Who is the F1 fans’ champion this year?

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Posted By: James Allen | 18 Dec 2011 | 9:48 am GMT | 603 comments

We had a fantastic response to the Top Five Drivers of the year competition.

But the comments that it sparked about the relative merits of the current F1 drivers really got us thinking.

Following on from that, we thought it would be fascinating to see how the drivers’ championship table might look if it were decided by you. So give us your top ten and we’ll award them championship points, add them all up and see who’s the champion.

The key to this is to imagine the drivers in equal cars and then look at the job they did week in week out with what they had to work with – who did the best job in 2011?

The JA on F1 Fans’ World Championship is your chance to make a direct comparison between Sebastian Vettel and Paul Di Resta, between Fernando Alonso and Heikki Kovalainen. Give us your Top Ten drivers of 2011 and we’ll get the most accurate snapshot yet of what F1 fans really think of the current crop of drivers. We’ll present the data in several interesting ways.

It was a dominant year from Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull, but was Sebastian your number one? Did Jenson Button’s epic drives in Canada and Japan, or Fernando Alonso’s relentless determination throughout the season, resonate more with the fans?

What about the rest of the field? Have any of the midfield runners, who delivered exciting racing all season, impressed you more than the guys up front? Perhaps you think Heikki Kovalainen or Daniel Ricciardo would have kept Sebastian more honest in the sister Red Bull?

Your votes will help to answer these questions and find out what the fans think as a whole.

**Use the comments box below to list your drivers, first to tenth, and we’ll award championship points as in a Grand Prix (25 for 1st, 18 for 2nd, 15 for 3rd, right down to 1 for 10th place). The scores will be counted-up to produce a true Fans’ World Championship. **

We will pick two entries at random and these will be sent a signed copy of the JA on F1 2011 review book “Vettel Steals the show”. (BTW – There are only a couple of hundred copies left now, so if you haven’t already ordered one and want one, now is a good moment! Click HERE)

This isn’t a survey of where you all live, so it’s vital that all national allegiance is put aside and you vote based on who you believe performed the best in 2011.

We will leave this open for a few days and then try to get the data out for Christmas. Please make a fresh post when casting your vote, rather than replying to someone else’s comment.

Once the results are in, we hope to provide more than just a fans’ choice winner. We’ll offer a deeper insight into consensus amongst the fans and hopefully, the chance for you to frame your individual view within the broader context of opinion.

It should be interesting.

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1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Alguisari

6. Hamilton

7. Webber

8. Rosberg

9. Schumacher

10. Perez

1. Button

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. di Resta

5. Webber

6. Schumacher

7. Alguersuari

8. Senna

9. Hamilton

10. Sutil

1. Kovalainen

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Di Resta

5. Vettel

6. Hamilton

7. Alguersuari

8. Webber

9. Ricciardo

10. Schumacher

1. Vettel

2. Hamilton

2. Button

2. Alonso

5. Kovalainen

6. Perez

7. Alguersuari

8. Webber

9. Ricciardo

10. Rosberg

1.Vettel

2.Alonso

3.Button

4.Kovalainen

5.Alguersuari

6.Schumacher

7.Di Resta

8.Perez

9.Senna

10.Sutil

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Rosberg

5. Webber

6. Hamilton

7. Algersuari

8. Sutil

9. Di Resta

10. Schumaher

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

6. Maldonado

7. Di Resta

8. Alguersari

9. Kobayashi

10. Kovalainen

1. Hamilton

2. Kovalainen

3. Button

4. Kobayashi

5. Webber

6. Di resta

7. Rosberg

8. Senna

9. Massa

10. Heidfeld

1. Button

2. Rosberg

3. Kovalainen

4. Alonso

5. Vettel

6. Alguesari

7. Schumacher

8. Hamiliton

9. Sutil

10. Perez

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Heikki Kovalinen

4. Sergio Perez

5. Paul Di Resta

6. Daniel Ricciardo

7. Jaimie Alguesuare

8. Nico rosberg

9. Michael Schumacher

10. Nick Heidfield

Okay, I’m a Button fan, but I hardly think that a list which omits him has any real validity.

Either you watched a 2008 season replay or you left Button out because you personally don’t like him which isn’t playing the game and pretty sad.

I can tell you exactly why i left Button out. Because i was half asleep and thought I’d put him in at 4! Wasnt until your reply, which is a bit of an over-reaction,that i realised my mistake. This list is made now and nothing i can do about it! Apologies for making a mistake!

You don’t think this is an over-reaction to someone who muight have just forgotten?

Ok, lets clear this up I made a mistake whilst making the list as i was half asleep! the list should read –

1. SV

2. FA

3. HK

4 JENSON

5. Sergio Perez

6. Paul Di Resta

7. Daniel Ricciardo

8. Jaimie Alguesuare

9. Nico rosberg

10. Michael Schumacher

Drivers 1-10

1- Button

2- Vettel

3- Weber

4- Alonso

5- Hamilton

6- Kovalainen

7- Massa

8- Di Resta

9- Senna

10- Alguersuari

And how did Webber had a better season then Alonso? Seriously dude..

Webber had a superior car and only finished 1 point ahead of Alonso because Vettel offered Webber a win in Brazil.

Get a grip.

Get a grip is a very telling statement.

I had then reversed but as I reviewed the list before sending I consnidered tyres and whilst they both has problems getting the grip from the tyres Alonso never to got grips with the Hard tyre so flipped them around.

Or maybe I just wanted to give Mark an early Xmas present

OK, I accept your point. But the difference in the tyre issue is that both Ferrari had problems with the hard tyre. This to me it looks like a problem which came with the car, like the inability of the car to switch those tyres on.

But in Webber’s case, that’s different. The RedBull car could switch those tyres on very good. Look at Vettel. Only in the last races Webber learned how to turn those harder tyres on and actually prefered them to the softer tyres.

From the two paragraphs above, to me it looks like it was Webber’s issue with the tyres and the the cars, like it was with the Ferrari.

James,

very cool idea….

Came from a reader: Matthew Hyatt. Thanks to him

Indeed. This will be interesting. I’ll have q think before posting my list. Some of the results should be obvious though: for example it’s easy to place drivers in the same team since they did have equal equipment. So it would be crazy if people placed Webber above Vettel for instance (though I guess one may wish to include luck/car failures as part of the decision).

You would think it would be obvious to place whoever finished clearly first between team mates ahead on the list since it is about who would have came out on top in same car.

The fact that Di Resta finished way lower on points than Sutil but is listed ahead of him so many times looks like nationalistic hype is more important here.

Media coverage will play a part in this. Di-resta got a huge amount of media coverage compared to Sutil, and that does have an effect on people. It’s not necessarily nationalistic hype or deliberate on the part of the poster. Like me for example, I went with perception and what I felt rather than a full stats analysis and DI-Resta came out on top.

“perception and what I felt”

That’s what I meant by nationalistic hype. It wasn’t a dig at anyone just an observation. Who influenced them perceptions and feelings? Probably the British media particularly BBC.

I read an article other day from Scottish website about how Di Resta is now the confirmed no.1 driver in force India next year. I commented under the article, “their website must have confirmed it because no one else did” and the guy instead of admitting they made it up just tried to insult me.

Reply to Madmax comment.

I get your point but at the same time do you really believe that Webber had the same equipment as Vettel all year long? I dont want to offend but if you do you dont know F1. Di Resta was the one with the upgrades only after Sutil and Force India are one of those teams who cant always make tw oof everything in time.

Di Resta being a rookie and also being behind in terms of upgrades and also usually drawing the short straw on teams split stratergy (2 stops apposed to 3) there is an argument to say Di Resta had a better season than Sutil!

Besides why would Force India let a driver who brings sponsorship “Sutil” who is better according to your argument leave the team for Di Resta??? Because they have the info and Di Resta had a great season!

IMHO of course

Chris

@ christos,

Only after seeing your reply,

I think Webber had the same car as Vettel because Webber’s problem was clearly adjusting to the tyres. But if their was any team that I would suspect of not having the same car it would be Red Bull because of them wanting to promote Vettel as the golden child.

About Di Resta, the reason he was signed over Sutil was “potential” and the fact the deal was supposed to have been done months ago before Sutil started to dominate Di Resta when he got his tyre problems sorted.

I also don’t want to offend but is what you said not the ultimate example of getting caught up in the hype. People are continuously told in the British media about how good Di Resta is, so when the hard facts don’t back up their claims people look for reasons to prove why he is in fact what they precieved.

Maybe he hadn’t the same equipment, Sutil had the better strategies etc. Why would Force India favour the driver they were getting rid of?? The thing is anytime Sutil hadn’t as good a strategy you would never heard about it.

Sutil’s sponsorship is small as pay drivers go and who knows about the Mercedes deal behind Di Resta.

Matthew Hyatt, Thank you..

Also James thank the person who will have lots of cutting and pasting to do before going home for Christmas

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Rosberg

4. Button

5. Algersuari

6. Hamilton

7. Perez

8. Di Resta

9. Kovalainen

10. Schumacher

Agree with the top 2

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Schumacher

5. Hamilton

6. Kovalainen

7. Di Resta

8. Webber

9. Rosberg

10.Alguersuari

Get a grip

How can you put Alonso above Button and Rosberg above Schumacher?

Every race Button approached with a strategic view and knew what he needed to do to win and very rarely had to change that plan but when he did he made the most of it. When he could he put pressure on the drivers in front and when he could not (Keeping Tyrus etc) he kept followers behind managing speed and distance ahead of those on similar Tyree strategies.

Rosberg has taken a similar approach to the race whilst Schumacher has had to bully his way through the pack or throw in an extra move to keep better racers behind him.

I also assume you put Hamilton behind Schumacher because of the visions of Monza with Hamilton unable to pass him when he has out classed Shui for most of the year.

But you are entitled to your views and I wish you a very happy Christmas.

None of your points reflect on my choice of drivers. I have put Schumi above Rosberg because Rosberg only looked like he was going backwards in that Mercedes.

Good qualy, I give him that, but that’s about it. Nothing special. Schumi on the other side, most of the times, awful qualy but except couple of races when he crashed into people, he was pushing that car more then Rosberg. He was getting more out of the car.

Between Alonso and Button was a close call, but Alonso’s Ferrari was not as fast as the McLaren, and his determination and his amazing starts did it for me.

And as for Hamilton, I was very generous with 5th place. Thinking back at how many collisions he had with Massa, Kobayashi and Maldonato..that looks rather rookie skills.

I think this shows the great depth in this sport and the fact that fans of all levels consider different factors when considering greatness in Drivers.

I do not disagree with your thoughts on any of your drivers… I guess we all watch the same race and see it differently.

Have a great Xmas.

Thanks Steve.

Merry Christmas to you and your family and everybody on this F1 site.

1 Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Hamilton

6. Schumacher

7. Weber

8. Di Resta

9. Sutil

10. Rosberg

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Jenson Button

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Mark Webber

6. Michael Schumacher

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Heikki Kovalainen

9. Bruno Senna (considering everything he did well)

10. Felipe Massa

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Jenson Button

3. Michael Schumacher

4. Heikki Kovalainen

5.Kamui Kobayashi

6. Jaume Alguersuari

7. Sebsatian Vettel

8. Nico Rosberg

9. Adrian Sutil

10. Vitantonio Liuzzi

Vettel 7th… April 1st come early:)

1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Adrian Sutil

4. Fernando Alonso

5. Michael Schumacher

6. Heikki Kovalainen

7. Paul di Resta

8. Daniel Ricciardo

9. Sebastien Buemi

10. Mark Webber

Sebastian Vettel. Just squeaks it ahead of Jenson Button.

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Hamilton

5. Sutil

6. Rosberg

7.Massa

8. Webber

9 Petrov

10. Shumacher

Not sure how MAssa got on this list 😉

Or Petrov?

Or Webber… or Sutil.

1 – Jenson Button

2 – Sebastian Vettel

3 – Paul Di Resta

4 – Mark Webber

5 – Nico Rosberg

6 – Fernando Alonso

7 – Lewis Hamilton

8 – Adrian Sutil

9 – Kamui Kobayashi

10 – Felipe Massa

Vettel, Button, Alonso, Schumacher, Rosberg, Hamilton, Kovalainen, Kobayashi, Perez

Maybe if I made study of it, I would choose different, but for now this is it.

Oh and nr 10 would be Webber

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Rosberg

6. Sunil

7. Webber

8. Hamilton

9. Kobayashi

10. Shumi

1. Vettel – He did a better job than anyone.

2. Button – Quick & Consistent against a strong team mate.

3. Alonso – He would be 2nd but his team mate isn’t as strong as Buttons.

4. Kovalainen – Did a superb job. Tempted to put him second but I’m a little unsure about how bad Trulli is these days so difficulut to judge.

5. Perez – I think this chap’s a real hot shot – Drove well all year, beating Kobayashi for most of it in a car that was obviously miles off the pace for well publicised reasons.

6. Sutil – Once he got on top of the tyres he was best of the rest. Shame he’s not got a drive next year yet but I’m sure Williams will snap him up.

7. Di Resta – Pretty close to Sutil all season and that’s a good benchmark. Plenty of room for improvement so let’s hope he continues in the right direction.

8. Ricciardo – Wanted to put him higher but couldn’t justify it. Basically battered Liuzzi in his first season in an awful car. Can’t wait to see what this chap does at Toro Rosso.

9. Alguesuari (Spelling?) – Had a solid season definitely, he shouldn’t be without a drive next year although I think he will end up at HRT.

10. Rosberg – I wanted Schumacher in as well but as Rosberg beat him I couldn’t justify it. Rosberg has been outstanding in Quali, not so much in the races but I believe most of that is down to the car.

Why would you rate 1 driver depending on his team mate? You just said that Alonso would be 2nd but Massa is not as strong as Hamilton, and because of that Button gets 2nd place and Alonso 3rd in your list.

I don’t get some of you people with your lists here. Cannot understand how some people rate Webber’s season higher then Alonso’s.

and I cannot understand why you rated Schumacher above Rosberg in your list.

Check my comment above in regards to Schumi and Rosberg.

Rosberg might have been more consistant, but Schumacher gave the best result of the season through some breathtaking wet driving. Let’s not forget that he had a chance to win the race if kept on raining. Canada race gave us two of a very few excellent driving efforts of the last 10 years. If Schumi was a rookie he would stay on another year for that performance alone.

Webber stayed upbeat and showed true sportmanship this year despite being outgunned by the ‘complete package’ S.Vettel. He pulled off one or two of the best overtakes you will ever see in a grandprix whilst beating both Hamilton and Alonso (13 months ago the two highest rated drivers of the lot)on championship points in a car that had decidedly less of a downforce/laptime advantage than last years redbull. He was obviously overshadowed by Vettel but I doubt any other driver on the grid would’ve faired any better.

I disagree.

And why you compare RB7 with RB6 when you talk about Webber’s performances compared with Hamilton and Alonso?

Why don’t you compare the RB7 with the Ferrari and McLaren? Isn’t that what you should do?

I rated Button Higher than Alonso because he got similar results to Alonso (the most out of the car nearly every race) but with a stronger team mate. Quite simple really.

Hi Liam.

You got a point. I can see that now and I understand your choice of Button ahead of Alonso.

