saw the best driving in his F1 career along with a really decent car.

    2) Sebastian Vettel – a few mistakes here and there but still plenty of good driving with probably the best car on the grid overall.

    3) Kimi Raikkonen – I’ve chosen Kimi over Hamilton purely because the Ferrari was absolute garbage all year but he still drove the hell out of it!

    4) Lewis Hamilton – rubbish first half with a bad car but drove his heart out 2nd half. He’s great to watch.

    5) Rubens Barrichello – The fire’s still not gone out, he’s a racer through and through.

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  295. Richard Rothrock says:

    My top 5 drivers in the following order:

    Rubens Barrichello
    Sebastian Vettel
    Lewis Hamilton
    Jenson Button
    Mark Webber

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  296. 1) Alonso
    2) Hamilton
    3) Vettel
    4) Rosberg
    5) Button

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  297. Dan Staisey says:

    1. Kimi Raikkonen
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Robert Kubica
    5. Fernando Alonso

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  298. Enzo says:

    1. Jenson
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5- Rosberg

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  299. Patrik Beyls says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Mark Webber
    4. Lewis Hamilton
    5. Fernando Alonso

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  300. MIKE LEA says:

    OK my top 5

    1. Hamilton: has demonstrated, in my opinion, that he is the quickest driver in F1 and his drives this season were excellent. Exploited KERS very well.

    2. Alonso: the Renault was a dog, but he still hauled it into the top 10 qualifying regularly and would have nabbed a few more podiums but for poor reliability. A class act.

    3. Vettel: made a few mistakes, but given his lack of experience, he did a blinding job and destroyed Webber in qualifying, pretty impressive.

    4. Button: excellent when the car was the class of the field and maxed it out. Was far less impressive when the car dropped off the pace a bit, but his drive in Brazil was outstanding. Poor qualifying let him down too often, though.

    5. Raikkonen: In terms of pure pace, I reckon he might be as fast as anyone in F1, Hamilton perhaps ahead. He put in some stunning drives in a Ferrari that wasn’t shown much love by the development team. His laid-back, anti-PR persona also provided endless laughs! He should be in a top car next year…….

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  301. Trone says:

    1 Button: Flawless during the first half of the season, good, smart and lucky enough during the second half.

    2 Räikkönen: Despite the awful car and high-level politics to smoke him out, top performer since the team shifted its focus on him.

    3 Vettel: With a little bit more patience, flawlessness and car reliability, he would have won the title.

    4 Hamilton: Kept the spirit high when the car was the worst ever in his career, delivered the goods during the second half of the season.

    5 Rosberg: Outperformed his teammate and showed consistency, although he did not excel quite as much as he could have.

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  302. Ryan Hinds says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Fernando Alonso
    5. Timo Glock

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  303. Craig Welker says:

    1 Button
    2 Hamilton
    3 Vettel
    4 Barrichello
    5 Raikkonen

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  304. Edward Mackenzie says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Lewis Hamilton
    4. Rubens Barrichello
    5. Kimi Raikkonen

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  305. Kurt S. says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Alonso
    5. Raikkonen

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  306. Paul says:

    Badoer
    Bourdais
    Grojean
    Piquet
    Fisi

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  307. 1. Hamilton
    2. Barrichello
    3. Button
    4. Webber
    5. Vettel

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  308. Mercy says:

    1. Button
    2. Rosberg
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Raikkonen

    Vettel is close but made too many mistakes for me…. I hope I’m close to James’ choices! 😉

    As they say, great minds think alike!

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  309. Stephen Gardner says:

    My order for 2009 is;

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Hamilton
    4. Rosberg
    5. Raikkonen

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  310. 1)button : blistering perfect start and finished the championship in brazil with a stormer.
    2)kimi : fantasic run of rusults in a car they stopped developing while putting up with an uncertain future.
    3)vettel : poor engine and reliability hampered his charge
    4)hamilton : matured as a driver on and off track and will be stronger for it
    5)barichello :found a new goove and delivered, shame about the poor start to the season

    now james about that book……

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  311. John MacMicking says:

    Mine are:

    Hamilton
    Webber
    Vettel
    Rosberg
    Alonso

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  312. Michael Kind says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Rosberg

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  313. Eric says:

    1. Hamilton – The most consistent when you account for the fact he was driving a bad car. He absolutely maximised his machinery on every occasion. He also had the highest peaks and won twice in not the fastest car.

    2. Button – Very consistent and maximised the performance of the car when he needed to to get the job done. Fluffed it a bit too much at the end of the season to beat Lewis as the best driver.

    3. Vettel – Very high peaks but some needless mistakes and he wasn’t that consistent. His mistakes differ from Hamilton’s because in Lewis’s case, he was pushing a bad car to maximise the rewards – Vettel didn’t need to push as hard, and should have been more mindful of the long championship.

    4. Raikkonen – His second half of the season was very impressive. Arguably as impressive as Lewis’s. He won in not the fastest car at Spa and consistently drove well in the remaining races. He also DID drive well at the start of the season. Remember Monaco and Ferrari’s first points?

    5. Alonso – The hardest of the bunch to pick but he clearly maximised the bad Renault package, drove very well all year and exceptionally well in Singapore. Comparison to his team mate’s performance shows where the car should have roughly been…

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  314. Qiang says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Vettel
    3. Webber
    4. Koboyashi
    5. Kubica

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  315. Ross Dixon says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

    Total votes:
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  316. Roger says:

    1 Vettel
    2 Button
    3 Hamilton
    4 Rosberg
    5 Raikkonen

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  317. Christian Romby says:

    1: Hamilton
    2: Alonso
    3: Button
    4: Vettel
    5: Kimi

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  318. Steve W says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

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  319. Richard says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Rosberg

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  320. James Nicholson says:

    1st – Jenson Button
    2nd – Sebastien Vettel
    3rd – Lewis Hamilton
    4th – Mark Webber
    5th – Rubens Barrichello

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  321. Arya says:

    1) Sebastian Vettel- He showed immaturity on occassions, he showed impetuousness. But he showed a lot of class, oodles of attitude and loads of craft. His impetuses might have cost him the title but Sebastian has trully arrived. Laying Webber to waste in qualifiers speaks a volume for the talent of this man.

    2) Jenson Button- You can’t ignore the WDC and that gets him a place here.
    3) Lewis Hamilton- As many issues as I might have with him, I can’t deny the performance of this guy. He was sublime in second half of the season. Only blip has to be him requesting to quit the race.
    4) Mark Webber- Rotten luck doesn’t seem to have left Webbo completely. Apart from couple of mediocre performances, he was very good. Abu Dhabi will be a testimony to it. He incurred few stupid penalties though.
    5) Kimi Raikkonen- I just feel Ferrari fired him at a wrong time. He was outstanding in 2nd half of the season.

