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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.

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  1. Ron says:

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

    1. MISTER says:

      Vettel
      Alonso
      Grosjean
      Hamilton
      Hulkenberg

      1. Maserati123 says:

        Alonso,Kimi,
        Grosjean
        Hamilton
        Hulkenberg

    2. Gudien says:

      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

      1. Kenneth Harris says:

        Webber
        Alonso
        Vettel
        Hulkenberg
        Ricciardo

    3. Moh says:

      1- Vettel
      2- Alonso
      3- Kimi Raikkonen
      4- Hamilton / Rosberg

      1. Michael says:

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

    4. Dan says:

      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. muktadir says:

      1.vettel
      2.alonso
      3.hulkenberg
      4.rosberg
      5.grosgean

    6. Steve Higgins says:

      Grosjean
      Raikkonen
      Alonso
      Hamilton
      Bottas

  2. Michael says:

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

  3. Manchesterf1 says:

    1) Seb
    2) Alo
    3) kimi
    4) Hulk
    5) Rosberg

  4. Wayne Baillie says:

    1. Daniel Riccardo
    2. Fernando Alonso
    3. Nico Rosberg
    4. Roman Grosjean
    5. Jenson Button

    1. Brad says:

      heheheeheheh… You’re serious right??? hahahaahahahaaha

  5. Brian Reeve says:

    Alonso (difficult car)
    Vettal (skill)
    Webber (tanasity )
    Hulkenberg (competitive in a not so competitive car)
    Grosjean (for getting it together)

    1. Ace says:

      tenacity….took me a while to decipher that one

    2. Feral Racing says:

      Totally agree Brian.

      1. Mack says:

        +1 Agree Brian

  6. Rob G says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Raikonnen
    Hulkenberg
    Grosjean

  7. Tristian Trigg says:

    Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton, Hulkenberg and Rosberg

  8. Francois says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Raikkonen
    Grosjean
    Rosberg
    And a special mention to the driver of the fire truck in Korea

    1. Arnie S says:

      Fire truck +1

  9. Tanay says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Vettel
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Grosjean

  10. Dick Dixon says:

    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

    1. Basil says:

      Very reasonable!

  11. David says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Grosjean
    4. Hülkenberg
    5. Bianchi

    1. Hesh says:

      1. Vettel
      2. Alonso
      3. Grosjean
      4. Hülkenberg
      5. Bianchi

  12. bobster says:

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

  13. dirty harry says:

    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’

  14. Harshad says:

    1)Raikkonen
    2)Vettel
    3)Alonso
    4)Grosjean
    5)Hamilton

    1. crndl says:

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

  15. Harshad says:

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

    1. andy tudge says:

      nah – that’s Dave Grohl on the right

    2. Rishi says:

      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!

  16. Richardd says:

    Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton, Raikonnen, Hulkenburg

  17. Jonathan Bowers says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Grosjean
    4. Rosberg
    5. Bottas

  18. Spinodontosaurus says:

    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.

    1. W Johnson says:

      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.

      1. Gudien says:

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

  19. Warren says:

    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

    1. James says:

      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.

    2. Juzh says:

      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.

      1. Krischar says:

        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

      2. W Johnson says:

        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.

      3. Juzh says:

        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.

      4. Juzh says:

        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.

  20. ian says:

    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

  21. sandman81 says:

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

    1. Iestyn Davies says:

      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.

  22. Zinobia says:

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

    1. Julien says:

      This…

      Vettel
      Alonso
      Kimi
      Hamilton
      Hulk

  23. Antonio says:

    Alonso
    Vettel
    Hamilton
    Raikkonen
    Rosberg
    Grosjean
    Hulkenberg
    Webber
    Massa
    Bottas

  24. TheLollipopMan says:

    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.

    1. GWD says:

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

      So:

      Vettel
      Grosjean
      Raikkonen
      Hulkenberg
      Alonso

  25. Joshua says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Kimi
    Hamilton
    Grosjean

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

  26. Vladimir says:

    - 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.

  27. 1-Vettel
    2-Alonso
    3-Rosburg
    4-Hulkenburg
    5-Bianchi

  28. PJ says:

    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.

  29. Karen Kreft says:

    Top five drivers 2013
    Alonso
    Vettel
    Rosberg
    Kimi
    Massa

  30. iamvik says:

    My pick
    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Grosjean
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Hulk

  31. AndyFov says:

    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.

  32. Panayiotis says:

    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

  33. janis1207 says:

    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?

    1. Alex says:

      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

      1. Basil says:

        Totally agree!

      2. Youcef says:

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

    2. Kimi4WDC says:

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

    3. Elie says:

      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.

  34. seeraz says:

    1. Sebastian Vettel
    2. Fernando Alonso
    3. Kimi Raikkonen
    4. Romain Grosjean
    5. Lewis Hamilton

  35. Greg says:

    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.

    1. bearforce1 says:

      Hey, my top 5 also in a different order.

    2. bearforce1 says:

      1. Vettel

      2. Hulkenburg

      3. Rosberg

      4. Kimmi

      5. Romain

  36. Jem says:

    Alonso, Rosberg, Vettel, Grosjean, Hulk.

  37. Ben Dickson says:

    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)

    1. bearforce1 says:

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

    2. OscarF1 says:

      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…

      1. Spinodontosaurus says:

        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).

  38. heinzman (fan of: ALO) says:

    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.

  39. JD says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Rosberg
    Hulkenberg
    Grojean

  40. CJ says:

    Webber, not bad for a number 2

    1. Dave C says:

      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.

      1. Cromo says:

        “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.

      2. Martin says:

        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.

      3. For sure says:

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

      4. Martin says:

        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).

      5. For sure says:

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

  41. Baghetti says:

    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

  42. Vettel
    Alonso
    Hulkenberg
    Grosjean
    Rosberg

  43. Andy says:

    Vettel
    Hulkenberg
    Alonso
    Grosjean
    Rosberg

  44. Liz Emery says:

    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!

    1. James says:

      “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?…..

      1. OscarF1 says:

        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…

    2. Juzh says:

      webber should be last then.

    3. NickH says:

      Webber had the best car too

      1. Dan says:

        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…

      2. NickH says:

        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

  45. Olivier says:

    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.

  46. jmv says:

    - Sebastian Vettel
    - Nico Hulkenberg
    - Fernando Alonso
    - Kimi Raikkonen
    - Romain Grosjean

  47. goferet says:

    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

  48. Tom Lewis says:

    Vettel
    Webber
    Grosjean
    Hulkeburg
    Bottas

  49. Seized Up says:

    5: Rosberg
    4: Hamilton
    3: Raikkonen
    2: Alonso
    1: Vettel

  50. F1 Bobby says:

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

  51. Nuno says:

    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.

    1. Christos Pallis says:

      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…!

      1. Nuno says:

        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.

    2. VSI says:

      Di Resta? Is that for providing comic relief?!

      1. Nuno says:

        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.

  52. Sujith says:

    1. Sebastian Vettel
    2. Kimi Raikkonen
    3. Fernando Alonso
    4. Nico Hulkenberg
    5. Romain Grosjean

  53. mjsib says:

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

  54. Till Manecke says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Raikkonen
    Grosjean
    Hulkenberg

  55. Kay says:

    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.

    1. James says:

      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.

      1. Kay says:

        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.

  56. Kay says:

    Sorry, forgot to add:
    Congrats on your book, James. Hope you’ll sell many copies!

  57. Frank Oosterhuis says:

    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.

    1. Alexander Supertramp says:

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

      1. Frank Oosterhuis says:

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

  58. TomM says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Grosjean
    Raikkonen
    Rosberg

  59. Chapor says:

    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.

  60. Jamie Norman says:

    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
    .

    1. James says:

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

      1. KARTRACE says:

        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.

      2. jok says:

        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.

  61. Tom says:

    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)

    1. Christos Pallis says:

      I agree with every point you made, well said

  62. Arnie S says:

    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.

  63. Jon says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Kimi
    4. Hamilton
    5. Hulkenburg

  64. jrhbcn says:

    Vettel, Hulk, Alonso, Rosberg, Grosjean.

    In that order for me!

  65. Paul Cowling says:

    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.

  66. deviqi says:

    1. Kimi Raikonen
    2. Fernando Alonso
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Mark Webber
    5. Nico Rosberg

  67. DonSimon says:

    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

  68. Sid says:

    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

    1. Jonny says:

      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.

      1. Sid says:

        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

      2. Sid says:

        *good to see him win there

    2. jawsf1 says:

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

      1. KRB says:

        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.

  69. just_afr says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Rosberg
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Grosjean

  70. Random 79 says:

    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.

    1. Sebee says:

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

      1. Random 79 says:

        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 :)

      2. Sebee says:

        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?

      3. Sebee says:

        ….will not.

      4. Random 79 says:

        Nope, sticking with my 5.

  71. Kaustav says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Raikkonen
    Hulkemberg
    Hamilton

  72. Tim Van Poucke says:

    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) …

  73. Xander says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Alonso
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Bianchi

  74. Paul says:

    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

  75. Foolio says:

    VET
    ALO
    BIA
    HUL
    BOT

  76. Elie says:

    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.

  77. Kashif says:

    1. Sebastian Vettel
    2. Fernando Alonso
    3. Lewis Hamilton
    4. Romain Grosjean
    5. Nico Hulkenberg

  78. JK says:

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

  79. Christian Wood says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Grosjean
    Hulkenburg
    Rosberg

  80. Hulkenberg
    Vettel
    Rosberg
    Grosjean
    Bianchi

  81. Jonathan says:

    1. Sebastian Vettel
    2. Kimi Raikkonen
    3. Fernando Alonso
    4. Lewis Hamilton
    5. Romain Grojean

  82. Andy Stranks says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Vettel
    3. Grosjean
    4. Hulkenburg
    5. Rosberg

  83. Jon Wilde says:

    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.

