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Posted By: James Allen  |  18 Dec 2013   |  7:40 am GMT  |  577 comments

It’s that time of year again, where we need to establish the Top Five drivers of the year, in descending order, with your Driver of the Season at the top.

This is the fifth year we’ve run this popular competition.

And to add a bit of fun to it, all responses will be entered into a draw and the the first five entries which match my selection, which will be revealed next week, will receive a free signed copy of our review book of the season; James Allen on F1 2013: Winning at all costs, which is on sale now.

Leave your Top Five list in the comments box below – the closing date for entries is Monday December 23rd.

It was a pretty one sided championship, but how do you judge what Vettel did in comparison with others who had slower cars and still got great results? Fernando Alonso, for example, finished second in what was clearly not the second fastest car.

There were some other strong performances this year from drivers throughout the field, Hulkenberg had his moments, Grosjean came good in the end, Rosberg won two races and scored pole positions, it’s not an easy one this year.

We want to hear what you think about the five drivers who you think did the business this year, with a line or two about them (please no 1,000 word treatises!!).

The prize is a signed copy of my 2013 Review book, which is a limited edition, large format soft paperback. This is the fifth year we have done the book and it’s a cool collectible – a great way to look back on the behind the scenes stories and the races which made up the year. You’ll be surprised how much you’ve forgotten of the way the stories developed as the year went on.

I’ve written loads of linking copy which gives a hindsight perspective on the key stories of the year like the Pirelli tyre failures, Raikkonen leaving Lotus, the edging out of Ross Brawn at Mercedes, Ferrari’s infighting when the season derailed, Bernie Ecclestone’s legal challenges and much more. The Foreword this year is written by David Coulthard.

If you can’t wait to find out if you’ve won or you just want to make sure you secure your copy before it sells out (as it usually does around New Year), you can order one here for £10-99 plus postage (most countries around the world are served).

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1

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulk

4. Webber

5. Hamilton

2

Grosjean

Raikkonen

Alonso

Hamilton

Bottas

3

1.vettel

2.alonso

3.hulkenberg

4.rosberg

5.grosgean

4

1. Hulk for a great drive.

2. Kimi for not taking sh@# from no one.

3. Rosburg for keeping Hamilton honest.

4. Webber for persistance with what seemed like a re-painted HRT.

5. Vettel for winning in a car that seemed like it was turbocharged.

5

1- Vettel

2- Alonso

3- Kimi Raikkonen

4- Hamilton / Rosberg

6

I think you hit the nail on the head, Moh.

7

1. Webber; for joining Porsche

2. Button; for keeping his job

3. Perez ; for landing on his feet at F. India

4. Chilton; for overcoming the odds

5. Sutil ; for having a beautiful girlfriend

8

Webber

Alonso

Vettel

Hulkenberg

Ricciardo

9

Vettel

Alonso

Grosjean

Hamilton

Hulkenberg

10

Alonso,Kimi,

Grosjean

Hamilton

Hulkenberg

11

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Rosberg

4. Grosjean

5. Hamilton

12

1) Seb

2) Alo

3) kimi

4) Hulk

5) Rosberg

13

1. Daniel Riccardo

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Nico Rosberg

4. Roman Grosjean

5. Jenson Button

14

heheheeheheh... You're serious right??? hahahaahahahaaha

15

Alonso (difficult car)

Vettal (skill)

Webber (tanasity )

Hulkenberg (competitive in a not so competitive car)

Grosjean (for getting it together)

16

Totally agree Brian.

17

+1 Agree Brian

18

tenacity....took me a while to decipher that one

19

Vettel

Alonso

Raikonnen

Hulkenberg

Grosjean

20

Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton, Hulkenberg and Rosberg

21

Vettel

Alonso

Raikkonen

Grosjean

Rosberg

And a special mention to the driver of the fire truck in Korea

22

Fire truck +1

23

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hulkenberg

4. Raikkonen

5. Grosjean

24

1 Vettel - imperious

2 Hulkenburg - showcased his talent, outperformed the car

3 Raikkonen - race craft, attitude and speed

4 Alonso - starts and doggedness

5 Grosjean - most improved

25

Very reasonable!

26

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Grosjean

4. Hülkenberg

5. Bianchi

27

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Grosjean

4. Hülkenberg

5. Bianchi

28

1) Vettel

2) Raikkonen

3) Alonso

4) Hamilton

5) Rosberg

29

1. Vettel - obviously

2. Alonso - should really be N.1

3. Hamilton - adapted pretty well to a new team, but lost the edge a little bit in my opinion

4. Hulkenberg - the new star rising

5. Raikkonen - because he knows what he's doin'

30

1)Raikkonen

2)Vettel

3)Alonso

4)Grosjean

5)Hamilton

31

ding ding ding, give this man the prize, first one w/iceman at the top 🙂

32

Off topic, in the pic, the leftmost and rightmost Driver looks (both of them) like Alonso 😛

33

Haha good spot. JEV modelling himself on Fernando after being overlooked for the senior Red Bull team? Or Fernando longing for a time in the Red Bull stable (either team)?! You decide!

34

nah - that's Dave Grohl on the right

35

Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton, Raikonnen, Hulkenburg

36

1. Vettel

2. Hulkenberg

3. Grosjean

4. Rosberg

5. Bottas

37

I think 1st place and to an extent 2nd are an easy choice, but the others are tough because although there was a lot of good performers, I think there was very few great.

#1 Vettel. Can't be anyone else, surely. Dominated when the car was the best, and was relentlessly consistent when it wasn't, and his race craft on the opening laps was second to none (perhaps bar Alonso). Scored enough points to win the constructors championship all by himself, which says it all really. Still as funny as ever too.

#2 Hulkenberg. Did as much as he could with what little he had early on in the season - think running ahead of Vettel for the first stint in China - and then racked up the strong finishes when the car improved.

#3 Rosberg. I can't separate numbers 3 through 6 or even 7, but I place Rosberg here because he was arguably the most consistent of the contenders. Let down by his dire performance in Austin (again), and a comedy of issues in qualifying mid-season that weren't his fault.

#4 Bianchi. Everyone loves an underdog, and Bianchi seemed to be pulling well above his weight in the Marussia. Tough to judge otherwise, though. I place him on the list over Raikkonen, Grosjean, Hamilton and Alonso because those four let their performance fluctuate event to event

#5 Alonso. His P2 'achievement' is waay overplayed considering he had one of the best (if not outright best) for a good third of the season, yet managed to throw results away. Then he did pretty much what he should have - aside from the odd anonymous race like Monaco - in a car that still remained very competitive. When Ferrari finally started to properly loose form in the final third, Alonso just about kept delivering results. This impressive end of season, and performance vs. his team mate wins him #5 over Hamilton and the Lotus duo, but even Massa was a lot closer this season than usual.

38

Yes...Ferrari had a competitive car at the start of the season but Alonso failed to capitalize making mistakes in several races. Even LDM only gave Alonso an 8 out 10 for this season.

39

Correct, and how often did ex-Ferrari driver Massa out qualify the Spaniard?

40

1. Fernando Alonso

Monstered an underperforming Ferrari around all circuits. Pure class

2. Sebastian Vettel

Domination... what else needs to be added?

3. Nico Hulkenberg

Performed in a mid-field car and raised his profile and that of Sauber

4. Nico Rosberg

Mostly consistent and was often "the best of the rest". The Mercs seemed hard on tyres so his efforts were admirable

5. Daniel Riccardo

There's a reason why Red Bull promoted him from the feeder team. Regular Q3 participant and chipped away around the lower points

41

alonso crashed out in malaysia and under performed in many qualifying sessions. He also had sub-par races in monaco and india. No way he could be #1.

42

That's hardly a couple of mistakes which you pointed out for the entire season

Ferrari have produced another dumb car and when the tyre changes were introduced to improve the safety from mid season Ferrari were poor to the core

I can only give 3/10 for the Ferrari team and 10/10 for Alonso only. James have nailed this clearly "Fernando Alonso, for example, finished second in what was clearly not the second fastest car"

For no reason really here most people always have biased opinion against alonso. This has been the trend for the past 7 seasons. People really should know how quick the mighty RBR was. Vettel only had to beat webber to the win the WDC. His task was made far too easy by the RBR team. Whereas other teams like Ferrari, Mercedes and Mclaren are no where near the RBR

Lewis is the quickest driver out there yet vettel gets the WDC and applauds bcos of RBR

43

and lest recap ferrari's car pace this year while we're at it:

australia - 2nd fastest

malaysia - judging by massa's pace clearly 2nd fastest

china - fastest

bahrain - again hard to tell, probably on par with lotus so 2nd fastest

spain - fastest

monaco - 4th fastest

great britain - 3rd fastest

germany - 3rd fastest, but only just behind RB. Lotus was fastest on race day

hungary - 4th fastest

belgium - 2nd fastest

italy - 2nd fastest

singapore - 4th fastest

korea - 3rd fastest - on par with merc

japan - 3rd fastest

india - 2nd fastest

abu dhabi - 4th fastest

USA - 4th fastest

brazil - 2nd fastest

So we have 8 races with 2nd fastest and 2 races with fastest car of the field. This car was no slouch at all.

44

Placing alonso in no1 this year just shows how delusional some folks are out there. You can't be placed no1 when you've been beaten 8 times by massa of all drivers. Then get overtaken by everyone and their mother in monaco.

He was good yeah. But no way he's #1 this year.

45

Ferrari had a competitive car for the first third of the season.....it's quite tedious reading the deprecating comments about the competitiveness of Ferrari in order to inflate Alonso's performance.

46

Alonso 'monstered' the car everywhere. Except Malaysia where he drove into a Vettel. And Monaco where everyone but Chilton passed him. And the 8 qualifying sessions where Massa our qualified him...

Apart from those, yeah, he monstered it.

47

1 Hulkenberg - again drove beyond his car

2 Vettel - best car yes, but took him to win with it

3 Grosjean - great strength of character

4 Alonso - maybe a bit down hearted this year - but still a class act

5 Bottas - bad car, but just got on with learning, and grabbed the few opportunities he could

48

1.Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Hulkenberg

5. Hamilton

49

Slightly surprised that we haven't seen this line-up more often so far in the lists.

1. Vettel – ultra consistent and fast, his only mistakes being losing some Grand Chelems and the odd bad strategy call (China, Spain, Hungary). Unbeatable on the revised tyres with a car 0.75-1s a lap faster than others.

2. Alonso – ultimate consistency, with only a few costly errors at the season's start (podium lost in Bahrain with the DRS issue, win attempt lost in the wet at Malaysia).