I wonder what could Alonso do if he had a stronger team-mate..or even Vettel.

People tend to either do better when the competition is tighter or give-in under the presure.

I would say that now any sensible person must class the top tier of drivers as Alonso, Vettel, Hamilton and Button… In that very order. I would also say that if you pair any of these guys with one of the other top four it’ll be very close over a season – Pretty much as it is with Hamilton and Button. I rate them all very highly.

Talking of rating highly… Next season is going to be absolutely epic with Di Resta, Hulk, Ricciardo, JEV, Raikkonen and Grosjean getting stuck in. It’s very nearly a full grid of drivers that I want to watch. If only they could get rid of Maldonado, De La Rosa and Schumacher who I don’t hate but feel there are better, younger prospects around who would be better placed in their seats.

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Rosberg

6. Sutil

7. Webber

8. Hamilton

9. Kobayashi

10. Shumi

Button

Kovalainen

Di resta

vettel

Schumacher

Alonso

Rosberg

Hamilton

Senna

Webber

1, alonso, 2, button, 3, vettel, 4, rosberg, 5, Hamilton 6, diresta 7, sutil 8, webber 9, perez 10th, schumi .

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Jenson Button

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Heiki Kovalainen

5. Paul di Resta

6. Adrian Sutil

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Jaime Alguersuari

9. Sergio Perez

10.Timo Glock

1. Jenson Button

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Heikki Kovalainen

4. Paul di Resta

5 Nico Rosberg

6. Seb Vettel

7. Mark Webber

9. Sergio Perez

10 Timo Glock

Arcturis,

You have only listed 9 drivers – please list a tenth for your vote.

Thanks,

Matt

oops – thanks – here are the 10

1. Button

2. Alonso

3. Kovalainen

4 Di Resta

5. Rosberg

6. Vettel

7. Sutil

8. Webber

9. Perez

10 Glock

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Jenson Button

4. Nico Rosberg

5. Michael Schumacher

6. Lewis Hamilton

7. Mark Webber

8. Adrian Sutil

9. Jaime Alguesuari

10= Kamui Kobayashi

10= Bruno Senna

Looking forward to the result. B4 Friday please James? Looks like Massa, Hamilton and Webber will be disappointed…

Very interesting exercise. Great idea!

1) Alonso

2) Kovalinen

3) Vettel

4) Button

5) De Resta

6) Algesurai (or however you spell it!)

7) D’Ambrosio

8) Rosberg

9) Hamilton

10) Webber

1. Fernando alonso 2. Jenson button 3. Paul Di resta

4. Daniel ricciardo 5. Heikki kovalainen 6. Sebastian vettel

7. Lewis Hamilton 8. Mark webber 9. Bruno senna 10. Rubens barrichello

Hahaa this is a great idea but I have to say, we will have to get into the Matrix first before we can truly figure out what some mid-field & backmarker drivers would have achieved because as we know, some people can’t handle the pressure of being in a front running team e.g. Heikki in 2008.

Okay with all things being equal, in my the top 10 drives of 2011 in my view are as follows;

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Rosberg

5. Hamilton

6. Sutil

7. Di Resta

8. Heikki

9. Riccardo

10. Jaime

Good point, but..

There are two type of drivers. The ones that get and adapt fast. Pure talented pilots like hamilton, montoya, alonso, vettel etc then there are other that need time but get to a very high standar if given. Button,damon hill, mansell. Kovalainen could be of the second type, and was driving for good teams too soon.

We will have to wait and see.

Vettel

button

alonso

Kovalainen?

perez,

di resta

alguersuari

hamilton

kobayashi

ricciardo

Fernando Alonso

Jenson Button

Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton

Michael Schumacher

Nico Rosberg

Paul De Resta

Jaime Alguersuari

Adrian Sutil

Felipe Massa

Jenson Button – no question

A thourough professional all year. Beating Hamilton in his own team shows how good he actually is. Its akin to Barichello beating Schumi at Ferrari.

Not really – Ferrari threw every last resource possible at making it Michael’s team – can you honestly say Mclaren do the same for Lewis?

Unless you list a full top 10 I doubt that vote will be counted.

If you want your opinion counts in the result, please make a top 10 list. Otherwise your opinion wouldn’t be counted towards the final result.

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Di Resta

4. Kovalainen

5. Rosberg

6. Webber

7. Hamilton

8. Ricciardo

9. Alonso

10. Alguesuari

Sorry folks. Will engage brain the next time.

Alonso @ #9…. can you give me a view of your thoughts as why FA is behind Hamilton, Webber, Rosberg and DiResta?

Maybe because his team mate is not allowed to race him. Gifting him an easier ride during the season.

@ john t

QUOTE: The key to this is to imagine the drivers in equal cars and then look at the job they did week in week out with what they had to work with – who did the best job in 2011?

Well maybe Massa is not allowed to make life very difficult for Alonso… you can like that or not.. but it doesn’t change a lot to the performance Alonso has given all year.

Fact is Alonso ended the season way ahead of Hamilton in a generally slower car.

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

6. Glock

7. Webber

8. Ricciardo

9. Petrov

10. Schumacher

1. Schumacher

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Hamilton

5. Vettel

6. Webber

7. Kovalainen

8. Rosberg

9. Glock

10. Massa

Must be mrs. Schumacher

lol

Seriously, who else gave us such a spectacle than Schumi – he overtook the most, his defending was always exciting and hard, and you could feel the motivation and calculated ruthlessnes in everything he did. For most of the races this year it felt like Schumi never left. It’s hard to race against yourself 20 years younger, but he sort of pulled it off this year.

Button

Vettel

Alonso

Kovalainen

Di Resta

Rosberg

Schumacher

Hamilton

Webber

Kobayashi

1. Vettel

2. Alonso – has to be between him and Button, but he gets the nod for what he achieved in a much inferior car

3. Button

4. Rosberg

5. Kovalainen

6. Hamilton

7. Webber

8. Alguesuari

9. Kobayashi

10. Sutil

1-Fernando Alonso

2-Jenson Button

3-Sebastian Vettel

4-Nico Rosberg

5-Lewis Hamilton

6-Michael Schumacher

7-Jaime Alguersuari

8-Heikki Kovalainen

9-Felipe Massa

10-Mark Webber

1. Vettel – clear winner.

2. Alonso – ahead of Button because he was more consistent and got more performance out of his car.

3. Button – close to Alonso, well ahead of the rest. Best season of his career so far.

4. Hamilton – shocking year by his standards, but he did still win 3 races and score 46% of his teams points.

5. Webber – the almost perfect driving by Vettel and the final score card of 1 win to his team mates 11, makes Webbers performance look worse than it actually was.

6. Sutil – weak start to the season, but came on very strong later.

7. Alguersuari – showed potential.

8. Kobayashi – still great at overtaking, but is he improving enough in other areas to ever get a top drive?

9. Di Resta – showed speed in qualifying from the start. Too much contact with other cars at the start of season.

10. Heidfeld – was never going to lead the team like Kubica, but scored 47% of the teams points and finished 11th in the championship while only competing in 11 races. And is it a coincidence that the teams performance dropped off after he left?

Some of those that didn’t make the cut –

Where has Massa gone?

Mercedes – 4th fastest car, no top 10 drivers…

Kovalainen – I think he is one of those drivers who can make a bad car look better than it is, but can’t deliver in the pressure of a top team. And he finished behind Trulli in the championship…

Harsh on Heikki. Remember that at McLaren he was always given 2nd choice machinery and an inferior strategy to his team mate. He’s gone up against argubly one of the very best qualifers in F1 in recent years and beat him fairly easily. I certainly think his performance in that car was at least on a par with Hamilton and Webber.

Yeah, Heikki has really pulled his socks up. People are quick to forget how much promise he showed before he went to McLaren… Not just in F1 btw and that talent doesn’t just disappear. He went way off the boil at McLaren but the boy’s got some class, I just hope he doesn’t turn in to a bit of a Sutil and reach a plateau with a midfield team because that would be a shame.

1 Vettel, 2 Button, 3 Alonso, 4 Rosberg, 5 Kovalainen, 6 Ricciardo, 7 Kobayashi, 8 Schumacher, 9 Sutil, 10 Webber

1. Jenson Button

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Heikki Kovalainen

5. Nico Rosberg

6. Michael Schumacher

7. Jaime Alguersuari

8. Sergio Perez

9. Vitaly Petrov

10. Nick Heidfeld

1. Vettel

2. Kovalainen

3. Alonso

4. Button

5. Rosberg

6. Hamilton

7. Sutil

8. Webber

9. Perez

10. Ricciardo

1. Jenson Button

2. Heikki Kovalainen

3. Sebastien Vettel

4. Nico Rosberg

5. Fernando Alonso

6. Mark Webber

7. Daniel Ricciardo

8. Jaime Alguesari

9. Adrian Sutil

10. Paul di Resta

My top 10

Vettel

Alonso

Button

Webber

Schumacher

Hamilton

Rosberg

Massa

Sutil

DeResta

Thanks

Paul

Alonso for me was the driver of the year. To be within a sniff of 3rd in the championship in a very lackluster Ferrari is just amazing. More than doubling Felipe’s points haul. I think if Fernando was in a RB7 this year, he would have won every race. Look at his consistency! With the exception of China and his retirement in Canada, he finished at or more often than not above the perceived level of performance that that Ferrari had in terms of its competitors.

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Sutil

4. Button

5. Rosberg

6. DiResta

7. Kovalainen

8. Hamilton

9. Webber

10. Schumacher

My drivers’ top ten for the 2011 season is:

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Jenson Button

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Heikki Kovalainen

5. Sergio Pérez

6. Paul di Resta

7. Lewis Hamilton

8. Jaime Alguersuari

9. Vitaly Petrov

10. Daniel Ricciardo

Sebastian Vettel

Nico Rosberg

Sergio Perez

Jaime Alguersuari

Jenson Button

Fernando Alonso

Paul Di Resta

Bruno Senna

Heikki Kovalainen

Timo Glock

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Kovalainen

5. Rosberg

6. Di Resta

7. Hamilton

8. Senna

9. Sutil

10. Alguersuari

1. Vettel

2. Rosberg

3. Button

4. Alonso

5. diResta

6. Alguersuari

7. Kovalinen

8. Petrov

9. Sutil

10. Webber

Thanks

1 – Vettel

2 – Button

3 – Alonso

4 – Kovalinen

5 – Rosberg

6 – Schumacher

7 – Hamilton

8 – Di Resta

9 – Perez

10 – Glock

Button

Alonso

Vettel

Kovalainen

Sutil

Di Resta

Alguersuari

Rosberg

Schumacher

Hamilton

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Heikki

6. Schumacher

7. Senna

8. Alguseri

9. Rosberg

10. Perez

Vettel

Button

Alonso

Webber

Hamilton

Sutil

Rosberg

Di Resta

Kovalainen

Alguesari

1. Vettel. He was in a different league this year.

2. Alonso. Probably took the fight to vettel.

3. Button. Epic drives would keep him in contention but qualifying let him down.

4. Rosberg. Wouldve won a race im sure.

5. Hamilton. Good car or not, something wasnt right this year.

6. Schumacher. Poor quali but good race pace.

7. Sutil. Difficult choice. Experience would keep him ahead of di resta. He was best of the rest as it was, so in equal cars i think he mightve been better than some!

8. Kovalainen. Consistent but not spectacular.

9. Webber. All cars being equal would amplify his struggles.

10. Massa. Poor season by his standards but i still rate him higher than most midfielders and he wouldve had an edge over the rookies.

I can’t agree that Massa would’ve had an edge on any rookies… Each to their own and everything but the only reason Massa ever finished in the top six is because his car was soooo much quicker than the mercs. He was consistently 1/2 to 1 second slower than Alonso… I think the rookies would’ve had a few tenths on Massa pretty much everywhere this season.

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Hamilton

5. Sutil

6. Rosberg

7. Massa

8. Webber

9 Petrov

10.Shumacher

1- button

2- kovalainen

3- alguesari

4- vettel

5- alonso

6- de resta

7- perez

8- rosberg

9- buemi

10- sutil

Alonso

Vettel

Button

Rosberg

Sutil

Algesuari

Webber

Di Resta

Kovalainen

Kobayashi

1.Button

2.Alonso

3.Vettel

4.Kovalainen

5.Hamilton

6.Webber

7.Rosberg

8.Di Resta

9.Alguesari

10.Heidefld

1 Alonso

2 Button

3 Vettel

4 Alguesari

5 Kovalainen

6 Rosberg

7 Schumacher

8 Sutil

9 Heidfeld

10 Hamilton

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Hamilton

4. Webber

5. Vettel

6. Rosberg

7. Kovalainen

8. Petrov

9. Sutil

10. Schumacher (I’m no fan but he has improved)

Vettel

Alonso

Button

Hamilton

Jaime Alg

Kovalainen

Rosberg

Schumacher

Webber

Massa

1. Sebastian Vettel

(almost flawless in qualifying all year; same goes for his performances on a Sunday). Pretty close to a perfect seaon, regardless of what car he was driving)

2. Heikki Kovalainen

(outperformed his car AND his teammate at pretty much every circuit on the calendar – what more can you ask from a driver?)

3. Jenson Button

(to be brutally honest, outperforming his teammate becomes less of an achievement and more of a formality when you look at Lewis’s dismal season. However, solid throughout and a couple of exceptional wins puts him third on my list).

4. Fernando Alonso

(not his most consistent season, but still able to drag every last ounce of potential of out his car most race weekends – plus deserves a top 5 placing based on determination and raw talent alone.)

5. Lewis Hamilton

(undoubtedly his worst season in F1, but despite that, still the only non-RB driver to usurp Vettel on a Saturday, and still exceptional on his few good days in 2011 or. China)

6. Jaime Algesuari

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Adrian Sutil

9. Paul di Resta

10. Daniel Riccoardo

Tbh some pretty uninspiring performances from no.4 downwards, to the extent that Mr Mylander would have quite easily slotted into this list based on his steady, unremarkable handling of the safety car…

: )

*ie. China

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Schumacher

5. Di Resta

6. Alguersuari

7. Webber

8. Sutil

9. Hamilton

10. Kovalainen

1) Vettel

2) Alonso

3) Button

4) Di Resta

5) Kovalainen

6) Ricciardo

7) Alguersuari

8) Webber

9) Sutil

10) Schumacher

1. S Vettel

2. J Button

3. M Webber

4. F Alonso

5. L Hamilton

6. F Massa

7. N Rosberg

8. M Schumacher

9. A Sutil

10. V Petrov

If the stig put a lap in every car, it would be easier to get a car performance corrected Top 10.

1.Alonso

2.Button

3.Schumacher

4.Vettel

5.Rosberg

6.Webber

7.Hamilton

8.Kovy

9.Di Resta

10.Senna

1.Button

2.Vettel

3.Alonso

4.Rosberg

5.DiResta

6.Perez

7.Kobayashi

8.Alguesari

9.Sutil

10.Hamilton

1: Fernando Alonso

2: Jenson Button

3: Sebastian Vettel

4: Heikki Kovalainen

5: Daniel Ricciardo

6: Paul Di Resta

7: Mark Webber

8: Lewis Hamilton

9: Michael Schumacher

10: Sergio Perez

I had assumed this was the criteria people were choosing their top 5 drivers of the year on earlier. No wonder I was amazed that Hamilton and Webber figured on so many peoples’ lists.