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  322. jw1980 says:

    1-Button
    2-Vettel
    3-Hamilton
    4-Webber
    5-Barrichello

    James,

    a challenge I would like to set you would be to name your top 10 drivers of the decade. Very difficult to give a top 10 of all time but for the decade it should be easier as direct comparisons in most cases can be made.
    In my opinion 1 and 2 would be easy (Schumacher and Alonso) but thereafter it gets harder. Hamilton is right up there but has only raced in three seasons. Likewise Hakkinen’s greatest years were in the previous decade whilst the best of Vettel is surely yet to come.
    This would make an excellent report in the run up to Christmas and I am sure other readers would enjoy this one.

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  323. Dani says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Rosberg
    3. Button
    4. Alonso
    5. Webber

    Note: Hamilton DSQ from contention due to lie-gate

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  324. J. R. says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Rubens Barrichello
    4. Mark Weber
    5. Adrian Sutil

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  325. John says:

    1. Jenson Button – world champion, more overtakse in one season that most have in one career

    2. Lewis Hamilton – put the lying scandal crap behind him, overcame a poor car to win repeatedly

    3. Sebastian Vettel – were it not for Red Bull’s engine reliability, we may have had a different WDC. Freakishly fast and amazing in the wet.

    4. Rubens Barrichello – consistently out-qualified his teammate and rejuvinated his career with two popular wins.

    5. Mark Webber – won his first two career races, and played the “Barrichello” to Vetel’s “Schumacher” just fine, as the more consistent elder of the duo. May have been higher in my list if it weren’t for some poor qualifying performances.

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  326. DC says:

    1. Raikkonen
    2. Vettel
    3. Button
    4. Hamilton
    5. Barrichello

    I know these won’t be James’ picks, but I’d rather say my opinion vs. going for the book. Sorry, James.

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    1. James Allen says:

      Good for you. No problem

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  327. Dulait says:

    It’s all too easy to forget Button’s sublime start to the campaign where he was utterly dominant, and for that reason he tops the pile for me

    1. Jenson Button

    2. Fernando Alonso

    3. Sebastian Vettel

    4. Lewis Hamilton

    5. Nico Rosberg

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  328. Keith says:

    1. Button – when all is said and done he won the championship. Nobody gave it to him. Still the smoothest driver in the paddock.

    2. Hamilton – a dog of a car to begin with. Fantastic skill later in the season.

    3. Vettel – The brilliance of an upstart.

    4. Alonso – Beginning to really see what all the fuss is about. Cant wait to see what he does at Ferrari

    5. Webber – Considering he almost didn’t start the season, he’s a consistent battler with lots of raw talent.

    Honourable mentions should go to Barrichello, Glock and Kobayashi

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  329. Chantel says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton.
    He started the season with a horrendously slow car, mid season he turned things around, whereas Heikki in the same car still wasn’t able to compete. In the second half of the season he won more point than any other driver.

    2. Sebastian Vettel.
    He was very unlucky this season, but still remained in contention until the penultimate race.

    3. Koybayshi.
    The only rookie that drove like he deserved to be there.

    4. Rubens Barichello.
    His chances of winning the Championship were effected by Brawn politics.

    5. Heidfeld.
    Just making up numbers

    Jenson doesn’t make the list as he completely lost his nerve after the first opening wins. He won the Championship because he was in the best car, not because he’s a great driver.

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  330. Matthew W says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Sebastian Vettell
    3. Jenson Button
    4. Rubens Barichello
    5. Mark Webber

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  331. Nathan Johno says:

    1 Webber – some amazing driving moments this season
    2 Button – Great start to the season but was lacking a bit later on
    3 Vettel – very quick, with more maturity will be world champion
    4 Hamilton, his car let him down this year but he also made silly mistakes that are simply driver error
    5 Barrichello – A bit of a dream season for him, closer then he’s been for a long time to winning he championship, very consistent.

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  332. Chris says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Lewis Hamilton
    4. Mark Webber
    5. Kimi Raikkonen

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  333. Jameson says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

    Without the engine problems, I believe Vettel would have been the WDC–he was only 12 points shy.

    Button did a stellar job in the first half of the year, and, save one DNF, he consistently scored points at every race.

    What an utterly impressive performance in a midfield car this season from Hamilton. Top notch.

    Barrichello out qualified Button throughout most of the year, but couldn’t translate it into more race wins due to a few errors and bad luck. I believe he was more than integral in getting the car setup.

    Webber did great work with the Red Bull this year. Only two retirements, and one “testing” session. There were a few sketchy moments from him–the side swipe of Barrichello being one of them.

    Runner up. Raikkonen. I love the guy, and I felt bad for him being stuck in half a car all the while being pushed out of the door by Ferrari. It was classy of him to just race–like he always does.

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  334. Tim says:

    1. Button.

    2. Vettel

    3. Hamilton

    4. Webber

    5. Barrichello

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  335. Daniel says:

    1) Button
    2) Vettel
    3) Hamilton
    4) Barichello
    5) Raikonen

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  336. Maria says:

    Vettel
    Button
    Kimi Raikkonen
    Rubens
    Webber

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  337. jon smith says:

    1.hamilton 2.raikonnen 3.albers 4.vettel 5.kobleasi

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  338. Bob says:

    1. Button- you don’t win 6 races and the WDC without being number 1.
    2.Vettel- I think this is close between Hamilton and Vettel. Both drove quite well, Vettel just had better machinery.
    3. Hamilton- anytime the car was close he would run up front. Should have won a 3rd race
    4. Barrichello- ran strong in the second half and was a legitimate threat to his teammate. May have won had his brakes been sorted sooner.
    5. Raikkonen- he had a hard year- the car was way behind to start, and just when they had Ferrari closed the gap a bit, they pulled the plug.

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  339. Aaron James says:

    1. Vettel – gotta remember how young he is, and how awful that Renault engine was to him. Had he been driving with a Mercedes engine it would have been a very different year.
    2. Hamilton – so many standout drives in an uncompetitive car. Annihilated his teammate.
    3. Button – won the championship, in the season’s (overall) fastest car. Didn’t do it with much style, but he did it. Which is something few drivers have managed.
    4. Barrichello – extremely underrated. At 37 years of age, the level of his performance, particularly when Brawn lost the advantage its early adoption of the double diffuser offered was very high. His experience setting up the car, ironically, probably helped Button to his title.
    5. Massa. Not Raikkonen? I think it’s telling that Raikkonen suddenly looked great when Massa wasn’t there to be benchmarked against. Read that again. Benchmarked *against* Massa? Who’d have wagered on that in 2007?