3. Raikkonen – bastion of consistency, winner of the first race, usually let down by bad team mistakes or strategy errors (and the odd slip up in qualifying). Tyre change didn't help him, but we didn't see how well he would've ran with the short wheelbase car from Abu Dhabi qualifying onwards.

4. Hulkenberg – managed to take the fight to the front runners on the occasions where his car was underneath him. Greatly aided by the upgrade package mid-season, and revised tyres, making his car come alive.

5. Hamilton – a yo-yo season for a yo-yo Hamilton. But, unlucky not to have 2 wins amongst his many poles in the Qualifying-based Mercedes.

50

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Hamilton

5. Hulkenberg

51

This...

Vettel

Alonso

Kimi

Hamilton

Hulk

53

Alonso

Vettel

Hamilton

Raikkonen

Rosberg

Grosjean

Hulkenberg

Webber

Massa

Bottas

54

Sebastian Vettel, for mastering the fickle tyres to drive with impeccable consistency and dominance.

Romain Grosjean, for coming of age – learning how to match his blistering pace with consistency – and being the only driver to take the fight to Red Bull in the second half of the season.

Kimi Raikkonen, for being the only driver to take the fight to Red Bull in the first half of the season.

Fernando Alonso, for (again) driving the wheels off a shabby car, and for weathering an embarrassing public lambasting by his boss.

Nico Hulkenberg, also for getting the best out an uncompetitive car.

55

+1 LM. Pretty much my thinking also, but with Hulkenberg edging Alonso...

So:

Vettel

Grosjean

Raikkonen

Hulkenberg

Alonso

56

Vettel

Alonso

Kimi

Hamilton

Grosjean

This is what I believe you think are the top 5 drivers.

57

- Vettel

I think it has been said enough about him this year.

- Alonso

Obviously did better than his car. It's amazing how he can maintain top level performance year after year finishing second behind the driver on the top car.

- Grosjean

First lap crash dummy turned into a mature driver who has beaten Raikkonen in the second part of the season.

- Hulkenberg

Tyre change has helped Sauber to bring back the speed, but Niko's performance and race fights with top guns is still outstanding. It wouldn't be a surprise if he got some podiums in the finishing races of the year

- Bottas

Below-the-par Williams car was not of any help to him, but Valtteri clearly outperformed last year's race winner Maldonado and managed to show his skill in qualifying.

58

1-Vettel

2-Alonso

3-Rosburg

4-Hulkenburg

5-Bianchi

59

1.Vettel - Awesome but with a little extra help from the team & Helmut.

2.Webber - Very quick despite politics & a little less help from the team

3.Alonso - Made the best of his equipment & any opportunity.

4.Rosberg - Becoming more professional & mature with improved pace.

5.Hulkenberg - Very quick despite same height & weight handicaps as Webber.

60

Top five drivers 2013

Alonso

Vettel

Rosberg

Kimi

Massa

61

My pick

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Grosjean

4. Raikkonen

5. Hulk

62

1. Seb Vettel. No apparent lulls. No mistakes to speak of, he's come of age and few can now stubbornly that 'it's all the car'.

2. Alonso. COming second in not the second best car is a real achievement - even if he says so himself.

3. The Hulk. He scored eight and a half times more points than his teammate did in the same car.

4. Kimi. Because no top fie list is complete without him.

5. Grosjean. More for being most improved rather than his performance over the year as a whole.

I think I should have found room for the Merc drivers somewhere, but because they're evenly matched Nico didn't make Lewis look as good as he probably is.

63

I was going to say Vettel, Vettel, Vettel, Vettel, and Vettel, but since there is a competition let's try to see who drove well but miles off the champion...

Vettel

Grosjean

Hulkenberg

Alonso

Raikkonen

64

For me, it's

1) Vettel

No argument there, really.

2) Alonso

He got frustrated with the team for their inability (yet again) to develop the car, but there is no denying his professionalism on the track. He always delivered.

3) Hulkenberg

A giant killer performance. To manage this when he had no certainty at all about his future in F1 is all the more impressive.

4) Bianchi

Sure, the car was bad and so we didn't see much of him, but besides Vettel/Webber carnage, he was the one driver also destroyed his teammate more than convincingly.

5) Grosjean

This is the most difficult position to fill as besides the top 4 all the others had faults in their performance. But Grosjean it is as he managed to tame himself and really came good at the end of the season.

I also considers for the 5th spot:

- Kimi. But he lost motivation after all the adventures with Lotus. Understandable, but not so professional.

- Rosberg. Did what he could without any noticeable mistakes. But didn't sparkle either.

- Hamilton. Kind of yo-yo season for him.

- Ricciardo. Impressed the Big Bull enough to get the seat. But is he a champion material?

65

Why do posters say such things. No one on earth has more motivation to go racing than Kimi.

-He raced all year without being paid 1 cent

-he raced in Singapore with injections and came 3rd

From 14th

- he came 2nd from 9th in Korea

-His team unceremoniously dumped him when he signed for Ferrari - yet he still came to Anu Dhabi and was fastest through free practise and found the pace in the short wheel base chasis

- he destroyed his team mate all year regardless of the above.

What's wrong with people this is surely one I the greatest drivers in F1.

67

What a story, sci-fi community would be impressed.

68

And tell me how exactly did Kimi lost his motivation?....Heck, so many of you clearly dont seem to understand how much the change of tires and especially the long wheel base hindered Kimi's performance, especially in quali. Then when they returned Kimi's car back to shorter wheel base, he managed to qualify again much better in Abu Dabhi....then add the back pain since Singapore and the fact that Lotus still hasnt paid him in full and despite having missed the last 2 races still managed to get 5th in the championship...I truly think 5th spot is the least Kimi deserves.

So my list would be

1.Vettel

2.Kimi

3.Alonso

4.Hulkenberg

5.Grosjean

69

Totally agree!

70

+1. Kimi never lost motivation. He lost the support.

71

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Kimi Raikkonen

4. Romain Grosjean

5. Lewis Hamilton

72

1. Vettel

Dominated.

2. Grosjean

Improved out of sight & was strong towards the end of the year.

3. Rosberg

Looks like he has the measure of his team mate and next year will be interesting. Hopefully will stop going backwards in races.

4. Raikkonen

Fairly consistent.

5. Hulkenberg

The talent is there even though the car is not.

73

1. Vettel

2. Hulkenburg

3. Rosberg

4. Kimmi

5. Romain

74

Hey, my top 5 also in a different order.

75

Alonso, Rosberg, Vettel, Grosjean, Hulk.

76

Number 1 is easy. There are about 10 other drivers competing for number 2 as every other driver had a slump during the season.

Vettel

Raikonnen

Hamilton

Rosberg

Alonso

Vettel:

Pretty much as close to a perfect season as is possible. Yes he had the fastest car, but he won every race after the summer break and continued to break records. His best season to date.

Raikonnen:

Performances dipped towards the end of the season, however he was carrying an injury and his relationship with lotus had soured due to their non payments. His strong start to the season was the most consistent of any driver during that period.

Hamilton:

The only driver to beat Vettel during the RB9's period of domination following the tyre change. Had a dip after the summer break, but his biggest failing was blaming himself too much. Yet again, the psychology proved to be his biggest weakness, however his win in Hungary should have been joined with a sublime win in Silverstone.

The Merc was a beast over one lap, however it's thirsty engine meant it was heavy at the start, it ate tyres and was geared for cornering speed rather than straight line speed making passing - particularly on the Tilke circuits where the only overtaking opportunities were at the end of the straight - almost impossible.

Rosberg:

Hamilton and Rosberg were almost equals in terms of performance. Hamilton edges it on account of him being in an unfamiliar team, with a car that did not best suit his driving style.

However the fact they were so close means anyone who doubted Rosberg was the real deal (despite beating Schumacher) has now been silenced.

Rosbergs also had to deal with the same car issues as Hamilton, the quick in qualifying, slow at the start of a race with a hunger for devouring the tyres.

Alonso:

For Alonso not to be in the top two is a shock. However this season was not Alonso's finest hour. He started strongly with toe early victories but once the tyres changed and Red Bull started to pull away his biggest weakness was exposed: his single minded attitude towards himself.

Yes, all drivers have this - they need to - but Alonso cannot temper his. It led to him falling out publicly with his bosses, leading to the spectacle of Ferrari on one hand scolding him, and taking actions everyone knows Alonso would not like, to Ferrari management then saying "but Alonso is the best" wink, wink.

Unlike Raikkonen's falling out which was understandable due to the non payments, Alonso's was far more childish. And at the end of the season, when Massa stopped behaving like a number 2 as a result, their performances became far more equal (although still in Alonso's favour)

77

Do you seriously imply that, when regulations were changed in favour to Red Bull and Mercedes, it was Alonso's fault not to keep the pace?

Rather interesting that those two teams struggled in the early stages and, due to that change (and an unlawful tyre test by the Mercs), became 1st and 2nd in Constructors Championship...

78

Red Bull and Mercedes were still first and second after Britain (last race on the original tyres), and after Germany too (the single race that ran a sort of stop-gap tyre before the 2012 ones were brought back).

79

Well put on Alonso, I think you hit the nail n the head here.

80
heinzman (fan of: ALO)

Not easy at all, but here goes:

1. Sebastian Vettel (car or no car, outstanding)

2. Fernando Alonso (no car, and still challenged)

3. Kimi Raikonnen (hardest spot to pick)

4. Nico Hulkenberg (stellar all year, esp. end)

5. Romain Grosjean (Quasi-elite, more in 2015?)

Want Lewis and Nico, but these guys more deserved.

81

Vettel

Alonso

Rosberg

Hulkenberg

Grojean

82

Webber, not bad for a number 2

83

Certainly not bad for a number 2 driver, I still believe Mark is the 2nd quickest out there after Vettel over 1 lap, just a shamd his career was marred by his inability to turn his raw speed into race consistency, but still we'll see Webber giving the LMP1 elites a show of speed at Le Mans next year, just a shame Mark was teamed with an all time great otherwise Mrk could have developed and probably won a title or 2, he's certainly no less deserving than Button, Raikkonen and Hamilton.

84

I love MW, he's a top bloke but there's no way he is faster than LH over one lap.

85

Thanks Martin, but overall LH is generally faster than 80 or 90% of the grid.

86

There's a reasonable bit of commentary around that suggests that Mark was the best in fast corners. Hamilton has him in slow corners and that is where the lap time is.

In 2008 Hamilton made mention that "Heikki is amazing in fast corners", and it was generally at the faster tracks such as Spa, Monza and Silverstone where Alonso was most competitive or faster than Hamilton (due to fuel levels in qualifying then - looking at the races is easier).