  84. Marco Pereira says:

    From my point of view:

    1- F.Alonso
    2- S.Vettel
    3- N.Roseberg
    4- L.Hamilton
    5- N.Hulkenberg

  85. James says:

    Vettel
    Hulkenberg
    Grosjean
    Bianchi
    Rosberg

  86. Siwan says:

    1. Hulkenburg
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Bianchi
    5. Bottas

  87. Jonathan says:

    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

  88. Ryan Eckford says:

    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.

  89. Grant H says:

    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

  90. Wade Parmino says:

    Vettel. Alonso. Grosjean. Rosberg. Hulkenberg.

  91. Daniel Morris says:

    1 – Vettel
    2 – Alonso
    3 – Hulkenburg
    4 – Raikkonen
    5 – Bianchi

  92. Yago says:

    This is James choice:
    Vettel
    Alonso
    Raikkonen
    Hamilton
    Hulkemberg

    This is my choice:
    Vettel
    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Rosberg
    Raikkonen

  93. Spike says:

    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

  94. Horoldo says:

    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.

  95. The Spanish Inquisitor says:

    Hulk
    Alonso
    Rosberg
    Kimi
    Roman?

  96. Adam Taylor says:

    1, Vettel
    2, Alonso
    3, Hamilton
    4, Rosberg
    5, Raikkonen

  97. Clarks4WheelDrift says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Vettel
    4. Raikkonen
    5. di Resta

  98. Ant says:

    1.Vettel
    2.Hulkenburg
    3.Grosjean
    4.Bianchi
    5.Raikkonen

  99. Ganeshram says:

    1. Seb
    2. Nico H
    3. Fernando
    3. Kimi
    5. Lewis

  100. Glennb says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Kimi
    4. Hulkenberg
    5. Grosjean

  101. AK says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Rosberg
    5. Grosjean

  102. Rach says:

    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.

  103. TRS says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Grosjean
    5. Hamilton

  104. James says:

    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.

  105. Ollie says:

    Vettel

    Alonso
    Kimi
    Rosberg
    Grosjean

    1. Ollie says:

      oh, forgot Hamilton.

  106. Douglas Revill says:

    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.

  107. Andrew Winter says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Kimi
    4. Alonso
    5. Bianchi

    Highly commended : Grosjean

  108. Stephan says:

    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

    1. GWD says:

      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.

      1. Stephan says:

        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

  109. Amito Tifoso says:

    1. Vettel (by far)
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Alonso
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Grosjean

  110. drarpad says:

    VET
    ALO
    RAI
    HUL
    GRO

  111. 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.

  112. C Lin says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Rosberg
    5. Hulkenberg

  113. Phil says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Grosjean
    Rosberg
    Hulkenberg

  114. Roshan says:

    5. Hulkenberg
    4. Grosjean
    3.Raikönnën
    2. Alonso
    1. Vettel

  115. nenny says:

    1, alonso
    2, Hulk
    3, vet
    4, ham
    5, Gros

    but there was a lot of outstanding drives this year

  116. jjpm says:

    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

  117. Veteran says:

    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

  118. Aluap says:

    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.

    1. James says:

      “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? ;)

      1. Random 79 says:

        Short memories…

    2. Veteran says:

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

  119. mjl says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Räikkönen
    Hülkenberg
    Grosjean

  120. deci1668 says:

    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

  121. Miha Bevc says:

    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.

    1. elie says:

      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.

  122. Vaisa says:

    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.

    1. elie says:

      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 ?

      1. Vaisa says:

        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.

  123. Nico says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Rosberg
    Hulkenburg

  124. F1Cat says:

    SV
    FA
    RG
    NR
    NH

  125. Peter says:

    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.

  126. Tomby says:

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

  127. Cedgy says:

    Sebastien Vettel
    Fernando Alonso
    Kimi Raikkonen
    Lewis Hamilton
    Nico Hulkenberg

  128. bbobeckyj says:

    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.

  129. holly says:

    1-Alonso
    2-Hulk
    3-Vettel
    4-Grosjean
    5-Rosberg

  130. Oletros says:

    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?

  131. Joe B says:

    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.

  132. AK says:

    1 Vettel
    2 Alonso
    3 Raikkonen
    4 Grosjean
    5 Hulkenberg

  133. Darren says:

    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

  134. Hezla says:

    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.

  135. Chris Arnold says:

    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…

    1. Christos Pallis says:

      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

  136. DMyers says:

    Alonso
    Hulkenberg
    Bianchi
    Rosberg
    di Resta

    1. naugy says:

      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

  137. Richard says:

    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.

  138. kevinKRITI says:

    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)

  139. Farouq says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Raikkonen
    Hulkenberg
    Hamilton

  140. James says:

    #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.

    1. El Mago says:

      1)Alonso
      2) Vettel
      3) Kimi
      4) Grosjeam
      5) Rosberg

    2. Kimi4WDC says:

      “…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.

    3. Elie says:

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

  141. Jack Feeney says:

    1.Sebastian Vettel
    2.Fernando Alonso
    3.Lewis Hamilton
    4.Nico Hulkenberg
    5.Jules Bianchi

    Hounourable mentions:
    Romain Grosjean
    Daniel Riciardo

  142. Stephen says:

    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…

  143. Leigh Barratt says:

    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.

  144. Christos Pallis says:

    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.

  145. db4tim says:

    Fernando Alonso
    Kimi Räikkönen
    Romain Grosjean
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber

  146. KARTRACE says:

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

  147. Alex` says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Rosberg
    4. Grosjean
    5. Bianchi

  148. Alexander Supertramp says:

    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.

  149. John in SD says:

    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!

  150. David B says:

    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

  151. Frank says:

    Vettel
    Raikkonen
    Hülkenberg
    Alonso
    Rosberg

  152. Liam Connolly says:

    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.

  153. Pierre says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Kimi
    The Hulk
    Lewis

  154. Wes says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenburg
    3. Raikonnen
    4. Alonso
    5. Grosjean

  155. Tim Fairclough says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Grosjean
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Rosberg
    5. Bottas

  156. Robert N says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Bianchi

  157. Mathew says:

    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.

  158. Flying Lap says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Raikkonen
    Hulkenberg
    Hamilton

    +Grosjean 6th.

  159. Richard Groves says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Grosjean
    5. Rosberg

  160. Ricardo Consulini says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Kimi R
    4. Hulkenberg
    5. Rosberg

  161. Vlad says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Vettel
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Grosjean

  162. Ashish Sharma says:

    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

  163. Andrew J says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenburg
    3. Alonso
    4. Raikonnen
    5. Rosberg

  164. Alberto Martínez says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkengerg
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Rosberg

  165. Dan says:

    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).

  166. Nick says:

    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.

  167. Matt Batt says:

    Vettel
    Grosean
    Hulkenburg
    Alonso
    Hamilton

  168. hippyneil says:

    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!)

  169. Ben Ford says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Grosjean
    Raikonnen
    Bianchi

  170. Ben Miller says:

    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

    1. luqa says:

      You really do like Bianchi ;-)

  171. FJD says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Grosjean
    5. Rosberg

  172. Richard says:

    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.

  173. LightHorse says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Grosjean
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Rosberg
    5. Hamilton

  174. Oliver says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Grosjean
    4. Hulk
    5. Bianchi

  175. Rajesh Singh says:

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

  176. Kurtis says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Bottas
    5. Raikkonen

  177. Andrew Carter says:

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

  178. ffcunha says:

    Vettel

    Alonso

    Raikkonen

    Hulkenberg

    Rosberg

  179. Chris Bird says:

    1) Vettel
    2) Alonso
    3) Kimi
    4) Hamilton
    5) Hulkenberg

  180. Marpabel says:

    1. Kimi Räikkönen
    2. Iceman
    3. Kimster
    4. Räiks
    5. Kimmi

    Merry Christmas!

  181. Steve Selasky says:

    My top 5 are:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Rosberg
    Hamilton
    Hulkenberg

  182. Bob says:

    1. Grosjean (Got it together)
    2. Vettel (Relentless)
    3. Alonso (Ever the racer)
    4. Bottas (Signs of brilliance)
    5. Rosberg (Kept Hamilton honest)

  183. David B says:

    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

  184. farfromsprawl says:

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

  185. Fellowes says:

    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.

  186. deancassady says:

    Kimi Raikonnen
    Sebastian Vettel
    Nico Hulkenberg
    Fernando Alonso (and his media empire)
    Romain Grosjean

  187. Allan says:

    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

  188. thinktank says:

    1. RAI
    2. ALO
    3. VET
    4. HUL
    5. GRO

  189. GORGOSHMORGO says:

    1 Vettel
    2 Raikkonen
    3 Alonso
    4 Hulkenberg
    5 Grosjean

  190. Sebee says:

    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.

  191. Sam White says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Grosjean

  192. Antti says:

    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.

  193. Tim Wright says:

    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.

  194. Phil says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Räikkönen
    4. Hamilton
    5. Hulkenburg

  195. Bart says:

    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.

  196. Jonno says:

    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.

  197. Jimbob says:

    1) Vettel
    2) Hulkenburg
    3) Grosjean
    4) Rosberg
    5) Raikkonen

  198. Jeffrey says:

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

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

  199. kbcusa says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Hulkenburg
    5. Grosjean

  200. Brad says:

    Agree with Sujith

    1. Sebastian Vettel
    2. Kimi Raikkonen
    3. Fernando Alonso
    4. Nico Hulkenberg
    5. Romain Grosjean

  201. Andrew M says:

    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.

  202. John Wainwright says:

    Vettel
    Grojean
    Alonso
    Hulkenburg
    Hamilton

  203. Stephen Taylor says:

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

  204. Johny says:

    Vettel
    Hulkenberg
    Alonso
    Rosberg
    Bianchi

  205. danish Hanif says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Grosjean
    5. Raikkonen

  206. Rob Newman says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Grosjean
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Bottas
    5. Bianchi

  207. Robby says:

    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.

