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Posted By: James Allen  |  17 Nov 2009   |  7:06 pm GMT  |  945 comments

With all the talk of how well Jenson Button might match up to Lewis Hamilton in equal cars and whether Kimi Raikkonen is too talented to drop out of F1, I thought this would be a good moment to invite you to vote for your top five drivers of 2009.

Choose the five drivers who you think did the best job in 2009.

Do Vettel’s mistakes put him below Button? Did Alonso punch above his weight in a poor car? Does Raikkonen’s second half of the season make up for the first? How do you rate Webber’s and Barrichello’s performances?

To my mind the three criteria for judging are; how high were the peaks, how consistent was the performance level and what did they make of the machinery they were given?

Please send in your entries by clicking the comment tab at the end of this post. Anyone who selects the same top five order as me will receive a signed copy of my new book, “F1 2009: A revolutionary year” – a review of the year, which comes out next week and is based on the best of the blogs from the season, plus some new material linking it all together and a foreword from the man in the news at the moment, Ross Brawn. Photography, as ever, is by Darren Heath.

The competition is free to enter and we will announce the winners a week from today, on 24 November.

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1

Top Five Drivers of 2009, thinking about relative car perfomance as well as the world championship.

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Jenson Button

4. Sebastien Vettel

5. Nico Rosberg

2

Ok, since others appear to be explaining their choices, I'll include my reasoning...

Alonso - An absolute dog of a car, possibly the slowest of the lot towards the end of the season, and still managed to scored 26 points and finish in the top half of the championship. Only a double champ could do that.

Hamilton - Similar to Alonso, completely out drove Kovalainen (who may not have set the F1 world alight, but who is no slouch). Pretty much the slowest car in the field at the start of the season, but consistantly scored and finished 'best of the rest' at the end.

Button - a wobble mid season, but the first half was superhuman.

Vettel - great driver, can see many years of Hamilton v. Vettel on the cards, though a couple of 'experience-gaining' errors cost him at critical moments this year - he'll be stronger for it though.

Rosberg - Quietly scored an awful lot of points for Williams - 34.5 to Nakajima's 0. 7th in WDC in a bottom half car is quite impressive.

Barrichello would be close behind, though the number of times he lost critical time in races on cold tires cost him, and Webber also would be close for some great drives, especially with his lack of pre-season training. Kimi? Well, a little too hit and miss this year, it was only after Massa was injured that he came alive.

Well that's my tuppence worth - I suspect that all of us could argue into the small hours about this season... shows what a cracker it was.

3

One of the top F1 engineers also put Alonso top, when I asked him. Interesting choice.

4

This is a difficult one, because quite a few drivers did a very good job. Here is my list:-

1. Jenson Button - you must have done a pretty good job if you win the World Championship regardless of the circumstances. He is lucky to have a head start, but rules are rules. If the authority said it's ok then it's ok. ( BTW I am not a Jenson fan.)

2. Lewis Hamilton - Simply the most talented driver on the grid, and still improving.

3. Fernando Alonso - Carried the whole team for the last two years.

4. Nico Rosberg - I choose Nico over Vettel because generally the Williams is a slower car than RBR. I like to see Vettel in a Williams in 2009 and score the same number of points Nico did. He will be a force in Mercedes next year.

5. Sebastien Vettel - He could have been champion if not for his mistakes and bad fortune. Still young, a promising driver.

Thx.

5

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Kimi Räikkönen

3. Jenson Button

4. Sebastian Vettel

5. Rubens Barrichello

6

1 Jenson

2 Vettel

3 Rubens

4 Lewis

5 Webber

And Kobayashi as rookie of the year.

7

Thats the one in my book!

Good luck with the Comp, Ash!

8

In no paticular order

Button

Vettel

Hamilton

Rosberg

Raikkonen

9

I'm afraid that's an invalid entry, Jacob. It says quite clearly in the post that the order has to match mine if you want to win a signed book

10

1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Webber

11

1. Sebastian Vettel.

2. Lewis Hamilton.

3. Jenson Button.

4. Kimi Räikkönen.

5. Mark Webber.

12

Vettle

Button

Rubens

Hamilton

Kimi

13

1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Webber

14

1. button - didn't make too many mistakes

2. vettel - a couple of mistakes and poor reliability lost him title

3. webber - coming back from that injury

4. hamilton - would be higher if it wasn't for lying

5. barichello - great season but too many mistakes, great entertainment.

15

Hi Joel,

Comment on Hamilton silly James was asking for best drivers not political comments.

Agree with your order mostly though>

1. Jense, Who thought he would ever make it, brilliant

2. Vettel, German good without needing to cheat

3. Lewis, crap car amazing talent to score so well in the second half of the season

4.Webber, knackered leg and past it but still drove some cracking races

5. Rubens, similar comment to Jense but unlucky as usual

16

fair comment, but i still think how good a sportsman you are and how honest you are is part of what makes you good at your sport.

17

Phil yours could be considered equally as silly. Webber past it but not Rubens? How is bogging your car down at the start unlucky?

18

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Hamilton

5. Barrichello

19

Top 5...

Lewis Hamilton

Jenson Button

Kimi Raikkonen

Sebastian Vettel

Rubens Barrichello

20

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Niko Rosberg

3. Kimi Raikkonen

4. Rubens Barrichello

5. Jenson Button

21

1 - Jenson Button

2 - Sebastian Vettel

3 - Lewis Hamilton

4 - Rubens Barrichello

5 - Mark Webber

22

My top 5 based on those criteria are:

Alonso
Raikkonen
Hamilton
Button
Vettel

23

1 - Vettel
2 - Button
3 - Hamilton
4 - Glock
5 - Alonso

24

1. Vettel

2. Hamilton

3. Button

4. Barrichello

5. Alonso

Props to Kabayashi. I wonder what would've happened if he raced the entire season.