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Kovalainen

5. Sutil

6. Alguersuari

7. Hamilton

8. Rosberg

9. Kobayashi

10. Ricciardo

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Di Resta

5. Hamilton

6. Webber

7. Kovalainen

8. Schumacher

9. Alguersuari

10. Sutil

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Michael Schumacher

5. Nico Rosberg

6. Adrian Sutil

7. Sergio Perez

8. Heikki Kovalainen

9. Jaime Alguersuari

10.Timo Glock

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Batton

4. DiResta

5. Hamilton

6. Webber

7. Rosberg

8. Schumacher

9. Algersuary

10.Kovalaynen

Vettel

Button

Alonso

Rosberg

Sutil

Webber

Hamilton

DiResta

Kovalainen

Kobayashi

Alonso

Button

Vettel

Hamilton

Rosberg

Kovalainen

Sutil

Schumacher

DeResta

Webber

1 Vettel

2 Button

3 Sutil

4 Schumacher

5 Kobayashi

6 Hamilton

7 Alonso

8 Rosberg

9 Alguersuari

10 di Resta

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Di Resta

5. Webber

6. Hamilton

7. Rosberg

8. Schumacher

9. Perez

10. Alguesari

1. Kovalainen

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Vettel

5. Rosberg

6. Perez

7. Di Resta

8. Maldonado

9. Kobayashi

10. D’Ambrosio

1. Button

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Sutil

5. Alguesuari

6. Di Resta

7. Ricciardo

8. Kovalainen

9. Hamilton

10. Perez

1) Jenson Button

2) Sebastian Vettel

3) Fernando Alonso

4) Heikki Kovalainen

5) Lewis Hamilton

6) Jaime Algusuari

7) Michael Schumacher

8) Nico Rosberg

9) Sergio Perez

10) Timo Glock

Vettel

Alonso

Webber

Button

Sutil

Hamilton

Rosberg

Alguersuari

Massa

Kobayashi

1 button

2 vettel

3 alonso

4 rosberg

5 Hamilton

6 Schumacher

7 di resta

8 sutil

9 massa

10 algursuari

Vettel

Alonso

Rosberg

Button

Webber

Hamilton

Deresta

Heidfeld

Algersuari?

Ricciardo

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Di Resta

4. Webber

5. Hamilton

6. Alonso

7. Algueshari

8. Senna

9. Massa

10. Schumacher

just how in the hell does Hamilton get ahead of Alonso???

Just how in the hell does anyone get rated ahead of vettel. The car advantage was less this year but he still absolutely dominated.

It’s a democracy – I am allowed an opinion & you are therefore welcome to disagree! For the record Hamilton ahead of Alonso as Alonso had no team mate to contend with really but still only won one race. My personal opinion was that I liked the way Hamilton finally got it together at the end of the season after his ‘brain fade’ & numerous faux pas. Button ahead of Vettel because his car was 2nd best & his victories in Canada & Japan were epic & the ones I most enjoyed watching live (in my opinion). The proof of the pudding will be in next season’s results if Red Bull are not as dominant & Ferrari & Mclaren can produce cars on par with RBR.

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

6. Di Resta

7. Rosberg

8. Kovalainen

9. Schumacher

10. Alguesuari

1. Schumacher

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Alonso

5. Webber

6. Rosberg

7. Alguersuari

8. Sutil

9. Massa

10. Di Resta

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Rosberg

5. Hamilton

6. Sutil

7. di Resta

8. Schumacher

9. Kovalainen

10. Alguersuari

My List is based on Race craft, how they coped when things weren’t going right. Butt also on how the drivers presented themselves in interview and to the fans, and something I like to call fairplay and Respect. Moving of the racing line and back on to it is fine IF you don’t cry about it when someone does it to you, if you give a driver space then you can expect the same, something like that.

1. Button

Won the two trickiest Races Hungary and Canada, kept a cool head when needed and also had some fantastic laps and overtakes. Always seemed to be smiling and happy, gave other drivers room to race.

2. Alonso

Outperformed a dog of a Ferrari, only person to win a Race in a „bad“ car. Has defiantly matured at Ferrari, Webbers pass in Belgium was amazing and also could have only been done on Alonso or Button, they know exactly how much to fight for a position without going to far.

3. Vettel

Showed amazing skill in Qualifying should be number one on every ones list If it wasn’t for some comments and antics on the track. In 5 years he will be the best driver there ever was, when he grows up and acts his age.

4. Kovalainen

Consistently faster than his experienced teammate, made the T128 look better than it probably was. Fair and friendly

5. Alguesuari

Improved most over the Season, knows how to present himself in interviews

6. Webber

Was a perfect number2 driver, had bad luck all Season. Showed what he’s capable of in Belgium.

7. B Senna

Epic first Race in Italy, in a car that was losing more and more ground over the Season. In my opinion (doesn’t count for ****) unfairly punished in Brazil. Could have had a great race. More of a Prost than a Senna

8. DiResta

I think he outperformed his teammate in his rooky season even if points don’t agree. Beat both ToroRosos in comparable car. Expect great thing from him in the future.

9. Ricciardo

Did nothing spectacular, but what do you expect in a HRT, also made no massive mistakes. Drove in two Series and still out qualified his Teammate. Deserves his drive at ToroRoso

10. Hamilton

Like Vettel would be much higher up but made to many mistakes. Only just made top10. Another example of a driver with fantastic abilities who I can’t respect for things he says and does.

1)Vettel

2)Button

3)Alonso

4)Kovalainen

5)DeResta

6)Schumacher

7)Rosberg

8)Perez

9)Kobayashi

10)Sutil

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Kovalainen

4. Vettel

5. Schumacher

6. Hamilton

7. Di Resta

8. Webber

9. Rosberg

10.Alguersuari

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Kobayashi

5. Rosberg

6. Webber

7. Schumacher

8. Kovalanien

9. Sutil

10. Hamilton

1 – Jenson Button

2 – Sebastian Vettel

3 – Paul Di Resta

4 – Mark Webber

5 – Nico Rosberg

6 – Fernando Alonso

7 – Lewis Hamilton

8 – Adrian Sutil

9 – Kamui Kobayashi

10 – Felipe Massa

1. Button

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Hamilton

5. Schumacher

6. Di Resta

7. Webber

8. Alguersuari

9. Perez

10. Kovalainen

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Jenson Button

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Mark Webber

6. Michael Schumacher

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Paul Di Resta

9. Felipe Massa

10.Bruno Senna

Sebastian Vettel

Jenson Button

Fernando Alonso

Mark Webber

Heikki Kovalainen

Lewis Hamilton

Felipe Massa

Adrian Sutil

Paul Di Resta

Nico Rosberg

Vettel

Alonso

Di Riesta

Button

Rosberg

Perez

Sutil

Kovy

Alguesari

Koby

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Rosberg

5. Hamilton

6. Schumacher

7. Kovalainen

8. Algersuari

9. Webber

10. Sutil

1.Button Great driving against his team mate

who was no 1..

2.Alonso Great determination in a car

that wasnt up to it..

3.Vettel Flawless Quali

4.Webber Great year not to crack with Sebs

domination and team orders..

5.Ricciardo also was quick in FP1 with STR

would have finished higher at India

if HRT didnt stuff his stops up.

6.di Resta

7.Perez

8.Petrov

9.Kovalainen

10.Sutil

Hamilton misses out just, as i feel in equal car his problems (of track) would have been worse on track..

Button

Alonso

Vettel

Alguersuari

DiResta

Hamilton

Perez

Kobayashi

Schumacher

Kovalainen

1) Alonso

2) Rosberg

3) Hamilton

4) Button

5) Vettel

6) Kobayashi

7) Sutil

8) Perez

9) Kovalainen

10)Schumacher

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Sutil

4. Alonso

5. Kovalainen

6. Hamilton

7. Schumacher

8. DiResta

9. Alguersuari

10. Webber

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kovalainen

4. Rosberg

5. Sutil

6. Schumacher

7. Button

8. Di Resta

9. Alguesuari

10. Hamilton

Since doing the top 5 I have looked more in depth at the McLaren drivers and seen that both drivers significantly underperformed their car. Taking into mechanical retirements, Button only achieved 84.4% of the car’s known potential, Hamilton 66.4%. Compared to Vettel’s score of 97.5% and Alonso’s score of 95.5% it is clear they did not do anywhere near as well as they could have. However, I have elevated them on account of their sensational wins at Germany and Japan. I also only included drivers who were in for the full season, which is why Ricciardo, my #5 driver in the top five list, is not included.

Would be most interested to know how you worked out those percentages of the know performance.

Alonso

Button

Vettel

Hamilton

Webber

Kovalainen

Rosberg

Perez

Alguersuari

Di Resta

My Top 10

1.Button

2.Di Resta

3.Webber

4.Schumacher

5.Hamilton

6.Vettel

7.Alonso

8.Massa

9.Sutil

10.Barrichello

They’re all fantastic, so all deserve some recognition.

1. F Alonso

2. S Vettel

3. J Button

4. J Alguersuari

5. N Rosberg

6. P DiResta

7. S Perez

8. N Heidfeld

9. K Kobayashi

10. H Kovalainen

Alonso, vettel, button, rosberg, schumi, heikki, hamilton, webber, sutil, di resta

1. Vettel

2. Schumacher

3. Button

4. Hamilton

5. Alonso

6. Kovalainen

7. Webber

8. Perez

9. Kobayashi

10. Alguersuari

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Kovalainen

5. Hamilton

6. Ricciardo

7. Glock

8. Webber

9. Alguersuari

10.Di Resta

Vettel

Alonso

Button

Rosberg

Hamilton

Kovalainen

Schumacher

Sutil

Di Resta

Perez

1. Jenson Button

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Michael Schumacher

5. Heikki Kovalienen

6. Jaime Algesuari

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Adrian Sutil

9. Sergio Perez

10. Lewis Hamilton

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Hamilton

6. Webber

7. Alguersuari

8. Rosberg

9. Schumacher

10. Sutil

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Kovalainen

4. Alguersuari

5. Vettel

6. Sutil

7. Perez

8. Di Resta

9. Rosberg

10. Senna

My driver picks are based on how I felt that the drivers performed relative to the cars that they had.In Senna’s case, it was also based on how he performed in the context of the short time frame given.

Thanks,

Cliona

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Kovalainen

5. Rosberg

6. Sutil

7. Hamilton

8. Schumacher

9. Webber

10. Alguersuari

1: Jenson Button.

2: Nico Rosberg.

3: Fernando Alonso.

4: Heikki Kovalienen.

5: Mark Webber.

6: Felipe Massa.

7: Michael Schumacher.

8: Sebastian Vettel.

9: Sergio Perez.

10: Paul Di Resta.

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Rosberg

5. Kovalainen

6. Di Resta

7. Alguersuari

8. Glock

9. Schumacher

10. Maldonado

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Webber

4. Alonso

5. DeResta

6. Sutil

7. Schumacher

8. Rosberg

9. Perez

10. Hamilton

Fernando

Vettel

Button

Heikki

Algesuari

Di Resta

Kobayashi

Perez

Bruno

Liuzzi

Alonso

Button

Webber

Hamilton

Rosberg

Schumacher

Senna

Massa

Kobayashi

Di Resta

I think you forgot the world champion.

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alguersuari

4. Hamilton

5. Sutil

6. Alonso

7. Rosberg

8. Kovalainen

9. Kobayashi

10. Petrov

1 Alonso

2 Vettel

3 Button

4 Webber

5 Rosberg

6 Schumacher

7 Hamilton

8 Kovalainen

9 Sutil

10 Di Resta

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Rosberg

5. Sutil

6. Button

7. Webber

8. Massa

9. Schumacher

10. Paul di Resta

1.Vettel

2.Alonso

3.di Resta

4.Button

5.Alguersuari

6.Kovalainen

7.Hamilton

8.Rosberg

9.Perez

10.Sutil

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Sutil

5. Rosberg

6. Hamilton

7. Kovalainen

8. Alguersuari

9. Webber

10. Perez

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Webber

5. Hamilton

6. Schumacher

7. Rosberg

8. di Resta

9. Massa

10. Heidfeld

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

6. Sutil

7. Schumacher

8. Rosberg

9. di Resta

10. Kobayashi

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Rosberg

6. Sutil

7. Hamilton

8. Webber

9. di Resta

10. Schumacher

1) Alonso

2) Vettel

3) Button

4) Sutil

5) Rosberg

6) Hamilton

7) Schumacher

8) Di Resta

9) Perez

10) Kovalainen

My top 10 drivers:

1- Jenson Button

2- Fernando Alonso

3- Seb Vettel

4- Heikki Kovalainen

5- Nico Rosberg

6- Paul Di Resta

7- Jaime Alguesari

8- Bruno Senna

9- Michael Schumacher

10- Adrian Sutil

Merry Christmas

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Hamilton

5 Kovalainen

6. Rosberg

7. Schumacher

8. Webber

9. Massa

10. Alguesari

Alonso

Button

Vettel

Schumacher

Kovalainen

Alguersuari

Rosberg

Di Resta

Perez

Ricciardo

Very tough to choose between Button & Alonso as No.1.

Cheers James.

Cheers for the book James, really high quality and fantastic read. Amazing how much things from the start of the season have slipped the mind!

Anyways, to business, and having looked at the season as a whole in a more informed manner after the book…

1 Button

2 Vettel

3 Alonso

4 Kovalainan

5 Rosberg

6 Hamilton

7 Di Resta

8 Perez

9 Sutil

10 Alguersuari

I think only the first three remained same from my top 5 list. Can’t judge based on if they were all in same car though, the difference in cars is a large part of why some have had outstanding season’s and others poor. This is my top ten of the season based on how they performed with what they had.

1. Schumacher

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Alonso

5. Hamilton

6. Button

7. Massa

8. Alguersuari

9. Sutil

10.Kobayashi

Vettel

Alonso

Hamilton

Button

Rosberg

di Resta

Sutil

Kovalainen

Perez

Alguesauri

people’s champion should be the one who not only impressed most but also has to be who was let down by his team. i think mclaren made lewis’s life difficult in 3 q3 in monaco, canada and singapore not to mention the hungarian gp bad tyre call. nevertheless vettel was untouchable this year. i will go with vettel alonso button kova hamilton sutil alguar perez webber di resta.

Vettel Schumacher Button Alonso Webber DiResta Hamilton Riccardo Senna Massa

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Kovalainen

4. Rosberg

5. di Resta

6. Perez

7. Schumacher

8. Webber

9. Hamilton

10. Petrov

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Kovalainen

5. Hamilton

6. Rosberg

7. Alguersuari

8. Sutil

9. Webber

10. di Resta

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Kovalainen

5. Rosberg

6. Hamilton

7. Webber

8. Di Resta

9. Massa

10.Alguersuari

1. Vettel

2. Kovalainen

3. Alonso

4. Button

5. Rosberg

6. Hamilton

7. Di Resta

8. Sutil

9. Perez

10. Ricciardo

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kovalainen

4. Di Resta

5. Button

6. Rosberg

7. Hamilton

8. Sutil

9. Perez

10. Ricciardo

Alonso

Vettel

Button

Hamilton

Schumacher

Rosberg

Kovalainen

Sutil

Alguersuari

Webber

Massa

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Rosberg

5. Hamilton

6. Sutil

7. Weber

8. Kovalainen

9. DiResta

10.Alguersuari

Here we go.