  208. jim says:

    1 Alonso – far better than Vettel
    2 Vettel
    3 Webbo
    4 Rosberg
    5 Hamilton

  209. JF says:

    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.

  210. Craig D says:

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

  211. Spidey_Legend says:

    1- Vettel.
    2- Raikkonen.
    3- Hulkenberg.
    4- Rosberg.
    5- Grosjean.

  212. Pedro says:

    Hulkenberg
    Vettel
    Alonso
    Grosjean
    Raikkonen

  213. Ross Pisarkiewicz says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hamilton
    4. Hulkenberg
    5. Grosjean

  214. Joseph Simmons says:

    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

  215. Narshe says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Alonso
    4. Rosberg
    5. Grosjean

  216. Scott says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Hulkenberg
    5. Rosberg

  217. paxdog says:

    Top 5 Drivers

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Raikkonen
    Hulkenberg

  218. jok says:

    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.

  219. Peter Jones says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Grojean
    Hulkenburg
    Bottas

  220. Sarvar says:

    VET
    ALO
    RAI
    GRO
    HUL

  221. Brian Diamond says:

    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.)

  222. Skan says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Grosjean
    5. Hulkenberg

  223. Harvey says:

    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

  224. Man B says:

    Alonso – The Most complete driver
    Jenson Button – Master of Changing conditions
    Lewis Hamilton – Aggressive style like Senna
    Pastor Maldonando – Determination
    Nico Hulkenberg – Super Amazing

    1. For sure says:

      Jenson second best driver? Better than SV? Seriously?

  225. Chromatic says:

    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

  226. yassin says:

    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

  227. Andy says:

    1.Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Grosjean
    4. Rosberg
    5. Raikkonen

  228. Martijn Müller says:

    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.

  229. Matt says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenburg
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Rosberg

  230. A-P says:

    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

  231. Jorge Lardone says:

    Vettel.
    Raikkonen.
    Hulkemberg.
    Grosjean.
    Rosberg.

  232. - Alonso
    - Raikonen
    - Hulkenberg
    - Rosberg
    - Webber

    - Button
    - Bottas
    - Grosjean
    - Bianchi
    - Massa

  233. Scott says:

    1) Vettel
    2) Alonso
    3) Kimi
    4) Hulk
    5) Grosjean

  234. Jeremy J says:

    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.

  235. SteveS says:

    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.

  236. Tony says:

    1) Vettel
    2) Alonso
    3) Raikkonen
    4) Hulkenberg
    5) Grosjean

  237. unF1nnished business says:

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

  238. Paul J says:

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

  239. CanadaF1fan says:

    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.

  240. Kirk says:

    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.

  241. Diego P says:

    This year is easy.

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

  242. ferggsa says:

    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

  243. Jim McMillan says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Kimi
    4. Grosjean
    5. Hulkenberg

    … and Hamilton barely makes it into my top 10!

  244. Michael Kitchen says:

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

  245. dren says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Kimi
    4. Hulkenburg
    5. Hamilton

  246. Dino says:

    1.- Vettel
    2.- Alonso
    3.- Kimi
    4.- Rosberg
    5.- Hulkenberg

  247. Dane says:

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

  248. Paul says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Alonso
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Grosjean

  249. VSI says:

    Alonso
    Incredible Hulk
    Kimi
    Grosjean
    Rosbserg

  250. luqa says:

    Vettel
    Raikkonen
    Huelkenberg
    Alonso
    Rosberg

  251. Colin B says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Alonso
    4. Grosjean
    5. Bottas

  252. Ben says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hülkenberg
    3. Alonso
    4. Räikkönen
    5. Rosberg

  253. Bayan says:

    Alonso – Great results in a not so great car, consistent
    Vettel – would be No1 if Ferrari’s car was somewhat matched to the RB9 and he still beat Alonso
    Grosjean – Matured and became very consistent
    Kimi – Would be higher if didn’t start driving like someone who hasn’t gotten paid near the end
    Hulk – Put that car where it had no business being there in quite a few races

  254. ijedi says:

    1-Alonso(for trying)
    2-Hamilton(for exceeding expectations)
    3-Kimi(for being different)
    4-Grosjean(for getting a grip)
    5-Perez(for just being himself)

  255. Aadil says:

    1)Vettel
    2)Hulkenburg
    3)Alonso
    4)Raikonnen
    5)Bianchi/Bottas

  256. Rod says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Raikkonen
    Grosjean

  257. D Vega says:

    Seb, Nando, Rossberg, Hamilton, Kimi.
    They are the only drivers who won.

  258. Paul Braithwaite says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Raikonen
    4. Hulkenburg
    5. Grosjean

  259. Dan Lowe says:

    1 – Vettel
    2 – Alonso
    3 – Hulkenberg
    4 – Raikkonen
    5 – Grosjean

  260. Richard says:

    Vettel
    Aonoso
    Kimi
    Hulk
    Grosjean

  261. Txema says:

    1- Alonso
    2- Hulkenberg
    3- Vettel
    4- Raikkonen
    5- Rosberg (Hamilton also deserve it, very close decision between both Merc drivers)

  262. Mike P says:

    1. Grosjean
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Vettel
    5. Bianchi

  263. Dirksen says:

    1: Vettel
    2: Alonso
    3: Rosberg
    4: Räikkönen
    5: Bottas

  264. Jay says:

    1- Vettel obviously!
    2- Fernando.
    3- Nico Hulkenberg.
    4- Jules Bianchi.
    5- Kimi

  265. VV says:

    1. Vettel.
    2. Alonso.
    3. Hulk.
    4. Kimi.
    5. Grosjean.

  266. naugy says:

    Can’t understand why so many people have put Rosberg above Hamilton – Nico has had the massive advantage of knowing the car/team but has been outscored. Perhaps people don’t like Lewis’s assertive personality or [mod]
    Top 10 drivers
    1 – Hulk
    2 – Vettel
    3 – Alonso
    4 – Hamilton
    5 – Bottas

  267. fausta says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Vettel
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Grosjean
    5. Riccardo

  268. Andrew Relf says:

    Vettel
    Grosjean
    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Hulkenburg

  269. HexB says:

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

  270. Rich B says:

    vettel
    Alonso
    kimi
    lewis
    hulk

  271. KenA says:

    1 Vettel – Not a big fan, but…
    2 Hulkenburg – Lotus, you blew it!
    3 Alonso – Does well driving red lemons.
    4 Raikkonen – Show me the money!
    5 Grosjean – Nice recovery…

    Sorry Hamilton, it seems the car has improved, but…

  272. Gail says:

    1. Vettel
    2.Raikkonen
    3.Alonso
    4. Webber
    5 Hulkenberg

  273. I know says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Raikkonen
    Hulkenberg
    Bianchi

  274. Paul Kirk says:

    I’ve seen comments like “Alonso did great with a slower car”, and I can’t help thinking “how do we know how fast the car/cars is?”
    If you gave them some proper tyres so they could be driven flat out, THEN we would know how fast they were!
    My impression is that drivers have to spend so much time looking after tyres and saving fuel that we never see their true potential. (Which I find rather frustrating!)
    I think the Ferrari was potentially pretty quick as evidenced by how fast it accellerates, but the aerodynamic settup and the mechanical settup had to be arrived at with an eye to tyre life rather than lap times.
    I’m rather concerned about all the fuel saving that we will see next season, that will certainly detract from the racing specticle.
    PK.

    1. Sujith says:

      However the tye rules are, don’t you think a driver who adapts his driving style to be boring (or frustrating) when it is required for him to be boring (or frustratingly JUST looking after the tyres) deserves to be mentioned in the TOP 5?

      According to me, yes! Sebastian gets the top spot anyway, whatever he does, cuz he’s deserved it.

      1. Paul Kirk says:

        Sujith,in a way you are right with your theory, but on the other hand the defination of racing is driving as fast as you can. Being an old school enthusiast and an ex racing driver, I’v grown up believing racing is going as fast as you can, and the idea of being instructed by other people (the team) to slow down “look after the rears”, “be carefull of the right front”, “cool the brakes”, “your right front is too hot”, “go easy out of turns 5 and 7″, lift early on the straights” etc etc.,is NOT real racing! OK my generation will not be here much longer, and the current generations who perhaps are more receptive of the sort of “racing/whatever it is” we are seeing today, (assuming you are still interested) must be accepting the new form of “racing”.
        PK.

      2. jok says:

        You have just described the problem of modern formula one. It’s not sport anymore, but a show and that’s also main motivation behind arbitrary rule changing, to create more artificial drama. But it’s not concern of the FOM, who’s in the driving seat (not FIA nor teams) until their cash flow starts to seriously decrease.

  275. Robbie Wallace says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Grosjean
    3. Kimi
    4. Hulkenberg
    5. Alonso

  276. Simmo says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Grosjean
    5. Bianchi

    My reasons:

    Vettel – Quite obviously, he has destroyed the rest of the field and made the best use of that car

    Alonso – Although arguably not as good as the last two years, some solid performances and 2 wins gave him a secure second place with one race to go

    Hulkenberg – Made fantastic use of a car which was by no means near the top, and gave Sauber an awful lot of points in the second half of that season

    Grosjean – Unarguably the most improved driver of the season, and despite still having moments at the start of the year, he has made it clear what he can do given a decent car.

    Bianchi – Was quickest of the backmarkers pretty much from the word go, and has definitely done an amazing job, giving his team 10th in the constructors

  277. JB says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Raikkonen
    Hulkenberg
    Hamilton
    Bianchi

    It is hard to differentiate the first three i.e. Vettel, Alonso, Raikkonen. I like to call them first tier Champions.
    The second tier champions are hulkenberg, Hamilton and Bianchi.
    I know Bianchi is not in my top 5 but I wanted to emphasise that he is better than Perez and other famous drivers.

  278. Valentino from montreal says:

    In no particular order …

    Rosberg , Grosjean , Vettel , Hulkenberg and Schumacher ( even if he’s retired , he’s still the best racing driver in the world ) …

    Merry Christmas !