25

I agree, hope he gets a seat next year

26

1. SEBASTIAN VETTEL

2. MARK WEBBER

3. RUBENS BARRICHELLO

4. JARNO TRILLU

5. KOBAYASHI

27

1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastien Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Nico Rosberg

5. Giancarlo Fisichella

28

1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Webber

Hamilton beats Raikkonen because he managed to make up about a second a lap to compensate for the car in the start of the season (Barcelona, Turkey). Button is first because eventhough he had a bad middle part of the season, his start was superhuman. Vettel was simply quicker than Webber on multiple occasions, but Webber beats Rubens because he did what he did despite his injury...

29

1.Vettel

2.Button

3.Hamilton

4.Barrichello

5.Rosberg

30

1. Jenson Button

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Rubens Barrichello

4. S Vettel

5. Kimi Raikkonen

31

1 (best). Hamilton: He started with a monster but kept at it. Very few drivers could have taken that beast and helped turn it into a race winner and had he not dropped out of the last race he would've 'won' the second half of the season I think.

2. Vettel. Very consistent.

3. Webber. He showed flashes of brilliance, particularly in mid-pack battles with the likes of Alonso.

4. Barrichello. Achieved well despite a plethora of mechanical problems that his teammate didn't have - that had to be frustrating. Not always consistent but again with flashes of brilliance.

5. Raikkonen. Similar to Lewis, he achieved well with a so-so car, particularly without the development that the McLaren had at the tail end of the season.

As it doesn't include Button (I'd probably place Alonso, Massa in the races he achieved, and perhaps Sutil for effort in the face of a steaming pile of steel, ahead of him) we clearly won't match up.

Additionally, thanks for your updates, James! They've been fabulous.

32

You're not an ex-girlfriend are you?... it's the only plausible reason why Jenson would be that far down the list.

33

Plus I cant see how its possible for anyone to realistically rate Rubens above Button when button beat him.

34

Haha! No. I just don't rate his driving style. I can see passion for driving... when he's OFF the track. On track I see no passion, no spark, and none of the flashes of brilliance that other drivers have shown in inferior cars. Button excels in doing clean loops of the circuit when he's got the best car, but sinks when he has to fight or when he doesn't have the best car. He's clean and efficient, I'll give you that, but in my eyes that makes someone good and not great.

The only time I've ever rated him was in... I believe Brazil this year.

35

I think you are wrong Rebecca. I wonder if you actually watch any of the races. (I have to stress that I am not a Jenson fan.) In a lot of the races during mid-season, Jens actually fights quite hard for the lower positions. He did a lot of overtaking, which is more than could be said for some other drivers.

It is the car that is not fast enough. Also as Ross Brawn points out; for Jens to be fast he needs his car to be set up a certain way to fit his driving style. If something that is not right, he will tell the engineers to fix it, but he does not drive over it. That is his style. And with the in season testing band; this was hurting him bad. When the car isn't quite right.

This is the reason I prefer Hamilton; he is much more adaptable. He is simply the most talented driver on the grid.

Back to your comment; "Vettel. Very consistent. " If he were, he would be Champion not Jens. The thing is, regardless of circumstances, if someone who wins the World Championship did not do the best job, I don't know who did.

Thx

36

Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton

Nico Rosberg

Sebastian Vettel

Kimi Raikkonen

37

1) Button

2) Hamilton

3) Vettel

4) Barrichello

5) Raikkonen

38

My choices for 2009 are:

1. Button

2. Webber

3. Hamilton

4. Vettel

5. Barrichello

39

1. Jenson Button

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Kamui Kobayashi

5. Rubens Barrichello

40

My selection would be in this order.

1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Rosberg

41

Can I also point out that you currently don't have a limit on number of entries. I suggest this changes so that everyone doesn't just add every driver in every conceivable order just to get a free book 😛

42

OK, here's my top 5...

1. Button - won the WDC, brilliant start to the season and recovery. Most consistent driver of the season.

2. Hamilton - fantastic performance in a poor car. Really grew as a driver.

3. Vettel - quick but inconsistent. Key mistakes really cost him.

4. Barrichello - poor start (compared to Button) but recovered and challenged. Back to his best

5. Raikkonen - fast in a midfield car all season long (surely he'll be on the 2010 grid?!)

43

1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Webber

44

If he's the fastest of the 2010 grid, I'll buy you a house! 😉

45

Who? If it was Raikkonen...then unfortunately I won't be getting a house!

46

Top 5:

1. Sebastien Vettel

2. Jenson Button

3. Rubens Barrichello

3. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Fernando Alonso

47

1 Button

2 Hamilton

3 Vettel

4 Barrichello

48

1. Hamilton

-Dogged when the car was at its worst, sublime when it was at its best. Threatening Alonso's 'most compete driver' title.

2. Alonso

Always got the feeling that he was doing the absolute best the Renault was capable of. Considering it was often considered the 6-7th fastest car, and sometimes worse, 9th in the standings is an acheivement.

3. Button

Flawless in the first half of the year, and even though qualifying was poor in the second half, his race pace was always superb. Great overtaking too.

4. Vettel

He and the RB5 were probably the fastest overall package, and there were mistakes, but maybe not as many as people are making out. He had some bad luck too, and on his day was unbeatable.

5. Raikkonen

If he drove in the first half of the year like he did in the second, he'd probably be no.1. He'd probably still have a job too.

49

1 Button

2 Vettel

3 Hamilton

4 Barrichello

5 Webber

51

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Barrichello

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

52

1. Vettel

2. Hamilton

3. Button

4. Webber

5. Rosberg

53

1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Webber

54

1. Button (WDC)

2. Vettel (put up the good fight, more to come)

3. Barrichello (oldest but not slowest)

4. Webber (good on ya)

5. Rosberg (consistent)

Honorable mention to Hamilton.. had it not been for LieGate, he would be on the list. Grew as a driver by leaps and bounds. Next year will be interesting to say the least.