1. Jenson Button

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Alonso

4. Webber

5. Sergio Perez

6. Seb Vettel

7. Paul di reista

8. Adrian Sutil

9. Daniel Ricardo

10.Nico Rosberg

Hamilton had a better season than Vettel and Alonso? Really?

“”The key to this is to imagine the drivers in equal cars and then look at the job they did week in week out with what they had to work with – who did the best job in 2011″”.

I maybe biased with Hamilton, however given equal machinery I certainly rank him above vettel. However & Probably Alonso and Hamilton might be on equals as well.

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Di Resta

5. Hamilton

6. Schumacher

7. Rosberg

8. Sutil

9. Kovalainen

10. Senna

1-Alonso

Vettel

Button

Perez

Sutil

Heikki

Rosberg

Alguersuari

Hamilton

10-Schumi

1. Jenson Button

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Heikki Kovalainen

5. Lewis Hamilton

6. Adrian Sutil

7. Paul di Resta

8. Jaime Alguersuari

9. Sergio Perez

10. Daniel Ricciardo

1 Alonso

2 Vettel

3 Button

4 Rosberg

5 Sutil

6 Alguesauri

7 Schumacher

8 Koboyashi

9 Hamilton

10 Perez

1. Button

2. Fernando

3. Vettel

4. Schumacher

5. Kovalainen

6. Hamilton

7. Di Resta

8. Perez

9. Algersuari

10. Rosberg

How many different ways can we spell ‘Alguesari’…

1 Vettel

2 Button

3 Alonso

4 Schumacher

5 Hamilton

6 Rosberg

7 Sutil

8 Alguersuari

9 Webber

Hi Tilman

You have only listed 9 drivers – please list your final vote.

Thanks,

Matt

The nature of this contest, in its essence, asks who the most complete drivers in the field are today. So, if everyone was driving the RB 7 chassis, then this is how I would see the season unfold:

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

6. Schumacher

7. Rosberg

8. Kovalainen

9. Perez

10. DiResta

I don’t understand your logic. In the championship, diving the same cars,

Rosberg out scored Schumacher

Kobayashi out scored Perez

Sutil out scored Di Resta

Why would those results be any different if they all drove a Red Bull?

There’s an element of subjectivity in my list. Fundamentally, though outscored by their teammates, I believe that Schumacher, Perez and DiResta are the stronger, more complete drivers. Rosberg will never be the driver that Schumacher was (and might still be), while Perez and DiResta had better rookie seasons than their more seasoned teammates.

So, perhaps not 100% logical, but still with some method to my madness.

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

6. Schumacher

7. Massa

8. Di Resta

9. Kovalinen

10. Senna

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Hamilton

5. Kovalainen

6. Webber

7. Rosberg

8. Schumacher

9. Massa

10. Sutil

1-Alonso

2-Vettel

3-button

4-kovalainen

5-Algersuari

6-webber

7-hamilton

8-Perez

9-buemi

10-di resta

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Webber

5. Hamilton

6. Sutil

7. Kova

8. Perez

9. Rosberg

10. Schumi

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Fernando Alonso

Not much to choose between these two. Both thoroughly dominated their team-‘mates’. I gave no.1 to Vettel as I’d say he made the fewest mistakes, and always delivered when it mattered most.

3. Jenson Button

4. Lewis Hamilton

I’d also say not much between these two. Hamilton had a poor year by his standards, but he still had 3 remarkable wins in an inferior car, and was the only person putting pressure on Vettel in most of the qualis. I put Button at no.3 as he had his best ever performance this year (better even than his Brawn year IMO), obviously he also got more points than Hamilton, and was more consistent throughout the year.

5. Heikki Kovalainen

6. Nico Rosberg

Yet again, it was very tough to place these two, as I feel both got the maximum possible from their cars. Both were consistently better than their team-mates, though this was to a more marked degree with Kovalainen (albeit against a weaker team-mate). With such a gap to the cars ahead, it is to the credit of both drivers that they kept so close. I gave no.5 to Kovalainen as I felt he showed more all-round consistency, barely putting a foot wrong when qualifying, starting, or racing.

7. Nick Heidfeld

8. Jaime Alguersuari

I think Heidfeld deserved to keep his drive till the end of the year, and had no trouble putting him at no.7. To score almost the same points as the ‘team leader’, in only 2/3 of the races, is no mean feat. Alguersuari had a solid year, and showed a big improvement on his previous showings – he clearly bested Buemi. I’d put him at no.8, and am keeping my fingers crossed that he gets a drive for next year.

9. Michael Schumacher

10. Paul Di Resta

I thought Schumacher, despite being consistently behind his team-mate, had a much better year than his come-back year. He was pretty miserable in qualifying, but the way he always made up for it at the start and in the race puts him at no.9 in my list. Di Resta takes the last spot as, despite scoring fewer points than his team-mate, he was generally more consistent. His strategy was often hampered as his team hedged their bets, but he seemed to cope well with every situation he was put in.

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Rosberg

4. Vettel

5. Hamilton

6. Kovalainen

7. Senna

8. Kobayashi

9. Di Resta

10. Sutil

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Sutil

5. Alguersari

6. Hamilton

7. Webber

8. Schumacher

9. Massa

10. Rosberg

1) Button

2) Vettel

3) Alonso

4) Rosberg

5) Schumacher

6) Webber

7) Alguesari

8) Kobayashi

9) Ricciardo

10) Hamilton

As a Ferrari fan it hurt not putting Felipe there but he just didn’t do anything impressive this year. Apologies to Sutil and Di Resta, but there were just so many good drives from the aforementioned racers.

Vettel

Alonso

Button

Rosberg

Schumacher

Webber

Sutil

Kovalainen

Alguesari

Hamilton

For the performances with their respective cars and their approach to te season with their teams.

Alonso was stunning in a car which was not as good as the McLaren let alone the Red Bull. The worlds best driver for sure. Button and Vettel were both brilliant. Vettel was superb all year but he had to beat Webber as the car pretty much guaranteed he could beat the other top teams over the course of the season. It’s hard to understand how good he really is simply because the car is so good, but he certainly dominated Webber.

Hamilton made too many errors but when he sorts himself out he can beat them all even without the best car.

I thought Bruno Senna was superb considering how late in the season he got in the car and how little experience he has.

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Jenson Button

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Mark Webber

6. Heikki Kovalainen

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Paul Di Resta

9. Bruno Senna

10. Segio Perez

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalianen

5. Rosberg

6. Webber

7. Sutil

8. Hamilton

9. Kobayashi

10. Di Resta

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Jenson Button

4. Heikki Kovalainen

5. Adrian Sutil

6. Nico Rosberg

7. Lewis Hamilton

8. Michael Schumacher

9. Timo Glock

10. Nick Heidfeld

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Schumacher

5. Di Resta

6. Rosberg

7. Kovalainen

8. Perez

9. Kobayashi

10. Ricciardo

1 Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Hamilton

6. Schumacher

7. Webber

8. Di Resta

9. Sutil

10. Rosberg

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Sutil

5. Perez

6. Alguersuari

7. Kovalainen

8. Hamilton

9. Buemi

10. Maldonado

Vettel

Button

Alonso

Hamilton

Kovalainen

Di Resta

Alguesari

Webber

Rosberg

Massa

1. Jenson Button

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Nico Rosberg

4. Michael Schumacher

5. Lewis Hamilton (it was a poor year for him, still he got some nice results).

6. Sebastian Vettel (sorry, still think, that if he is placed in an inferior car he will suck).

7. Adrian Sutil

8. Paul Di Resta

9. Mark Webber

10. Bruno Senna

1/ Button

2/ Kovalainen

3/ Alonso

4/ Vettel

5/ Rosberg

6/ Di resta

7/ Perez

8/ Hamilton

9/ Alguersuari

10/Webber

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Schumacher

5. Kovelinan

6. Di Resta

7. Perez

8. Hamilton

9. Rosberg

10.Webber

1.Vetted

2.Alonso

3.Hamilton

4.Webber

5.Paul di resta

6.Schumacher

7.Rosberg

8.Button

9.Massa

10.Heikki kovalainen

1. Jenson Button

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Seb Vettel

4. Heikki Kovalainen

5. Mark Webber

6. Lewis Hamilton

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Paul Di Resta

9. Adrian Sutil

10. Jaime Alguesari

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Adrian Sutil

4. Jenson Button

5. Michael Schumacher

6. Lewis Hamilton

7. Kamui Kobayashi

8. Timo Glock

9. Pastor Maldonado

10. Heikki Kovalainen

1 Vettel

2 Button

3 Alonso

4 Rosberg

5 Hamilton

6 Sutil

7 Schumacher

8 Heidfeld

9 Alguersuari

10 Di Resta

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Kovalainen

5. Hamilton

6. Alguersuari

7. Di Resta

8. Webber

9. Rosberg

10.Maldonado

Vettel

Alonso

Button

Hamilton

Schumacher

Sutil

Webber

Kovalainen

Massa

Alguersuari

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Webber

5.Kovalienen

6. Hamilton

7.Rosberg

8. Schumacher

9. Kobayashi

10. Do-resta

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Rosberg

6. Hamilton

7. Webber

8. DiResta

9. Schumacher

10. Alguersuari

1 Vettel

2 Alonso

3 Button

4 Kovalainen

5 Sutil

6 Hamilton

7 Webber

8 Rosberg

9 Schumacher

10 di Resta

1 Button

2 Alonso

3 Vettel

4 Hamilton

5 Rosberg

6 Sutil

7 Kovalainen

8 Perez

9 Di Resta

10 Alguersuari

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Perez

4. Kovalainen

5. Rosberg

6. D’Ambrosio

7. Button

8. Sutil

9. Alguersuari

10. di Resta

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Kovalainen

5. Rosberg

6. Alguersuari

7. di Resta

8. Schumacher

9. Webber

10. Kobayashi

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Alguesari

6. Kovalainen

7. di Resta

8. Rosberg

9. Schumacher

10.Kobayashi

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Jenson Button

4. Nico Rosberg

5. Mark Webber

6. Heikki Kovalainen

7. Lewis Hamilton

8. Michael Schumacher

9. Adrian Sutil

10. Jaime Alguersuari

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

6. Schumacher

7. Kovalainen

8. di Resta

9. Sutil

10.Alguersuari

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Jenson Button

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Heikki Kovalainen

6. Nico Rosberg

7. Nick Heidfeld

8. Bruno Senna

9. Adrian Sutil

10. Paul di Resta

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. DiResta

6. Hamilton

7. Webber

8. Rosberg

9. Schumacher

10. Perez

Vettel

Button

Alonso

Algersuari

Rosberg

Schumacher

DiResta

Hamilton

Sutil

Perez

1. Vettel

2. Kovalainen

3. Alonso

4. Button

5. Sutil

6. Schumacher

7. Rosberg

8. Perez

9. Alguesari

10. Webber

Started giving some consideration to this, but after glancing down the replies I though “Why bother?” Any results are going to be based to a great extent on favouritism and hate, and skewed by results which put Schumi at the top of the list, which exclude Button from the top ten, or which suggest thst Liuzzi would beat Hamilton in identical machinery.

I’ll view the results with slight interest but without any illusions as to their accuracy.

Of course, it’s all a bit of silly season festive fun, so;

Alonso

Vettel

Button

Hamilton

Rosberg

Schumacher

Kobayashi

Alguersuari

Perez

Webber

I haven’t seen many with Schumi at the top nor many with Liuzzi listed, so perhaps your fears are unfounded. My biggest concern is the number putting Button ahead of Alonso and Vettel. But that’s what it’s all about I suppose – if I based my top 10 on personality rather than 2011 performance then I probably would also. But it’s still hard to be totally objective…

Your list is very similar to mine coincidentally.

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Kovalainen

5. Rosberg

6. Hamilton

7. Di Resta

8. Massa

9. Ricciardo

10. Barrichello

My top 10

1) Button

2) Alonso

3) Vettel

4) Sutil

5) Hamilton

6) Rosberg

7) Schumacher

8) Webber

9) Kobayashi

10) di Resta

1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastien Vettel

3. Heikki Kovalainen

4. Paul di Resta

5. Lewis Hamilton

6. Fernando Alonso

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Adrian Sutil

9. Jaime Alguesari

10. Bruno Senna

01. Button

02. Vettel

03. Kovalainen

04. Schumacher

05. Alguesari

06. Senna

07. Alonso

08. Rosberg

09. Buemi

10. Di Resta

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Weber

6. Schumacher

7. Rosberg

8. Sutil

9. Alguersuari

10. Sutil

Objectively, subjective lists generally make less and less sense past the top (or bottom, or both) handful but, for once, why not.

1-10, something like:

Vettel

Button

Alonso

Kovalainen

Hamilton

Rosberg

Di Resta

Webber

Heidfeld

Kobayashi

10 = Di Resta

Vettel

Button

Alonso

Di Resta

Webber

Hamilton

Perez

Alguersauri

Rosberg

Senna

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

1/Jenson Button

2/Sebastian Vettel

3/Fernando Alonso

4/Nico Rosberg

5/Paul DiResta

6/Heikki Kovalainen

7/Michael Schumacher

8/Jaime Alguersuari

9/Lewis Hamilton

10/Mark Webber

1 S Vettel

2 J Button

3 M Webber

4 F Alonso

5 L Hamilton

6 F Massa

7 N Rosberg

8 M Schumacher

9 A Sutil

10 V Petrov

Ok, its the drivers in the same cars this year and no national allegiance. Why then is Paul Di Resta ranked so many times above Adrian Sutil then, when in fact they were in the same cars and Sutil came out easily ahead on points this year??

Not much separating my first 3 but

1 Alonso (destroyed Massa and got a win in a rubbish car)

2 Button (exceptional race wins in 2nd best car)

3 Vettel (The car and Webber’s tyre problems made him look like Superman)

4 Rosberg (Vettel in a Mercedes, never put a foot wrong)

5 Schumacher (A few bad passes let him down but exceptional race pace)

6 Hamilton (Should be number 1 but disastrous year, still showed enough brilliance for 6th)

7 Riccardo (by far the most overlooked of 2011)

8 Kovalainen(really need to see him against someone other than a demotivated Trulli to see how much he has improved since Hamilton days)

9 Sutil (once he got to grips with the 2011 tyres some great performances)

10 Webber (like Sutil had problems adjusting to new tyres but still think he would have beaten the rest in the same car.

1.Button

2.Alonso

3.Vettel

4.Hamilton

5.Rosberg

6.Alguersuari

7.Webber

8.Kovalainen

9.Perez

10.Sutil

I think the only criterion that should count is the performance delivered. Keeping that in mind I think the FIA WDC standings were only thing that counts and matters.

