The influential Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport has done a mid-season rating of each of the F1 drivers, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso coming out on top, just ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.
And in a stark assessment of Ferrari’s other driver, Felipe Massa is at the bottom of the table.
The Italian media is very fond of what they call “pagelle”, which are marks out of 10 after every event. It’s a well established part of Italian sports media coverage and has been copied here and there in the UK media and elsewhere.
But in Italy it carries a bit more weight. So it is worth reporting and considering to see whether readers here on JA on F1 agree with their marks.
Alonso comes out with a 10, due to having won three races in an open season, “the merit is above all the Spaniard’s; he has managed to get 101% out of the car, no serious mistake, no below par race, ” says the citation.
Hamilton is second on 8.5, Gazzetta noting that “if he had translated the three poles into three wins it would be a different championship.”
Raikkonen, third on 8, is described as “the most beautiful surprise of the year” for his gutsy comeback, garlanded with podiums and strong points finishes. Interestingly, in 11 races so far these three drivers have yet to appear on the podium together.
In contrast the Gazzetta doesn’t spare Massa’s blushes, “25 points against the 164 of Alonso, who has beaten him 11 times out of 11. A few signs of a revival in recent races but it’s not enough to get him re-signed (for 2013). Perhaps it’s time for a change of scene..”
Here is the full run down:
10 – Alonso
8.5 – Hamilton
8 – Raikkonen
7 – Webber, Vettel, Rosberg, Grosjean
6.5 – Di Resta, Maldonado
6 – Schumacher, Perez, Kobayashi, Hulkenberg, Kovalainen, Glock, De la Rosa, Pic, Petrov,
5.5 – Senna
5 – Button, Vergne, Ricciardo, Karthikeyan
What do you think? Do you agree and if not how would you rank the drivers out of ten for their season so far? Leave your comments below.