55

1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Webber

5. Barrichello

56

I suppose it would be dishonest to second-guess your own choices James, so I'll stick to principle!

1 - Hamilton

2 - Button

3 - Vettel

4 - Barrichello

5 - Rosberg

Hmm...I thought I would have put Alonso in there!

57

1. Vettel. Raw talent.

2. Webber. Awesome season.

3. Kobayashi. Rookie of the year.

4. Räikkönen. Because of the last part of the season.

5. Hamilton. Because of the last part of the season.

Rubens and Button dropped because it was all about the car. Even Nick could have won WDC..

58

What? You drop the Brawn guys from your list and put Red Bull 1 & 2!! Now that was the fastest car and they won nothing

59

I agree. This is to rank who did the best job in 09. If they did they would be Champion not Jens and Brawn.

Thx

60

I agree, the RBR guys did not do that good a job this season. I they did they would be Champion.

Remeber this is to rank who did the best job in 2009.

61

My Top 5 (as also sent to @NobleF1)

Button

Hamilton

Vettel

Webber

Kobayashi

62

1) Button

2) Hamilton

3) Vettel

4) Barrichello

5) Webber

63

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Barrichello

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

64

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonnen

5. Webber

65

1. Button - won the world championship, and recovered well at the end of the season

2. Vettel - hard to believe it was this kids second full season - would have put him above Button but for his mistakes

3. Hamilton - not a fan, but have to say I was impressed with him at the end of the season

4. Webber - lovely bloke, great to see him come good. Below Hamilton as he was a fair way from his team-mate in the end.

5. Barrichello - as above!

66

1. Hamilton

2. Vettel

3. Kimi

4. Button

5. Barichello

67

No particular order:

Vettel

Barrichello

Button

Webber

Hamilton / Raikkonen (tied for 5th place)

68

1. Jenson

2. Vettel

3. Raikkonen

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

69

1. Rosberg

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Alonso

5. Buemi

70

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Rosberg

4. Alonso

5. Hamilton

The maxim that the table never lies is as good a starting point as any, and I use it to get the first two of my list but no more, as third and fourth place in the drivers' championship were significantly outperformed (c. 55/45) by their teammates. Third and fourth in my top 5 are men who scored 100% of their teams' points, which is no mean achievement however dubious their most immediate competitors' credentials may be. Hamilton comes next, for his performances once his team found their 2009 feet. Raikkonen misses out: although he finished only a point behind Hamilton, he was outperformed by Massa for the first half of the season. Barrichello and Webber also fall short, mainly because they were both clearly number two in their respective teams (each only had one or two significant triumphs over their teammates during the season).

71

1. Button

6 wins, the most points, no question! Made the most of the car when it was the fastest and picked up the points when it wasn't.

2. Vettel

4 wins, 2nd highest amount of points! All 4 wins were flawless unbeatable performances. The mistakes were what let him down.

3. Hamilton

Two wins and scored the most points in the second half of the year. Wasn't really that impressed in the first half of the season when the car was poor, the Renault was similarly bad and yet Alonso scored more points up until Germany. His wins were flawless, but I still think his best season in F1 was 2007, it was certainly his most consistent. I think having a strong teammate in Alonso pushed him to get the best out of himself, I think he really needs that in a teammate to be at his best.

4. Raikkonen

1 win that was really flattered by KERS, but all his other results, from the podium in Monaco onwards were pretty impressive, and he seemed to get the best out of the car, particulary once Massa was injured unfortunately.

5. Alonso

No wins, but should he really have scored 26 points, a podium, 2 fastest laps and a pole position in that car? And besides Button's great overtaking moves and the KERS equipped Hamilton the other main source of overtaking seemed to be Alonso.

That's my opinion anyway, thanks for such great coverage through the year James and here's to 2010!

72

1) Hamilton
2) Vettel
3) Button
4) Barrichello
5) Alonso

73

1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Rosberg

74

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Jenson Button

4. Rubens Barrichello

5. Mark Webber

I so want to put Kimi on this list, but who would you bump? If I have it wrong I suspect it is because of #2 and #3.

75

1 Button

2 Vettel

3 Hamilton

4 Barrichello

5 Webber

76

1 Jenson

2 Vettel

3 Rubens

4 Lewis

5 Webber

77

1) Hamilton

2) Barrichello

3) Vettel

4) Button

5) Massa

78

Hmmm... i need to think like James Allen...

1. Vettel

2. Hamilton

3. Button

4. Barichello

5. Webber

Oh, and please, someone sign Kobayashi!

79

1.Hamilton - Had a dip after lying gate but then recovered, rallied the team around him and won twice. Amazing

2.Raikonnen - With the worst Ferrari of the last 10 years, had some amazing drives even after Scuderia stopped developing the car.

3.Vettel - Mounted serious challenge but made silly mistakes with the car that was always a challenger from the word go.

4.Barrichello - Went beyond what was expected of him and challenged Button for the championship. Unfortunately the dips were all baking related and that will always define hima as a second tier driver.

5.Button - Peaked during first half of the season with the best car of the field. Had a full half season dip that was both car and driver related and still clinched the championship so deserve to be the 5th best driver in the season.