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Di Resta

5. Alonso

6. Rosberg

7. Webber

8. Kobayashi

9. Kovalainen

10 Senna

1. Button

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Vettel

5. Schumacher

6. Hamilton

7. Kovalainen

8. Barrichello

9. Massa

10. Rosberg

1. Button

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

6. Sutil

7. Alguersuari

8. Paul Di Resta

9. Perez

10. Kobayashi

Top 10: Gap:

1)Rosberg

2)Button +0,01

3)Alonso +0,02

4)Vettel +1,61

5)Sutil +2,54

6)Kovalainen +3,14

7)Alguersuari +6,66

8)Heidfeld +6,67

9)Kobayashi +20,12

10)Barrichello -1lap

1.Vettel – sublime

2.Button – best of the rest

3. Schumacher – much stronger relative to team mate this year.

4. Alonso – gritty, tenacious season.

5. Hamilton – supposed worst season in F1 still brought 3 victories.

6. Sutil – best outside of top 4 – didn’t deserve the chop.

7. Di Resta – promising.

8. Heidfeld – victim of ageism / “new blood” hype. should have stayed for the season.

9. Alguesuari – Finally started to deliver on potential -again like Sutil dropped for some fresh meat.

10. Rosberg – couldn’t build on podium finishes last year.

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Schumacher

5. Hamilton

6. Kovalainen

7. Rosberg

8. Webber

9. Alguesari

10.Sutil

1 Hamilton

2 Alonso

3 Button

4 Schumacher

5 Di Resta

6 Kovalinen

7 Petrov

8 Kobayashi

9 Webber

10 Rosberg

1. Sebastian Vettel – Can’t give it to anyone else. He was almost flawless.

2. Fernando Alonso – Relentless consistency. Got the absolute maximum from a pretty poor offering from Ferrari, as evidenced by his beating Hamilton in the championship.

3. Jenson Button – Close between JB and Alonso, but Alonso sneaks it because Jenson was not all that strong in qualifying, although he did show improvement towards the end of the year.

4. Heikki Kovalainen – Seems to be flourishing out of the spotlight. Like Alonso, got the maximum from his car and (on pure speed) utterly annihilated his teammate.

5. Adrian Sutil – Wrong decision by FI to drop him in my opinion. The arrival of di Resta seemed to push him up to a new level.

6. Daniel Ricciardo – One to watch. If he makes it to Red Bull he will be more than a match for Vettel. Consistently beat not only Liuzzi but also d’Ambrosio.

7. Mark Webber – Disappointing year in terms of results, but proved he is as fast and determined as ever when coming through the field. His breathtaking move on Alonso through Eau Rouge stands out as one of the moments of the year.

8. Lewis Hamilton – Like Webber, disappointing year overall, but his win in Germany gets him into my top 10 by itself. Top drawer.

9. Jaime Alguersuari – Came on very strong in the latter half of the year. Think he would have been a better choice than Vergne for Toro Rosso.

10. Paul di Resta – Don’t think anyone could expect any more from him in his rookie season. Would surely have beaten Sutil more often if not for poor strategy decisions in some races.

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Sutil

5. Alguersuari

6. Rosberg

7. Perez

8. Di Resta

9. Massa

10.Webber

Button

Vettel

Schumi

Alonso

DiResta

Kobayashi

Rosberg

Hamilton

Alguesuari

Sutil

Vettel

Button

Alonso

Hamilton

Kovalainen

Rosberg

Webber

Sutil

Schumacher

Massa

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Perez

5. Alguersuari

6. Riciardo

7. Hamilton

8. Kovalainen

9. Di Resta

10. Webber

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Schumacher

6. Hamilton

7. Di Resta

8. Perez

9. Alguersuari

10. Rosberg

Vettel

Button

Alonso

Rosberg

Kovalainen

Sutil

Alguersuari

Hamilton

Webber

Kobayashi

1 Alonso

2 Rosberg

3 Button

4 Vettel

5 Schumacher

6 Hamilton

7 Webber

8 Di Resta

9 Alguersuari

10 Kovalainen

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. di Resta

5. Sutil

6. Rosberg

7. Senna

8. Kovalainen

9. Webber

10. Kobayashi

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Rosberg

4. Button

5. Sutil

6. Kobayashi

7. Kovalainen

8. Webber

9. Hamilton

10. Shumacher

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Hamilton

5. Kovalainen

6. Schumacher

7. Webber

8. Alguersuari

9. Sutil

10. Di Resta

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Rosberg

4. Button

5. Webber

6. Kovalainen

7. Massa

8. Hamilton

9. Sutil

10. Petrov

1. Mark Webber

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Jenson Button

5. Nico Rosberg

6. Paul Di Resta

7. Lewis Hamilton

8. Michael Schuhmacher

9. Daniel Ricciardo

10. Rubens Barrichello

Vettel

Button

Alonso

Kovalainen

Hamilton

Rosberg

Webber

Di Resta

Sutil

Alguesari

1.Sebastian Vettel

2.Fernando Alonso

3.Jenson Button

4.Michael Schumacher

5.Sergio Peres

6.Niko Rosberg

7.Mark Webber

8.Lewis Hamilton

9.Felipe Massa

10.Paul De Resta

Vettel – had best car and used it fully, who else could be 1st?

Button – regularly beat at least one Red Bull and a fast previous WDC in equal equipment.

Alonso – never, ever gave up and always out drives the car.

Hamilton – his worst season so far but the only driver to challenge and beat Red Bull to pole and also lead them home in races, too.

Webber – struggled managing his tyres compared to Vettel but had three poles, a win and a great drive early on in China

Kovalainen – easily the best driver amongst the “new” teams and like Alonso, has more speed than the car.

Rosberg – has again beaten the most successful driver of all time with the same resources. Given how driver retirement age appears to be on the up, I wonder if he could still clinche a WDC?

Schumacher – despite the age disadvantage to the rest of the grid, Herr Schumacher demonstrated that his commitment to racing is un-diminished – Mercedes-Benz, PLEASE give both him & Rosberg a competitive car next year!

di Resta – a comparatively late debut to F1 has done nothing to slow di Resta, keeping his far more experienced team mate looking over his shoulder throughout the season.

Heidfeld – stepped into Kubica’s seat and was unfairly (IMHO) sacked by Renault. Quick Nick got more out of that temperamental car than any of his subsequent replacements showing substance over style.

My top 10

1 Alonso

2 Vettel

3 Button

4 Rosberg

5 Di Resta

6 Kovalainen

7 Hamilton

8 Alguesari

9 Sutil

10 Schumacher

Thank You Please

1) J. Button

2) F. Alonso

3) S. Vettel

4) P. Di Resta

5) N. Rosberg

6) M. Schumacher

7) Lewis Hamilton

8) Jaime Alguesari

9) Heiki Kovalainen

10) S. Perez

Vettel

Alonso

Button

Rosberg

Sutil

Perez

Kova

Ricciardo

Webber

Hamilton

Jenson Button

Sebastian Vettel

Fernando Alonso

Lewis Hamilton

Nico Rosberg

Mark Webber

Michael Schumacher

Adrian Sutil

Heikki Kovalainen

Jaime Alguersuari

My top 10 for the year:

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Jenson Button

4. Nico Rosberg

5. Adrian Sutil

6. Lewis Hamilton

7. Michael Schumacher

8. Kamui Kobayashi

9. Paul Di Resta

10. Heikki Kovalainen

1.Fernando Alonso

2.Jenson Button

3.Sebastian Vettel

4.Jaime Alguesuari

5.Mark Webber

6.Lewis Hamilton

7.Nico Rosberg

8.Paul DiResta

9.Adrian Sutil

10.Michael Schumacher

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hamilton

4. Kovalainen

5. Button

6. Sutil

7. Buemi

8. Schumacher

9. Glock

10. Webber

1.Fernando Alonso

2.Jenson Button

3.Nico Rosberg

4.Sebastian Vettel

5.Adrian Sutil

6.Jaime Alguersuari

7.Paul di Resta

8.Kamui Kobayashi

9.Sergio Perez

10.Daniel Ricciardo

1)Vettel

2)Button

3)Alonso

4)Schumacher

5)Hamilton*

6)Webber

7)Kovalainen

8)Barrichello

9)Massa

10)Rosberg

*Hamilton is only in 5th in my list because of the way he drove this year, in a “normal year” I would place him 3rd. The rules did state that you had to imagine them in equal cars this past year.

Great idea

1 Button

2 Alonso

3 Vettel

4 Kovalainen

5 Hamilton

6 Webber

7 Di Resta

8 Alguisari

9 Rosberg

10 Schumi

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Rosberg

5. Di Resta

6. Kovalainen

7. Sutil

8. Hamilton

9. Alguersuari

10.Schumacher

1- Vettel

2- Button

3- Alonso

4- Barrichello

5- Rosberg

6- Kovalainen

7- Sutil

8- Schumacher

9- Senna

10- Alguersuari

1- vettel

2- Button

3- Kovelainen

4- Alonso

5- alguesari

6- Sutil

7- Di Resta

8- Rosberg

9- Hamilton

10- Perez

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Jenson Button

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Mark Webber

6. Nico Rosberg

7. Michael Schumacher

8. Heikki Kovalainen

9. Daniel Ricciardo

10. Jaime Alguersuari

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Roseberg

5. Kovalainen

6. Sutil

7. Di Resta

8. Schumacher

9. Ricciardo

10. Heidfeld

Jenson Button

Paul di Resta

Heikki Kovalainen

Fernando Alonso

Sebastien Vettel

Nick Heidfeld

Mark Webber

Adrian Sutil

Jaime Alguersuari

Nico Rosberg

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Rosberg

5. Kovalainen

6. Algesuari

7. Hamilton

8. Paul Di Resta

9. Mark Webber

10. Adrian Sutil

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Schumacher

6. Hamilton

7. Di Resta

8. Rosberg

9. Alguersuari

10. Sutil

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Sutil

5. Heikki

6. Kobayashi

7. Rosberg

8. Schumacher

9. Jaime

10. Di Resta

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. di Resta

4. Alguersuari

5. Alonso

6. Rosberg

7. Schumacher

8. Heidfeld

9. Perez

10. Kovalainen

My list:

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Schumacher

6. Hamilton

7. Alguersuari

8. Perez

-. DiResta

10. Sutil

11. Rosberg

12. Kobayashi

13. Webber

14. Heidfeld

–. Petrov

16. Buemi

17. Massa

18. Senna

19. Barrichello

20. Glock

21. Ricciardo

22. D’Ambrosio

23. Maldonado

24. Liuzzi

24. Trulli

1 Vettel

2 Button

3 Kovalinen

4 Hamilton

5 Alonson

6 Perez

7 Di Resta

8 Alguasari

9 Nico Rosberg

10 Mark Webber

1. Fernando Alonso – probably best season from Fernando – so adult and perfect driving never saw from him earlier.

2. Jenson Button – Canada.

3. Sebastian Vettel – Amazing season but so big advantage with that car.

4. Rosberg

5. Hamilton

6. Michael Schumacher

7. Suttil

8. Jaime Alguersuari

9. Perez

10. No matter

Hi James,

You’ve only listed 9 drivers – “No Matter” doesn’t count!

Thanks,

Matt

Yeah, you’re right.

10. Paul Di Resta

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Sutil

6. Rosberg

7. Alguersuari

8. di Resta

9. Glock

10. Kobayashi

1, Vettel

2, Button

3, Alonso

4, Kovaleinen

5, Algersuari

6, Di Resta

7, Ricciardo

8, Hamilton

9, Rosberg

10, Sutil

My top 10

1.Vettel

2.Alonso

3.Button

4.Webber

5.Hamilton

6.Rosberg

7.Schumacher

8.Sutil

9.Diresta

10.Perez

Alonso

Button

Vettel

Kovalainen

Alguersuari

Schumacher

Hamilton

Webber

Rosberg

Senna

Jenson Button

Jamie Alguesari

Sebastian Vettel

Fernando Alonso

Paul Di Resta

Heikki Kovalinen

Lewis Hamilton

Michael Schumacher

Daniel Ricardo

Nick Heidfeld

1. Button

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

6. Rosberg

7. Senna

8. Petrov

9. Schumacher

10. Kovalainen

1. VETTEL

2. BUTTON

3. ALONSO

4. HAMILTON

5. SUTIL

6. KOVALAINEN

7. DI RESTA

8. ROSBERG

9. ALGUERSUARI

10.D’AMBROSIO

1ºFernando Alonso

2ºJenson Button

3ºSebastian Vettel

4ºHeikki Kovalainen

5ºPaul Di Resta

6ºTimo Glock

7ºJaime Alguersuari

8ºNico Rosberg

9ºNarain Karthikeyan

10ºAdrian Sutil

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Rosberg

5. Hamilton

6. Schumacher

7. Kovalainen

8. Webber

9. Sutil

10. Perez

Vettel

Button

Kovalainen

Alonso

Alguersuari

Hamilton

Webber

Di Resta

Perez

Rosberg

1. Button

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Kovalainen

5. Hamilton

6. Sutil

7. Di Resta

8. Schumacher

9. Alguersuari

10. Webber

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Sutil

5. Webber

6. Alguersuari

7. Kovalainen

8. Schumacher

9. Hamilton

10.Perez

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Schumacher

5. Alguesari

6. Senna

7. Perez

8. Di Resta

9. Rosberg

10.Hamilton

10. Perez

1. Petrov

2. Sutil

3. Schumacher

4. Rosberg

5. Massa

6. Hamilton

7. Alonso

8. Webber

9. Button

10. Vettel

! hahaha, this is this top 10 points finishers in reverse order XD

Oh, somebody noticed! Actually, I got the idea from reversed grids in series like GP2 or WTCC or whateva. Imagine that, at the end of the season, top 10 positions are reversed and the guy who’s P10 is declared champion. That would be whole lotta fun. I think. Yes?

I’ve been looking at the more interesting answers and trying to work out their posters’ rationale and see if I can figure out what they value or what their system is. I was really pleased to have worked out yours and got a little excited

That would be a whole ‘nother kind of cutthroat, to have everyone fighting for 10th. Strategies would be crazy, especially since if you finished 9th, you finished 2nd, but if you finished 11th, you finished 11th.

Don’t give Bernie ideas 😉

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Jenson Button

4. Nico Rosberg

5. Heikki Kovalainen

6. Lewis Hamilton

7. Jaime Alguersuari

8. Michael Schumacher

9. Adrian Sutil

10. Kamui Kobayashi

I hope you don’t have to force yourself to come out with the result at Christmas. It needs a good sample size to form a good enough result.

I will post my top 10 later.. probably by midweek… can’t decide beyond top 3.

1. Button

2. Alonso

3. Kovalainen

4. Vettel

5. Algersuari

6. DiResta

7. Rosberg

8. Kobayashi

9. Sutil

10. Hamilton

hard to choose between button and vettel but i think i have to give it to vettel as he just has so much speed and would always end up at the sharp end of the grid while button would always have have to fight his way up.

vettel

button

alonso – took a while to get to grips with the rubber but when he did he got the most out of the car

rosberg –

hamilton – off his best but nobody can touch him when he’s on it (probably)

kovi – Finnally found his form in F1

Di Resta – inexperiance at top level hurt, but i think next season should be a big one

perez – intelligent fast, but new

schumacher – Lack of relentless testing hurts him as hes not able to refine, and he will have lost speed with age, but is still probably the hardest racer out there

Alguersuari – was up and coming

vettel

button

alonso

perez

di resta

hamilton

kovalainen

alguersuari

kobayashi

Hi Marko,

You have only listed 9 drivers – do you have a tenth?