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  340. Damien says:

    My top 5 for the season are:

    1. Kimi Raikkonen, drove a dog of a car the whole season. Seemingly the only guy who could drive it

    2. Jenson Button, although he had the best car early, he done what he had to do and finished the season statistically a better world champion than Lewis Hamilton

    3. Sebastian Vettel, a year of some sheer brilliant drives with the odd mistake. We can only wonder if the title battle was lost because of Red Bull’s Renault engines.

    4. Lewis Hamilton, in same situation as Kimi but McLaren continued to develop the car the whole season and finished the year with arguably the best car on the grid.

    5. Sebastian Buemi, may be a surprising choice, but the guy is super talented and finished the year with more points than Adrian Sutil who had a car capable of pole positions while Buemi had probably the worst car on the grid.

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  341. 1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Webber
    5. Raikkonen

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  342. Mav says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Barrichello

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  343. Alex Thompson says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Vettel
    3. Webber
    4. Button
    5. Raikkonen

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  344. Neil Williams says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Alonso

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  345. CARLYS says:

    1. raikkonen
    2. kimi
    3. kimi raikkonen
    4. iceman
    5. james hunt

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  346. Rachel W says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Jenson Button
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Mark Webber
    5. Kimi Raikkonen

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  347. Russell Hales says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Webber
    5. Raikkonen

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  348. Amritraj says:

    1.Vettel
    2.Button
    3.Hamilton
    4.Rosberg
    5.Raikkonen

    Dropping Webber and Barrichello as they finished nowhere near their team-mates in equal machinery.

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  349. Oliver Binder says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Rosberg

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  350. Peppers says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

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  351. Peter says:

    1. Vettel – considering age, experience
    2. Kimi – poor car, 4xtimes winner in Spa!
    3. Webber – coming back from injury
    4. Button – great guy in a great car, but still to prove stardom
    5. Hamilton – good drives if the car was good or the best, still big mistakes

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  352. Nathan Smith says:

    1) jenson button
    2) lewis Hamilton
    3) seb vettel
    4) mark webber
    5) kimi raikkonen

    James, long time reader, first time poster. Love your blog, and miss your commentary. You always got far too much stick for it, but how people are eating their words now!

    Will be ordering your book soon. 2009, what a year.

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    1. James Allen says:

      Thanks very much for that, Nathan. We’ll be going right through the winter here on JA on F1

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  353. haman says:

    jenson
    lewis
    vetel
    ruben
    kobayashi

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  354. Conor Bevan says:

    1 Jenson
    2 Vettel
    3 Rubens
    4 Lewis
    5 Webber

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  355. arthur larner says:

    my selection

    1 button

    2 hamilton

    3 barrichello

    4 vettel

    5 webber

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  356. Gareth says:

    1.Lewis Hamilton
    2.Sebastian Vettel
    3.Kimi Raikkonen
    4.Jenson Button
    5.Timo Glock

    Total votes:
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  357. Louis Suddaby says:

    1. J Button
    2. L Hamilton
    3. S Vettel
    4. N Rosberg
    5. F Alonso

    Total votes:
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  358. Dominic says:

    1 Raikkonen
    2 Button
    3 Vettel
    4 Barrichello
    5 Webber

    Total votes:
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  359. Joe Sumegi says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Webber
    5. Raikkonen

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  360. Chris says:

    My top 5:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Button
    4. Barrichello
    5. Alonso

    Excellent blog James, all the best for the off-season!

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  361. Ben Moore says:

    1.Button

    2.Vettel

    3.Hamilton

    4.Barrichello

    5.Webber

    Total votes:
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  362. Bennah says:

    1) Button
    2) Hamilton
    3) Vettel
    4) Raikkonen
    5) Barrichello

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  363. David H says:

    1. Alonso – always on it, always fast
    2. Hamilton – ditto and never gave up
    3. Button – so few mistakes, deadly overtaking
    4. Vettel – great speed let down by mistakes
    5. Webber – the season he deserves at last

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  364. Bjorn Schultheiss says:

    1 Sebastian Vettel, should have won the title if it wasn’t for the double diffuser.

    2 Mark Webber, some great battles this year, but he was clearly outperformed by his team mate.

    3 Jenson Button, His second half was disappointing compared to his team mates performance.

    4 Lewis Hamilton, his end of the season reminded me how difficult he will be to beat next year.

    5 Kimi Räikkönen, drove a car that was out performed by a force India to victory.

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  365. Nick says:

    1. Hamilton. For not giving up and pushing the car beyond its limit at every opportunity.
    2. Button. Gotta be in the top 5 for being WDC
    3. Vettel. When he is on it he flies.
    4. Kobayashi. The best rookie since Hamilton IMO, I hope he is on the grid in 2010
    5. Alonso. For never giving up and squeezing every last bit of performance from an underperforming car

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  366. Charlie B says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Kimi Raikkonen
    3. Jenson Button
    4. Nico Rosberg
    5. Sebastian Vettel

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  367. Chris G says:

    My top 5 would be:

    1: Button – was a class above the rest for the first half of the season, didn’t bin it all season and only really had 2 sub standard _race_ drives (Valencia and Spa). If his latter season quali woes hadn’t materialised he’d have cake-walked it.

    2 Lewis – really showed his quality and came back from a poor start to the the season (both car and Melbourne-gate) to really shine

    3: Vettel – although he suffered from mechanical woes more than most, he also made too many mistakes to really justify any higher, peaks very high, consistency not quite there yet.

    4: Webber – highs not quite as impressive as Vettel and usually occured when Seb had issues, but a bit more consistent.

    5: Alonso – consistent as ever in a relatively poor car, the car perhaps never really gave him the tools to reach any big highs this year though.

    Rubens misses out because of his early season, despite having demonstrably the quickest car he didnt really make the most of it and on occasions did his best to part ways with his front wing at the earliest opportunity which isnt really fitting with someone of his experience. Latter season he picked it up, but I think that was partly JBs qualifying that flattered him a little, as even in the second half its hard to name more than a couple of races where he actually outperformed Jenson on race day.

    Kimi misses out because of his inconsistency in the first half of the season.

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  368. Alexander says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Raikkonen
    3. Button
    4. Vettel
    5. Alonso

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  369. Budvar says:

    1. Alonso – 8 points finishes in a very poor car. Finished off two young drivers careers.
    2. Rosberg – 11 points finishes in an average car. Bossed his team mate but that mistake in Singapore was very expensive.
    3. Vettel – very impressive in qualifying. 15-2 vs. Webber is the definition of quality. Made too many race mistakes this year.
    4. Hamilton – never gave up when the car was useless, made the very most of it when it improved.
    5. Raikkonen – Was sublime in Belgium and finishing second to Hamilton in Hungary landed me a 200/1 bet. Enough said.