80

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Jenson Button

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Mark Webber

5. Nico Rosberg

81

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Kimi Raikonen

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Rubens Barrichello

5. Mark Webber

82

I'll go for:

Button

Lewis

Kimi

Alonso

Vettel

83

BTW, that's in order from top (best)

84

1, Vettel

2, Hamilton

3, Raikkonen

4, Button

5, Barrichello

85

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Alonso

5. Kobayashi

86

1. Jenson Button

2. Rubens Barrichelo

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Nico Rosberg

5. Mark Webber

87

Mine would be:

1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Räikkönen

5. Kobayashi

88

Based on your criteria:

1)Button

2)Vettel

3)Hamilton

4)Webber

5)Raikonnen

It was close between alonso & raikonnen, but I think Raikonnen regained some of the reputation he had lost over the last year or 2 by coming on strong

89

1 Jenson

2 Vettel

3 Hamilton

4 Webber

5 Barrichello

90

1. Vettel

2. Hamilton

3. Button

4. Raikonen

5. Webber

91

1 – Jenson Button

2 – Sebastian Vettel

3 – Lewis Hamilton

4 – Rubens Barrichello

5 – Mark Webber

92

1. Hamilton

2. Rosberg

3. Barrichello

4. Button

5. Massa

93

1 Jenson

2 Vettel

3 Hamilton

4 Barrichello

5 Webber

94

1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Webber

95

1. Jenson Button

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Rubens Barrichello

5. Kimi Raikkonen

96

1 – Lewis Hamilton

2 – Jenson Button

3 – Rubens Barrichello

4 – Sebastian Vettel

5 – Mark Webber

97

1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Rubens

4. Vettel

5. Webber

98

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Rosberg

4. Webber

5. Hamilton

99

1. Kimi Raikkonen

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Seb. Vettel

4. Rubens Barichello

5. Jenson Button

And yes I know, my list won't be the same as James, so no book free book I guess. I'll buy it anyway.

100

Well, here goes:

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Webber

5. Rosberg

...that was harder than I thought

101

1.Lewis Hamilton

2.Kimi Raikkonen

3.Sebastien Vettel

4.Jenson Button

5.Adrian Sutil

am pretty sure wudnt match up with the final list.. cos kimi is at 2.. cant help it..both lewis n he drove monster trucks this year...not F1 cars.

102

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Jenson Button

3. Kimi Raikkonen

4. Mark Weber

5. Kamui Kobayashi

103

1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Webber

5. Rosberg

104

1. S Vettel

2. J Button

3. L Hamilton

4. M Webber

5. N Rosberg

105

1. Vettel

2. Hamilton

3. Button

4. Webber

5. Barichello

106

1. Hamilton - Out performed the car turned season around

2. Button - Cracking start looked untouchable then midseason tail off

3. Vettel - Fast but sporadic

4. Barrichello - Turned back the years in second half

5. Kobayashi - Explosive

107

1 button

2 hamilton

3 vettel

4 raikkonen

5 barichello

108

1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Massa

109

Hello James,

My top 5 would be:

1: Jenson Button

2: Sebastien Vettel

3: Lewis Hamilton

4: Fernando Alonso

5: Kimi Raikkonen

Great blog too BTW!

110

Hi, here is my vote James.

1- Button

2- Vettel

3- Hamilton

4- Barrichello

5- Rosberg

this is considering all the points you mentioned in your text.

cheers,

111

1 jenson

2 vettel

3 barrichelo

4 raikkonen

5 hamilton

112

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Jenson Button

3. Kimi Raikkonen

4. Sebastian Vettel

5. Fernando Alonso

113

My top 5,

Jenson Button
Lewis Hamilton
Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber
Nico Rosberg

Thanks for all the quality inside info. Roll on 2010! Ps any info on Lotus? Do you think they will be on the pace, better still do you think they will have a mock Lotus 25, 49 or 79 livery?

114

1) Hamilton - Pulled the McLaren to the front in second half of the season

2) Button - consistency throughout the season

3) Vettel - Future WDC, made a few errors

4) Webber - Great comeback from his out of season accident

5) Raikkonen - Drove well in a skittish Ferrari

115

My Top 5 are as follows:

1- Lewis Hamilton

2- Sebastian Vettel

3- kimi Raikkonen

4- Jenson Button

5- Rubens Barichello

Honorable mention: kamui Kobayashi

116

1.Button-easily 'driver' of the year in terms of being the driver we all took an interest in and was mighty in those first few races

2.Hamilton-probably the best out there now after a lack-lustre season from Alonso

3.Vettel-fast but a few errors and when did he actually overtake anyone(another Massa in my book,fast out front)

4.Rosberg-a decent job in not a great car

5.Sutil-would be winning in a top car

117

1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Alonso

5. Barrichello

118

1. Button: World Champ. 6 wins. Consistent points. 'nuff said.

2. Hamilton: Look what he did with that car (particularly vs. Heikki). Made most of 2nd-half comeback.

3. Alonso: Consistently outperformed equipment.

4. Vettel: The real deal. Effort undermined by inconsistency.

5. Webber: Breakout season.

119

1 - Hamilton. Had a torrid and terrible start to the season (together with McLaren), but he picked it up, had many strong races and finished the season as a force to be reckoned with, lifting McLaren to 3rd in the WCC in the meantime;

2 - Massa. He drove for only the first half of the season in a poor car and had plenty of bad luck (like his DNF at China), but his grit, speed and maturity were evident and worthy of praise. Once more he prevailed against Raikkonen and lead Ferrari;

3 - Raikkonen. Was it Massa's absence or a new found fighting spirit? We don't know. But he also had a fantastic second half of the season and put the car where it didn't belong. Fisichella went from pole and podium in a FI to slow and embarassing at his side;

4 - Button. Worthy champion, made the best of the car and then played it strictly by the book.

5 - Vettel. So good, so fast, so young. if it weren't for some mistakes and misjudgements, could have put a real fight against Button.