Thanks,

Matt

1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Heikki Kovalainen

4. Fernando Alonso

5. Nico Rosberg

6. Paul Di Resta

7. Michael Schumacher

8. Jaime Algesuari

9. Vitaly Petrov

10. Daniel Ricciardo

1. Vettel

2. Kovalalainen

3. Sutil

4. Alonso

5. Heidfeld

6. Rosberg

7. Perez

8. Button

9. Perez

10. Schumacher

Hi Philip,

You’ve listed Perez twice – as much as you love him, this seems unfair.

Can you think of a tenth driver please?

Thanks,

Matt

Hey Matt!

Sorry ’bout that!

1. Vettel

2. Kovalalainen

3. Sutil

4. Alonso

5. Heidfeld

6. Rosberg

7. Perez

8. Button

9. Riccardo

10. Schumacher

Think Daniel Riccardo did a good job this year. He’s still a rookie isn’t he?

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Schumacher

6. Alguersuari

7. Hamilton

8. Webber

9. Kobayashi

10. Bruno

1. Jenson Button

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Paul Di Resta

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Mark Webber

6. Nico Rosberg

7. Heikki Kovalainen

8. Michael Schumache

9. Sergio Perez

10. kamui Kobayashi

I’m feeling lucky!

If I’m picked James get some more signatures in the book and pop in an auction for Children in Need, not that I don’t want the book – got mine last Wednesday 😉

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

6. Schumacher

7. Alguersari

8. Rosberg

9. Kovalainen

10. Di Resta

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Rosberg

4. Webber

5. Alonso

6. Kovalainen

7. Sutil

8. Kobayashi

9. Perez

10. Ricciardo

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Webber

5. Hamilton

6. Di Resta

7. Alguersuari

8. Senna

9. Kovalainen

10.Rosberg

1. Button

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Kovalainen

5. Alguersauri

6. Rosberg

7. di Resta

8. Schumacher

9. Perez

10. Liuzzi

1. Button

2.Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Senna

5. Rosberg

6. Kovalainen

7. Schumacher

8. Maldonado

9. Perez

10. Sutil

Hard to decide between JB and SV, but Jenson edges it because not only did he beat his team mate, he beat a Red Bull which was a superior car.

1.Vettel

2.Alonso

3.Button

4.Hamilton

5.Kovalainen

6.Rosberg

7.Massa

8.Webber

9.Schumacher

10.Sutil

1.Alonso

2.Vettel

3.Schumacher

4.Button

5.Kovalainen

6.Di Resta

7.Sutil

8.Hamilton

9.Alguersuari

10.Perez

I’m a huge Alonso fan but Vettel was brilliant this season, here is my driver order and rating out of 10.

1. Vettel 10/10 – Perfect all season.

2. Alonso 8/10 – Had a poor start to season.

3. Button 7/10 – Ended strongly.

4. Hamilton 7/10 – Had some good wins.

5. Rosberg 6/10 – Had a good season.

Hi George,

This vote is for your Top 10 drivers, rather than just Top 5.

Do you have 5 more for me please?

Thanks,

Matt

1. Jenson Button

2. Heikki Kovalainen

3. Jaime Alguesari

4. Sebastien Vettel

4. Nico Rosberg

5. Fernando Alonso

6. Mark Webber

7. Lewis Hamilton

8. Paul di Resta

9. Adrian Sutil

10. Michael Schumacher

Corrected:

1. Jenson Button

2. Heikki Kovalainen

3. Jaime Alguesari

4. Sebastien Vettel

5. Nico Rosberg

6. Fernando Alonso

7. Mark Webber

8. Lewis Hamilton

9. Paul di Resta

10. Adrian Sutil

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Kovalainen

5. Algersuari

6. Rosberg

7. Hamilton

8. Schumacher

9. Sutil

10. Kobayashi

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Rosberg

5. Schumacher

6. Massa

7. Perez

8. Alguersuari

9. Hamilton

10. Webber

Jenson Button…. Proved the critics wrong who said he would be blown away by Lewis Hamilton, a true gent as well who is a great ambassador for F1

1. Fernando alonso

2. Jenson button

3. Paul Di resta

4. Daniel ricciardo

5. Heikki kovalainen

6. Sebastian vettel

7. Lewis Hamilton

8. Mark webber

9. Bruno senna

10. Rubens barrichello

1. Vettel

2. Webber

3. Button

4. Hamilton

5. Alonso

6. Massa

7. Rosberg

8. Schumacher

9. Perez

10. Kobayashi

You think webber had a better year than alonso?!?

1 – Vettel

2 – Alonso

3 – Button

4 – Hamilton

5 – Rosberg

6 – Webber

7 – Schumacher

8 – Alguersuari

9 – Heidfeld

10 – DiResta

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalinen

5. Ricciardo

6. Sutil

7. Rosberg

8. Hamilton

9. Schumacher

10. Alguesuari

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Di Resta

6. Algersuari

7. Hamilton

8. Webber

9. Perez

10. Senna

1) Fernando Alonso – every time we went onboard with him it took my breath away. I was impressed with how much he fought for every inch he took.

2) Sebastian Vettel – What can you say? His job may not have been so challenging but he performed it nearly flawlessly.

3) Jenson Button – Very good year. Car and tires suited him and he made the most out of it.

4) Jerome d’Ambrosio – If points were awarded for every position, and not just for the top 10, he would have outscored Glock by 25%. Because they are not, he’s been too easy to overlook. Outstanding. Very impressed with his consistency and reliability. Hope to see him again soon.

5) Daniel Ricciardo – tossed in midseason in weakest car on the grid. His learning curve was sharp and impressive. Best of luck to him next year.

About these I feel less strongly, but you want 10! The placings are somewhat arbitrary.

6) Heikki Kovalainen

7) Sergio Perez

8) Jaime Alguersuari – Maybe higher if he had been stronger in the first half of the season, but I think his teammate’s run of bad luck flatters him a bit.

9) Nico Rosberg

10) Nick Heidfeld

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Di Resta

6. Alguersuari

7. Hamilton

8. Rosberg

9. Perez

10. Schumacher

1) Alonso

2) Button

3) Vettel

4) Kovalainen

5) Hamilton

6) Sutil

7) Alguesari

8) Rosberg

9) Ricciardo

10) Senna

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Webber

5. Kovalainen

6. Alguesuari

7. Di Resta

8. Ricciardo

9. Schumacher

10. Perez

1. Vettel ( Enough said )

2. Button ( Mr Consistency )

3. Alonso ( Outperformed )

4. Webber ( Very consistent just slightly off pace of #1 )

5. Hamilton ( Super quick on a good day )

6. DiResta ( as he is a Rookie )

7. Perez ( see above )

8. Kovalainen ( Smashed Jarno )

9. Ricciardo ( Got up to speed very fast in a HRT)

10. Schumacher ( Seemed to be better in race trim than NR )

I am basing my decisions based on the whole season but with more weight towards the end of the season as I believe thats when most of the drivers had got on top of any tyre / technical issues.

Very hard to judge a lot of the midfield drivers as they are so evenly matched in most cases so I went for drivers that –

a) Were rookies that matched ( not in points but from my observations ) their more experienced teammates.

b) Destroyed their teammates in races where all things were relatively even strategy wise.

c) Improved a lot compared to last season or the beginning of this season.

d) Clearly outperformed the machinery they were given.

Well done Dan G you make the most sense of any that I have read.

1. Vettel ( Enough said )

2. Button ( Mr Consistency )

3. Alonso ( Outperformed )

4. Webber ( Very consistent just slightly off pace of #1 )

5. Hamilton ( Super quick on a good day )

6. DiResta ( as he is a Rookie )

7. Perez ( see above )

8. Kovalainen ( Smashed Jarno )

9. Ricciardo ( Got up to speed very fast in a HRT)

10. Schumacher ( Seemed to be better in race trim than NR )

Gee my list seems to be the same as yours

Me too like your list Danny

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

6. Schumacher

7. Rosberg

8. Kovalainen

9. Di Resta

10. Kobayashi

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Kovalainen

5. Algersuari

6. Sutil

7. Schumacher

8. Rosberg

9. Webber

10. Hamilton

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Jenson Button

4. Adrian Sutil

5. Fernando Alonso

6. Petrov

7. Perez

8. Nico Rosberg

9. Bruno Senna

10. Heikki Kovalainen

James, if they were in the same car it is like you are asking for “who is faster”,

and I don’t think it is the same to say “who is the fans’Champion”

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Kovalainen

5. Algersuari

6. DiResta

7. Schumacher

8. Rosberg

9. Sutil

10. Senna

James, I hope as part of the follow up to this article you are going to publish your top ten drivers too.

Given we have already done the top 5 I think we should have all stuck to those and added the next 5 in below that…….

Hence this is my top 10:

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Jenson Button

4. Jaime Algesuari

5. Heikki Kovalienen

6. Adrian Sutil

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Paul Di Resta

9. Mark Webber

10.Sergio Perez

Vettel was just untouchable and has to be number 1 for his ability to pull out fantastic pole winning qualification laps, for making very few mistakes, and for using the car and tyres at his disposal to their very utmost.

I know James that your top 5 had Alonso and Button reversed, but I still think Alonso was awesome considering how much worse his car was than either the Red Bull or the McLaren, and he consistently beating at least one of each of the top two cars at most races.

But race and drive of the season has to go to Jenson for Canada, that has to be one of the best races of all time and to win so close to the end of the final lap had me running round the house punching the air and shouting, the last time that happened England won the 2005 test at Edgbaston.

Many people are giving Alonso the nod over Button based on being in an inferior car. It’s true to say I am biased as a Button fan, but I have a huge amount of respect for Alonso. I personally think he’s probably the best on the grid. But what does it for me with Button over Alonso is that Alonso never had to beat his team mate who lets face it, is no competition to anyone at the moment and yet Button beat the driver who in his rookie year beat the then WDC Alonso. I know that that year is not without its controversies, but again, Alonso was choking on the fact that he didn’t have a team mate who was prepared to pull over and let him past when he shook his rattle.

Button passed more cars and his wins were far more challenging and entertaining than Alonso’s

I am just doing my usual defense.

1= Button

1= Alonso

3 Heiki

4 Kobayashi

5 Algersuari

6 Vettel

7 Sutil

8 Rosberg

9 Schumacher

10 Di Resta

It’s how I average out rather than imagine them in equal machinery, and it’s just an opinion.

1> Vettel

2> Button

3> Alonso

4> Kovalainen

5> Kobayashi

6> Rosberg

7> Sutil

8> Glock

9> Schumacher

10> Perez

1 Alonso

2 Button

3 Vettel

4 Kovalainen

5 Hamilton

6 Webber

7 Di Resta

8 Alguisari

9 Rosberg

10 Schumi

I hope there is going to be some method to throw out the obvious partisan votes intended to manipulate the final rankings. Lists that place Schumacher at the top? or completely omit Alonzo and/or Vettel? or rank Webber above Vettel? Personally I found it very hard to order the top three but I can respect any list that has the same top three, regardless of the order listed

What about all the British votes that has someone who was clearly beaten by his team mate in the same car ahead of the person who beat him just because of all the British media hype I guess.

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Webber

4. Alonso

5. Sutil

6. Kobayashi

7. di Resta

8. Alguersuari

9. Kovalainen

10. Perez

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

6. Schumacher

7. Di Resta

8. Perez

9. Kovalainen

10. Sutil

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Webber

5. Sutil

6. Rosberg

7. Alguersuari

8. Schumacher

9. Hamilton

10.Di Resta

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. di Riesta

4. Perez

5. Webber

6. Alonso

7. Algersuari

8. Rosberg

9. Shumacher

10. Kovaleinen

Great idea James.

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Algersuari

4. Button

5. Kovalainen

6. Perez

7. Senna

8. Sutil

9. Petrov

10. Kobayashi

Hi James,

1) Alonso

2) Button

3) Perez

4) Vettel

5) Kovalainen

6) Sutil

7) Hamilton

8) Webber

9) Ricciardo

10) Di Resta (just pips Maldonado who was hugely underrated and has essentially ended Barrichello’s career).

1. Raikkonen – for doing the best thing other than winning a WDC… getting a better car for next year

2. Senna

3. Sutil

4. Algersuari

5. D’Ambrosio

6. Buemi

7. Hiedfeld

8. Barichello

9. Petrov

10. Davidson for some great commentary

Do I win?

In all seriousness though, I feel this is most pointless as reading through what people have written it appears that the best drivers are just the ones who get the better coverage. No one cares about D’Ambrosio beating Glock several times despite being in his rookie year. Poeple think of Kovalainen because he was mentioned. The front runners are mentioned alot, the rest aren’t.

It’s like many put Moss on their top 5/10 or whatever of all time, not because they think he is better than Ascari, but becasue Moss is mentioned as the best who never won a WDC title and hence people stick him in lists that he doesn’t belong.

An example from above.

Sutil has recently been mentioned rather highly due to his axing for guy-who-didn’t-get-a-drive-last-year-but-probably-should-have-but-not-in-the-place-of-2011-Sutil/Hulkenberg, and so people are mentioning him rediculosly high up.

In the first dozen or so he even gets a mention as 3rd best driver of the year!

Schumacher is another one, getting several top 5 mentions for getting beaten by his teammate!

Added to that it appears what qualifies is different depending on who you are, whether it is ‘good for being a rookie’, overall, compared to teammates, over the season or over what they didin the season.

If there is one reason why you should read James’ blog for analysis rather than the 200+ posters here, this is why.

Spot on. Most intelligent comment out of 500 here.

I thought this was a good idea, to see what intelligent fans thought, and there are a lot here. But I fear there are more who aren’t. I mean, some of these votes show clear prejudice, some show hidden prejudice. Nice in theory, but im more hopeful to hear who the F1 drivers rate highest and the f1 bosses rate best

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Webber

5. Hamilton

6. Rosberg

7. Sutil

8. Schumacher

9. Di Resta

10. Perez

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Kovalainen

5. Di Resta

6. Algersuari

7. Kobayashi

8. Perez

9. Rosberg

10. Schumacher

Alonso

Button

Vettel

Kovalainen

Alguersuari

Webber

Sutil

Rosberg

Hamilton

Di Resta

1- Button

2- Alonso

3-Vettel

4-Alguersuari

6-Webber

7-Kovalainen

8- Rosberg

9- Di Resta

10- Hamiltion

Hi Mohammed,

You have only listed 9 drivers.

Do you have a tenth for me please?