    It really wasn’t a great year for driver performances, but that’s what made it so very interesting.

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  370. Richard says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Webber
    4. Hamilton
    5. Sutil

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  371. Alen says:

    1. Button
    2. Barichello
    3. Vettel
    4. Hamilton
    5. Webber

    Total votes:
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  372. Sam Heather says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Webber
    5. Alonso

    Total votes:
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  373. 1 – Vettel
    2 – Hamilton
    3 – Alonso
    4 – Raikkonen
    5 – Button

    Total votes:
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  374. stevphen farral says:

    vettel
    button
    hamilton
    webber
    glock

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  375. Bo says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Alonso
    4. Raikonnen
    5. Button

    Total votes:
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  376. Damo says:

    For me it’s:

    1) Hamilton
    2) Button
    3) Vettel
    4) Barrichello
    5) Webber

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  377. Dave B says:

    My Top 5

    1. Button – 6 wins and only one non-points finish

    2. Vettel – good wins but a couple of mistakes cost him

    3. Hamilton – brilliant finish to the year but tainted by Melbourne and binning it at Monza.

    4. Webber – a good season especially when taking his injury into account.

    5. Glock – great drive in Australia, 2 podiums I’ve been impressed by him this year

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  378. Jodum5 says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Barrichello
    4. Webber
    5. Rosberg

    Skipped Button because he really made a mess of his championship.

    No Raikkonen mention despite some great work because we don’t know how he would’ve performed with Massa fit.

    I wanted to include Kobayashi but couldn’t find room.

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  379. Steph says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Webber
    5. Barrichello

    Total votes:
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  380. C.M. says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Räikkönen
    4. Button
    5. Barrichello

    Total votes:
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  381. Daniel Wooding says:

    1. Jenson Button

    2. Mark Webber

    3. Lewis Hamilton

    4. Nico Rosberg

    5. Kimi Raikkonen

    Total votes:
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  382. StJimmyL says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Barrichello
    4. Vettel
    5. Webber

    Total votes:
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  383. jocker12 says:

    1.Button
    2.Hamilton
    3.Vettel
    4.Webber
    5.Barichello

    Total votes:
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  384. Tony Kulla says:

    1) Button
    2) Vettel
    3) Hamilton
    4) Raikkonen
    5) Webber

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  385. Colm says:

    1. Alonso – because even though he was driving a rubbish car, he didn’t give up.
    2. Barrichello – for making middle aged men look good, and also not giving up.
    3. Button – for providing a riveting start to the season.
    4. Kobayashi – for showing amazing spirit, talent and aggression. (Hope to see more of him.)
    5. Fisichella – for making Spa such a great race, and getting his dream ride. (pity that didn’t work out)

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  386. Fil says:

    1. Rosberg
    2. Hamilton
    3. Raikonnen
    4. Button
    5. Vettel

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  387. Kyle says:

    Here’s my own top-5:

    1. Button – absolutely made the most of the ultra-competitiveness of the Brawn while it lasted. Brutally efficient in delivering the results up until Turkey, then continued to score points in every race he finished as the Brawn edge tailed off a bit. And what about all those overtaking moves, all season long!

    2. Vettel – Could, maybe even should, have been world champion, all factors considered. Crashes and errors in Australia, Malaysia, Monaco and Turkey as well as the engine troubles he faced cost him that chance. But nonetheless, four wins is an impressive return; and the only win he should have got that never materialised was in Turkey, which is an impressive conversion record. (Arguably Singapore, too, but given the controversy surrounding his drive-through, we’ll leave that to one side.)

    3. Hamilton – wrung the neck of a poor car all season long, with varying degrees of success. Some of his results when the McLaren was perhaps among the worst cars on the grid were astonishing – Australia and Bahrain are good examples – then as the McLaren pace picked up, he capitalised brilliantly. Lie-gate, Monaco Q1 and Monza (understandable as the latter was, given the pointlessness of 3rd place without a WDC to play for) mean he slots behind Vettel, though.

    4. Raikkonen – Suffered from a poor start to the season; his only drive of any real quality prior to Massa’s accident being a podium in Monte Carlo. Post-Massa, however, Kimi came alive with a string of four podiums in a row which the Ferrari had never looked capable of. The question is, why did it take Massa’s accident to wake Kimi up? Or was the upturn in form simply the result of a timely evolution of the car which Massa never got to benefit from?

    The final top-5 place is a tough one to call. For me it’s between Barrichello, Webber and Rosberg. They all did well with their equipment – but each will feel they perhaps could have done more.

    5. Rosberg – Showed great consistency with a long string of points finishes during the European season and has, for the most part, maximised the potential of an unspectacular Williams – Singapore apart. This is the “great peak” that he needed from this year, which was ultimately left lacking; and it’s why 5th best is the most he can hope for this season.

    For brevity:
    1. Jenson Button (Brawn)
    2. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
    3. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
    4. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
    5. Nico Rosberg (Williams)

    Honourable mentions: Mark Webber, Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa, Kamui Kobayashi

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  388. Jon Wade says:

    1. BUTTON – Consistent throughout, it took 6 races before we saw a mistake from Jenson. Although he wobbled towards the end, he put in some gutsy final drives to seal the deal.

    2. VETTEL – Ultimately it was his mistakes from inexperience early on that cost him the title, but he made his mark as a a major talent and will be one to watch next season.

    3. HAMILTON – Losing forth place through disqualification in Australia wiped out a remarkable finish in an unremarkable car. From that point on Lewis has visibly matured as a driver & showed us why he’s the out-and-out fastest driver on the grid.

    4. WEBBER – Despite suffering a major pre-season injury, Webber proved his critics wrong & kept his highly regarded team mate honest right up until the closing stages of the championship.

    5. BARRICHELLO – Demonstrating that he’s lost none of his hunger for racing, Rubens put in some solid mid season drives. If he’d had the brakes his driving style needed earlier on, he might have clinched the title.