Hamilton seems to be better than Rosberg in fast corners to me, so it is not as if he is poor in them, just that compared to being able to rotate the car as he wants in slow corners, get it settled before getting early on the throttle, where he is approximately as good as anyone (proving Vettel is faster or slower than Hamilton in these areas is beyond anyone without telemetry data).

87

"shame Mark was teamed with an all time great" Vettel's driving style suited the tyres. Just like Schumy with Bridgestone, who was shown up by Rosberg later and only rarely showed his past speed. Timing is everything with cars, tyres, engineers and drivers. Hamilton's with Webber have different driving styles that don't get the most or get too much out of the current tyres. Time will tell.

88

The messages coming out are that Vettel was able to adapt to get the best out of the tyres. He was still fast in 2008-2010 on the Bridgestones, just not as rounded a package. It is more the point that in slower corners Webber couldn't adapt his style.

89

1. Vettel - no explanation needed

2. Alonso - the only other consistently high performing factor

3. Grosjean - the closest to Vettel during the second half of the year

4. Hulkenberg - the next big thing, but 'next' might be a long time from now

5. Hamilton - close call with Rosberg, but Hamilton just wins in on points

90

Vettel

Alonso

Hulkenberg

Grosjean

Rosberg

91

Vettel

Hulkenberg

Alonso

Grosjean

Rosberg

92

My Top 5 Drivers of the Year:

1) Nico Hulkenberg - He out preformed the Sauber and was able to race against world champions in superior cars!

2) Valtteri Bottas - Although the consistency was not always there he was able to out preform his more experienced team mate and was once again able to drag an under preforming car into contention!

3) Fernando Alonso - This is a man you can never count out of any top drivers. If Ferrari give him a car next year that can win...he will be World Champion again!

4) Romain Grosjean - Most improved driver of the year and finally shaken that monkey off his back of being the first corner crasher! His drive at the Indian Grand Prix from 17th to 3rd was my drive of the year!

5) Sebastian Vettel - He drove a flawless season out and preformed (and I admit this grudgingly as a Webber fan) his team mate, however he is at the bottom of my list as he did have the best car!

93

Webber had the best car too

94

the best car that always seemed to develop a KERS issue in Q3, had random wheels fall off it and seemed to be always on fire...

95

How many times did Webber retire from the lead of the race through mechanical problem? None. How many times for Vettel? Many. Webbers best championship (2010) was due to Vettel having terrible reliability. Without it Webber would not have been even close to the championship

96

webber should be last then.

97

"Fernando Alonso – This is a man you can never count out of any top drivers. If Ferrari give him a car next year that can win…he will be World Champion again!"

Just like 2007, 2010 & 2012?.....

98

Take Grosjean off of him in Spa and Raikkonen out of his wheels and that might have been the case.

Then again, had I wheels' I'd probably be a bike...

99

1. Sebastian Vettel: On his own planet. Completely destroyed his team mate. And this guy is still not in his prime. He is only 26. Ricciardo should be worried …

2. Nico Rosberg: He keeps surprising us, doesn't he?

3. Alonso: I was a bit disappointed by him this year as he surrendered so quickly. This was clearly not his year. I am glad the Euskatel deal didn't come through.

4. Nico Hulkenberg: Does his talking on the track.

5. Grosjean: Outshone his illustrious team mate in the second half of the year. An amazing feat.

6. Lewis Hamilton: It is frustrating to witness how his talent got wasted by his distractions off track. If only he was as grounded as Vettel. "Meditation" could be the key to his success. Maximize the moment and don't bother by how others perceive you.

100

- Sebastian Vettel

- Nico Hulkenberg

- Fernando Alonso

- Kimi Raikkonen

- Romain Grosjean

101

Right my top 5 are:

1. Vettel

Took the bull by the horn and set about on re-writing records. 9 back to back wins says it all

2. Grosjean

By far the most improved driver of the season and was the only driver able to give the Red Bulls a fight in the latter part of the season

3. Alonso

Had beautiful starts and made sure he came second at the high downforce tracks. But the poor qualifying i.e. got out qualified by Massa demotes him to 3rd place.

4. Lewis

Due to the fact he was in a new team with a car not completely comfortable under him, he was able to finish ahead of his highly rated teammate i.e. The Schumi terminator

5. Hulkenburg

Another strong year from Hulkenburg who often found himself fighting the top drivers and living to tell the tale.

P.s.

Special mention

6. Bianchi

For out performing both the car and his teammate

7. Rosberg

For his strong second half performance

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Vettel

Webber

Grosjean

Hulkeburg

Bottas

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5: Rosberg

4: Hamilton

3: Raikkonen

2: Alonso

1: Vettel

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5. Raikkonen

4. Hamilton

3. Hulkenberg

2. Alonso

1. Vettel

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Vettel, Alonso, Hulk, Button and di Resta.

Why not Gro? The season is made of 19 equal weighted races. One has to be careful not to overweight the easy to remember end of it.

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Di Resta? Is that for providing comic relief?!

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Not at all! People tend only to remember the end of the season. That's why there are so many votes for Grosjean.

Di Resta had 8 races in a row on the top 9 in the first half of the year. With a force India. Yes it is impressive in my humble opinion.

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Indeed 19 equal races....

Button.... Di Resta.... How... Why..... Ahhhhhh

But.....

Reading that made my head hurt trying to understand how anyone could include either in their top 5 of the year.

We are talking about the same season yes... 2013...!

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Of course Button. Only four finish outside the points with a lousy car. The man drove brilliantly all Sundays. Definitely one of the best drivers this year.

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1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Kimi Raikkonen

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Nico Hulkenberg

5. Romain Grosjean

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1.Vettel 2.Alonso. 3.Hulkenberg 4.Bianchi 5.Raikkonen. Last place Chilton

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Vettel

Alonso

Raikkonen

Grosjean

Hulkenberg

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1. Kimi Raikkonen

For the job he has done in that car in bringing Lotus to the front.

2. Romain Grojean

For improving race by race, especially the 2nd half of the season

3. Nico Bulkenberg

Didn't watch the full race, but if I recall correctly from bits, he defended well against Alonso / Hamilton. Future champion in the making definitely.

4. Lewis Hamilton

Of course there will always be the "what if Schmacher drove the car", but nonetheless, being a new environment with a new car, it will always take time to adapt and he handled it well, and finished the season quite well.

5. Fernando Alonso

Would've ranked him higher, but I have to agree with some of the pundits in the F1 paddock, I think Alonso semi-gave up half way through. Yes he still dragged himself to 2nd in the championship, but in the second half of the season he just wasn't the usual aggressive self he used to be. Maybe it was the team's development turned to next year? Or just himself not happy with something? Hoping to see him to better on my top 5 list next year.

Vettel not on my list, nothing against Vettel. He has skills and is a fine driver. However, in Malaysia he handled the Multi 21 matter pretty poorly. IMO it's more about his character, especially on track, that people dislike about, and this stretch back to several years ago from Turkey onwards. I would definitely learn to like him has he got a better character. I used to dislike (or even hate) Alonso in the past, but since joining Ferrari he has changed and I changed my views of him too. So for Vettel I am not dissing I will dislike him forever. Looking forward to a day when he learns to be a better person and gains a wider fan base.

Despite I like Webber, not on my top 5 list either. He is nice and speaks his mind which I like a lot and he will be sorely missed, but his driving just don't seem to shine out though. Last time he really shone was when he won Monaco and Silverstone in the past years, which was in F1 terms a long time ago. Wish him all the best in Le Mans 2014.

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So Vettel rewrote the history books but isn't amongst the top 5 drivers of the season because you don't like him? Makes sense.

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1. This is a "Name your top 5 drivers of the year", not "Vettel must be in a top 5 of the drivers of your choice otherwise it doesn't make sense". Like everybody else I'm entitled or my choice and opinion, as much as you do. Feel free to express yours or maybe you should also try to have a jab at every single other person as well for making their choices.

2. I didn't say anything I don't like him, I said he didn't handle Malaysia well, and read again what I said about Vettel. I also added I used to dislike Alonso and I learnt to like him as he changed, and that Vettel can probably have the same effect on me if his character changes.

Rather than jabbing people for their opinions, do give some constructive comments.

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Sorry, forgot to add:

Congrats on your book, James. Hope you'll sell many copies!

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1) Vettel. Did almost everything right. Well deserved champion. Does not give presents.

2) Hulkenberg. Impressed me a lot in the Sauber.

3) Raikkonen. Very consistent. Lacks somewhat in qualifying.

4) Grosjean. Stepped up after a not so good 2012 season. Got an even bigger boost after it became clear Raikkonen was moving to Ferrari.

5) van der Garde. Did a fine job in the slow Catherham. Hoping for a seat next year.

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Alexander Supertramp

Lots of "lobbywork" by dutch people for VDG :D. You guys should move heaven and earth to get Frijns into F1!

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I'd like that. But maybe Max Verstappen is going to have a better chance.

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Vettel

Alonso

Grosjean

Raikkonen

Rosberg

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My top 5 are simply the drivers that, according to me, outdrove their equipment.

1. Vettel. If you look were Webber ended up, Vettel made better use of his equipment, often to devastating effect.

2. Alonso. Self explanatory, really

3. Hulkenberg. Once the Sauber got a bit manageable, Hulk put in some giant killing performances flattering the car.

4. Grosjean. Once he got his head straight, he put in some stellar drives, often making the car look better than it was.

5. Bianchi. Solid performances all through the year. He was hired at the 11th hour, put in an unfamiliar car, and he was on the pace from the get go.

I feel that I should explain why Hamilton and Rosberg are not on the list. Rosberg and Hamilton were not quite that convincing to me. Rosberg should have had the measure of Hamilton in a familiar car that Lewis was, up until the end, struggling to get comfortable with. and struggled to get the best out of.

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1. Alonso for outperforming his car for the umpteenth time.

2. Vettel, still not sure how much is the car and how much is him, but itd be a bit unjust for him to be any lower.

3. Hulkenberg, he just keeps putting that car where it shouldn't be, regardless of team.

4. Bianchi, whilst hard to judge, he seemed to be working some small miracles at the back of the grid.

5. Now this a lort harder, harder than i thought, but i concluded Lewis, strange team, strange car, came and more than held his own, and on the odd occasion, just untouchable

.

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Alonso outperformed the car. Except on the many occasions Massa out qualified him. But Alonso fans do tend to ignore those races...

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So what I gather you are telling us that Alo is a poor GP achiever ? If you get beaten ,occasionally, by your own team mate doesn't mean that car is good. I believe you know yourself the points standing, enough to understand what was going on.