    1. Elie says:

      Hahahaha…Grosjean nothing first half.. Roseberg beaten by Hamilton,,, ho ho ho Merry Christmas Val

  279. Richard says:

    1 Vettel
    2 Raikonen
    3 Hulkenberg
    4 Grosjean
    5 Van der Garde (I’m dutch!)

  280. Jed says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Raikkonen
    3. Alonso
    4. Hulkenberg
    5. Grosjean

  281. Tyler says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Hulkenberg
    Grosjean
    Raikkonen

  282. Matt says:

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

  283. Liz says:

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

  284. Jukka Liimatainen says:

    1. Kimi Räikkönen
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Fernando Alonso
    4. Nico Rosberg
    5. Valtteri Bottas
    6. Nico Hulkenberg
    7. Felipe Massa

  285. greg says:

    1. Vettel (Definately deserved the championship)
    2. Raikkonen (Was amazing in most races despite no pay, lotus being against him and a serious injury)
    3. Hulkenberg (What he did with that Sauber was unbelievable – he managed to hold off faster cars in some races)
    4. Alonso (Good season, but there was a chance that that Kimi would’ve gotten that 2nd place in the championship – he also was very unproffesional throughout – but he drove great, should be in the top 5)
    5. Grosjean (Brilliant second half of the season, if he was just as good in the first half – he might’ve gotten wins and Lotus would’ve gotten 2nd in the championship. But he shone too late)

  286. Diabolo says:

    1-Vettel, “what else?”
    2-Hulkenberg
    3-Grosjean
    4-Bianchi
    5-Alonso

  287. Cuba says:

    1 Vettel
    2 Kimi
    3 Bottas
    4 Hulk
    5 Grosjean

  288. Daniël says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Alonso
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Grosjean

  289. racey lady lynn says:

    Did you mean driver or RACING driver? My racing driver choices are:-

    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Webber
    Hulkenberg
    Bottas

  290. Micheal says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Webber
    5. Grosjean

  291. stephen says:

    Vettel
    Raikonnen
    Grosjean
    Alonso
    Webber

  292. Antonio says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Vettel
    3. Grosjean
    4. Raikonen
    5. Hukenberg

  293. Moan Di Resta says:

    1.Alonso for his sheer determination.
    2.Rosberg was unlucky with retirements
    3.Webber see above
    4.Vettel he has to be on here somewhere
    5.Grosjean for his twin brother substituting him this season!

    Know not a cat in hells chance of winning just a bit of fun!

    Merry Christmas Everybody

  294. gggggggg says:

    Hi James, there are a few comments here that suggest people rooting for their countrymen.

    I notice you have google analytics, any chance of releasing a summary of your readership profile for the year? Will be interesting for us to see where everyone is from. I am aussie, and feel a large aussie F1 fanbase when compared to our population size. Would be nice to see that confirmed.

    1. James Allen says:

      You are correct. No 1 market is UK, but only around 38%, next is USA then Australia, both around 15%, then Canada 12%, then India, Spain, Germany, Russia etc and on it goes.

      1. Rayz says:

        The Irish??? I thought my hits alone would account for about 5%. I’m on this site about 50 times a day haha.

      2. Chapor says:

        Just for interest sake… Were does Namibia feature? Does it even feature?

  295. Marc B. says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Grosjean
    Raikonnen
    Hulk

  296. GD says:

    Alonso
    Grosjean
    Button
    Hulkenberg
    Bottas

  297. Rayz says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Hulkenberg
    5. Grosjean

  298. racey lady lynn says:

    1.Alonso
    2.Hamilton
    3.Webber
    4.Hulkenberg
    5.Bottas

  299. Feral says:

    1. Vettel – Deserved to be at the top and it’s not just the car, next year we will see how fast he adapts to the turbos, he’s young and still learning so can adapt his driving style to suite.
    2. Alonso – Master, all class out on the track no mater how the car is he will put it higher than it should be.
    3. Hulkenberg – Will get the best from a car, needs a top team to see if he can be a WDC.
    4. Grosjean – learnt a lot, most improved and has what it takes to be WDC.
    5. Kimi – The most natural talented driver on the grid.

  300. Paige says:

    1. Vettel. Simply the best this year, with absolutely impeccable consistency.

    2. Hulkenberg. Showed just how talented he really is.

    3. Raikkonen. He was weak in qualifying, but aside from Vettel, he had consistently the strongest race performances, even during difficult times in the second half of the season.

    4. Grosjean. As happens every year, he had moments of absolute brilliance with some notable headscratching moments. Considering the technical issues he had, though, I think he had a fine season.

    5. Hamilton/Rosberg. I can’t keep either out of the top five, and there really wasn’t much separating them this year, so they should occupy the same place. Hamilton had more moments of sheer brilliance as well as more headscratching moments (which is typical for him), but Rosberg had more consistent form.

  301. Ian Lawrence says:

    1: Vettel
    2: Grosjean
    3: Alonso
    4: Hulkenberg
    5: Hamilton

  302. meridabob says:

    I think one of the best comparisons is the team mate and James has kindly done some work on this already. So..

    1 Vettel
    2 Grosjean…was a lot closer to his teammate and was penalized for arguable one of the best passes of the year on Massa.
    3 Hamilton…beat his highly rated, saw Schumaker off, teammate in a new team and a new car.
    4 Bianchi…whitewashed his teammate and was responsible for Marussias 10th place.
    5 Hulkenburg…showed what had to be done in a midfield car.

    Alonso did pretty much what was expected of him yet Massa was a lot closer once he had been released. Raikkonen the same, pretty much what was expected.

  303. Feral says:

    Now for pure wheel to wheel racing no delta laps to save tyre’s etc.

    Alonso,Webber,Hamilton,Kimi and maybe Button would be fun cause you could trust them not to do something silly :)

  304. Larry Parker says:

    1. Vettel – 9 in a row is mega even if he had a rocket instead of Red Bull
    2. Alonso – got frustrated at times but who could blame him; the class of the field otherwise
    3. Hulkenberg – needs a better agent, because when you’re that quick the so-called weight distribution issue shouldn’t matter so much
    4. Grosjean – can’t believe I would have ever ranked him top 10, let alone top 5, but was the only threat to Vettel during the streak
    5. Rosberg – Lewis was slightly quicker but I’ll give the last slot to his teammate for the extra win and better consistency

  305. Michael D says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Grosjean

  306. Rick Plummer says:

    1. Webber
    2. Alonzo
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Hamilton
    5. Vettel

  307. Walt says:

    Vettel-best all around driver who communicates to engineers and mechanics what he needs to make improvements over weekend to win come race day.
    Hulkenberg-again shows that his talent rises above others in the same equipment.
    Raikkonen-not only a breathe of fresh air to F1 but an amazing natural talent. Grosjean has watched and learned from the Finn.
    Alonso-his all around driving skills are unequaled though his communication of what he wants from car to team must improve. Pouting solves nothing. A fearless and respectful talent bar none.
    Grosjean-finally coming into his own. Confidence and focus being his greatest areas of improvement and dare I say in great part to teaming with Raikkonen.

  308. Andrew Woodruff says:

    Vettel – can’t really argue with first place this year. Also did the best donuts.

    Alonso – out performed car and metronomic Sunday consistency.

    Hulkenberg – great performance in the struggling Sauber. Destroyed team mate.

    Ricciardo – his Torro Roso always seemed to be up there on Saturday and Sunday in the top ten.

    Bottas – I think he’s the real deal and next big thing out of Finland. Two great performances in, I think it was Canada and USA.

  309. f1_fan says:

    1.Alonso – relentless
    2.Vettel the car
    3.Grosjean – look at his team mate
    4.Raikonen – race craft
    5.Rosberg- consistency

  310. PB says:

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

  311. David S says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Ricciardo
    5. Bianchi

  312. gpfan says:

    1. Alo
    2. Vet
    3. Rai
    4. Ros
    5. Ham

    You are welcome. No other opinions required.
    This is the correct one. ;)

  313. Anthony says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Raikkonen
    Hulkenberg
    Grosjean

  314. Jim says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Raikkonen
    Hulkenberg
    Grosjean

  315. Nazdakka says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Grosjean
    Hulkenberg
    Bianchi

  316. Goob says:

    Safety car driver… he was the only one not driving to delta times…

  317. KRB says:

    This year I think the team principals got it right, in the AUTOSPORT poll, so I’ll echo that:

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

    The aforementioned poll had Grosjean 6th, and Hulk 7th. I would flip that, b/c to me Hulk drove well both when the car was dire, and when it turned good. Whereas Grosjean had a stellar 2nd half, but a pretty poor 1st half, considering the car he had.

    As for Webber, I like him, but any list with him in the top 5 is homerism, in my opinion.

  318. Goob says:

    In all seriousness – driving to deltas is not a test of skill… its what test drivers are for.

    This year, I veto driver of the year…

  319. veeru says:

    Alonso(persistent, persistent)
    Vettel(skill/resource utilization)
    Hulkenberg (the underdog)
    Grosjean (most improved)
    Bianchi (out drove team-mate and the car)

  320. John Baker says:

    1. Sebastian Vettel
    2. Fernando Alonso
    3. Nico Hulkenburg
    4. Romain Grosjean
    5. Daniel Riccardo

  321. Paul D says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Hulkenberg
    Hamilton
    Grosjean

  322. forestial says:

    1. VET
    2. GRO
    3. BOT
    4. ALO
    5. HUL

  323. Goob says:

    If I had to decide on the worst driver of the year…, I would vote Jenson Button.

    I have never seen a driver drop a top team like that before… he was much worse then I ever imagined.

    1. For sure says:

      Be careful mate, his fans will jump on you.
      The guys’ got some of the most delusional fans ever.
      I am a big Weber fan but if he won with that Brawn GP which was 1.5 sec faster, I wouldn’t consider him a worthy champion.