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  389. Daniel says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Barrichello
    4. Hamilton
    5. Raikkonen

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  390. Jonathan says:

    Button (for the wins)
    Vettel (ditto but too many mistakes)
    Hamilton (His car should never have won 2 races)
    Barichello (Would have been higher if not for all the whining)
    Webber (finally a winner, just needs to be fast every weekend like Vettel)

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  391. Peter says:

    1. Hamilton

    2. Button

    3. Vettel

    4. Webber

    5. Barrichello

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  392. Aluap says:

    1. Button
    2. Alonso
    3. Hamilton
    4. Kimi R
    5. Vettel

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  393. Darren says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Hamilton
    4. Alonso
    5. Barrichello

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  394. Malcolm46 says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Fernando Alonso
    5. Sebastien Buemi

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  395. Edd says:

    1) Button
    2) Webber
    3) Hamilton
    4) Vettel
    5) Barrichello

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  396. RobbM says:

    1 – Button (he did win the damn thing)

    2 – Hamilton (he started with a flee bitten dog of a drive to purring mutt,maybe only FA could’ve done that.)

    3 – Vettel (okay he made mistakes but he never gave up the fight and put on the pressure)

    4 – Rosberg – (he raced that car past its best on almost all occasions)

    5 – Webber – (Coming back from that injury in a team that prefers Vettel really impressive)

    James your blog is a fab piece of work, thanks for the insight into what’s going on behind the headlines.

    Cheers

    Rob

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    1. James Allen says:

      Cheers for that, Rob

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  397. Tom Power says:

    Button, some jittery moments but you only have to score more than anyone else.
    Vettel, get rid of the silly mistakes and he’s top
    Hamilton, dragged the dog around quicker than anyone else but Oz misdemeanour marks him down
    Webber, on his day capable of easy winnings but not as fast as Vettel
    Barichello, maybe should have won more but that Button is darn good

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  398. Manos says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Barrichello

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  399. Will Clark says:

    1 – J.Button
    2 – Vettel
    3 – Hamilton
    4 – Alonso
    4 – Raikkonen

    Cheers

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  400. Fausto Cunha says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Rosberg

    That´s my top 5, no doubts about the first four , some doubts about the 5ft driver, very close between Rosberg, Rubens and Webber.

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  401. Adam Taylor says:

    1, Button – Dominated team-mate 1st half and more consistent

    2, Vettel – more consistent than Webber

    3, Hamilton – Pushed the car beyond its limits to allow it to achieve a respectable positions (17th to 3rd in Brazil)

    4, Rosberg – Dominated team mate scoring all of the teams 34.5pts

    5, Alonso – Same as Rosberg, dominated team mate scoring all of the teams 26pts

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  402. david z says:

    1. button
    2. vettel
    3. hamilton
    4. barrichello
    5. raikkonnen

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  403. John S says:

    For me:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Kimi Raikkonen
    5. Reubens Barrichello

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  404. Ginger says:

    1. Button – it has to be.
    2. Hamilton – best season yet! Despite the car, team orders!?! and the mistakes at Monaco and Monza
    3. Vettal – Now leads a team and despite mistakes he won 4 races and future WDC
    4. Webber – Breakthrough year and given the bad injury in the close season he did very well.
    5. Rosberg – Shame about the mistake in Singapore but very consistant despite the lack of competition in the team.

    Can I have my book please?

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  405. Ian says:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Sebastien Vettel
    3. Nico Rosberg
    4. Lewis Hamilton
    5. Rubens Barrichello

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  406. Aryan Ameri says:

    1 – Jenson Button
    2 – Sebastian Vettel
    3 – Lewis Hamilton
    4 – Mark Webber
    5 – Rubens Barrichello

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  407. J says:

    Throwing my lot into this: –

    1) Button
    2) Hamilton
    3) Raikonnen
    4) Kobayashi
    5) Alonso

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  408. Melanie says:

    1. Raikkonen
    2. Hamilton
    3. Button
    4. Vettel
    5. Barrichello / Webber

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  409. John V says:

    In my opinion this season was a poor season. Ok, it was good to see new challengers for race wins, but the fact is only Button, Vettel, Webber and Barrichello had cars capable of winning the drivers championship, but none of them were consistant enough to make it an entertaining, close, tense battle. Therefore my drivers of the year are:

    1. Lewis Hamilton – In terms of getting the best results from what their car was capable of he was driver of the season for me. He drove the wheels off his car whether he had a chance to win the race or not.
    To of finished on the podium by merit this season would’ve been an acheivement, but if it wasn’t for his brake problem in Abu Dhabi he would’ve ended up winning as many grand prixs as Vettel, who many people rate highly and who was in a car capable of winning the championship.
    Even so, he still won as many grand prix as Webber and Barrichello (who were in race winning cars for most of, if not, all season).

    2. Jenson Button – I don’t think Button as a driver is anywhere near the level of Alonso, Hamilton and Raikkonen, and he proved that by only just mananging to win the title despite a massive headstart (in terms of a superior car and a massive haul of points) in the first half of the season.
    His second half of the season also backs up my claim – His car was still capable of winning in the second part of the season (as Barichello showed), but the fact he couldn’t shows he didn’t have that good a season; but the reason I’d give him 2nd place, is because he was the best of a poor front running pack (of Brawns and Redbulls)- he collected the most points.

    3. Nico Rosberg – Again I don’t rate Rosberg in the elite class of drivers, but he showed this season that hes decent. In terms of car capability to results, he done well. I think he should’ve been able to win a race this season (probably would of done in Malaysia had it not been for the rain), but he collected a fairly good bucnh of points, and had a good run of races at the back end of the year, which seems to have earned him his seat at Mercedes GP next season.

    4. Sebastien Vettel – I think if this guy was the real deal (as many people think) he would’ve won the title this year. Although his car was not as good as the Brawn at the start of the season it was still one of the best of the rest, and from Silverstone onwards it did argubably become the best car on the grid. But he collected an average of less than 5 points per race, and that to me is not the form of a top driver, considering his only real rival was Button. But again, of a poor season he was the 4th best in my eyes. He drove well when he was on pole (apart from Turkey).

    5. Rubens Barrichello – I don’t know what Rubens was doing the first half of the season. He had a reliable, lightning quick car, but couldn’t get the results it was capable of. I think because Jenson was showing what the car could do, it put pressure on Rubens to deliver, and he seemed to be crumbling to this pressure, but he came alive in the second half of the season, and his drives in Valencia and Monza particularly stand out. He showed Button up at a number of grand prixs.