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When it's almost 50 %, you should start to analyze. We know why Vettel was not in par with Webber in qualifying performance 2012 (tyre temps until car was fixed). And because of those tyre temps, he could drive longest stints in races and still be in contention of the championship (Alonso took 35 point turnover in regard to Vettel because of safety car and two retirements due to alternator failures at Valencia) No, such explanation has been for Fernando during 2013 season.

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1) Vettel - No contest really for the 1st place. Was leading the championship at the start when Red Bull wasn't the best and totally dominated when the car was better (or tyres were changed or both). Very close to perfection.

2) Alonso - Just pips the Iceman to the 2nd place IMO. Had a very good season with some stellar performances. out-qualified by Massa quite a few times but still race pace was far better.

3) Räikkönen - Had a great start to the season but couldn't keep the form until the end. Admitted himself that he sometimes failed to get the best out of the car in quali but definitely the best overtaker throughout the season.

4) Hulkenberg - Was consistently performing at a high level. Got the best out of the car when the car was a dog and fought at the front when the car improved. IMO, he was only behind Vettel in terms of consistency over the season.

5) Hamilton - Not been the most consistent performer but still showed good pace more often than not.

Honorable mentions:

- Rosberg (not enough consistency to get in to the top 5)

- Grosgean (2nd best during the latter part of the season but wasn't that good at the start)

- Bianchi (still hard to say how good he is, but has totally outperformed his team mate)

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I agree with every point you made, well said

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VET - Basically no comment

RAI - Strong performance throughout the year, even in the end when the team stopped supporting

ALO - What can you say, this is a true racer

HAM - When his personal life is OK, he's on top of the world

GRO - The driver with the best personal growth of the season. Eventhough HULK could challenge, I believe that Grosjean has learned his lesson.

Wild cards: WEB, ROS and HULK. Sorry Mark, it doesn't seem that you have the ambition to be up there. ROS, however likeable you are as a person, HAM outscopes you in quali and pure racing speed. HULK, I believe you're the closest challenger, Close but no cigar.

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kimi

4. Hamilton

5. Hulkenburg

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Vettel, Hulk, Alonso, Rosberg, Grosjean.

In that order for me!

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1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Nico Hulkenberg

4. Romain Grosjean

5. Lewis Hamilton

The first two for obvious reasons, Hulkenberg for pulling out some great performances in an inferior car, Grosjean for coming on so far from his issues of last year, and Hamilton for beating a driver of Rosberg's calibre in a new team.

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1. Kimi Raikonen

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Mark Webber

5. Nico Rosberg

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Tough this year. I don't know about winning a book, but this is how I see it personally.

1.) Vettel

2.) Alonso

3.) Grosjean

4.) Hulkenberg

5.) Hamilton

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1. Sebastian Vettel - a stupendous season! Did everything perfectly especially after the summer break

2. Fernando Alonso - again showed why he is considered the best by most by delivering in an underperforming car

3. Nico Hulkenburg - Some truly spectacular qualifying performances backed up by some good points finishes

4. Romain Grosjean - the most improved driver from 2012, put in some very strong performances to strengthen his position into a team leader.

5. Nico Rosberg - proved all doubters wrong by matching Hamilton throughout. The two pole-to-flag victories were very impressive

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two pole to flag victories for rosberg? did he have pole at silverstone?

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Nope, he started P2, and was P3 at the first corner. Inherited the win off of HAM's puncture, and VET's gearbox. Rosberg wouldn't have threatened either if they had no incidents.

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He never won two pole-to-flag victories.

He inherited one win after both Hamilton and Vettel was taken out.

People have selective memory when it comes to Formula 1.

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Yeah, sorry for the mistake. Rosberg never got pole at Silverstone. Even then, it was good to see him.I accept he inherited it but still he drove well

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*good to see him win there

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Rosberg

4. Raikkonen

5. Grosjean

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Vettel - Yes he had the fastest car, but he got the most from it and pretty much didn't put a foot wrong all year.

Grosjean - Improved massively from 2012. Still my pick for a future WDC.

Räikkönen - Once again fast and consistent.

Hulkenberg - Like Räikkönen fast and consistent, but unable to show it as much due to the car.

Bottas - Struggled in the Williams, but once they reverted to a normal exhaust he showed what he can do.

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Bottas? You really don't want to win James' book, do you?

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Nope, sticking with my 5.

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He didn't impress you?

As far as Bottas was concerned I was pretty blasé...right up until his pass on Gutierrez in Austin. That gave me a little glimpse of his racing spirit and potential, something I hadn't seen from him before and something I'm looking forward to seeing more of in the future.

Basically my rule of thumb was to choose the drivers that have the most potential to be top line drivers in the next few years - with the possible exception of Räikkönen, who I think deserved to be on there just for bringing in the results for Lotus with no pay with a bad back.

In hindsight Bianchi should have been on there, and Alonso too, but with only 5 spots to choose from it makes it tricky.

And yes Jame, I would like to win your book 🙂

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....will not.

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Well, everyone is free to pick their top 5. But Bottas waking up in Austin is not worthy of top 5 of the year. Sure, a glimpse of potential, but this is not about potential. You passed up GP winners. Even though I'm OK with you passing up Alonso, I am sure James will. Perhaps a revision before deadline?

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Vettel

Alonso

Raikkonen

Hulkemberg

Hamilton

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Hulkenberg

5. Grosjean

Vettel for obvious reasons, such dominance deserves first place. Alonso for fighting spirit and ending higher than the car. And Hulkenberg for the whole season (not only the last part when the car suddenly was higher in the ranking). Plus: all 3 dominated their teammates.

And I've thrown the two Renault drivers in there for consistency, few errors from the drivers, and overall good performance.

Bad performers: Webber (too big difference with Seb), Massa (another year down the drain), Button (teamleader, but not leading the team forward) ...

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1. Vettel

2. Hulkenberg

3. Alonso

4. Raikkonen

5. Bianchi

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1. Vettel Simply untouchable.

2. Alonso Outperformed both his car and team.

3. Grosjean Arrived at top table.

4. Hulkenberg Stood out in a poor car

5. Rosberg A very strong, if unlucky, year

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VET

ALO

BIA

HUL

BOT

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1. Kimi Raikkonen :- 1st Race in Aust when everything was new show cased his incredible talent. His constant podiums even without good grid positions, bad back and no pay were incredible ( Singapore / Korea) Reverting back to his winning short wheel base chasis he found the pace he'd missed in the revised Pirellis and would surely have challenged the Bulls had he not been screwed by a scorned Lotus.

2. Sebastian Vettel:- did not start the season strongest but even then won races that others should have. Summer break and new uprades found the Rb9 rampaging away in typical late season fashion-- Is it the car is it the driver continued- but reality is you don't become a 4 time consec WC purely by car, luck and team- and his retiring team mate can surely attest to to that.

3. Nico Hulkenburg - New team at Sauber started ok but as season progressed and the C31, so did Nico- causing havoc to the lead teams and fighting at the very front earning respect from other drivers, press and team management alike. Confirming what many have known for some time.

4. Jules Bianci :- was a last minute signing to Marussia and did not disappoint!. We can only wonder what he could have done in a Force India. Impressive rookie season where he fought often with Caterhams and helped put Marussia in the crucial 10th spot. Hello Ferrari .

5. Fernando Alonso :- After a commanding 2012 benchmark drive 2013 was always going to be challenging. Ferrari started strongest but finished possibly 4th team. But he did not disappoint- his move around the outside at Bahrain taking Hamilton and Raikkonen was a standout.

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1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Romain Grosjean

5. Nico Hulkenberg

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulkenberg

4. Raikonnen

5. Hamilton

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Vettel

Alonso

Grosjean

Hulkenburg

Rosberg

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Hulkenberg

Vettel

Rosberg

Grosjean

Bianchi

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1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Kimi Raikkonen

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Romain Grojean

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Grosjean

4. Hulkenburg

5. Rosberg

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Sebastian Vettel

Kimi Raikkonen

Romain Grosjean

Fernando Alonso

Lewis Hamilton

Tough call for second between Romain and Kimi, if the chart was for most improved Romain would be by far and away the leader.

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From my point of view:

1- F.Alonso

2- S.Vettel

3- N.Roseberg

4- L.Hamilton

5- N.Hulkenberg

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Vettel

Hulkenberg

Grosjean

Bianchi

Rosberg

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1. Hulkenburg

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Bianchi

5. Bottas

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1. Sebastian Vettel - His performances were pretty much a masterclass in driving all year and he thoroughly deserved the title

2. Fernando Alonso - as we have been seeing for years now the Ferrari was punching about its weight all season especially on a Sunday due to Fernando's efforts

3. Kimi Raikkonen - regular strong point scoring drives from Kimi all year put him close to being in contention for the WDC at certain points in the season

4. Lewis Hamilton - Quite a strong start for Lewis at his new team silencing naysayers and scoring a few podiums along the way

5. Romain Grojean - a great show of form in the latter half of the season from Romain who will now be the defacto team leader for Lotus in 2014

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1. Sebastian Vettel

What a champion he is! He has mastered the car, and the tyres by a huge margin. Last nine races of the year were Black Caviar or Frankel-esque.

2. Fernando Alonso

A great champion without the car to prove it. Constantly out-performs the car. A pleasure to watch.

3. Kimi Raikkonen

Showed how good a racer he is, but his car's lack of one lap pace left him trailing the pace-setters. Still very fast.

4. Lewis Hamilton

Worth enhanced by leaving McLaren, beating his teammate across the whole season, and scoring a win despite struggling with the brakes and setup of his car. Tyre issues also hampered progress, but 2014 should be a better year.

5. Nico Hulkenberg

Showed his worth once again in a midfield car, and deserves a front-running/winning car. A talent that deserves to be rewarded.

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1. Vet - did what he needed to do and didnt put a foot wrong all season, performance upgrade at around singapore had a lot to do with dominance thereafter

2. Hulk - when the car came good he was regularly competing for p4-6 in car which is more or less 5th fastest, top teams have missed out not snapping him up. Would be my number 1 but was only able to perform after around italy (although car was not good before cant give no 1 based on pre italy performance) - morally my driver of year!

3. Alonso - p2 in a car which was never really that quick on saturdays

4. Bianchi - made max look amateur, in my mind a future champ

5. Ham - a win, beat team mate + several poles in first season at new team, in middle of season was looking unbeatable on saturdays, performance faded a bit toward end season

6. Grosjean - i know top 5 is requested but have to mention grosjean, would be number 1 in terms of most improved driver, performances in final few races were generally excellent

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Vettel. Alonso. Grosjean. Rosberg. Hulkenberg.