120

1.Button

2.Vettel

3.Hamilton

4.Kimi

5.Rubens

121

I'm trying to guess James picks now rather than thinking of my own!:P

1/ Button

2/Hamilton

3/ Vettel (too many errors though)

4/ Alonso

5/ Raikkonen

122

1.Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Rosberg

123

1- button
2- vettel
3- hamilton
4- webber
5- barichello

124

1. Button.

2. Vettel.

3. Barrichello.

4. Raikkonen,

5. Webber.

125

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Barrichello

5. Roseberg

126

1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Webber

5. Barrichello

Honorable mention Sebastian Buemi

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I doubt this is your selection but for me it was:

1. Raikkonen (I'm not a fanboy blindly voting for him, but his car was rubbish and unreliable in the beginning of the season, and average for the rest and rubbish again at the end, and the fact he got 5 podiums including a win when his car was maybe 4th or 5th best at Spa, and was close to scoring a pole at Monaco, and also was just one point behind Hamilton who had a car able to fight for the big points after Silverstone)

2. Massa (This isn't a sympathy vote, and its impossible to judge whether he would be able to achieve Raikkonen's result if he weren't injured but the fact is he scored a huge 22 points in that rubbish Ferrari, and before his injury he was the one who impressed me most)

3. Hamilton (His car was not worth mention at the beginning of the European season, but when the car came good he was great, taking as many poles as the two top title contenders had all year! Seeing Hamilton come alive showed the title contenders how its done, fighting for podiums and not just settling for small points)

4. Fernando Alonso (I think people give Alonso too much credit sometimes, but this year despite not being seen, he managed to get a large amount of points despite having a horrible car)

5. Rosberg (I wasn't sure whether to choose him as I was largely impressed at his consistent form, although his car was far superior to the Renault and Alonso wasn't too far off in the points.. and I have a feeling if Raikkonen, Alonso, Hamilton, or even Vettel, they would have forced that car to win or atleast get a few podiums, it wouldn't even have a choice in the matter. But his team did let him down when the car was at its most competitive so I'm sure if it weren't for that he'd have scored a lot more points.)

The BMW drivers deserve a mention as their car was as bad as the previous Honda's for most of the season, and they proved at the end of the season that they bring the points in when the car is good enough.

Disappointment of the year was seeing Massa injured, I wanted to see if he could force a car to win even if it weren't the best. We were robbed of that.

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Button

5. Barrichello

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1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Rubens

5. Kimi

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1) Button - Scored points in every race apart from one when he was taken out by a rookie. Performed some magic overtakes through out the season and aprat from a few issues in quali never put a foot wrong

2) Vettel - Great season had the fastest car on the grid for most of the season but the lack of experience let him down. far to many mistake to be the best and struggled to overtake all season long

3) Alonso - Still the most complete driver on the grid made the best of what renault gave him .Was great to watch and will be fantastic next year in a ferrari

4) Barrichello - Poor start to the season but came back strong in the middle part of the season but never really got the better of Jenson on race pace should have won more races this season

5) Hamilton - Poor car at the start of the season and made far to many mistakes. Showed his ture colours early on when things were tough and he started to turn against his team but turned it around late on when he had more horse power than everyone he was racing. should have scored alot more points than he did must do better if he gets Button as a team mate next year

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In no particular order

1. Button - won the championship

2. Vettel - solid improvement

3. Hamilton - seriously fast at end of year.

4. Rosberg - for consistent finishes

5. Barrichello - for sticking up to Brawn and winning seeveral races.

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1. Hamilton

2. Raikkonen

3. Alonso

4. Button

5. Vettel

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1. Jenson Button

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Sebastian Vettel

5. Nico Rosberg

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1. Hamilton - With great factory support, dragged that sorry chassis up the field; champion of the second half of the season.

2. Alonso - 26 points with possibly the worst chassis. His teammates scored...0

3. Raikonnen - Badoer and Fisichella demonstrated how difficult it was to drive the F60, but Kimi was outpaced by Massa.

4. Button - Did what he needed to with a car that was miles ahead.

5. Vettel - If only the double diffuser been declared illegal. But he also committed too many mistakes.

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I agree with Mr Davies at the top of the page.

1. Fernando Alonso

He wrung the neck out of a dreadful car and achieved results that he had no right to. Still, for me, the best overall package as a driver.

2. Lewis Hamilton

Everyone behind the scenes at Woking deserves a large slice of Hamilton's praise for teaching a real dog how to walk and then run this season. But I think Lewis has really matured and he may end up exchanging his raw, blinding pace for something more rounded (like Alonso.) Less haste, more speed!

3. Jenson Button.

For the first part of the season he had the best car, but he also dominated Barrichello. For the second part he went to pieces (which no mere mortal can begrudge.) I doubt he could've done what my top two achieved in their respective cars though.

4. Sebastien Vettel.

Wins personality of the season hands down.

5. Nico Rosberg.

Because Kobayashi only raced twice. Another one who rode a lame horse faster than it deserved to be ridden. I really hope he gets his debut win next season and maybe pushes for the championship the season afterwards.

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Top for me:

1: Alonso, Still in a League of his own.

2: Barrichello, Many people wrote him off before the season started, but despite being the oldest on the grid him drove like rookie full of fight, speed and fire in the belly.

3. Vettel, Yes he made some mistakes but it was only his second full season and his performances were stunning at times.

4.Webber, If things had worked out a little different for him he could of been right in the Title fight in the End. Plus the little testing and recovering from a broken leg were two more reasons why he stood above others.

5.Button, His first half of the season was superb, although the second half was less so, but I believe it was self inflicted pressure rather than a loss of talent.

For me Mclaren's staff were the bigger hero in that team than Hamilton. He's still makes poor calls and mistakes including the lie-gate with the stewards. Plus on the occasions where Heikki matched him in qualifying with a car that was often up to 6 tenths slower.

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1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Alonso

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1. Jenson Button

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Rubens Barichello

5. Mark Webber

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Rosberg

5. Weber

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Raikkonen

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Barrichello

5. Webber

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1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Webber

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1) Lewis Hamilton

2) Adrian Sutil

3) Jenson Button

4) Sebastian Vettel

5) Nico Rosberg

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1. Button

2. Kimi

3. Hamilton

4. Vettel

5. Barrichello

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Webber

5. Alonso

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1 - Button

2 - Hamilton

3 - Buemi

4 - Vettel

5 - Raikkonan

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Badoer

Grosjean

Nakajima

Piquet

Bourdais 🙂

That's gotta be worth a book !!