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  410. Karl Woodham says:

    1 Lewis Hamilton
    2 Sebastian Vettel
    3 Jenson Button
    4 Kimi Raikkonen
    5 Rubens Barrichello

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  411. GP says:

    1) S. Vettel
    2) L. Hamilton
    3) J. Button
    4) K. Raikkonen
    5) F. Alonso

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  412. Cláudio Alegria says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Kimi Raikkonen
    3. Felipe Massa
    4. Jenson Button
    5. Sebastian Vettel

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  413. Andrew Tierney says:

    My top 5:
    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Rosberg

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  414. Med says:

    Badoer
    Nakajima
    Piquet Jr
    Grosjean
    Alguersuari

    That book’s as good as mine

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  415. tamzed ashraf says:

    1 – Button
    2 – Vettel
    3 – Hamilton
    4 – Rosberg
    5 – Webber

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  416. 1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Barrichello
    4. Vettel
    5. Webber

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  417. Bruce says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Alonso
    3. Button
    4. Vettel
    5. Webber

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  418. Mathieu Peter Bewers says:

    In this order:

    1. Rubens Barrichello – consistent, smooth and still knows how to win after 17 seasons.

    2. Lewis Hamilton – kept his head above water after Aussie and drove to 2 superb victories.

    3. Jenson Button – quick but not as consistent, still drive like a champion when he needed to

    4. Sebastian Vettel = very quick, pulled away into the lead so far in British Grand Prix

    5. Mark Webber – has had his share of good fortune at last, and he’s taken it!

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  419. Ad says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Rosberg
    5. Webber

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  420. Doug says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Rosberg
    5. Buemi (Honorable mention as nobody had mentioned him at time of writing – did a great job. Was on the pace quickly and put in some very good drives towards the tail end of last season)

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  421. 1. Hamilton – Started the season with the slowest car on the grid – did not lapse into a whiny funk – rolled up his sleeves with the team and hauled that car all the way to the winner’s circle. And by the way, I am not a fan of L.H. – but the facts are the facts.

    2. Vettel – Fast, fast, fast but still young and sometimes foolish.

    3. Webber – very nearly as quick as his team mate and better race craft – his consistency kept him neck and neck in the points with Vettel all season.

    4. Button – a sublime first 1/3 season – but in the quickest car by far. Out-qualified and out-raced by his team mate – and half of the rest of the grid – the last half of the season.

    5. Barrichello – had his best year yet – got more consistent performance out of the car than did Button.

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  422. Pol Espargaro says:

    1. JB
    2. LH
    3. SV
    4. RB
    5. FA

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  423. Belty says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Kimi Raikkonen
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Mark Webber
    5. Button edges out Barrichello

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  424. Graeme Nesbitt says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

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  425. Femi Akinz says:

    1. Jenson – After all is said and done, he delivered

    2. Sebastien Vettel – Came of age

    3. Lewis Hamilton – Great second drive. I am a huge fan but wonder if he had been a bit more careful could have had a long shot at the title (Australia, Monaco, Monza, may be Abu Dhabi ~ 35pts lost)

    4. Mark Webber – Kept Vettel honest

    5. Kimi Raikkonen – Would have been 3rd but first half of season was shoddy

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  426. Giulio says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Lewis
    4. Barrichello
    5. Raikkonen

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  427. Shaq says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Vettel
    3. Raikonnen
    4. Roseberg
    5. Button

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  428. HR says:

    We all know that if we swopped the drivers into different cars the order would change completely, ranking drivers is ‘scientifically’ is impossible.

    So what they did with what they had.

    Jenson: won most races and the Championship.

    Lewis: A racing genius. Had to explain but you know it when you see it.

    Vettel: Long term will be Lewis’s biggest challenger; the rivalry will become the centrepiece of F1.

    Rubens: Sometimes faded when the going got really tough (Brazil), but what a (mostly) happy racer.

    Webber: Broke through with two wins and looked good winning from the front.

    Biggest disappointment, Kimi; How on earth can anyone get excited by a driver who blows so hot and cold?

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  429. Adam says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Barrichello
    4. Hamilton
    5. Webber

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  430. Myles Woerner says:

    1) Button
    2) Hamilton
    3) Vettel
    4) Raikkonen
    5) Rosberg

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  431. CH Ling says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Mark Webber
    5. Rubens Barrichello

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  432. Nic Maennling says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Alonso
    3. Barrichello
    4. Vettel
    5. Button

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  433. DaveCS says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Rosberg
    5. Alonso

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  434. David Worsley says:

    Sweet.

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

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  435. Paul says:

    1 – Button – He won the championship
    2 – Vettel – If not for a couple of mistakes caused by his youth he probably would have won the championship
    3 – Webber – Recovery from injury and closer to his team mate than Rubens, his win in Germany was probably most dominant of the season. (I know some will argue Button in Turkey was better, but don’t forget Webber had a drive through to contend with)
    4 – Barrichello – Came good toward the end of the season, but missed out early wins
    5 – Hamilton – Fanastic couple of wins against the odds

    And as for Kimi he is just too inconsistent.

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  436. sidewaysbob says:

    Top 5

    1. Hamilton – came of age, turned a season around, never gave up.
    2. Webber – came back from massive accident to double wins, and stuck up for his principles when Flavio got crusified.
    3. Button – took all the chances presented to him and rode his luck.
    4. Vettel – missed the top spot with inconsistancy, but improved over last years maiden victory.
    5. Barrichello – proved there was life in the old dog yet.

    Bottom 5.

    1. Trulli – fell asleep race after race with a car that should have won. He does still make nice wine apparently
    2. Kubica – Whinged all year, so much so that BMW left. will fail at Renault too. never once showed any spirit.
    3. Raikkernen – Only perked up when team mate almost died. Then faffed around not really bothering and has no seat for next year. Won becuase he pressed the KERS button at the right moment.
    4. Kovalainen – Should have delivered some results, failed like he failed at Renault.
    5. Alonso – becuase he had the Ferrari contract in his pocket 12 months ago, let Symonds and Flav get nailed, refused to admit he didn’t really win in Singapore last year. He didn’t really look like he tried in the Renault this year. was treading water until 2010 season.

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  437. Konstantin says:

    My top 5 drivers:

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Mark Webber
    4. Rubens Barrichello
    5. Lewis Hamilton

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  438. The Apricot says:

    Button
    Webber
    Hamilton
    Rosberg
    Vettel

    Honourable mentions:

    Massa – performed well with a fairly poor car prior to his accident.

    Kobayashi – executed a slick transition to the demands of F1; drove with plenty of flair and aggression.

    Alguersuari – simply for having the audacity to lose the back end of the Renault at Piquet corner!