Thanks,

Matt

Vettel

Alonso

Button

Sutil

Hamilton

Alguersuari

Rossberg

Schumacher

Kovalainen

DiResta

1) Alonso

2) Vettel

3) Button

4) Kovalainen

5) Alguersuari

6) Hamilton

7) Kobayashi

8) Schumacher

9) Rosberg

10) Massa

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Schumacher

5. Kovalainen

6. Rosberg

7. Sutil

8. Di Resta

9. Algersuari

10.Webber

1. Perez

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Vettel

5. Kobayashi

6. Schumacher

7. Webber

8. Senna

9. Buemi

10. Heidfeld

1.Vettel

2.Alonso

3.Button

4.Kovalainen

5.Sutil

6.Perez

7.Algersuari

8.Rosberg

9.Ricciardo

10.Buemi

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Hamilton

6. Webber

7. Rosberg

8. Shumacher

9. di Resta

10. Riccardo

1. Vettle

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

6. Di Resta

7. Kovalainen

8. Ricciardo

9. Perez

10. Schumacher

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Algersuari

5. Sutil

6. Perez

7. Kobayashi

8. DiResta

9. Schumacher

10. Rosberg

Vettel

Button

Alonso

Kovalainen

Sutil

Algersuari

Hamilton

Webber

Perez

DiResta

Here is my list considering all had the same race-craft:

1) Alonso – What he did with the average ferrari is a proof enough for what he could have done with a Redbull at his disposal. I am not a big fan of alonso, but his sheer determination and skills are amazing

2) Vettel – “Qualification Master”, but would have struggled during races, if all behind him had the same car

3)Button – Calculative genius, cool customer.

4)Webber – always a dark horse

5)Hamilton – Would have placed him after Vettel, had he not been so distracted this year. Oh by the way his nemesis Massa also would have ensured he remained in this spot

5)Di Resta – “Amazing Rookie”, who is fast

6)Rosberg – Consistent fighter

7)Kovalinen – Same like Rosberg

8)Sutil

9)Algersuari

10) Perez

How tough is this? “The key to this is to imagine the drivers in equal cars and then look at the job they did week in week out with what they had to work with – who did the best job in 2011?”

Given the mediocre car and poor hard tire performance, Alonso got the most out of the car.

Button did an outstanding job, yet the McLaren had a massive performance advantage over the Ferrari. Nevertheless, Button’s performance was superb. Vettel is Champ, yet had best car by far.

So, 1. Alonso, 2. Button, 3. Vettel, 4.Rosberg, 5. Webber, 6. Hamilton, 7. Kov, 8. Alguersuari, 9. Sutil, 10. Paul

1. Button – For outscoring his highly rated team mate & the magnificent overtake of Vettel in Canada.

2. Vettel – For practically controlling the entire season.

3. Alonso – For winning 1 race & finishing 3rd overall despite having a sub par car

4. Hamilton – The only other driver besides Red Bull to be on pole & for leading the most amount of laps this season after Vettel

5. Rosberg

6. Kovalainen

7. Algesauri – Brilliant 2nd half of the season

8. Sutil

9. Kobayashi

10. Vetrov – He finished 3rd in the 1st race of the season. Had Renault developed the car as well as Mclaren, Vetrov would have featured much higher this season.

1. Alonso

2. Algersuari

3. Kovalainen

4. DiResta

5. Sutil

6. Shumi

7. Button

8. Vettel

9. Kobayashi

10. Rosberg

1. Button

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

6. Algersari

7. Perez

8. Shumacher

9. Sutil

10. DiResta

Top four could have gone either way!

1) Vettel – Overall package

2) Alonso – Almost came 2nd in the 3rd best car.

3) Button – Connected races together well

4) Ricciardo – Rookie, in a …[mod] carm brought in midseason while racing other series. Still beat teammate.

4) Webber – Solid races. Although some bad starts and inferior quali to vettel.

5) Hamilton – Mentally wasnt there. Immature racing at times, gold at others.

6) Di Resta – Mature and clever driver for a ‘rookie’. Beaten by teammate though.

8) Kobyashi – Beat the torro rossos and a force india.

9) Kovalainen – Beat experienced team mate, mentally positive.

10)Rosberg – Beat schuey no worries. Lacks spark.

Hi Dxs,

You have only listed 9 drivers.

Do you have a tenth vote?

Thanks,

Matt

1) Vettel

2) Alonso

3) Button

4) Ricciardo

5) Webber

6) Hamilton

7) Di Resta

8) Kovalainen

9)Rosberg

10) Kobyashi

1. Vettel (outstanding and on fire. unstoppable)

2. Schumacher (took some time, but now he’s back)

3. Hamilton

4. Alonso (“only” 4th for saying ‘I give up’ in Korea)

5. Kovalainen (only Q1 driver to really compete against better cars)

6. Alguersuari

7. Perez (incredible debut season)

8. Di Resta

9. Button

10. Webber

1. Button

2. Sutil

3. Alonso

4. Vettel

5. Webber

6. Kovalainen

7. Hamilton

8. Kobayashi

9. Alguersuari

10. Perez

1) Alonso

2) Button

3) Schumacher

4) Vettel

5) Hamilton

6) Massa

7) Webber

8) Rosberg

9) Massa

10) Sutil

Hi Nick,

You’ve listed Massa twice – do you have an alternative?

Thanks,

Matt

1- Alonso

2- Vettel

3- Button

4- Senna

5- Hamilton

6- Kovalainen

7- Sutil

8- Rosberg

9- Webber

10- Schumacher

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Kovalainen

5. Algesuari

6. Rosberg

7. Ricciardo

8. Sutil

9. Schumacher

10. Di Resta

1 Sebastian Vettel

2 Jenson Button

3 Mark Webber

4 Fernando Alonso

5 Lewis Hamilton

6 Felipe Massa

7 Nico Rosberg

8 Michael Schumacher

9 Adrian Sutil

10 Vitaly Petrov

1 Vettel

2 Button

3 Alonso

4 Hamilton

5 Webber

6 Kovalainen

7 Rosberg

8 Alguersuari

9 Perez

10 Kobayashi

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Sutil

6. Hamilton

7. Webber

8. Schumacher

9. Rosberg

10. Di Resta

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalinen

5. Di Resta

6. Algersuari

7. Rosberg

8. Hamilton

9. Sutil

10. Glock

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Sutil

5. Di Resta

6. Kovalainen

7. Algesuari

8. Hamilton

9. Rosberg

10.Schumacher

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Rosberg

5. Di Resta

6. Kovalainen

7. Hamilton

8. Webber

9. Perez

10. Sutil

James, I got my book. Thanks. Looking forward to read it this weekend.

In regards to this article, are you going to take into consideration the Driver Of The Day votes on this website from your articles after each race or just the votes in this article?

It won’t be looking good for Vettel if you do, since I don’t remember him ever being the choice for The Driver Of The Day on any of 2011 races.

1 – Alonso

2 – Vettel

3 – Button

4 – Hamilton

5 – Kovalainen

6 – Algersuari

7 – Schumacher

8 – Sutil

9 – Rosberg

10- Perez

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Sutil

5. Kovalainen

6. Hamilton

7. Alguesuari

8. Webber

9. Rosberg

10. Perez

1. Button

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Kovalainen

5. Sutil

6. Algersuari

7. Rosberg

8. Buemi

9. Perez

10. Di Resta

Button

Vettel

Alonso

Algersuari

Di Resta

Kovalainen

Hamilton

Schumacher

Rosberg

Perez

1 alonso

2 button

3 vettel

4 Sutil

5 algesuari

6 di resta

7 kovalainen

8 Rosberg

9 Hamilton

10 webber

There wasn’t a huge amount between the top 3. But whilst vettel was superb this season, his car was near enough

perfect. He was made to look better than he was because mark struggled so badly with understanding the tyres, and also the countless reliability problems with his car. Vettel is clearly a good qualifier and maximising the use of the engine modes in Q3 allowed him to usually start pole and dictate the race. So rather than vettel outperforming hugely I see mark underperforming greatly, not all his fault.

Alonso may have lost out to massa in a few qualifying sessions but the Ferrari was so slow in qualifying trim he resorted to taking a few risks. His races in a comparatively useless car have been nothing short of amazing, relentless.

My view is that if vettel and alonso swapped cars this year alonso would have comfortably won the title as well but vettel wouldn’t have been able to match FA for points. All hypothetical, but the RB7 allowed vettel to have a straight forward weekend time and time again which mark could have had if he hadn’t woefully underperformed.

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

6. Schumacher

7. Massa

8. Roseberg

9. Di Resta

10. Perez

1/ Vettel

2/ Button

3/ Alonso

4/ Kovaleinen

5/ Rosberg

6/ Alguersuari

7/ Hamilton

8/ Sutil

9/ Schumacher

10/Perez

1 BUT

2 ALO

3 VET

4 KOV

5 HAM

6 ALG

7 WEB

8 MSC

9 DIR

10 SEN

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Rosberg

5. Kovalainen

6. Hamilton

7. Sutil

8. Di Resta

9. Alguersuari

10. Perez

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Kovilinen

5. Schumacher

6. Algesuari

7. Sutil

8. Di Resta

9. Buemi

10. Perez

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Schumacher

5. Di Resta

6. Webber

7. Rosberg

8. Senna

9. Hamilton

10. Sutil

I. Alonso

II. Kobayashi

III. Heidfield

IV. Kovalainen

V. Perez

VI. Schumacher

VII. Maldonado

VIII. Vettel

IX. Button

X. Massa

If all drivers had equal cars & equal support for a whole season, my standings:

1.-Fernando Alonso

2.-Sebastian Vettel

3.-Heikki Kovalainen

4.-Sergio Pérez

5.-Jaime Alguersuari

6.-Jenson Button

7.-Mark Webber

8.-Lewis Hamilton

9.-Paul Di Resta

10.-Nico Rosberg

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Rosberg

5. Kovalainen

6. Webber

7. Hamilton

8. Sutil

9. Perez

10.Glock

1) Vettel

2) Alonso

3) Button

4) Hamilton

5) Webber

6) Kovalainen

7) Sutil

8) Alguersuari

9) Rosberg

10) Kobayashi

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Kobayashi

6. Senna

7. Ricciardo

8. Webber

9. Hamilton

10. Di Resta

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Di Resta

6. Alguersuari

7. Schumacher

8. Sutil

9. Perez

10.Hamilton

1.Vettel

2.Button

3.Alonso

4.Kovalainen

5.Rosberg

6.Webber

7.Ricciardo

8.Heidfeld

9.Alguersuari

10.Perez

Vettel Alonso button webber rosberg heiki ricciardo Sutil Hamilton shumi

1: Vettel. I’d accuse him of making the front of most races a boring place, but he barely put a foot wrong and drove far more maturely than last year.

2: Button. Consistency combined with some wonderful speed.

3: Alonso. Dragged the Ferrari higher than it deserved to be.

4: Rosberg. Continued to beat Schumacher, though MS is regaining some of his speed.

5: Kovalainen. Showed some decent speed in a slow car. I hope the team join the midfield next year.

6: Alguersuari. Still only 21, and showing some great consistency and mature driving. Hope he doesn’t end up on the great driver scrap heap.

7: Di Resta. An accomplished debut season. Needs to perform again next year to justify FI dropping Sutil I think.

8: Hamilton. Some moments of brilliance, but didn’t get his head together.

9: Perez. A solid maiden season, with some interesting strategic moves.

10: Webber. Didn’t get it hooked up like he did last year, and seems demotivated.

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Rosberg

5. Sutil

6. Schumacher

7. Hamilton

8. Perez

9. Alguersuari

10. Kovalainen

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Schumacher

4. Button

5. Di Resta

6. Alguersuari

7. Kovalainen

8. Hamilton

9. Webber

10. Massa

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Hamilton

6. Di Resta

7. Sutil

8. Rosberg

9. Sutil

10. Perez

Hi Sublime,

You’ve listed Sutil twice – do you have another nomination please?

Thanks,

Matt

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Rosberg

5. Sutil

6. Di Resta

7. Ricciardo

8. Hamilton

9. Kovalainen

10. Perez

1. alonso

2. Alguersuari

3. Vettel

4. Button

5. Kovalainen

6. Ricciardo

7. Petrov

8. Perez

9. Di Resta

10. Hamilton

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Rosberg

5. Alguersuari

6. Kovalainen

7. Sutil

8. Perez

9. Buemi

10. D’Ambrosio

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Rosberg

5. Di Resta

6. Kovalinen

7. Webber

8. Hamilton

9. Sutil

10. Perez

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Kovalinen

5. Rosberg

6. Di Resta

7. Webber

8. Schumacher

9. Alguersuari

10.Ricciardo

1.Button

2.Alonso

3.Vettel

4.Di Resta

5.Kovalainen

6.Hamilton

7.Rosberg

8.Perez

9.Schumacher

10.Sutil

1. Alonso

2. Kovalainen

3. Button

4. Vettel

5. Sutil

6. Schumacher

7. Rosberg

8. D’ambrosio

9. Barrichello

10. Alguersuari

If the one car for all would be special taylored for Schumacher, Schumacher. Best overtaker and impossible to overtake if you dare for your life.

So even the one car for all is a bit tricky, still some would like it and some not.

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Kovaleinen

5. Di Resta

6. Rosberg

7. Hamiltom

8. Webber

9. Alguersuari

10.Senna

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Alguesuari

6. Di Resta

7. Sutil

8. Hamilton

9. Perez

10. Ricciardo

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Kovalainen

4. Rosberg,

5. Vettel

6. Kobayashi

7. Sutil,

8. Schumacher

9. Webber

10.DiResta

and the worst?

1. Massa

1.Alonso

2.Button

3.Vettel

4.Schumacher

5.Perez

6.Alguersuari

7.Di Resta

8.Rosberg

9.Sutil

10.Kovalinen

Based on everyone having a redbull to drive…

1 Alonso

2 Vettel

3 Button

4 Kovalainen

5 Sutil

6 Rosberg

7 Perez

8 Di Resta

9 Schumacher

10 Alguersuari

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Di Resta

4. Schumacher

5. Vettel

6. Algersuari

7. Rosberg

8. Hamilton

9. Senna

10. Kovelainen

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Kovalainen

5. Perez

6. Rosberg

7. Sutil

8. Di Resta

9. Schumacher

10. Kobayashi

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Webber

4. Hamilton

5. Alonso

6. Di Resta

7. Kovalainen

8. Rosberg

9. Schumacher

10. Perez

10. Di Resta

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Sutil

6. Alguersuari

7. Hamilton

8. Heidfeld (three points less than Petrov in half the races)

7. Ricciardo

8. Rosberg

9. Webber

10. Di Resta

Alonso

Vettel

Button

Di Resta

Sutil

Hamilton

Kovalainen

Rosberg

Schumacher

Alguersuari

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Hamilton

4. Vettel

5. Kovalainen

6. Maldonado

7. Rosberg

8. Kobayashi

9. Di Resta

10. Massa

1. Vettel – not sure anyone would’ve beaten him in the same car this year.

2. Alonso – amazing spirit and speed.

3. Rosberg – often qualified higher than he should.

4. Button – another top class season but not always on the pace.

5. Di Resta – beaten by Sutil but impressive.

6. Hamilton – incredible, half of the time.

7. Schumacher – poor in qualifying but so much overtaking.

8. Perez – beat his team mate, star potential.

9. Ricciardo – another for the future.

10. Senna – did well, given his basic experience and very limited running before being drafted in.

1 Fernando Alonso

2 Sebastian Vettel

3 Jenson Button

4 Lewis Hamilton

5 Mark Webber

6 Nico Rosberg

7 Adrian Sutil

8 Paul di Resta

9 Felipe Massa

10 Michael Schumacher

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Kovalainen

5. Webber

6. Alguersuari

7. Rosberg

8. Schumacher

9. Di Resta

10. Kobayashi

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Schumacher

5. Hamilton

6. Kovalainen

7. Webber

8. Sutil

9. Rosberg

10. Alguersuari

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Jenson Button

4. Mark Webber

5. Heikki Kovalainen

6. Lewis Hamilton

7. Paul di Resta

8. Nico Rosberg

9. Jaime Alguersuari

10. Adrian Sutil

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Kovalainen

4. Rosberg

5. Hamilton

6. Di Resta

7. Heidfeld

8. Vettel

9. Perez

10.Alguersuari

Vettel

Button

Hamilton

Schumacher

Alonso

Rosberg

Webber

Sutil

Di Resta

Kobayashi

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Fernando

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

6. di Resta

7. Alguersuari

8. Kovalainen

9. Rosberg

10. Perez

alonso

vettel

button

hamilton

kovalainen

sutil

diresta

webber

rosberg

algesuari

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Schumacher

4. Button

5. Webber

6. Sutil

7. Hamilton

8. Kovalainen

9. Rosberg

10. Massa

PS Strange that di Resta is figuring so strongly in many listings. It is quite possible he will come good in a year or two, but I wouldn’t rank him among the top 10 just yet.