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No seriously....

1) Button

(Made the most of his car when it was quickest, scored points in every round it wasn't & he wasn`t punted off in - Then recovered from a disasterous qualifying session by putting it behind him & putting in a World Class performance when it mattered gaining 9 places with some great overtaking manouveres to win the F1 WDC).

2) Hamilton

(Kept his head down when his car was poop focussed with the team on putting it right then outscored every one in the second half of the season)

3) Vettel

(We forget how young this driver is - 2nd in WDC although Monaco & Turkey blotted his cop book).

4) Webber

(Showed great character and steel to recover from his broken leg off season and put in some stealthy drives to regularly pop-up very near the front at the end of races).

5) Rosberg

(Single handedly scored all of Williams` points in a car that wasn`t really up to it this year).

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If Pat wins, does he/she get a book for each of his/her entries? If so can I have one......

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Supratim Chaudhury

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Rosberg

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1. Button

2. Barrichello

3. Hamilton

4. Vettel

5. Webber

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Rosberg

5. Raikkonen

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikonnen

5. Barrichelo

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Raikkonen

4. Webber

5. Hamilton

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1. Button: 6 wins in 7 races and enough skill to make sure he made it home to never relinquish the lead in the championship, a season ending podium and one in Monza that is often forgotten as Hamilton and Barrichello dominated in Italy.

2. Vettel: Obviously the new rainmaster, but still young and prone to mistakes. His wins were solid.

3. Hamilton: Like Alonso last year, found form in last half of season and outdrove the car, even though it got pretty good anyway.

4. Barrichello: His wins were brilliant, both at expense of Hamilton, but the "old" guy still has it, Button was worried for a while when Rubens closed the gap considerably.

5. This is a tough call, Sutil showed wonderful promise many times and was usually a statistic courtesy of Raikonnen, but Fisichella claimed first points and damn near won with the Force India at Spa, a memorable drive on a track he's done well at, but his Ferrari lack of performance could boil down to his certain track ability, he should have gone better in Brazil where he won his first race ever. So not them, Webber's two wins were solid, but he did very little to back them up, so not him either, Kobyashi who should be given a Star Trek uniform as he shares his name with Kirk's infamous no-win situation Kobyashi Maru, was a stand-out rookie, easily overshadowing Grosjean and Aguilisari (sp?) and deserves to drive for someone. Kubica did a great podium run at Brazil, but the BMW was useless all season. Alonso despite his team's ineptness and the ousting of Flav, completely destroyed his teammates and had a brilliant pole, and a well deserved podium, and the inevitable Ferrari seat. Raikonnen won in Spa because there was a safety car and he had KERS, and without it, Fisichella won in a Force India, a few podiums may be ok, but not enough to stay at Ferrari. Massa never really got going when his accident occurred, but they kept him, he will be a star, last year was proof. So of Raikonnen, Massa, Kubica, Kobyashi, or Alonso, it has to be Alonso, only 5th because his car sucked, or he'd be 1st.

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Button - champion on a rookie team - no more needs to be said

Vettel - a future champ, who outdrove a very good teammate

Hamilton - took a very slow car and delivered some really consistent and solid results, esp. in 2nd 1/2 of season

Rosberg - a respectable point total in any car, delivered in a Williams. Just compare to his teammate for validation of the exceptional aspect to his season.

Sutil - I debated about Alonso in this spot - but if not for some unfortunate luck, Sutil would have had an amazing point total, in a Force India nonetheless. A great season nonetheless.

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1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Rubens

5. Mark Webber

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Barrichello

5. Webber

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1. Lewis

2. Jenson

3. Sebastian V.

4. Barrichello

5. Mark

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1.Jenson Button

2.Lewis Hamilton

3.Sebastian Vettel

4.Fernando Alonso

5.Mark Webber

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1. Hamilton - 'monstered' a bad car, genius (gets my vote for the doughnuts a Silverstone alone!)

2. Button - quick and consistant (mainly!)

3. Raikkonen - out performed an underdeveloped car

4. Vettel - quick, but a little inconsistant

5. Webber - came a long way from his accident, great drive in Brazil that has been overlooked a bit.

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Sutil

5. Rosberg

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1: Button

2: Vettel

3: Hamilton

4: Webber

5: Barrichello

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Raikkonen

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1. Jenson Button - He is World Champion

2. Lewis Hamilton - Won races with a horrible car

3. Sebastian Vettel - Brilliant with mistakes

4. Rubens Barrichello - More than just driving

5. Kimi Räikkönen - Enigma, but so fast

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1 Button

2 Vettel

3 Raikkonen

4 Hamilton

5 Barrichello

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Jenson Button

In the first half of the season Jenson made the most of the car and, crucially, made no mistakes and had Rubens on the back foot. The last two races reversed the decline in his reputation mid season.

Lewis Hamilton

Reinforced his reputation as the hardest tryer on the grid with his uncompromising effort to get back to the front. Surely the fastest man in F1. A similar poll for manufacturers would surely put McLaren at the top of the list for their achievement in turning a real dog into a multiple race winner.

Rubens Barichello

Many good performances but Rubens made one or two crucial mistakes and let Button build up too much of an advantage in the first half of the season.

Sebastian Vettel

Had he and the team made fewer mistakes, Sebastian would have been ahead of Rubens. Watch this space.

Kimi Raikkonen

Like Lewis, hampered by a pretty poor car which Ferrari abandonded in the second half of the season, unlike McLaren. Kimi did wonders with it - but only after he knew he was almost certain to lose the drive.

In case you thought I had forgotten him :

Fernando Alonso

His undoubted skills shone through on a few occasions but nothing like often enough to displace the others on this list.