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1 - Vettel

2 - Alonso

3 - Hulkenburg

4 - Raikkonen

5 - Bianchi

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This is James choice:

Vettel

Alonso

Raikkonen

Hamilton

Hulkemberg

This is my choice:

Vettel

Alonso

Hamilton

Rosberg

Raikkonen

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1 Vettel - For sheer quality

2 Grosjean - Most improved

3 Hulkenberg - A future champion

4 Webber - We will miss him

5 Chilton - For never giving up

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1. VET - hard to argue against 13 wins

2. ALO

3. HAM

4. RAI

5. HULK

2 through 5 much harder to pick. Wanted to fit GRO in too.

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The Spanish Inquisitor

Hulk

Alonso

Rosberg

Kimi

Roman?

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1, Vettel

2, Alonso

3, Hamilton

4, Rosberg

5, Raikkonen

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Clarks4WheelDrift

1. Alonso

2. Hulkenberg

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. di Resta

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1.Vettel

2.Hulkenburg

3.Grosjean

4.Bianchi

5.Raikkonen

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1. Seb

2. Nico H

3. Fernando

3. Kimi

5. Lewis

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kimi

4. Hulkenberg

5. Grosjean

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulkenberg

4. Rosberg

5. Grosjean

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1) Vettel

2) Alonso

3) Kimi

4) Ham

5) Ros

I feel this is the list over the whole season. Grosjean was 6th but for me didn't do enough at the start of the season. The same can be said of Hulk but obviously this is more down to the car. I also thought Bianchi and Van de Garde both did well. Bianchi is clearly very good and Vsn de Garde impressed me as he had a terrible start but really got going mid season. It reminds us of how hard it is to come into F1 and that time is needed to settle in.

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulkenberg

4. Grosjean

5. Hamilton

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Vettel

Kimi

Alonso

Lewis

Rosberg

The reason i have put kimi ahead of Alonso is based on the fact how lotus gave up on kimi with LWB.There was no chemistry at all after the mid season break. They just know its gonna go down bad for both the parties.

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Vettel

Alonso

Kimi

Rosberg

Grosjean

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oh, forgot Hamilton.

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1: Sebastian Vettel

I'm a Mark Webber fan, so have been pretty annoyed at times with the way Sebastian has conducted himself - but no one can deny he has immense talent, and deserves his forth title.

2: Fernando Alonso

I love watching Fernando drive. I think he may have dropped off a bit towards the end of the season, but he's only human. Formidable competitor - can't wait to see him in a competitive car.

3. Mark Webber

What a guy - I'm really going to miss him in F1. Unfortunately, he hasn't really had the consistency, but he's fierce, incredibly hard working, outspoken, respectful, and entertaining.

4. Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri has to be in this list. In an under performing car, and up against a much more experienced team mate, he's done an outstanding job. Imagine if he had been driving a Red Bull this year - he'd be right up there with Vettel.

5. Romain Grosjean

What an outstanding year this guy has had. He was pretty much written off as a 'first lap nutcase', but has proved his critics wrong. I enjoyed watching him this year, and great to see that fire that is too often missing in a modern F1 driver. Well done Eric Boullier for keeping the faith.

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1. Vettel

2. Hulkenberg

3. Kimi

4. Alonso

5. Bianchi

Highly commended : Grosjean

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1 : Vettel of course, he had the best car but made no mistake, except maybe Malaysia... but is it really a mistake for a F1 pilot ?

then it becomes harder, between Alonso that did a splendid job with his ferrari but was a bit down for the last 6 races, Hamilton who was dominating Rosberg in the 11 1st races on a car he was discovering and with brakes that didn't please him, Raikkonen with his win, 8 podiums in the 1st 14 races and record of consecutive scoring races, Rosberg with his 2 wins and strong end of season, Grosjean for the final 6 races of the season, Hulkenberg for his second half of the season once Pirelli had changed their tyres - this guy clearly deserves a seat in a top team -, and finally Bottas who as a rookie dominated his experienced team mate and put on some impressive performance, missing on the last race the opportunity to beat Chilton being the 1st rookie to complete all the races

But a choice has to be made so let's say

2 : Alonso

3 : Hulkenberg

4 : Raikkonen

5 : Rosberg

my apologies to Hamilton and Bottas

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Technically, malaysia was a mistake because of the entire teams resources at that stage of the championship that it risked for no actual WCC gain. On a 'guide him into 2nd' strategy (and SV essentially with the help-or non-help-of his side of the garage, couldn't pull the the 'guide me confortably into 1st' strategy), MW wrangled the 1st place on the track. SV decided for his own reasons to make a change to this and lied, flipped-flopped and garbaged on about deservedness after. I think if a teammate gets a No. 2 Strat and turns it into a No.1 position while the No.1 strat can't quite pull it off and this is not deserving for the No. 2 driver, the SV needs a refresher in vocab.

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don't get me wrong

on a human point of view, and also according to my own personal book, what Vettel did was not correct, and it has harmed his "perfect son in law" image in many people's eyes including mine

but on the other hand a (multi - and not 21 this time ! :)-)champion of F1 is not wired like most of us, they see an opportunity and they grab it, there are no gentlemen drivers anymore... and it is also what the teams expect from their N°1 !

we didn't hear RBR blaming Vettel a lot about this, did we ?

and you must also consider who Vettel's idol was when he was a kid doing karting, who he tried to emulate... schumacher !

how could you then expect him to play it fair ?

the last pilots I recall ( outside of an end-of-championship situation requiring this kind of move to become world champion or gain a position ) are Coulthard for Hakkinen ( on equal terms, no N°1 ), on the team's request, and by his own free will Senna for Berger... so we go a while back in history here

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1. Vettel (by far)

2. Hulkenberg

3. Alonso

4. Raikkonen

5. Grosjean

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VET

ALO

RAI

HUL

GRO

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Hmmm...

1- Vettel: just perfect, already a living legend.

2- Kimi: racing his way through the field time and again, in an underfunded team and racing for free. A giant!

3- Rosberg: making dad proud with two wins, he badly deserved this year's success. Well done!

4- The Hulk: making the most of a bad car, qualifying in Monza in front of the Ferraris. Makes you wonder what are top teams thinking about.

5- Bianchi: difficult to make yourself noticeable at the wheel of a Marussia, he did it. Now we all understand why Ferrari keeps an eye on him.

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Rosberg

5. Hulkenberg

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Vettel

Alonso

Grosjean

Rosberg

Hulkenberg

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5. Hulkenberg

4. Grosjean

3.Raikönnën

2. Alonso

1. Vettel

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1, alonso

2, Hulk

3, vet

4, ham

5, Gros

but there was a lot of outstanding drives this year

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1. Vettel : Elementary my dear Webber

2. Alonso : Close but no cigars

3. Grosjean : Out of nowhere

4. Hulkenberg : It's a long way to Ferrari

5. Raikkonen : Return to the red hood

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Not including Vettel in the picture is a bit harsh no?

Driver of the season:

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikonnen

4. Hulkenberg

5. Grosjean

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1. Alonso

2. Grosjean

3. Hulkenberg

4. Button

5. Bottas

The championship was won by the Red Bull car not the driver. I would like to see Vettel drive for another team with a mid placed car & see how he copes. Then it would be fair to give him the accolades not because he has driven a winning car for the last four years.

All the above drivers drove their cars to the best of their ability, gave some fab entertainment and above all are fair on the track.

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Thats why Webber almost got WDC every season in a RBR? (being sarcastic)

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"I would like to see Vettel drive for another team with a mid placed car & see how he copes"

Like Toro Rosso you mean? Or maybe a BMW? 😉

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Short memories...

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Vettel

Alonso

Räikkönen

Hülkenberg

Grosjean

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1. Seb - he was amazing all year.

2. Alonso - relentless despite big issues within the team

3. Kimi - my favourite

4. Lewis - great job for a rookie at Merc

5. Hulk - really nice season end for him

Cheers

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My book is already on the way, but let's try anyway. No 1 and 2 are easy: Vettel and Alonso.

But there are 5 drivers fighting for places 3-5: Hamilton, Rosberg, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Grojean. This is my list but one could easily convince me to change it in places 3-5.

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hamilton

4. Rosberg

5. Hulkenberg

If you would combine Raikkonen's and Grojean's season they would end up on 3rd, but the way it was they drop out of top 5. 6th and 7th probably.

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Kimi was 3rd before he dropped out. He may even have challenged Alonso for 2nd.in the WC. Where was Grosjean (7th) Rosberg was beaten by Hamilton -Why both of them in the top 5 when they were both beaten by Raikkonen before he stopped.

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1. Vettel

Amazing drive year after year. Strong in every area.

2. Raikkonen

Brilliant half of the season, best overtaker on the grid. Qualifying is his weakness.

3. Alonso

As good as Raikkonen, need full team support.

4. Hulkenberg

Rising star. In the future he'll be tough competitor for Vettel.

5. Grosjean

Had good end of the season.

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You dont think qualifying weakness is Lotus ?

KR still beat Romain in Quali & everyone else thinks hes quick.??

Alonso is the only true no1 on the entire grid !its written in his contract- You dont think he has Ferraris support ?

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Well as I said Kimi had great first half of the season and Romain had good end of the season. I don't think it was a cars problem.

Yes, Alonso has Ferraris support and he needs it. He was good but it could be a different story if he doesn't have their support.

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Vettel

Alonso

Hamilton

Rosberg

Hulkenburg

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SV

FA

RG

NR

NH

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1. Vettel: 13 race wins and 9 consecutive race wins need we say more? oh well maybe bowing to the car after his championship winning race.

2. Grosjean: talk about growth, from 2012 to 2013, COMPLETELY different man/driver in 2013. Brilliant results, probably deserved a win but never quite got there. A good number 1 driver for Lotus to have in 2014.

3. Hamilton: New team, first time away from the McLaren life in well ,more than half his life, had it not been driving with a cracked chassis for a few races, he may have had much more consistent and better results towards the end of the season.

4. Rosberg: Great wins with a new team mate who is arguably a better driver, and respects the team and the team orders given to him.

5. Webber: Aussie boy here voting, true to himself right to the end, great driver retiring on his own terms and still towards the top of the field.

A driver who hasn't had the best of luck in his career who barring a poor choice in team (Williams over Renault) and Vettel as a team mate would/could/should of been world Champion.

And to quote "Will Gray"

"...no disrespect to his replacement Daniel Ricciardo, but maybe when he steps up alongside Vettel, it will become clear just how good Webber really was."

A driver we will all miss for his words as much as his skills.

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1.Vettel

2.Alonso

3.Raikkonen

4.Hamilton

5.Hulkenberg

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Sebastien Vettel

Fernando Alonso

Kimi Raikkonen

Lewis Hamilton

Nico Hulkenberg

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Vettel

Alonso

Raikkonen

Hamilton

Rosberg

As close to perfect as possible.