      1. Goob says:

        His fans are hilarious… my favourite is: “He is a smooth driver”… what does that even mean?

        All it really means is that he doesn’t have good reflexes…

      2. For sure says:

        Yeah that is so funny. Most of his fans, no all of them, who say that had no idea what they are talking about.

        In the world of racing, you don’t go fast without being smooth. So the fastest guy is the smoothest. But there you go. The guy is “smooth” but not the fastest. Doesn’t make any sense.

    2. Carl Craven says:

      But it’s not asking you to vote for worst driver, it’s a vote for the best 5, you didn’t even pick 5 which makes your choice even more of a value judgement.

  324. Yak says:

    1. Vettel – Pushed all year, dominated the 2nd half, broke records. Also brought back celebratory donuts, although I suspect we won’t see them next year. Hard to not put him as #1.

    2. Hulkenberg – Was scoring points earlier in the year with what was seemingly a fairly rubbish car, and then when they sorted the car out he put in some pretty impressive drives.

    3. Raikkonen – His usual consistent high level of performance in the races, although he didn’t do himself any favours in quali a lot of the time.

    4. Grosjean – A bit of a rough start to the year, but sorted himself out and showed what he can really do. Also gave us one of the best overtakes of the year, even if it did come with a ridiculous penalty (ridiculous even in the view of the guy being overtaken). Now he just needs to put in a full season as the new Grosjean.

    5. Maldonado – The Venezuelan government are paying me to put him on the list.

  325. Jacob says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Grosjean
    Raikkonen

    I’d say the first two are pretty well nailed on, Lewis for all his sulking has been quietly efficient at bringing home the results. Kimi had a strong start to the season, Grosjean a strong finish, but Romain just wins that scrap with having some highly promising and mature performances, all the more impressive considering where he was a year ago.

    Honourable mentions to Hulkenberg, Webber and Rosberg too. Now fingers crossed I can get a shiny delightful new book as a late christmas present :P

  326. Steve says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Hulkenberg
    5. Grosjean

  327. Tony Livermore says:

    Rather than 5, here are my Top Ten
    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hamilton
    4. Webber
    5. Grosjean
    6. Räikkönen
    7. Hulkenberg
    8. Bottas
    9. Rosberg
    10.Max Chilton (Just to get a fellow Brit into the top ten)

    1. Martijn Müller says:

      “(Just to get a fellow Brit into the top ten)”
      Where is Lewis from?

  328. Peter Wishart says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Hulk
    Grosjean
    Bianchi

  329. Rayhan Chouglay says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Hulkenbuerg
    3. Hamilton
    4. Rosberg
    5. Bianchi

  330. Jargal says:

    1. S.Vettel (no comment)
    2. F.Alonso (performed well with this car, but not consistent)
    3. K.Raikkonen (good race pace)
    4. L.Hamilton (good result even with new team)
    5. R.Grosjean and N.Hulkenberg (rising stars, couldn’t pick one, next world champions)

  331. ErikT says:

    VET
    HULK
    ROS
    ALO
    GRO

  332. Bruce Tran says:

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

  333. alexbookoo says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Alonso
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Grosjean

  334. Steven M says:

    Hamilton
    Alonso
    Vettle
    Hulkenberg
    Bianchi

  335. Monika says:

    1. ALO
    2. RAI
    3. VET
    4. HULK
    5. GRO

  336. Red says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Hulk
    Kimi
    Grosjean

  337. vic nsi says:

    Top Five:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Grosjean
    5. Hulkenberg

    but Bottas and Bianchi also deserve a shout-out!

  338. NickH says:

    Kovalainen
    Chilton
    Maldonado
    Di Resta
    Button

    1. Alexander Supertramp says:

      I see what you did there. Bit harsh on Button though

      1. NickH says:

        Agreed a little harsh. Couldn’t really decide on that spot tbh. Sutil then

  339. Kimi4WDC says:

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

  340. AndrewB94 says:

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

  341. Fareed says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Hulkenberg
    5. Grosjean

  342. Kevin says:

    1. Vettel
    2. ‘Nando
    3. Kimi
    4. Grosjean
    5. Hamilton

  343. Drew says:

    Did somebody already do top 5 girlfriends? Contenders please?

  344. Shane says:

    1. Alonso – 150% of car capability
    2. Grosjean – speed and sanity, finally
    3. Hulkenberg – impressive in mid field
    4. Bottas – consistency while coping with car, flashes of ability shine through
    5. Vettel – did the best, but how much was car?

    1. NickH says:

      Hahaha. “150% of car capability”

      1. Shane says:

        Maybe 150% was a bit of a reach…

        2014 will be telling as Alonso’s only benchmark has been Massa. Massa’s move to Williams with Bottas may prove Massa’s speed or lack thereof. The addition of Räikkönen alongside Alonso will also be telling. If Alonso is able to consistently score double the points of his teammate in 2014, will the 150% comment be wrong still?

      2. Dave Aston says:

        His benchmark in ’07 was that rookie Hamilton; Alonso lost.

      3. Shane says:

        Equal points with the tie breaker to the number of 2nd places, while technically a loss for Alonso against Hamilton is about as close to equal as you can get. Oh, and that rookie Hamilton is a World Driver’s Champion and generally regarded as one of the fastest drivers on the planet. Not too bad against that benchmark. Alonso definitely met his match in Hamilton when they were both in the fastest car on the grid.

        The real loser in their year together was McLaren.

      4. Martijn Müller says:

        So apparently if you have Massa as a team-mate, the slowest driver is the benchmark of the car. When you have Webber as a team-mate, the fastest drivers is the benchmark of the car.

        Not a double standard of any sorts…

      5. Shane says:

        I never made any mention of Webber. Vettel’s feat (as impressive as it was) did not impress me as much as Alonso struggling to squeeze as many points possible from the 3rd or 4th fastest car and ending up 2nd in the championship.

        My point about Massa was that I am interested in seeing what he does at Williams against a highly regarded, but as yet unproven Bottas. Also, I am interested to see what happens between Alonso and Räikkönen.

        I think any of the top tier driver would have done the same in the RedBull, drive away from the pack. It doesn’t impress me as much when a driver finishes first in the fastest car than when a driver consistently finishes on the podium or consistently elevates his car’s performance.

        There is no double standard. Vettel did what was expected, he is a top tier driver in the fastest car and he won the championship. That doesn’t make him the driver of the year in my opinion. Was his season impressive? Does he deserve the championship? Absolutely.

        And to address the benchmark issue, when you are able to consistently pull over a 2nd gap in the first 3 laps from pole position, easily manage the gap to your nearest rival to maintain the lead through pit stops and then set the fastest lap of the race by wide margin… that is the benchmark of the car.

      6. Tara says:

        Nice point!

      7. Martijn Müller says:

        The fact that you claim Alonso “consistently elevates his car’s performance”, indicates that you do not use Ferrari’s best performance as a benchmark for the car’s speed. Otherwise you’d say “Alonso did what was expected”, “when you are able to win two Grand Prixs and finish on the podium for half the races… that is the benchmark of the car”.

        So what benchmark are you using to justify the claim that the Ferrari was the “3rd or 4th fastest car”. Your benchmark for the Red Bull is Vettel winning the way he did. Than why the double standard and not say “my benchmark for the Ferrari is Alonso taking all the podiums that he did”?

  345. Jack says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Hulkenburg
    Webber
    Grosjean

  346. abashrawi says:

    I see Alonso in Redbull’s overalls in the photo to the right :)

  347. John Fields says:

    Alonso
    Raikkonen
    Grosjean
    Hamilton
    Bottas

  348. Sam says:

    1 – Vettel: For consistently dominating everyone

    2 – Grosjean: For proving us all wrong

    3 – Hulkenburg: For out-driving his machine

    4 – Alonso: For quietly finishing 2nd in the WDC

    5 – Raikkonen: For being Kimi!

    Honorable Mention:

    Rosberg: For once against proving himself strong against his highly-rated team mate – he is a really quality driver.

    Webber: For giving us so much entertainment and for speaking his mind throughout his great career

    Riccardo: For a great season of qualifying and stealing results when he could.

    Bianchi: A future talent who I hope can earn a seat with the big boys sooner rather than later.

  349. Lee says:

    1. Grosjean
    2. Vettel
    3. Alonso
    4. Hulkenberg
    5. Raikkonen

  350. James Hunt says:

    VET – Drove perfectly in the best car
    RAI – Consistently achieved on Sundays, extracted the max from a slow car with good tyre degradation. Did all this with no salary, team issues, and a bad back.
    ALO – Got the best out of the season’s 2nd best car, consistently achieved on Sundays.
    HUL – Outperformed his car sometimes, showed great maturity when pressured by front runners.
    GRO – Great 2nd half of season (average 1st half), if he keeps this up he will be a winner and championship contender in future years.

  351. 1. Vittel
    2. Alonso
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Hamilton
    5. Rosberg

  352. Aficion says:

    Hmm….
    1. Vettel
    2. Grosjean
    3. Alonso
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Hulkenberg

    But, to be honest, I really don’t think you can divorce a driver from the team. For example, Vettel has a magic relationship with Red Bull. He might falter with another team. Maybe Perez would be incredible with Williams.. who knows? As much as we go on and on about drivers, I personally think F1 really is a team sport. So, I’d rather list the top 5 teams.

    1. Red Bull (don’t like them, but hard to argue!)
    2. Lotus
    3. Mercedes
    4. Marussia (so much on so little)
    5. Ferrari

    :)

  353. Sridhar C says:

    1)VET
    2)ALO
    3)RAI
    4)GRO
    5)HUL

  354. Warren G says:

    Vettell – consistent, strong performance throughout the year. Had a great car but also showed great skill to utterly dominate the second half.

    Alonso – not his best season ever, but still very impressive with strong outings on Sundays. Ferrari need to put their differences aside, because you really do want him for you rather than against.

    Raikkonen – didn’t score in the last 3 races and still nearly kept his 3rd place in the WDC. Strong, consistent season.