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Webber

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1. RAI

2. VET

3. HAM

4. BUT

5. BAR

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1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Jenson Button

3. Seb Vettel

4. Rubens Barichello

5. Mark Webber

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1. Button - for a brilliant start and continued consistancy.

2. Webber - for overcoming serious, career-threatening injuries, and still keeping Vettel honest.

3. Hamilton - for his never-say-die attitude and dealing with that dog of a car early in the season.

4. Vettel - his inconsistancy cost him a higher place.

5. Barrichello - off pace early in the season but came on song half way through.

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1)Button

2)Vettel

3)Hamilton

4)Barichello

5)Webber

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Raikkonen

4. Barichello

5. Hamilton

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1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Webber

4. Alonso

5. Glock

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peaks, consistency, machinery, bearing in mind that the trick is to guess James's list:

1- Button

2- Hamilton

3- Alonso

4- Vettel

5- Raikkonen

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5. Barrichello – Did well to take the title fight to the penultimate race of the season. However he was in a car that was clearly the class of the field in the early stages and failed to capitalise.

4. Webber – Fought back from a very nasty injury to become a title contender and take his first victory.

3. Vettel – Was in the best car during the 2nd half of the season but made to many mistakes to be champion, this season!

2. Hamilton – Had a car that was clearly a dog early on, although it did improve greatly during the later half of the year. The first part of the season is best forgotten; however in the 2nd half Hamilton proved that form is temporary, class is forever.

1. Button – Trounced the opposition in the first 5 races, and put in some fighting performances during the rest of the season. Finished it off with champion’s drive in Brazil and, after all, the table doesn’t lie. Jenson Button, World Champion.

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1. Fernando Alonso

2. Jenson Button

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Sebastian Vettel

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Thats wrong, my list is actually:

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Jenson Button

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Sebastian Vettel

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1. Vettel

2. Hamilton

3. Raikkonen

4. Button

5. Barrichello

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1) Hamilton for dragging a dog of a car up to the front of the grid.

2) Button - great start to the season in undoubtedly the best car but fell away terribly in the second half of the season.

3) Vettel - If it wasn't for the Renault he would probably be world champion.

4) Kimi - Ferrari might have given up but Kimi didn't. Would be a great shame if this season is the last we see of him in F1

5) Barrichello - Pushed Jenson hard but didn't have the pace early in the season due to break issues.

Special mentions to Kobiyashi, Webber & Fisi

Worst drivers of the year Luca Badoer, Piquet & Heikki

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1) Hamilton

2) Barrichelllo

3) Webber

4) Vettel

5) Massa

I omit Button because while his first races were exceptional, he really pissed me off with his whining. Anyone can drive a good car quickly, but it takes true skill to drive a not so good car quick, and he utterly failed that test.

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That and that awful beard.

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Based on driver performance, effort and commitemnt and circumstances, regardless of points scored.

Top 5 are

1 Alonso

2 Button

3 Hamilton

4 Vettel

5 Barrichello just edges Webber for 5th

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Webber

5. Raikkonen

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Barrichello

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Mike from Medellin, Colombia

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Jenson Button

3. Sebastien Vettel

4. Fernando Alonso

3. Rubens Barrichello

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1. Lewis - a few mistakes, but the best raw pace;

2. Jenson - struggled a bit in qualis in the second half, but racepace was consistently good and basically no mistakes;

3. Sebastian - fast on a consistent basis, but like Hamilton, a few mistakes;

4. Kimi - generally good, including some very impressive drives, with a few dips here and there;

5. Fernando - probably as good as always, but that special icing on the cake (memorable top drive like Fuji in'08) has been missing this season.

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Hamilton - improvement over season, must be a race engineer's wet dream
vettel - flawed genius, his wet weather driving was awesome
button - first six and last but one! Rest was too "Ginger"
kimi - when he can be bothered
webber - because he reminds me of eddy Irvine!

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1. Fernando Alonso

2. Jenson Button

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Sebastian Vettel

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Barrichello

5. Alonso

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Here is my top 5:

1) Jenson Button

2) Kimi Raikkonen

3) Lewis Hamilton

4) Sebastian Vettel

5) Nico Rosberg

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My top five in 2009 are:

1.Sebastian Vettel

2.Lewis Hamilton

3.Jenson Button

4.Fernando Alonso

5.Niko Rosberg

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1. Raikkonen - Clearly the Ferrari was a very difficult car to drive and yet he did pretty well.

2. Hamilton - He definitely got a lot out of a car that was not so great.

3. Vettel - without mistakes, no one was better.

4. Button - mistake free to start and consistent enough from the middle to win the WDC.

5. Barrichello - even with the problems he had he still was there in the end.

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My top 5 would have to be:

1. Jenson - did everything that was asked of him, won in the first half of the season, brought it home in the second half

2. Lewis Hamilton - Very impressive second half. His lie-gate experience can't be forgiven though, and that's what keeps him off the top

3. Vettel. The only driver to really take the challenge to Button. However, his numerous mistakes at the start of the season (Melbourne, Sepang and Monaco) rule him out for the top spot.

4. Webber. Has finally come of age this season, winning his first race, gaining pole positions. However, he was inconsistent at the start of the season.

5. Barrichello. A mature season, whilst not matching Button's heights, he has had an impressive season late in his career.

Drivers who missed the cut: Raikkonen - he was anonymous until Massa's accident. The early season lack of application was unforgivable.

Rosberg. He missed the top 5 since he missed the podium all season. He was presented with a fast car, particularly at the start of the season, but failed to capitalise.

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1. Vettel - His drives in Japan and China were stunning (quali in China when he had 1 lap per session and nailed pole was amazing!)

2. Button - Had the best car at the start but so did Rubens, while in other years they were even for pace, given a gd car Button produced)

3. Raikkonen - Won a race when his car was a dog all year and when his team had clearly given up on the year. The fact his team mates after Massa were so bad shows him up even higher. Also his win at Spa was achieved in a car that was clearly not the fastest.