Also, when making my list I also figured in leadership ability, something many current F1 drivers are severely lacking.

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Jenson Button

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Heikki Kovalainen

5. Paul di Resta

6. Jaime Alguersuari

7. Daniel Ricciardo

8. Jerome d’Ambrosio

9. Nico Rosberg

10. Bruno Senna

1. Button

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Hamilton

5. Kovalainen

6. Sutil

7. Di Resta

8. Alguersuari

9. Rosberg

10. Perez

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

6. Rosberg

7. di Resta

8. Sutil

9. Kovalainen

10. Alguersuari

Button – Canada Drive of the Decade! Beat LH!

Alonso – Dogged even if he gives up…

di Resta – excellent for a rookie

Weber – put up with being sidelined

Kovalainen – got best of inferior car

Sutil – socks up

Rosberg – stuffing Schum

Massa – another sidelined

Vettel – title on a plate

Hamilton – where was the ‘fastest’ driver?

1.-Alonso

2.-Button

3.-Vettel

4.-Alguersuari

5.-Hamilton

6.-Webber

7.-Di Resta

8.-Rosberg

9.-Kovalainen

10.-Perez

Impressive drive from Jaime this season

1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Paul di Resta

4. Fernando Alonso

5. Heikki Kovalainen

6. Mark Webber

7. Sergio Perez

8. Nico Rosberg

9. Jaime Alguersuari

10. Michael Schumacher

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Seastian Vettel

3. Jenson Button

4. Heikki Kovalainen

5. Nico Rosberg

6. Michael Schumacher

7. Dan Ricciardo

8. Adrian Sutil

9. Jaime Alguersuari

10. Sergio Perez

1 Alonso

2 Vettel

3 Button

4 Schumacher

5 Kovalainen

6 Di Resta

7 Rosberg

8 Algersuari

9 Webber

10 Perez

Interesting article on this very subject on autosport. They did the very same for the team bosses and this is what they came up with:

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

6. Webber

7. Di Resta

8. Sutil

9. Kovalainen

10. Schumacher

The annual team principals’ verdict is compiled by getting the top ten driver rankings of every boss, which are kept secret, and then converting their rankings into the F1 points’ system (25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1).

The final scores are added up to discover which driver the team bosses overall believed had done the best job throughout the campaign.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/96751

voters were as follows:

Horner, Martin Whitmarsh, Stefano Domenicali, Ross Brawn, Eric Boullier, Frank Williams, Vijay Mallya, Peter Sauber, Tony Fernandes, Colin Kolles and John Booth.

For some reason Scuderia Toro Rosso declined to take part.

Interesting dont you think.

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Di Resta

5. Hamilton

6. Schumacher

7. Webber

8. Pérez

9. Rosberg

10. Alguersuari

1.Vettel

2.Button

3.Alonso

4.Alguersuari

5.Sutil

6.Kovalainen

7.Rosberg

8.Kobayashi

9.Di Resta

10.Hamilton

Not enough info to rate 6 bottom cars/drivers just from TV

Happy Holidays James and all, you make for very fun reading

Vettel

Button

Alonso

Hamilton

Rosberg

Schumacher

Sutil

Di Resta

Alguersuari

Kobayashi

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Kovalainen

5. Sutil

6. Alguersuari

7. Senna

8. Webber

9. Barrichello

10. Glock

I didn’t include Massa and Hamilton because one was as bad as the other this year.

1) J. Button

2) F. Alonso

3) S Vettel

4) P. Di Resta

5) N. Rosberg

6) A. Sutil

7) J. Alguersari

8) B. Senna

9) S. Perez

10) M. Webber

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Rosberg

5. Kovalainen

6. Liuzi

7. Algersuari

8. Hamilton

9. Di Resta

9. Perez

10. Kobayashi

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Di Resta

6. Rosberg

7. Schumacher

8. Alguersuari

9. Petrov

10. Hamilton

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Jenson Button

3. Fernando Alonso

…

4. Heikki Kovalainen

5. Adrian Sutil

6. Nico Rosberg

7. Paul Di Resta

8. Lewis Hamilton

9. Jaime Alguersuari

10. Jerome d’Ambrosio

1: Vettel

2: Alonso

3: Button

4: Hamilton

5: Rosberg

6: Sutil

7: Mark Webber

8: Di Resta

9: Schumacher

10: Kobayashi

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Kovalainen

5. Rosberg

6. Schumacher

7. di Resta

8. Alguersuari

9. Perez

10. Hamilton

1. BUT

2. VET

3. ALO

4. HAM

5. ROS

6. SUT

7. WEB

8. MSC

9. ALG

10. BUE

1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Nico Rosberg

6. Heikki Kovalainen

7. Paul di Resta

8. Mark Webber

9. Jaime Alguersuari

10. Sergio Perez

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Jenson Button

4. Jerome D’Ambrosio

5. Paul di Resta

6. Heikki Kovalainen

7. Adrian Sutil

8. Sergio Perez

9. Lewis Hamilton

10. Nico Rosberg

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Jenson Button

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Mark Webber

6. Jaime Alguersuari

7. Michael Schumacher

8. Nico Rosberg

9. Heikki Kovalainen

10. Adrian Sutil

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Nico Rosberg

4. Jenson Button

5. Adrian Sutil

6. Heikki Kovalainen

7. Dan Ricciardo

8. Jaime Alguersuari

9. Kamui Kobayashi

10. Sergio Perez

1. S Vettel

2. F Alonso

3. J Button

4. H Kovalainen

5. A Sutil

6. J Alguersuari

7. L Hamilton

8. N Rosberg

9. M Schumacher

10.P Di Resta

Hamilton had two outstanding wins this year so had to feature for me in this list, found it really difficult after Alguersuari to put names by the numbers though… Great idea for the fan’s world championship!

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

6. Rosberg

7. Schumacher

8. Massa

9. Alguersuari

10. Kobayashi

1 – Vettel

2 – Alonso

3 – Button

4 – Webber

5 – Di Resta

6 – Rosberg

7 – Schumi

8 – Alguersuari

9 – Kovalaninen

10 – Hamilton

1:Button – beating a driver expected to be a multi World Champion and coming second in a car that was quite often 3rd best on the day, and an epic drive in Canada forcing Vettel into perhaps his only real mistake on race day!

2:Alonso – dragged a Ferrari around faster than it should have and those lightning starts.

3:Vettel – pretty perfect, but he did have a quite decent car advantage which he used very well

4:Webber – kept his outlook in life pretty chipper even though he was trounced, and managed to come 3rd in the championship

5:Kovaleinen – always happy, smiling and relaxed and I’m pretty sure this is what kept his team going at times…

6:Rosberg – pretty reliable, but often did become a bit anonymous in the races.

7:Perez – beat a highly rated team mate well, and if it wasn’t for his accident might have figured even higher

8:Di Resta – could be a bit dour, but pretty realistic and probably rookie of the year. Needs to build on his results however and he hit too many things early doors.

9:Alguersuari – shame he’s currently without a drive, was pretty impressive tail end of season

10:Hamilton – his worst season, first time he was beaten by a team mate, hit many cars many times…I really wasn’t impressed with his overall performance…BUT he came 4th, scored plenty of points and won 3 GP’s. Needs to grow up somehow, not blame other people and learn that sometimes the tortoise beats the hare. Was humbled by Button, especially at Monza when he failed to pass Schumacher, but then let Button pass him and Schumacher in a couple of corners. Deserves a place in the top ten though because on his (admittedly too few this season) day he is blinding fast

Perez scored half the championship points of his highly rated teammate.

In my opinion, Perez was a rookie, had a crash that by his admission too 4 races to overcome, so beat as in performed better overall comsidering all the data

Kobayashi’s performance by everyone’s admission earned his team a lot of money.

1. Alonso

2. Button

3. Hamilton

4. Vettel

5. Kobayashi

6. Alguersari

7. Rosberg

8. Maldonado

9. Di Resta

10. Webber

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Button

4. Kovalainen

5. Webber

6. Hamilton

7. Sutil

8. Rosberg

9. di Resta

10. Schumacher

1 Button

2 Alonsoo

3 Vettel

4 Rosberg

5 Kovalainen

6 Perez

7 di Resta

8 Webber

9 Hamilton

10 Sutil

1-Vettel

2-Button

3-Alonso

4-Alguersuari

5-Kovaleinen

6-Rosberg

7-Di Resta

8-Perez

9-Webber

10-Hamilton

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Di Resta

6. Rosberg

7. Hamilton

8. Alguersuari

9. Perez

10. Schumacher

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Kovaleinen

5. di Resta

6. Webber

7. Perez

8. Hamilton

9. Rosberg

10. Schumacher

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Rosberg

6. Webber

7. Alguersuari

8. Ricciardo

9. Di Resta

10. Sutil

Possibly should explain the absences of Hamilton and Massa, whilst including Webber…

Hamilton: On his day, Hamilton was awesome. But his days were too few and far between during 2011, and the number of times he was investigated (and subsequently penalised) by the stewards was far too high to earn a top 10 spot for me.

Massa: Clearly wasn’t achieving to the levels he did prior to his accident, and clearly wasn’t getting anywhere near as much out of the car as Alonso was. Only notable achievements were the few times he managed to find himself in front of Alonso and ruining the race for the much quicker Alonso.

Webber: Got trounced by Vettel who was on top form all season, but showed excellent race-craft and overtaking ability. Only 1 major blot on his copybook (Monza), and showed steady progress through the season getting on top of the tyres. Also worth noting the car-affected slow starts prior to being able to revert to 2010 procedure made things more difficult for him than it should have been.

1. Vettel – so few mistakes, dominating qualifying

2. Button – pushed Vettel sometimes, and won

3. Alonso – always threatened despite driving an F150 truck

4. Webber – buggered starts but could overtake anyone

5. Hamilton – Great days and bad days

6. Schumacher – Pushed hard, fought for the points

7. Rosberg – Solid drives, followed the plan

8. Kovaleinen – Delivered what he could

9. Di Resta – Didn’t drive like a rookie

10. Sutil – Solid

1 – Button

2 – Alonso

3 – Vettel

4 – Rosberg

5 – Hamilton

6 – Schumacher

7 – Webber

8 – Kovalainen

9 – Heidfeld

10 – Perez

Button drove better than he did in 2009, and was often the most consistent man out there, as well as being surprisingly quick. It was hard to choose between him and Alonso for No. 1 spot, but JB clinches it thanks to Canada, the greatest race I have ever seen.

Vettel did what he should have done with that car advantage and a hampered team mate, and on the few instances he was put under pressure he caved like he did in 2010. But, he is blindingly fast and stuck to a winning strategy, and was in the right place to take advantage of it.

Rosberg was always as quick as the car would allow, and save for a few races in the second half of the season he safely had the legs on Schumi. Bit of a ‘mare for Hamilton, as he showed flashes of how he can be better than anyone, but far more of impetuosity I really hope he curbs for next year.

Schumacher was much improved on last year, and there were traces of his former self. It seemed like he enjoyed it more this year, which showed in his performances. Webber had a few strong performances, but it was really difficult to gauge how well he was actually driving this year when his many issues are taken into account. Heikki made Trulli look like he belonged at the back of the grid, and seemed to be relishing the challenge. Heidfeld’s accomplishments didn’t seem that great when he was booted out of the Renault team mid-season, but after seeing how that team unravelled it’s clear how much of a good job he was doing.

And finally, Perez was rookie of the season, just shading Di Resta. Both were good, but I’d say it’s more impressive to hold your own against Kobayashi than it is against Sutil.

Thanks for the great blog this year James!

1. Vettel

2. Schumacher

3. Rosberg

4. Alonso

5. Alguersuari

6. Kovalainen

7. Sutil

8. Button

9. Heidfeld

10. Kobayashi

Hmm, well, the top 5 should be the same as last week!

1) Vettel

2) Button

3) Alonso

4) Kovalainen

5) Sutil

6) Hamilton – he did still win three races! … in an equal car, I’d still back him to win the championship. His problem is he overdrives sometimes when in an inferior car, and gets into trouble – if all the cars were the same, that’s less likely to be a problem!

7) Alguersauri – so unlucky to be out of a seat. May be getting some sympathy points!

8) Di Resta – the best Rookie

9) Webber – even when getting thrashed by a team mate, I still think he’d be in the top 10 in the world overall. Technically Massa should have a similar reason, but he’s been so mentally destroyed, if the midfield get closer to Ferrari next year, he could be in a lot of trouble. Webber on the other hand was still pulling off great, gutsy moves on the best drivers in the world. Just needs to sort out starts, and not be out of position so often!

10) Schumacher – beaten by Rosberg on points, but I think raced better than his team-mate this year. Still think if Mercedes produce a winning car, it would be Schumacher & not Rosberg that would get the victory.

1) vettel

2) Alonso

3) button

4) kovalainen

5) sutil

6) alguersuari

7) Hamilton

8) rosberg

9) di resta

10) schumacher

Not so easy actually, specially past the top 3. It is difficult not to be bias in judging performances. Webber? His year was not that bad, but seeing the gap to his teammate, even including his misfortunes. I could not find a place for him in my top 10. I am glad to see many have included schumi. While he still was not at the level of performance one would expect of him, he did better than last year. By a good margin too. I placed Hamilton 7th, but I am not sure he did better than the ones bellow him. Still, when in his right mind, he showed his capacities. Next year he has to do better though. Perez is my close 11th…Marc

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Kovalainen

5. Alguesuari

6. Sutil

7. Webber

8. Hamilton

9. Di Resta

10. Perez

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Heikki

5. Di Resta

6. Rosberg

7. Hamilton

8. Webber

9. Sutil

10. Schumacher

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Webber

5. Schumacher

6. Sutil

7. Hamilton

8. Kobayashi

9. Alguersuari

10. Ricardo