    Hulkenburg – another new car to adapt to and utterly dominated his team mate in every way. Didn’t have the benefit of alternative strategies (ala Perez 2012) but still mixed it with the big boys in the second half. Strong season, deserves a podium capable car.

    Bianchi – been a while since we’ve seen a rookie in one of the bottom teams impress so much.

    Special mention to Grosjean for getting his act together in the last few races. Most improved driver I think I’ve ever seen.

  355. Philip says:

    Vetell
    Alonso
    Grosjean
    Kimi
    Riccardo

  356. Spyros says:

    Hulk
    Alonso
    Rosberg
    Grosjean
    Newey… :D

  357. Philippe Zacca says:

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

  358. lightc says:

    Vettel: youngest 4x consecutive WDC, man and machine in harmony, consistent, great qualifier, perfection
    Alonso: consistent challenger despite not having the 2nd best car in the 2nd half of the season, great racecraft, less so in qualifying
    Raikkonen: main threat to WDC in the 1st half, good in the 2nd half, fairly consistent, best overtaker – despite not being paid and all
    Grosjean: most improved, kept it clean in the 2nd half – closest threat to Vettel, but only average in the 1st half
    Hulkenberg: average 1st half, some stellar drives in the 2nd half in a midfield car

  359. Khan says:

    Vettel
    Grosjean
    Alonso
    Rosberg
    Raikkonen

  360. Anthony O'Callaghan says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Raikkonen
    Rosberg

  361. Methusalem says:

    No question about it that HULK is a good driver, but, to put him in the TOP 5 as many here did is very wrong. No podium, no top 5 qualifiengs, almost the same number of points as S. Perez in the worst McLaren of the last 30 years. Just because he defended well against the likes of F. Alonso for the 6th position in the last 4 races doesn’t make him into the top 5. He finished the season in 10th place, and that’s where he belongs to.

    1. Andrew M says:

      He qualified third at Monza.

  362. Tony Bale says:

    RAIKKONEN
    GROSJEAN
    HULKENBERG
    VETTEL
    BUTTON

  363. Richie says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Bianchi
    4. Grosjean
    5. Raikkonen

  364. Backhouse says:

    1 Raikkonen
    2 Hulkenberg
    3 Vettel
    4 Alonso
    5 Hamilton

  365. Racyboy says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Rosberg
    Grosjean

  366. AndyRat says:

    1 Vettel
    2 Alonso
    3 Hulkenburg
    4 Raikkonen
    5 Bottas

  367. Krischar says:

    1. Alonso

    2. Vettel

    3. Lewis

    4. Webber

    5. Bianchi

  368. Valois says:

    Vettel
    Raikkonen
    Alonso
    Hulkenberg
    Grosjean

    Will there be a consolidate result?

    Merry Christmas!

  369. Annemarie Robinson says:

    1 Fernando Alonso
    2 Nico Hulkenberg
    3 Romain Grosjean
    4 Jules Bianci
    5 Seb Vettel

  370. Nuno says:

    Ok. After deep thought, I think it would be a shame not to include Raikonen on the top 5. What he did with the car on long stints with no tire at all is remarkable. So:
    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Raikonen
    5. Button

  371. Chris says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Grosjean
    4. Hulkenberg
    5. Hamilton

  372. Omniprescient says:

    1. Vettel – no comments, then.
    2. Hulkenberg – for having established himself as a top racer with performances clearly above his direct competitors.
    3. Alonso – for individual effort to take the fight to SebVet as long as possible (three P2s after the Summer break).
    4. Grosjean – for wonderful and rather unexpected transformation from bad to good by raising his game as the season progressed.
    5. Raikkonen – consistency is the key, and ability to extract maximum during the race.

    1. Omniprescient says:

      The fifth line must have been as follows:
      5. Raikkonen – consistency is the key, and ability to extract maximum during the races, notwithstanding background noise and negativity from the team.

  373. Matt says:

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

  374. Jack says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenburg
    3. Alonso
    4. Grosjean
    5. Raikkonen

  375. Stephane says:

    Vettel Alonso Grosjean hulk Hamilton

  376. Joe says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Grosjean
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Hulkenburg

  377. ketthalllotus says:

    1. Vettel. Peerless
    2. Alonso. What would he have done in a Red Bull?
    3. Hulkenberg. What would he have done in a Ferrari?
    4. Raikkonen. What would he have done with a less tolerant race engineer?
    5. Grosjean. What would he have done without Raikkonen as a team mate?

  378. arshadhusain says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Alonso
    4. Kimi
    5. Grosjean

  379. AJ RAYMENT says:

    ALONSO (AWESOME AS EVER)
    VETTEL
    RAIKKONEN
    HULKENBERG
    GROSJEAN

  380. Oliviu says:

    Joint First: Alonso & Vettel.
    Alonso because he managed second in the championship with a dog car.
    Vettel because even though he had the best car (even better than his team-mate’s) he dominated the season.

    Third: Hamilton because he worked miracles in his first year with Mercedes Benz.

    Fourth: Hulkenberg because he achieved fantastic results with a mid-grid car and showed his world champion material.

    Fifth: Grosjean because he is the most improved driver of the year.

  381. Lewis says:

    1) Vettel
    2) Fernando Alonso
    3) Kimi
    4) Hulk
    5) Lewis Hamilton

  382. Martin Collyer says:

    Vettel- best driver getting the best out of the best car.
    Alonso- getting more than the car deserved, allegedly
    Grosjean- Tremendous end to year, shame about the engine at Interlagos
    Raikkonnen- shame he missed the end of year
    Hulkenberg- some great drives in an average car.

  383. Blaize says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenburg
    3. Grosjean
    4. Alonso
    5. Chilton

  384. David Tsang says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Grosjean
    Hulkenburg
    Raikkonen

  385. ArunasNesvarbu says:

    1. Sebastian Vettel
    2. Fernando Alonso
    3. Nico Hulkenberg
    4. Romain Grosjean
    5. Nico Rosberg

  386. Benjibean says:

    1) Raikkonen – he knows what hes doing
    2) Grojean – for proving he is world class
    3) Alonso – for never giving up (almost) in a poor car.
    4) Hulkenburg – out performing the car.
    5) Hamilton – for having the balls to take a chance and prove himself

  387. uan says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Raikkonen
    Hulkenberg
    Hamilton

  388. cometeF1 says:

    Vettel without a doubt a the top. I know he has the car to do it with, but still he takes the most out of it. At the start of this season it did not look like RB was the better team. Vettel still did acquired himself well I would say during that period. Not that the car was bad. As for the second half of the season. Magic for him.

    Second is a bit more difficult now.

    Kimi is somehow my pick. For what he did on track while dealing with the situation within Lotus. He was by no mean very far ahead in performance as the ones that follow on my list but,still, he showed great strength of character.

    Hulkenberg in 3rd might seem generous and yet I feel he belongs there. When the car came around, he was able to consistently make good use of what he had.

    Alonso comes next as l see things. Yes he had a seesaw season of sort. One part of it due to the car, the other to his own performance. I seem not to have seen the same level of eagerness that Alonso has shown in previous season. Yet he finished second in the WDC. That counts for something.

    Fifth is not easy as well. There are a few contenders. Hamilton, Grosjean and Rosberg in no particular order, comes to mind.

    Hamilton it is after some reflection. Out of the 4 mentioned above, he was the only one in a new team. A team to be fair that never shone much prior to this year, if you discount a couple of very good results last year. That being said. Hamilton
    needs to find consistency in his performance. He has now completed 7 seasons, and I don’t see any great improvement in his craft somehow.

    All my picks got the better of their teammates, as it is a must for me. That said, Grosjean and Rosberg would not be underserving of 5th place otherwise. Marc

    1. A. Dick says:

      Liked it.

  389. Victor says:

    1) F Alonso – amazingly relentless
    2) S Vettel – optimised everything and delivered
    3) N Hulkenberg – punched above his weight
    4) E Gutierrez – improved quite dramatically
    5) M Webber – left while on top of his game

  390. Bjorn Grylls says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hülkenberg
    3. Grosjean
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Bottas

  391. Peter Platell says:

    1. Vettel – I don’t like him, but you can’t argue with a pretty much perfect season. I hope Alonso can challenge him next year.
    2. Grosjean – Most improved, only driver attempting to challenge Vettel in the second half of the season. Future champion in the next 5 years?…
    3. Hulkenburg – Someone give this guy a top tier drive!
    4. Alonso – 2nd in WDC once again. My favourite driver, I hope his tenacity and doggedness is rewarded with a Ferrari title in his career. 2013 is a year to forget for Alo.
    5. Raikonnen – Always fast, great race-craft.

  392. Ian says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Grosjean
    5. Raikkonen

  393. Rob hooper says:

    Hi James

    It has to be:
    1. Vettel- almost perfection (annoyingly)
    2. Alonso- how he keeps dragging that car up I’ll never know!
    3. Grosjean- most improved driver and exciting times to come
    4. Hulkenberg- showed his true potential when the sauber was good enough for him
    5.- hamilton- driving a new car not built for him and still (only marginally) outperforming his excellent team mate

  394. G Hindle says:

    Alonso – consistency in difficult circumstances
    Vettel – flawless
    Button – great racing driver
    Raikkonen – first year back
    Hamilton – tough first year and on top

    1. MelB says:

      Raikkonen – first year back…. Huh??

  395. Timmay says:

    Vettel
    Chilton
    di Resta
    Maldonado
    Guiterrez

  396. Cowlibob says:

    1. Vettel

    Apart from multi-21, has been pretty much impeccable all year. Rewriting the record books as he goes, who would’ve thought that Schumacher’s 7 could be challenged so soon. What impact the mid-season tyre change had, we’ll never really know. What this year has shown that the other teams have to make the most of the 2014 reg changes or continued RBR domination is almost guaranteed.

