All year we have been running a Driver of the Day survey after each Grand Prix, but it’s that time of year again, where we need to establish the Top Five drivers of the year, in order, with your Driver of the Season at the top.
Once again the first ten entries which match my selection, will receive a free signed copy of our review book of the season; James Allen on F1 2010: Five Rivals, One Champion, which is due to be published on 29 November. This will also be the closing date for entries.
Unlike last year there are many drivers who had really strong seasons. No-one was error free – the pressure of the competition was too high for that – but the way I see it we had more outstanding performances than we have seen for a long time. In no particular order I’m thinking of Vettel, Webber, Alonso, Hamilton, Button, Rosberg and Kubica, Barrichello, Hulkenberg, Kobayashi, even Petrov and Alguersuari, although they were rather more erratic.
We are looking for your Top Five, in descending order, of drivers who shone in 2010. Please submit your answers in the comments section below.
The Australian led the title race for longer than any of his four rivals this season, but ultimately lost out to team mate Sebastian Vettel in the final round at Abu Dhabi.
It’s a great Foreword, a very honest appraisal of his season, here’s an extract,
…”Personally, I think I can be satisfied with my results. I enjoyed a purple patch at the start of the European season when I won back-to-back races at Barcelona and Monaco and was going for the trifecta in Istanbul prior to the collision. Silverstone was a fantastic moment for a couple of reasons and I was also very happy with some of my drives for second places, especially at Spa in those tricky conditions. Of course there were lows too, such as Valencia and Korea, and sheer frustrating ones like Abu Dhabi but that’s what elite sport is all about – repeatedly testing yourself at the very highest level against the very best in the world. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s what we get out of bed for!”