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  439. Don says:

    1 Button
    2)Vettel
    3)Rosberg
    4)Webber
    5)Kobayashi

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  440. Vince T says:

    1. Button – results not so good in the second half, but made hay while he could, and made the passes when needed

    2. Webber – but for some mistakes from the team, could have been a different story in the title fight; always on the pace if the car was quick

    3. Vettel – critical mistakes in Australia, Monaco and Turkey, but otherwise almost always on the pace if the car allowed

    4. Hamilton – epitomised the phrase ‘never give up’; rewarded nicely with two victories as a result

    5. Rosberg – probably had the Williams qualifying and finishing higher than it should have; given the equipment, the results to match his flashes of brilliance will come; costly mistake in the Singapore pitlane

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  441. KenN0898 says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

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  442. Cockney James Hunt says:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    He shone in a v. bad car – comprehensively spanking his highly rated team-mate

    2. Kimi Raikonnen
    He won in a car even multiple GP winner Fisi found completely undriveable. Single-handedly salvaged Ferrari’s reputation this year

    3. Jenson Button
    The highs were absolutely sublime, but he also has it in him to be ‘a bit crap’

    4. Sebastien Vettel
    The milky bar kid. But is he a wheel to wheel racer?

    5. Fernando Alonso
    Nobody does it better

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  443. Russell Wykes says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Barrichello

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  444. Trevor Yates says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Button
    4. Barrichello
    5. Rosberg

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  445. Ned says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Webber
    5. Barrichello

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  446. Dermot Keelan says:

    1. Raikkonen – drove that Ferrari to positions it had no right to be in – especially in Spa.

    2. Hamilton – came on in leaps and bounds – punched well above his car’s weight.

    3. Jenson – won WDC but mid-season wobble was most worrying

    4. Barrichello – back to his best but still the bridesmaid.

    5. Rosberg – comprehensively outclassed his teammate and got better as the season went on…pity about not taking advantage at the start of the season, and the crash in Singapore!

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  447. Rob says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Button
    4. Webber
    5. Raikkonen

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  448. Jagan says:

    In no particular order

    Vettel
    Webber
    Button
    Hamilton
    Rosberg

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  449. Alex says:

    5th – Barrichello. Beaten by Button when it really mattered – i.e. when the car was capable of consistently racking up wins and podiums, and the big points that come with them. Very competent, occasionally excellent, but outclassed over the course of the season by his team-mate.

    4th – Hamilton. Struggled when the car was uncompetitive, but came alive when it did to put in some hugely impressive performances. Perhaps parallels can be drawn with Button’s season in that respect. Would have ranked higher, but for that sorry sequence of events in Australia. So little to gain, so much was lost.

    3rd – Webber. Beaten by Vettel in the end – but his championship challenge to Button was, for a time, as credible as any. To come back from thos kind of injuries and compete as he did was, without trying to patronise, a magnificent achievement in itself.

    2nd – Vettel. The man doesn’t excite me on- or off-track as yet, and that Monaco error sticks in my mind, but it’s undeniable that his awesome potential is well on the way to becoming awesome ability. A very impressive season that could have been even better.

    1st – Jenson Button. Drove beautifully in favorable circumstances, wobbled disconcertingly as the pressure hit home… but Brazil was truly an inspiring performance. This season turned me from a casual Jenson fan into a front-rank cheerleader for his cause. The man was pure class.

    (On a side note, I find it baffling that Alonso’s season was ranked so highly by so many – a season spent collecting minor placings in a mediocre car doesn’t deserve greater recognition than any of the five men mentioned above. I can’t help but feel they say these sorts of things to solidify their ideas of themselves as ‘F1 purists’ who see the game for what it really is – or they’re just regurgitating the received wisdom that he’s the best ‘pound for pound’ driver and so will always deserve the greatest recognition.)

    Anyway! Thanks for the blog, such a lot of content for no investment whatsoever except time. Excellent work.

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  450. Manfred says:

    The drivers I think did the best job in 2009 are:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Alonso
    5. Kobayashi

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  451. Hutch says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Rosberg

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  452. Chris says:

    1: Button
    2: Hamilton
    3: Vettel
    4: Raikkonen
    5: Barrichello

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  453. Rahul Seth says:

    1) Button
    2) Vettel
    2) Hamilton
    4) Alonso
    5) Barrichello

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  454. Jon Doe says:

    Forget about my or our top five drivers. Lets talk about your top 5 drivers, James Allen.
    1. Button.
    2. Hamilton.
    Lets see if any other British driver was in F1 this season…ummm no. So, you’d go with Rosberg, Vettel and Webber, not necessarily in that order just to fill in the blanks. Because of your ” special” relationship with Hamilton, you might even make him 1st on your list. You might even put Alonso in your top 5 at Rosberg’s expense, just to balance it out and not sound too biased.

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    1. Jon Doe says:

      Just to add one more thing. Those who actually give credit to Hamilton for turning around Mclaren should put Fisichella first on their list. If Hamilton turned around Mclaren’s fortunes, LOL! then Fisi did an even better job with less than half the budget and facilities available to him. That being the yard stick, Fisi should be ahead of Hamilton, but oh no!! He is not British!

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  455. Jason says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Rosberg

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  456. piotr says:

    here’s my top five:

    1. Jenson Button – just as smoothly as he secured the title within the first seven races of the year driving supremely, he also proved to be self-critical, by saying after the Brazilian Grand Prix “I think I deserved it (the title) today” after few great overtaking moves during the race. So, even though he’s not usually on my top whatever drivers list, then still he did a bloody good job, to clinch the title, taking full advantage of this fortunate stroke of fate, which wasn’t his best friend over the years at all.

    2. Rubens Barrichello – emotional season by the emotional man. He kept gaining confidence and mental strength in most difficult moments of the season, in which Button seemed to crack a bit.

    3. Sebastian Vettel – for consistent (even if somewhat dull sometimes) driving almost throughout the whole season, and also for criticising himself (“I’m an idiot, I’m very, very sorry”) after taking out my favourite Kubica, thus giving away 6 crucial championship points.

    4. Mark Webber – for winning his first ever GP, making it 2 just before the end of 2009 campaign and keeping up to Vettel’s pace despite a injury-related handicap at the first part of the season. Great fighting spirit.

    5. Nico Rosberg – I do have a problem to judge it correctly. Did Rosberg squeezed everything possible out of the Williams’ car or rather did he failed to exploit full potential of it? One way or the other, whether it was due to his talent or great car underneath him, he did good job this season.

    Great one-off performances worth mentioning:

    1. Giancarlo Fisichella – for inspired fight with Räikkönen’s KERS advantaged car in Belgian GP

    2. Robert Kubica – for brave qualifying in Brazilian torrential rain in dry set-up car underneath him and faultless race, proving that since the Australian GP he took it easy this year and only being provoked by his team principals’ discontent after Saturday in Interlagos, he showed what he’s really capable of.

    3. Kamui Kobayashi – rookie of the season

    Not mentioned for right reason:

    1. Lewis Hamilton – the way I see it, there’s no such thing as great sportsman who’s lying. Hamilton did so as a current World Champion, which is even bigger blow to his reputation and therefore despite few brilliant drives later on this year he cannot be mentioned among top five men.