Ferrari definitely ended the season with 'clearly not the second fastest car' but it was easily the second best car at the start of the season. Massa even managed to beat Alonso in the first two race's qualifying, and Alonso had three thirds. It wasn't until round 6, Monaco, that he was beaten by a car which wasn't a Red Bull or Mercedes for the second time, and started lower than 5th. Grosjean didn't beat Massa until round 8 either. I can't give Alonso better than 2nd for that. He wasn't as good as 2012.

Raikkonen was metronomic early on, and seemed only to struggle in the couple races in which the whole team underperformed (Malaysia and Canada) but could otherwise have had a win and 6 seconds from the first ten races, and a best of the rest in Monaco.

Hamilton, still fast on his day, but those days are seemingly more infrequent and random, (I wonder how the teams feels about him).

Rosberg, I think less random than Hamilton, but not quite as fast. Only 18 points behind Hamilton with three DNFs to the former's one.

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1-Alonso

2-Hulk

3-Vettel

4-Grosjean

5-Rosberg

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikönnën

4. Grosjean

5. Hulkenberg

Thosr which put Vettel out of the top 5 are just joking, aren't they?

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Grosjean

5. Rosberg

Ask me again tomorrow and I'll come up with a different five! Really tough call to make though. Honorable mentions to Hamilton, Hulkenberg, and Button, who did well in a poor car.

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1 Vettel

2 Alonso

3 Raikkonen

4 Grosjean

5 Hulkenberg

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1 Vettel – Pure skill level maintained over the season

2 Hulkenburg – Outperformed the car

3 Raikkonen – Race craft, let down by qualifying

4 Alonso – Starts

5 Rosberg - Good but not as consistent as above

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Vettel

Alonso

Kimi

Hulkenberg

Lewis

I think the first 3 is easy to list.

Then it gets a lot more difficult.

Romain and Rosberg is in the run for the last places in Top5 together with the 2 I picked.

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Hulkenberg

5. Grosjean

I think it's interesting how so many people (including myself) haven't included Hamilton this year...

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It was a tough choice for 5th as most people have put the same top 4 in the same order

Vettel

Alonso

Kimi

Hulkenberg

But 5th is close between Hamilton, Rosberg, Grojean

I went for Hamilton but it's a tight choice

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Alonso

Hulkenberg

Bianchi

Rosberg

di Resta

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Di Resta was bottom of the whole grid for me. Far too easy to overtake and very timid when trying to gain positions. No one should be out shone by Sutil

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1. Vettel - Faultless all season

2. Alonso - Comprehensively beat both Merc drivers, both Lotus drivers and Webber to 2nd place in WDC

3. Hulkenberg - Demonstrated that he has the talent that deserves a top team drive (even though he hasn't got one)

4. Grosjean - This is a tough call but Kimi is already rated at a start driver in F1. Grojean has shown fantastic progress through the season leading to some very mature drives towards the end

5. Bianchi - It's tough at the back of the grid, particularly in terms of getting yourself noticed. I thnk few people would dispute that Bianchi has shown much greater potential than any other driver in the back third of the grid.

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1)Vettel (I'm an Alonso supporter, but Vettel even having the best car for yet another season, he took a full advantage of it, he dominated and destroyed any competition, so it's difficult not to be in no.1)

2)Alonso (again took the best out of a slow car, every performance of him is a masterpiece. Having not being a dominant season with 13 wins for Vettel he could easily be at no.1)

3)Raikkonen (he proved he is competitive and very consistent, outperforming a very good Grosjean)

4)Hulkenberg (he simply makes performances of a future champion, he is aggressive but fair in the battles at the same time, a true racer)

5)Hamilton (very difficult decision on who Mercedes driver should I put in no.5. It wasn't a perfect season for Lewis, struggling to take the best out of Mercedes and equal more or less with Nico, but it is his first season in the team and he was for another year a bit unlucky. However, no more excuses for next year, he has to deliver)

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Vettel

Alonso

Raikkonen

Hulkenberg

Hamilton

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#1 Grosean - with the exception of Monaco race weekend, he was arguably the most consistent and impressive of the two Lotus drivers; and the leader of the team in the second half of the season. He pulled his head together finally and look at his performances!

#2 Hulkenberg - Sauber are not a consistent team, they are quick on a handful of circuits (as Perez and Kobayashi showed last season) and I suspect podiums were personal targets for Nico; though he may not have got that far, he was outclassing the top teams wherever he could in outright pace. Korea was a fine example.

#3 Alonso - Always on this list, Fernando is a dab hand at wringing the neck off his equipment, and yes he does t always get it right (Malaysia), when he's there, he is definitely there. Brutal starts (Spain), ruthless overtaking ability (not like Vettel's nervous moves relying on car superiority), and consistency are why Alonso is such an asset to Ferarri.

#4 Vettel - Once again, avoiding reliability issues that plagued Mark's season, except at Silverstone, Seb romped through the newly introduced tyres at Hungary better than everyone. First lap pace was unbelievable and unfortunately nobody had any answers for it.

#5 Bianchi - We all knew he'd be the new Heikki of the 'new teams', but what an impact he had! Driving marussua to 10th (at last) in the constructors, but also arguably setting up the Ferarri drivechain deal for 2014 too? A stellar performance by the rookie.

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Grosjean did nothing for 6 months and was comprehensively beaten by his team mate-- nice to have favourites

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"...he was arguably the most consistent and impressive of the two Lotus drivers"

That's why Ferrari were eager to sign him, and the fact Boullier his manager is the only reason why he is driving Formula 1 car after another half a season performance.

He reminds me of Massa; do some bad races then it's easer for your mediocre performances to shine as something special. Fact that he was under-performing for half a year after 2012 antics, shows lack of character.

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1)Alonso

2) Vettel

3) Kimi

4) Grosjeam

5) Rosberg

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1.Sebastian Vettel

2.Fernando Alonso

3.Lewis Hamilton

4.Nico Hulkenberg

5.Jules Bianchi

Hounourable mentions:

Romain Grosjean

Daniel Riciardo

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1)Alonso

2)Vettel

3)Kimi Raikkonen

4)Hulkenberg

5)Grosjean

I know this was Lewis' first year at Mercedes but for the 5th consecutive year, he's not been able to finish in the top 3 of the championship with a front running car...

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1. Vettel

2. Hulkenberg

3. Raikkonen

4. Ricciardo

5. Bianchi

Yes Alonso drove beyond the limits of the car and yes he was consistent but I didn't feel this was one of his best years as was evident when his frustration came out. Grosjean had a great second half of the season but it was not a whole season by any means. Rosberg could have driven better as could Captain Distraction Hamilton.

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1 Sebastian Vettel - he barely made an error all year and destroyed his team mate and the rest. Great drive in a great car.

2 Fernando Alonso - he is the nearly man again, if only Ferrari were able to produce a car capable of beating the competition then you just know Fernando would dominate like Vettel has.

3 Kimi Rikkonen - because he knows what he's doing yes yes yes... If he hadn't left for his back opp oration then I suspect he would have finished second place in the championship.

4 Nico Hulkenberg - please god just get him in a top 4 or 5 team. Team Principals are you all mad. He's going to be another Kubica at this rate. Top 5 driver not in a top 5 car for an outrageous amount of time. Force India are lucky to get him next year.

5 Lewis Hamilton - cos he's still the most exciting driver in F1. I am not a big Hamilton fan but he is dramatic. Did well to outscore Rosberg in his 1st season with a new car and team. Should have won the championship last year but for a catalogue of McLaren errors that cost them yet again.

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Fernando Alonso

Kimi Räikkönen

Romain Grosjean

Sebastian Vettel

Mark Webber

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1.Alonso;2.Raikonen;3.Grosean;4.Hulkenberg;5.Hamilton

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1. Vettel

2. Hulkenberg

3. Rosberg

4. Grosjean

5. Bianchi

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Alexander Supertramp

1. Vettel- he had the car, but amazing performance. Clear number 1.

2. Räikkönen- Very consistent in the first half of the season, less in the second part. Quali Performance should be better though.

3. Fernando Alonso. I don't agree with James, the Ferrari was a top car for at least 25% of the championship. Still, amazing performances at Spa, Montréal,.. and 2 amazing wins. Beautiful pass on Kimi&Lewis in Barcelona.

4. Lewis Hamilton: I am baffled by the amount of stick some people give this guy. Lewis was still a title contender before entering the summer break. Beautiful win in Hungary, amazing Silverstone week-end, 4 consecutive poles.. The performance was inconsistent, but how much of it was due to the inconsistent Merc' package? He will prove the critics wrong next year, mark my words.

5. Nico Hülkenberg. A lot of hype, too much really. Very strong performances, definitely deserved a top seat. Let's hope Force India have a great car next year. Still has to prove he is capable of fighting consistently at the front, needs a car to do this.

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My top five:

1. Vettel. Simply on another level and raised his game yet again this year.

2. Alonso. Tried his best and is consistently always there, generally making up positions on the day. If only he could qualify better, he'd have less work to do on Sunday.

3. Webber. Shaded by his team mate obviously, but contributed significantly to RBR's WCC win.

4. Hamilton. Adapted well to his new team.

5. Raikkonen. Started out well enough and got lots from the car in an underfunded team.

And special mentions to:

Rosberg, who rose to the challenge of having Hamilton for a team mate.

Grosjean, who must be the most improved driver of the year.

Hulkenberg, who must be the most overlooked talent in recent seasons. Someone give this guy a decent drive!

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GRO - most improved of anyone by far

ALO - fastest without doubt

VET - most consistent (and most annoying)

RAI - most entertaining

BIA - most deserving of a better car

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Vettel

Raikkonen

Hülkenberg

Alonso

Rosberg

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1. Vettel- Looked good from the get go, but was imperious come the mid-point of the season.

2. Hulkenburg- The Hulk impressed on many an occasion later on in the season, as well as scoring smaller points at the beginning. The only surprise in Korea that was bigger than the fire truck.

3. Alonso- Still the wily fox that he is, two dominant wins and numerous podiums, but a few errors such as Malaysia lead to him being pipped to my second podium place.

4. Rosberg- The only driver who can go on a "sunday drive around Monaco" and still come out on top, a few issues with car reliability at the start but 2 wins and some strong qualifying and podiums means that for me he deserves to be placed in the top 5.

5. Grosjean- Placed just above Kimi, Lewis and Bianchi because i believe that you have to look at where the driver has come from before the year, maybe lacking Kimi's consistency but looks a sure bet for a race win one of these days.