    2. Alonso

    Since 2006, he’s unfortunately become F1′s eternal bridesmaid. The titles he has do not show the immense talent he brings, too often limited by the machinery and foolhardy Ferrari decisions. In terms of 2013, probably the best driver to have on race day but seems to be having some struggles with qualifying. Hopefully the motivation of Kimi joining helps in this regard.

    3. Hulkenberg

    Driving the wheels off the Sauber all year putting it in positions it had know place being. Why does this guy not have a top seat? I guess we all know the answer, money, how unfortunate he has to continue going around the merry-go-round.

    4. Raikkonen

    The continuation of one of the great F1 comebacks. He would’ve probably finished 3rd in this years world championship as well without the surgery. His driving style seems to be well-suited to the new Pirelli era of F1 second only to perhaps Vettel. Not afraid to take on new challenges, I fear going to Ferrari will be hardest he’s ever faced. Hopefully joining Ferrari will bring back the superb competition we saw in ’05 and we’ll have an excellent 2014 championship.

    5. Grosjean

    From Crashjean to Lotus No.1 driver next year, who would’ve predicted that at the start of the year. His performances later on the year have shown the composure and unmasked the natural pace needed to regularly challenge for the top places. A dark horse next year depending on what Lotus can provide given their financials.

  397. Deegs says:

    Grosjean – kept the bulls honest for most of the season
    Hulkenberg – consistently hauled that Sauber into points positions. Drive in Korea truly showed his potential
    Alonso – Yet again, his tenacity and lightning starts ensued he was always there or there about come Sunday evening
    Vettel – another dominant year in a another dominant car.
    Webber – outclassed all season. Left at the top of his game, all class. Can’t wait for the autobiography in a couple of years!

  398. Hansb says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Räikkönen
    4. Hamilton
    5. Grosjean

    Vettel was very strong this year, however he had the best car and the best support from his team.
    Alonso ended 2nd in the WDC, more than that was impossible with that car.
    Räikkönen good but fell back because he was unable to adopt to the altered tyres halfway the season
    Hamilton did great races but wasn’t always there when his team mate was.
    Grosjeans driving matured a lot and the 2nd part of the season was strong, still finishing behind Räikkönen though.

  399. Adam says:

    Vettel
    Hulkenberg
    Rosberg
    Grosjean
    Alonso

  400. Mansour.Ojjeh says:

    #1Alonso, because he had not the best car and finished 2nd in the WDCC

    #2Rosberg, because he was better against Hamilton than expected

    #3Hulkenberg, because he made the most out of the car

    #4Hamilton Qualifying top, race flop

    #5Grosjean simply better than expected after last year and he had a win deserved (Japan)

  401. A. Dick says:

    1. Vettel. Just brilliant.
    2. Raikkonen. This guy is entertaining in his own way. Outperformed his teammate, who comes close from time to time – clearly.
    3. Grosjean. Fast guy and lovely persona.
    4. Alonso. Not bad at all, but there was lot of signs of frustration and diffidence
    6. Hulkenberg. I think it was a wise decision to not go to sinking Lotus (I really like this Enstone-based team so their situation makes me kinda sad).

    And sorry my english, I am not a native english speaker!

  402. Rishi says:

    Ok here we go…

    1. Sebastian Vettel (for absolutely dominating; a master at work)

    2. Kimi Raikkonen (not the most complete driver out there, but I’ve put him here for his sheer natural driving ability and the way he maximised the car on Sundays so often)

    3. Fernando Alonso (because of the odd mistake and the odd anonymous race – however understandable. Still brilliant when he puts it together though).

    4. Lewis Hamilton (lots of positives…but what happened after the summer break?)

    5. Nico Rosberg (one of only two drivers – other than Vettel – to win more than one race in 2013. Don’t count him out!)

    AND HERE’S MY TOP 6-10!
    6. Romain Grosjean (for a brilliant second half of the season; great to see him mature)

    7. Nico Hulkenberg (v.close between him and Grosjean; was brilliant at Monza and Korea, and deserves a top team drive, but not as perfect a season as some have made it out to be in my view)

    8. Jenson Button (solid stuff in a difficult car for the 2009 world champion)

    9. Paul Di Resta (great start, rubbish middle, rescued it with India and Abu Dhabi)

    10. Jules Bianchi (kudos to the little guy for a series of noticeably strong drives in a Marussia)

    For a little more detail on why I’ve made these choices, feel free to visit my blog, which describes my Top 10 in two parts (10-6 followed by the Top 5).

  403. Tornillo Amarillo says:

    VETTEL – did everything right in the best car.

    ALONSO – best driver in the grid in 2013, great driving and reliability.

    RAIKKONEN – beautiful driver, funny on the radio and with character, a living legend.

    HAMILTON – a winner in his switch to Mercedes from his McLaren home, he was performing beyond expectations

    ROSBERG – double winner, more wins than Hamilton, many points to got Mercedes P2 in the Constructors’, nobody did better than him from the rest of drivers taking into account WEBBER did not match VETTEL nor got a win this season.

    Happy Holidays James & everybody!

  404. John says:

    Vettel (perfection!)
    Alonso
    Rosberg
    Grosjean
    Raikkonen

  405. Spectreman says:

    27 – RAI
    19 – MAS
    14 – ALO
    10 – HAM
    6 – ROS
    1 – VET

  406. Goldy says:

    1 Alonso 2 kimi 3 Vettel 4 Grosjean 5 Rosberg

  407. kiran says:

    1. Vettel: Rest of the grid, F1 fans, most of the media tried to reason using the best car/designer/number one finger as to why is he so dominant. But then it’s not every day we see somebody silence everyone, leave no reasons for others to speculate and dominate and win in such a manner! Hats off! [only one who would get equal points in race and qualifying speed, stunning!]

    2. Kimi: People should coin something more intelligent than motivation to explain when Kimi has a brake problem, or a bad race. With age comes maturity and better grasp on probability. I don’t think anybody understood that better. Flat out with chances of shunt or a nanosecond more, but consistent? He chose the latter and prevailed over a fast Romain, who made way too many mistakes. When you push beyond a point and if you are no Senna, you shunt in Monaco! And that happened to Romain. [extrapolate to rest of races before you write off Kimi and Alonso over qualifying speeds]

    3. Alonso: Grit – that should be his twitter handle! Why does he rate lesser than Kimi ? he had equally good race days, but then – you can never say Ferrari had a worse car to Lotus [even if he ‘markets’ it that way] If Lotus – and Kimi handled tires better, he had the Ferrari which launched the best! He outperformed Kimi in first lap, but Kimi was miles ahead in overtaking through race.

    4. Hulk: Punched above the weight of the car. That defensive driving, aided by straight line speed to keep Hamilton and Alonso behind, that was enough to put him in top five. Not even once did his wheel lockup in those laps [at least when the camera was focusing on them!] – says a lot about the driver fortitude for me.

    5. Hamilton: It was difficult between the teammates – they had a one lap fast car, which obviously means at the expense of tire. But then Hamilton, true to his billing, did really good fast laps, and did a good job to keep the position when the tire was not going down the cliff. Only reason he is here and not Roseberg is because he got more points and is new in the team. Was Roseberg underrated or Hamilton overrated? Time will tell!

  408. Spoo says:

    1. Vettel – Stellar year without any mistakes, utter domination and even took fire trucks in his stride.
    2. Alonso – There were some mistakes and frustrations from his side but still out performed the car.
    3. Raikonnen – Don’t forget the first 10~12 races when he was properly motivated.
    4. Hulkenberg – Has to be above ROS and HAM considering his resources. Gave FI a huge scare.
    5. Grosjean – Being the 2nd best in 2nd half albeit clearly with a decent car.

    I am surprised at how many people are forgetting Kimi. For sure Grosjean had a stellar second half but we forget that Kimi had already moved on and we know that guy can run out of motivation. Looks like OUT of sight is OUT of mind.

    As for ROS whom I have always rated respectably, he was out scored by HAM in the laters first year at Merc. Yes they were evenly matched but James’s team mates comparison showed that Lewis still edged it by a small margin even though it was a smaller one then what most experts expected. Before you point out the no. of race wins, please don’t forget that HAM was leading ROS on merit before his tyre blew out at Silverstone where ROS inherited the win. If it was just staying out of trouble than ROS would have earned it as it is a part of racing but HAM lost the place through no fault of his and thats just luck. ROS faired definitely better than expected (same as Button) but that is not a yardstick for comparing F1 racers against each other otherwise Chilon might make it to top 5.

  409. Sara says:

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

  410. Dave Aston says:

    Vettel
    Hulkenberg
    Rosberg
    Raikkonen
    Bianchi

  411. Rachael says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Raikkonen
    3. Alonso
    4. Rosberg
    5. Ricciardo

  412. James m says:

    1) Vettel – simply the best
    2) Hulkenberg – best of the rest
    3) Alonso – not as good as last year but still great
    4) Raikkonnen – Points don’t lie
    5) Grosean – a star is born

  413. Storm says:

    1. Alonso (for coming 2nd in the championship with a dog of a car)

    2. Grosjean (mastered his 1st lap kamikaze behaviour and tag to become a truly fast and consistent driver by the end of the season)

    3. Hulkenberg (difficult car, but great results and has shown great tenacity in his drives)

    4. Hamilton (some stellar drives and clear signs of more commitment towards his trade)

    5. Kimi (great consistency until he signed for Ferrari)

    Vettel doesnt get a mention because he was driving a rocketship and any of the aforementioned 5 could have done the same with equal dominance had they been given the same machinery as Vettel.

  414. jeeba says:

    1.Vettel
    - not having support from his no:2, drive himself all alone its very difficult but he taken care of WCC & WDC by himself.
    2.Kimi
    - no money for drive and calling as fukcer. But he did reasonably good job.
    3.Alonso
    - Given tow, repaired gear box, moved over in race, made us believe car is a dog. But one thing appreciated to him is eventhough doing ordinary job and with help from others we all believe he is one of the true fighter and champion.
    4.Grosjean
    - Expected to crash close racing but done remarkable job. Webber shut himslef after the close racing. good job.
    5. Hulk
    Did a good job and showed his potential.