    2. Kimi Räikkönen – even as “The King of Spa”, he shouldn’t be allowed to gain few positions by using the run-off area route at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix. That is pure cheating. Besides, we won’t ever know how good his driving this year really was having no comparison with Massa’s performances since Hungary. Mind you Kimi was trailing 9 points to Massa’s 22 till that point of championship. So using Kimi’s expression his starts this year was at peaks only “nice”.

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  457. Rob says:

    1 Button
    2 Hamilton
    3 Vettel
    4 Barrichello
    5 Webber

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  458. Zing says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Räikkönen
    5. Barrichello

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  459. Becken says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Barrichello
    4. Webber
    5. Vettel

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  460. Justin Holden says:

    1: Raikkonen (never gave up trying with a total piece of a car)

    2: Vettel If the car wasn’t typically Adrian Newey AKA unreliable and fragile he would have been this years world champion

    3: Ruben Nver gave up trying and also had the Brwan on the pace, if it wasn’t for Button giant head start I think Ruben would have taken the title

    4: Lewis constantly pushed hard, must say his attitute only really chnaged once the car became competive

    5: Rosberg picture of consistany

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  461. Konstantin says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Webber

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  462. Andrew says:

    1: Hamilton – he started the season with a dog of a car and developed it into a car worthy of the championship fight and entertained us with absolutely great driving.
    2: Raiklonen – great performances from a car that had it’s development halted.
    3: Vettel – his consistent speed was stunning to watch.
    4: Alonso – getting FAR more out of his car than it was capable of.
    5: Kobayashi – his stunning performances straight away in contrast to other highly rated drives who couldn’t perform.

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  463. Benjamin Sy says:

    Top 5 2009 drivers:
    1. Sebastian Vettel
    2. Jenson Button
    3. Lewis Hamilton
    4. Kimi Raikkonen
    5. Rubens Barrichello

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  464. Angus says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Vettel
    3. Alonso
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Button

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  465. michael c says:

    1 Hamilton 2 Webber 3 Raikonnen 4 Glock 5 Fisichella at Force India

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  466. Thyraeus says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Webber
    4. Hamilton
    5. Alonso

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  467. Paul Sivyer says:

    1. Niko Rosberg
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Kimi Raikkonen
    4. Rubens Barrichello
    5. Jenson Button

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  468. Murray Little says:

    Here’s my assessment:

    1. Hamilton – good perf in poor car
    2. Vettel – good perf
    3. Button – a little inconsistent
    4. Rosberg – good places in poor (not rich team) car
    5. Heidfeldt – good and consistent

    ____Murray

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  469. Joel Morrison says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Hamilton
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

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  470. Munafmtl says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Webber
    4. Hamilton
    5. Barrichello

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  471. Tony G says:

    1.Vettel- blisteringly fast throughout the year will learn from his mistakes.
    2.Hamilton – probably the best driver in the second half of the season demoted to 2nd on my list because of “liegate”.
    3.Button – used his car brilliantly when it was on song and drove a storming race in Brazil
    4.Webber – probably knobbled from giving Vettel a better run because of his Tasmanian injuries but amazed me with his pace in Germany, whenever has a driver won a race after a drive through penalty before?
    5.Barrichello – whinged too much for my liking but his wins at Valencia and Monza on KERS tracks were brilliant

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  472. Evan says:

    1- button
    2- Hamilton
    3- vettel
    4- raikonnen
    5- webber

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  473. ptrx says:

    Hi!

    1. Jenson Button – he only failed to score at Spa

    2. Sebastian Vettel – one win less than Jenson

    3. Lewis Hamilton – impressive when car allowed

    4. Nico Rosberg – fast and consistent

    5. Rubens Barrichello – fast and consistent considering some strange tactics from his team, beats Kimi which didnt look that impressive when Felipe was racing.

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  474. IR-ONE says:

    1. Sebastian Vettel.
    2. Kimi Räikkönen.
    3. Rubens Barrichello.
    4. Jenson Button.
    5. Mark Webber.

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  475. Vicente Vega says:

    1.- Jenson Button
    2.- Sebastian Vettel
    3.- Rubens Barrichello
    4.- Marc Webber
    5.- Nico Rosberg

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  476. Colster says:

    1. Button – he won! Awesome first half and despite some qualifying issues still consistenly scored points in the 2nd

    2. Vettel – Outqualified Weber 15-2.Could have won but mistakes and reliability let him down.

    3. Weber – Pushed Vettel and the Brawns whilst coming back from injury.

    4. Barrichello – Some great drives and consistent qualifying performances. Pushed ‘the Button’ all the way.

    5. Hamilton – despite Liargate he’s proven his pedigree in an inferior car. Outqualified Kovvi 12-5 and vastly out scored him 49-22.

    Special mention for Kobayashi – really livened up the races! I’m sure we’ll see him next year.

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  477. Nick says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Barrichello
    5. Webber

    Although Rosberg and Kimi are also worth a great shout.

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  478. Carlos Yau says:

    My selection of top 5 drivers of 2009 are:
    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Hamilton
    5. Barrichello

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  479. Bayu says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Raikkonen
    3. Button
    4. Vettel
    5. Sutil :)

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  480. barry says:

    1.Button
    2.Vettel
    3.Barrichello
    4.Weber
    5.Raikkonen

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  481. F1_Gal says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Webber
    5. Barrichello

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  482. Ed says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Webber
    4. Barrichello
    5. Hamilton

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  483. Tonksy says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Webber
    3. Alonso
    4. Button
    5. Vettel

    Great website James – thanks

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  484. James Pickering says:

    1: Jenson Button (dominated early season scored vital points when car was not as fast)

    2: Sebastien Vettel ( Some stunning drives, had bad luck, but make few to many silly mistakes)

    3: Lewis Hamilton (Caught lying to stewards but amazing drives with a car that from beginning of the year did not have hope of winning.)

    4: Mark Webber (GP winner this year some great drives. Was more consistant then vettel but not sure as quick. Did not have beat vettel as he has done with team mates past)

    5: Rubens Barrichello ( Out classed beginning of year by button but in second half was able drive around problems with the car better then button, 2 great wins.)

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  485. BRIAN says:

    1. HAM
    2.VETTEL
    3.BUTTON
    4.KIMI
    5. BARRICHELLO

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  486. Skanda says:

    1 Button
    2 Vettel
    3 Lewis
    4 Barrichello
    5 Webber

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  487. Brian Martin says:

    1) Alonso
    2) Hamilton
    3) Button
    4) Räikkönen
    5) Barrichello

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