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Vettel

Alonso

Kimi

The Hulk

Lewis

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1. Vettel

2. Hulkenburg

3. Raikonnen

4. Alonso

5. Grosjean

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1. Vettel

2. Grosjean

3. Hulkenberg

4. Rosberg

5. Bottas

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulkenberg

4. Raikkonen

5. Bianchi

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1: Vettel - Simply dominated, yes he was in the best car but he outclassed everyone after the summer break.

2: Alonso - Mr Consistency, showing his usual brilliance with another runner-up result in a car that wasn't always great on the track.

3: Hulkenberg - Biggest domination of a teammate since Kubica and Petrov, he had some brilliant quali and race performances i.e Korea where the car clearly didn't deserve to finish where it did

4: Rosberg - compared well to his WDC teammate and would've finished higher than him if their tyre issues were sorted out earlier in the season.

5: Raikkonen - drove well considering he wasn't paid to do so, consistent results and kept it clean.

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Vettel

Alonso

Raikkonen

Hulkenberg

Hamilton

+Grosjean 6th.

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulkenberg

4. Grosjean

5. Rosberg

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Ricardo Consulini

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kimi R

4. Hulkenberg

5. Rosberg

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hulkenberg

4. Raikkonen

5. Grosjean

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Vettel - Kept it together perfectly

Alonso - Tenacity and pulling a car

Raikonnen - Always there or thereabouts

Hulkenberg - Competitive showing in a not so gret car

Grosjean - Most improved driver of the year, and solid second half

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1. Vettel

2. Hulkenburg

3. Alonso

4. Raikonnen

5. Rosberg

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Alberto Martínez

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulkengerg

4. Raikkonen

5. Rosberg

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1) Vettel - For being in a class of his own from start to finish.

2) Grosjean - For proving everyone wrong and being the only person who could seriously mix it with the Bulls when they were at their best.

3) Alonso - A lackluster season by his standards which is still an incredible season by most standards. The stunning quality of his 2012 drives masks how good some of his 2013 ones were.

4) Hulk - For once again being the guy who could get a pushbike into the points.

5) Bianchi - For being comfortably the best driver of the small teams and for regularly beating the Caterhams in a slower car (that had an tendency to catch fire or drive backwards on its own).

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1. Sebastian Vettel - Res ipsa loquitur, his results speak for themselves.

2. Fernando Alonso - were it not for his so-so qualifying, he'd be No.1

3. Hulkenberg - wow, what a star ... only to end up in a Force India? Shame F1.

4. Raikkonen - he was exceptional. Not bad for someone who didn't get paid.

5. Lewis - Well, what top 5 would it be without arguably the fastest driver on it.

Notable mention: Romain Grosjean - from a first-lap nutcase to solid and consistent.

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Vettel

Grosean

Hulkenburg

Alonso

Hamilton

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1: Vettel - how could it be anyone else?

2: Grojean - I was in the "kick him out" camp last year. His turn-around is nothing short of spectacular.

3: Webber - we're going to miss his ridiculously brave overtaking.

4: Hulkenberg - some great drives in a not-so-great car.

5: Alonso - one of the few drivers that is truly a component of the car that makes it go faster.

I'm pleased to see Vettel being top of many people's lists. Especially after this year's "it's boring, he wins all the time" moaning by quite a few and that he doesn't win DotD as many times as he should. His dominance is something to be admired. Plus, there's not a lot to dislike about him, dammit! (multi 21 excluded!)

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Vettel

Alonso

Grosjean

Raikonnen

Bianchi

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For some drivers I think its hard to judge. The change in tyre compound mid-season which I still think was a farce contributed to some drivers / teams improving massively.

Kimi up to the tyre change outshone Grojean by some margin, the new tyres came in and Kimi couldn't get to used to the fronts where as Grojean did. As Grojean was nowhere before in the first half I can't include him.

The same goes for Sauber and Hulk although to be fair he did still out drive his car and team mate up to that point imo. The fact he wasn't snapped up by one of the leading teams suggests something more than just an extra few KG's.

Vettel

Alonso

Bianchi

Button

Bianchi

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You really do like Bianchi 😉

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulkenberg

4. Grosjean

5. Rosberg

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Didn't care for Hulkenberg at the start of the year, however, he amazed me, along with Grosjean.

Bottas, as a rookie, did amazing, annihilating the more experienced Maldonation. Alonso was great, got the max out of the car, even when there was nothing left in it. And ofcourse, as a Dutchman, I have no name van der Garde for his two epic quali performances at Spa and Monaco.

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1. Alonso

2. Grosjean

3. Hulkenberg

4. Rosberg

5. Hamilton

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Grosjean

4. Hulk

5. Bianchi

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulkenberg

4. Bottas

5. Raikkonen

269

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulkenberg

4. Hamilton

5. Raikkonen

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Vettel

Alonso

Raikkonen

Hulkenberg

Rosberg

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1) Vettel

2) Alonso

3) Kimi

4) Hamilton

5) Hulkenberg

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1. Kimi Räikkönen

2. Iceman

3. Kimster

4. Räiks

5. Kimmi

Merry Christmas!

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My top 5 are:

Vettel

Alonso

Rosberg

Hamilton

Hulkenberg

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1. Grosjean (Got it together)

2. Vettel (Relentless)

3. Alonso (Ever the racer)

4. Bottas (Signs of brilliance)

5. Rosberg (Kept Hamilton honest)

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1 Vettel no one could touch him, absolutely imperious.

After this I can't really choose an order all had signs of brilliance, and flashes of mediocrity. But in F1 Race winning is everything.

2 Alonso

3 Rosberg

4 Hamilton

5 Raikkonen

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulkenberg

4. Hamilton

5. Raikkonen

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1. Vettel - best car, but he still had to deliver, and dominated his team-mate

2. Alonso - outperformed the car with some great drives

3. Hamilton - just edged his established teammate

4. Hulkenberg - outperformed the car and dominated his teammate

5. Grosjean - most improved driver

Honourable mention: Raikkonen - great first half, but in the end, matched by his teammate. Rosberg - solid season.

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Kimi Raikonnen

Sebastian Vettel

Nico Hulkenberg

Fernando Alonso (and his media empire)

Romain Grosjean

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Vettel - no doubt at all

Alonso - Great year, but not quite as good as 2012

Hulkenberg - Consistently got the most from his car

Kimi - Consistent challenger most of the way thorugh

Hamilton - Very good first year with Merc

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1. RAI

2. ALO

3. VET

4. HUL

5. GRO

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1 Vettel

2 Raikkonen

3 Alonso

4 Hulkenberg

5 Grosjean

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kimi

4. Lewis

5. Rosberg

2013 is made easy - winner club only.

Sorry Webber fans, you don't win a race in that car in 19 attempts, you don't deserve to be in the top 5. Multi21 or not.

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulkenberg

4. Raikkonen

5. Grosjean

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1. Vettel, the champion, one of the most dominant performances ever.

2. Alonso, relentlessly always brings the Ferrari to the fight.

3. Räikkönen, like Alonso, amazing race craft, always fighting for the podium no matter what the starting position.

4. Hülkenberg, very strong drives with the Sauber, definitely one of the best drivers out there.

5. Grosjean, showed how fast he can be during the latter half of the season, but the first half was still quite poor.

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1. Vettel - professional and fast

2. Alonso - never give up racing

3. Hulkenberg - massively out-drove his car

4. Rosberg - pushed Hamilton all the time and won more races than him.

5. Grosjean - got himself sorted and was the only one pushing the Red Bulls by season's end.

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Räikkönen

4. Hamilton

5. Hulkenburg

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1. Vettel - 13 wins, 9 in a row, hard work, incredible concentration, what can you say more;

2. Alonso - second best again and there must be a reaso for itn; despite slower one-lap pace arguably still the best driver in F1;

3. Hamilton - if you come to a new team, don't know the car well and don't have the brakes that suit you, and still beat a teammate like Rosberg, then you deserve to be in the top 3;

4. Kimi - another great season, outscored his teammate comfortably;

5. Hulkenberg & Grosjean - the latter had another solid season and showed his potential when the car was there, the former made a great progress in the second half.

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1. Vettel - Sadly. As much as I've really come to dislike him, especially after Malaysia, he has driven perfectly, and made the rest look a bit silly at times.

2. Grosjean - mainly for the second half of the year where he came of age, starting to regularly beat an undoubted class act in Kimi, and becoming the only one to occassionally come slightly close to being in almost the same race as the unstoppable Bulls.

3. Hulkenberg - once again proving he should be in a top team, and why it is a travesty Maldonado's millions got him the Lotus drive

4. Alonso - once again outperforming the car (although maybe not as much as in previous years)

5. Hamilton - very close between him and Rosberg, and although Nico won the extra race, I give it to Lewis for edging it over the season as a whole despite having to adjust to a new car and team. That said, needs to get in the right head space for next year and beyond: no more being down on himself etc, or else one world title will be as far as it gets, a shame for a man of his undoubted speed and talent.

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1) Vettel

2) Hulkenburg

3) Grosjean

4) Rosberg

5) Raikkonen

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Hamilton

5. Grosjean

These five showed best that they knew what they were doing, in this order.

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Hulkenburg

5. Grosjean

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Agree with Sujith

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Kimi Raikkonen

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Nico Hulkenberg

5. Romain Grosjean

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1. Vettel - No real explanation needed is there? The only easy pick on the list.

2. Alonso - Was still impressive and relentless in races, but had far more mistakes and anonymous races than last year.

3. Hulkenburg - Very difficult picks from here on in. Hulk gets my nod for consistently putting the Sauber where I think it had no business being. The most "out of place" driver on the grid in my opinion in terms of having a car to match his talent.

4. Grosjean - Most improved driver on the grid, and was beating Kimi towards the end (although it's worth not going overboard - Kimi had clearly checked out mentally towards the end and had his back injury to cope with). Will be interesting to see if he can keep up the progress next year, he'll have to crush Maldonado. He lost to Kimi over the season but his pace of improvement earns him a lot of respect from me.

5. Hamilton - Would have been higher up the list if it was prepared after Hungary, but after that seemed to wilt in the face of the Vettel onslaught and lose motivation, similar to 2011 (although not as extreme). Still managed to beat Rosberg in his first year with the team though (and I rate Rosberg more highly than most I think).

Honorable mentions:

Rosberg - Did very well and got closer to Lewis than many thought he would, but had some anonymous races mid season, and inherited his Silverstone win (twice).

Kimi - Strong, consistent start to the year faded as his relationship with Lotus faltered.

Bottas - Some good highlights showed what he's capable of (Canada, Austin) but not enough opportunity to prove it over the year, will be interesting to see if he can beat Massa.