    Specail Mentions:
    Bottas and Binachi – promosing stars
    Perez and Riccardo – fighting stars

    1. f1fan says:

      Nice to see your Alonso’s comment ;) . No HAM or ROS in your list though.

  415. Agent Orange says:

    I know my wife has bought me the book for Christmas so just taking part for the fun of it.

    1. Vettel – A perfectionist. I don’t find him the most entertaining driver to watch but you cannot fault his dedication and professionalism in getting the job done.
    2. Grosjean – For turning around his career in such a stunning manner when it looked like everyone in F1 wanted him off the track takes some serious self belief. He’s gone from being a liability to a serious asset to any team.
    3. Hulkenbeg – Consistently dragging the Sauber to positions it had no right to be in. Clever and tactical too when being attacked.
    4. Raikkonen – Coming back after a long break to drive for two seasons with such consistency.
    5. Kovalainen – Probably controversial but to come in at such short notice and with little or no experience of the current Pirelli’s and qualify so strongly was pretty impressive. I guess the lack of Pirelli experience was the main reason for the disappointing race results.

    No Alonso or Hamilton in my list. Alonso doesn’t qualify well and continues to make small mistakes.

    Hamilton did very well in a new team but I really do wonder where his head is. He’s one of the most exciting drivers in recent times but I fear a great talent is going to waste.

  416. Txarly says:

    ALONSO: His season was worst than 2012 but still the driver who more delivers in a race, which it is all about in this business and with the third car, if you check the final Team Table. The best of F1.
    HULK: this german driver is better than Vettel. A spectacular season with a normal car. He will deliver same next season at Force India
    KIMI: he is a pure talent despite his “things” and huge racing driver
    VETTEL: just because he got his 4th WC but with a Car than almost doubles the second one. Again check the final Team Table. When i see this guy winning a WC with the second car i will show more respect to him. SORRY
    GROSJEAN: Very good season for him specially at the end. Improving a lot i hope he will deliver much more in 2014

  417. Tara says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Webber
    3. Grosjean
    4. Hulkenburg
    5. Rosburg
    I doubt anyone will agree but that’s what I think :)

    Most potential goes to:
    Bottas &
    Bianchi
    I really hope these two wow us in 14/15

  418. Ware says:

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

  419. Arcturis says:

    Vettel – cant argue really
    Kimi – the driver that looked most likely to challenge
    Hulkenburg – everyone’s favorite for a top drive
    Alonso – pig of a car but still at the top
    Grosjean – quick and didn’t crash into other drivers

  420. Jomar says:

    1) Vettel
    2) Alonso
    3) Kimi
    4) Hulkeberg
    5) Rosberg

  421. Maysoon says:

    1- Sebastian Vettel
    2- Fernando Alonso
    3- Kimi Raikkonen
    4- Lewis Hamilton
    5- Nico Hulkenberg

  422. James says:

    1) Vettel
    2) Alonso
    3) Hulkenberg
    4) Raikkonen
    5) Rosberg

  423. Wizzer says:

    Vettel
    Hulkenberg
    Raikkonen
    Alonso
    Bianchi

  424. Mark J says:

    1.Vettel
    2.Alonso
    3.Grojean
    4.Hulkenburg
    5.Hamilton

  425. Adrian Setterfield says:

    1. Vettel – dominating the season once again.
    2. Raikkonen – best volunteer worker in the history of volunteer workers. Seriously, seemed to be a serious contender in the first half of the season.
    3. Alonso – outperforming his car once again (with the assistance of his team-mate).
    4 Hulkenberg – a very strong end to the season with performances that potentially out-performing his car – this is hard to verify as the strength of his teammate is uncertain.
    5. Webber – personality of the year. Also, considering his physical impediments, coming close to Vettel is very impressive.

    Speciall mention for Grosjean – most improved for 2013. Should be in my top five and hopefully he will be next year.

  426. Irfaan says:

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

  427. Andrew.F says:

    In a year where one driver’s performance has coloured everyone’s (including professional F1 reporters) view of how good his car was, it is not easy get this right. I hope James Allen is a lot more pragmatic and sensible than most of his readers appear to be from the comments above.!!

    I will rate the cars first, to give the mentally challenged among you some hope of understanding my reasoning.

    1. Mercedes
    (#1 driver dismal only just beating his #2).
    2. Ferrari
    (#2 driver dismal & #1 not on his top form).
    3. Red Bull
    (Webber great & Vettel clearly not human).
    4. Lotus
    (#1 driver great (unpaid) #2 much improved).
    5. McLaren
    (No #1 driver, #2 almost beaten by #3).

    Drivers:-
    1. Vettel
    (clearly from a different planet).
    2. Webber
    (only man to ever get close to the alien).
    3. Alonso
    (should spent less effort complaining).
    4. Hulkenberg
    (clearly outperformed an average car).
    5. Raikkonen
    (Ice cool, unpaid but great comeback year).
    Merry Xmas to you all
    Andrew

  428. Anna says:

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

  429. Jman says:

    1.Vettel
    2.Alonso
    3.Hulk
    4.Button
    5.The Iceman

  430. German Finger says:

    I. Vettel
    II. Grosjean
    III. Alonso
    IV. Hulkenberg
    V. Rosberg

  431. Vermz says:

    1. Grosjean
    2. Vettel
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Ricciardo
    5. Chilton

  432. **Paul** says:

    Vettel – destroyed everyone.
    Hulkenburg – massively outperformed his car.
    Alonso – not as good as previous years for FA given the car was actually pretty good, not that Fernando would ever tell the media that, because then they might question his speed and stop belittling Vettels achievements – 10/10 for political nous Fernando!
    Raikkonen – very very consistent, pre Ferrari signing Kimi was on it.
    Rosberg – Best of the Mercs IMO, yes Lewis got more points, but Rosberg wasn’t expected to get anywhere near and had 3 DNFs due to car failure to Hamiltons zero, meaning he scored more points per race.

  433. Keeps says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Alonso
    5. Bottas

  434. 1) Sebastian Vettel
    2) Fernando Alonso
    3) Kimi Raikkonen
    4) Nico Hulkenberg
    5) Romain Grosjean

  435. Peter Paluch says:

    1. Vettel, obviously (4th title, Singapur drive, etc.)
    2. Hulkenberg (incredibly fast with slow car)
    3. Alonso (just as above)
    4. Grosjean (biggest progress)
    5. Webber (great performance, bit out of luck)

  436. Nibbi says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hulkenberg
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Ricciardo

  437. Bruno says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Raikkonen
    4. L. Hamilton
    5. N. Rosberg

  438. Bruno says:

    Also, what we want is Schuey back

  439. Neville says:

    1- Webber for never giving up 2- Alonso. For going so well in a bad car. 3- Vettel. For being annoyingly good. 4- Hamilton. For skill and the best earrings in F1. 5- Ricciardo. For talent and dreaming to go against Vettel

  440. Arun says:

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

  441. Robin says:

    1. Vettel – for changing everyone’s opinion of him and being 4 times champion
    2. Alonso – putting his car where it didn’t deserve to be
    3. Grosjean – over coming the predujice and joining the top ranks
    4. Hulkenburg – consistently strong
    5. Raikonnen – pure driving ability and consistency slightly tarnished at end of season but still great season

  442. Jupirra says:

    1 Vettel
    2 Nando
    3 Kimi
    4 hulk
    5 Grosjean

  443. sam says:

    1Alonso 2Hamilton 3Vettel 4Rosberg 5Grosjean

  444. Jari says:

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

  445. JMji says:

    Hamilton
    Alonso
    Kimi
    Vettel
    Rosberg

  446. Bruno says:

    It should be forbidden to rank Webber in the top 5 : come on, he finished 5 times in the top 2 this year, in a car with which Vettel has equalled Schuey’s records vs. Alonso, Raikkonen and Hamilton !
    No wonder why so many people don’t understand why he didn’t deserve to win the Malaysian GP at all

    1. GWD says:

      While I concur in my belief/opinion on MW not being a top 5 driver this year, forbidding others opinions on the matter is a little excessive. The Malaysian GP issue is not a straight forward story. See my reply to Stephen above on the matter, and you can also add that the ‘fire’ had all but gone out for F1 by that stage given MW’s comments after making his announcement.

  447. Ronnie says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Kimi
    4. RoGro
    5. Hamilton

  448. Yos says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Grosjean
    Hulkenberg

  449. Owen Brooker says:

    1. Vettel – 9 straight wins.
    2. Raikkonen – for making Ferrari eat humble pie and giving him a drive.
    3. Grosjean – for finally turning his speed into results and being consistent in second half of season.
    5. Hulkenberg – for making the most of the car once Sauber found some pace.
    4. Alonso – Very strong in races, but qualifying lets him down. Also marked down for mad decision to keep driving with broken wing in Malaysia.

    Not included – Hamilton for moaning about his brakes.

  450. Steve Rogers says:

    1 Vettel, because he did that thing again.
    2 Alonso, who could have done it in an equal car.
    3 Raikonnen, who didn’t miss a trick.
    4 Grosjean, who came of age.
    5 Button, who crawled to the edge of the podium race by race in a terrible car.

  451. Jonathan Kelk says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Alonso
    4. Hamilton
    5. Grosjean

  452. Robert Gunning says:

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

  453. fox says:

    1. Vettel (he did better than in 2012)
    2. Alonso (he did worse than is 2012)
    3. Grosjean (he surprised with no crashes and beating Raikkonen)
    4. Rosberg (for beating Hamilton) or Hulk.
    5. Raikkonen (for return to the podium)

  454. Darren Lin says:

    1.Vettel
    2.Alonso
    3.Hamilton
    4.Raikkonen
    4.Grosjean

  455. Luke Smith says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Webber
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Ricciardo

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