Bianchi - I think he was flattered by having a below par driver in the sister car, but still an impressive rookie season.

di Resta - May well have earned a spot on this list without the tyre changes, but they crippled him and Force India. A sad way to bow out of F1.

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Vettel

Grojean

Alonso

Hulkenburg

Hamilton

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3 Hamilton

4. Hulkenberg

5 Raikkonen

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Vettel

Hulkenberg

Alonso

Rosberg

Bianchi

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulkenberg

4. Grosjean

5. Raikkonen

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1. Vettel

2. Grosjean

3. Hulkenberg

4. Bottas

5. Bianchi

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1. Vettel - no comment

2. Grosjean - what an improvement, top all year long, high expectations for next year

3. Hulkenberg - confirmation of his talent, now with the poor Sauber after showing his skills with Williams and Force India. A shame he isn't in a top team next year.

4. Alonso - showed once again that Ferrari has the driver to win the championship but not the car. lack of motivation in 2nd half of the season. That's why I put him behind Grosjean and Hulkenberg, those never gave up.

5. Raikkonen - showed again that he's capable of winning another title. due to the well known salary problems he wasn't that motivated in the 2nd half.

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1 Alonso - far better than Vettel

2 Vettel

3 Webbo

4 Rosberg

5 Hamilton

301

1-Vettel: the form he was in this year, no current driver would have touched him even in the same car. Webber had no chance.

2) Hulk- overdrove the car

3) Raikonnen- pure class, solid racing, needs to up game in quali

4) Alonso- soome good driving, needs to learn some class from Raikonnen.

5) Rosberg- Once again kept in touch with a team mate who was predicted to destroy him.

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Hulkenberg

5. Hamilton

303

1- Vettel.

2- Raikkonen.

3- Hulkenberg.

4- Rosberg.

5- Grosjean.

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Hulkenberg

Vettel

Alonso

Grosjean

Raikkonen

305
Ross Pisarkiewicz

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hamilton

4. Hulkenberg

5. Grosjean

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1. Vettel - simply brilliant

2. Hulkenberg - exceeded his car with performance

3. Alonso - drove more with head than heart

4. Rosberg - won 2 races against a strong mate

5. Raikkonen - consistent year with a race win

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1. Vettel

2. Hulkenberg

3. Alonso

4. Rosberg

5. Grosjean

308

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Hulkenberg

5. Rosberg

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Top 5 Drivers

Vettel

Alonso

Hamilton

Raikkonen

Hulkenberg

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1. Vettel

Almost perfect, but he hit slightly Button at the Hungaroring while trying desperate pass.

2. Hamilton

Apart from last race, great first season in a new team. I still doubt if he will be able to handle pressures of true championship contender.

3. Rosberg

Worse luck throughout the year than his team mate, but with decent car showed that he is able to challenge best drivers. Completely different setups between Hamilton and Rosberg could pose problems in future for either or both of them.

4. Alonso

Clumsy mistake at Malaysia costing probably 25 points, sunday picnic driving at Monaco, desperate drafting attempts in qualifying at Monza, team mate screwed twice with pitstop strategy and average qualifying performance. Worst season since 2004?

5. Raikkonen

Age starts to show, but very consistent driver.

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Vettel

Alonso

Grojean

Hulkenburg

Bottas

312

VET

ALO

RAI

GRO

HUL

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1 - S Vettel

His dedication and his ability contributed to him being best suited to his car, and almost season-perfect driving.

2 - F Alonso

Nearly everyone, including Alonso, expects great things from Ferrari and feel disappointed when they're merely nearly great. Despite this, he achieved incredible results throughout the season.

3 - R Grosjean

What can I say? He has matured and received plaudits from his peers. "The boy's done good this year."

4 - N Rosberg

He worked hard and drove well all season, but this 4th place is primarily due to his performances at every stage of the Monaco weekend.

5 - J Button

The company man showed loyalty throughout, and persevered throughout. He showed why he was McLaren's #1 driver this year.

(This was a close call, Paul Di Resta was my number 5-and-a-half.)

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Grosjean

5. Hulkenberg

315

1. Vettel - he's a four-time world champion, for four consecutive years, how can anyone say he isn't the best?

2. Alonso - once again, made the most of a second-rate car. And please, Ferrari, if I hear one more word about the wind tunnel...

3. Raikkonen - Mr. Consistent

4. Grosjean - an emerging superstar

5. Rosberg - two wins for Nico, only one for Lewis

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Alonso - The Most complete driver

Jenson Button - Master of Changing conditions

Lewis Hamilton - Aggressive style like Senna

Pastor Maldonando - Determination

Nico Hulkenberg - Super Amazing

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Jenson second best driver? Better than SV? Seriously?

318

Sorry James, but none from your photo above, except for two:

5 - Hulk

4 - Alonso

top three (Not pictured):

3 - Banchi

2 - Kimi

1 - Vettel

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1. Vettel - Consistency, out pacing Webber in same car.

2. Alonso - Mr determination, never give up mentality

3. Hulk - Out-drove a weak Sauber

4. Grojean - Pace was not there but good qualifying performance all year round

5. Kimi - Bad in quali but points scoring machine on race day

320

1.Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Grosjean

4. Rosberg

5. Raikkonen

321

1. Sebastian Vettel - He would have topped the list based on the first part of the season alone, where he build a handy lead without the best car. Then came the second half..

2 through 5 is really hard.

Alonso would be a good number two, because he was most consistently good, but he had fewer really outstanding drives, like Hülkenberg and Grosjean did have. But keeping up a good consistency does bring home the bacon, so with that:

2. Fernando Alonso - didn't see much of him this year, was outqualified by Massa almost half of the time, but did put in a consistent performance. Not on the same level as Vettel though.

3. Nico Hülkenberg - had a number of stellar drives this year, which at times put him right there with Vettel, but over the whole year, not as consistently good as Alonso.

4. Romain Grosjean - on his peak day, like Hülkenberg, a great driver, but especially in the first half of the year, not very impressive.

5. Kimi Räikkönen - like Alonso, very consistently good throughout the year, but at times just seemed lackluster.

322

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulkenburg

4. Raikkonen

5. Rosberg

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1. Vettel - willing and able to win at all costs, within the rules of the game

2. Alonso - still racing his heart out whilst keeping his head on, prepared to complain at all costs about not having a car he could win with

3. Raikkonen - cool and effective racer, open about his own faults and errors whilst also open yet magnanimous about his car's limitations, even apparently racing at his own cost

4. Hulkenberg - midfielder still demonstrating he's most worth taking on at much cost

5. Bottas - drove like the backmarker most likely to cost a fortune in wages in a few years hence

Hon. mention: Grosjean - most improved this year, pound-for-pound he's cost in the past

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Vettel.

Raikkonen.

Hulkemberg.

Grosjean.

Rosberg.

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- Alonso

- Raikonen

- Hulkenberg

- Rosberg

- Webber

- Button

- Bottas

- Grosjean

- Bianchi

- Massa

326

1) Vettel

2) Alonso

3) Kimi

4) Hulk

5) Grosjean

327

1/ Vettel. The most dominant driver we've seen in a long time. Even when Webber got one or two over on him in qualifying he showed how good he is as a race driver. He has refined his art to a level few ever achieve.

2/ Hulkenberg. Outperformed car and destroyed his teammate, showed that, given a car capable of podiums, he could win races consistently.

3/ Alonso. Had no business competing the way he did with that car.

4/ Rosberg. Took it to Hamilton and showed he can mix it with the big boys.

5/ Hamilton. Especially in the first half, showed he still has what it takes to become World Champion again.

With a special mention of Bianchi, who looks awesome, even given the utter inappropriateness of describing his teammate as an F1 driver.

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Vettel

Raikonnen

Alonso

Hamilton

Rosberg

Just listing the names doesn't tell the story of the season though. Vettel was flawless all season, while the group of drivers behind him were some way back but all close to one another. All had some fine individual races but all of them also had a number of frankly bad races.

I don't buy this "Alonso finished second in not the second-best car" storyline which is going around. Over the course of the whole season the Ferrari was in fact the second best car. In the first third of the season it was THE best car, and he failed to get the most out of it, so he doesn't deserve to be ranked second.

329

1) Vettel

2) Alonso

3) Raikkonen

4) Hulkenberg

5) Grosjean

330
unF1nnished business

1. Vettel

2. Raikkonen

3. Alonso

4. Hulkenberg

5. Hamilton

331

1. Vettel

2. Raikkonen

3. Hulkenburg

4. Alonso

5. Button

332

1 - VET - Dominating.

2 - ALO - Brilliant on Sundays

3 - RAI - also brilliant on Sundays

4 - GRO - Coming into his own as a top driver. Great pace.

5 - HUL - Extracted maximum performance from his car. How does this guy not have a drive at a top team yet?!?

Like others have said -- hard to leave HAM or ROS off the list. Both had great qualifying performances and some strong races. This is more a testament to the quality of the competition than it is a judgment of their performance.

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1. Vettel - Unbeatable.

2. Alonso - Bad person and arrogant, but drove very well this year as usual.

3. Kimi - Amazing driver, breaking consistency records and dealing with back issues.

4. Grosjean - Impressive second half of the season, showing he has matured.

5. Hulkenberg - Showed his talent in a difficult car, impressive qualification performances, race pace and how to defend positions without crashing.

334

This year is easy.

The same 5 first drivers of the Driver's Standings, in the same order.

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1. Vettel. For sheer qualy speed, controlling races smartly and full focus, regardless of car

2. Raikkonen. Even with the end of year slump drove well and had fun

3. Alonso. Still getting results from sub-par car, but this year was below his own standard, plus he was not enjoying it

4. Hulk. Gets better every year, outran his car, defended well

5. Grosjean. Improvement and maturity, took over the #1 job with honours when Kimi left it

The Merc boys drove well, best team effort IMO, maybe it was the widely changing car that stopped them from shining more

Bianchi and Bottas hard to judge from TV but worth a mention

336

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kimi

4. Grosjean

5. Hulkenberg

... and Hamilton barely makes it into my top 10!

337

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hamilton

4. Rosberg

5. Raikkonen

338

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kimi

4. Hulkenburg

5. Hamilton

339

1.- Vettel

2.- Alonso

3.- Kimi

4.- Rosberg

5.- Hulkenberg

340

1. Vettel

2. Raikkonen

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Hulkenburg

341

1. Vettel

2. Hulkenberg

3. Alonso

4. Raikkonen

5. Grosjean

342

Alonso

Incredible Hulk

Kimi

Grosjean

Rosbserg

343

Vettel

Raikkonen

Huelkenberg

Alonso

Rosberg