4. Webber - To come back from the dreadful injury he suffered last year was incredible, to win 2 races and push his very talented team mate soo hard was also very impressive. If only button hadnt got that lead at the start of the season what a really exciting championship it could have been!

5. Hamilton - Won twice and could have been twice, but his car was developed extremley well, they didnt give up like Ferrari. Start of season liegate deserves to count against him

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Raikkonen

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1. Hamilton

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Barrichello

5. Kobayashi

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Webber

5. Alonso

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1. Button

2. Barrichello

3. Vettel

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

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My 5:

1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Webber

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1.Nico Rosberg

2.Lewis Hamilton

3.Sebastian Vettel

4.Jenson Button

5.Rubens Barrichello

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My 5:

1.Hamilton

2.Button

3.Vettel

4.Barrichello

5.Webber

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My selection would be in this order:

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Webber

5. Barrichello

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1. Button - overtaking, 6 wins, consistent points

2. Vettel - wins,pace, but too many mistakes

3. Barichello - life in the old dog yet

4. Webber - recovery from injury, Brazil

5. Hamilton - great turnaround, but cant deny he lied.

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1.Sebastian Vettel

2.Lewis Hamilton

3.Jenson Button

4.Kimi Raikkonen

5.Fernando Alonso

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1 jenson b. Still don't rate him but did good job dis year
2 s vettel. Flashes of total brillance but few costly mistakes
3 f alonso. Dragged Renault higher than it really should have been does the man every make a mistake
tied for 4th between kimi r and l hamilton. Both dragged dogs up the grid but both made more mistakes than alonso. Kimi in Spain and oz and Hamilton in china Monaco silverstone monza come to mind.

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1. Lewis Hamilton - I do not like him, but he was consistently faster that his team mate, he extracted maximum from the car, he was constantly fighting and he was always on the edge.

2. Kimi Raikonnen - I was shocked by his performance this year. He was as fast as you can only be, no mistakes, pure focus and impressive drive. Spa was just one great race

3. Button - great start of the season, but he was overshadowed by Rubens and could have lost his WDC, but had enough points in his bag and was lucky that RBR was not so reliable

4. Vettel - he was great, but he is a poor overtaker. He made some mistakes and I was not so impressed with his starts and his overtaking.

5. Alonso - managed to do some great racing in probably the worst car

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I don't think so James...

I am pretty certain that my ideas and your ideas won't co-incide...

For example you'll certainly have Lewis higher than I would have.... in line with almost all your voters so far...

I think if you awarded points for how good the car was relatively speaking and how it was suited to a driver's style... and take those points away from the final WDC positions you may get somewhere close...

But everything is always perception... otherwise known as smoke and mirrors... can we suggest it is more scientific than that?... but then smoke and mirrirs are scientific aren't they?...

And in the end, who knows,I may be wrong?... and you may get things exactly right... and agree with me.... but I think not...

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HAHA!!!!...Bravo!

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Blimey! You only have to list your top 5 of the year Miss Snowcat, if they match James's 5 you'll get a book. He's not going to put you over his knee, if your lists don't match.

And yes, everyone's entitled to their own opinion (from their own perceptions) - even the person that had Fisi at No 5.

So here's my opinion...

My top 5:-

1, Button - WDC, dominant when the car was great; kept it together (just!) as the pack closed in and the immense pressure built.

2, Vettel - really should have been WDC; too many race mistakes. Confirmed his undoubted talent though.

3, Webber - fought well alongside and against his team-mate; first wins too for the Aussie. Shame about the accident pre-season, messed him up big-time.

4, Hamilton - only just though!! Car was a dog to start with but kept racing. Yes he lied, but I feel young 'uns will tow the party-line - he's learned from that (I hope)!

5, Rubens - Should have done better early on, when the car was well ahead; but great to see there's life in the old dog (ha ha, he's younger than me - just!). I didn't like his emotional outbursts, but I can understand where it came from and the "blah blah blah" still makes me smile.

Kimi? Anyone who's enjoying an ice-cream, when a race might re-start... err, hmmm!?!? I like his laidback ways... but he only came alive when he realised Alonso was in with a sniff of his seat. [I don't think we'll see him next season]

Alonso? Well, he may have driven the wheels of the car... but you expect that of him. Keeping his tinder dry for 2010 in a scarlet car, me thinks.

Massa? A much better job than Kimi, until his unfortunate moment in Hungary.

Ok, I'll get me coat... 😉

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Button - Rags to riches Champion

Vettel - Champion in waiting

Raikkonen - Scored the 2nd most points of the latter season yet drove a dog of a car.

Hamilton - Same as Kimi, however, the car was still developed throughout the season

Barrichello - Always a bridesmaid never the bride

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1. vettel

2. button

3. alonso

4. fisichella

5. rosberg

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Fernando Sandrini

1 - Button

2 - Raikkonen

3 - Hamilton

4 - Vettel

5 - Alonso

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1. Jenson Button - The driver with the most points, redeemed himself after second half slump with stunning drives in Brazil and Abu Dubai

2. Lewis Hamilton - Wrang the neck out of the

the Mp4-24, but made some silly mistakes in Monza and Monte Carlo

3. Sebastian Vettel - Stunningly quick, patches of brilliance, areas of immaturity

4. Kimi Raikkonen - Kept Ferrari in the fight for 3rd despite car developement being haulted for next season.

5. Kamui Kobayashi - From Sushi to Gold, showed Roman Grosjean & Nelson Piquit Jr how to drive an F1 car and show up your expierienced team mate. Hope he finds a drive!

Just for fun - Second Choices - (It was tough not to pick these guys)

1. Roman Grosjean - Added value for spectators, synchronized spinning at every race.

2. Heikki Kovalainen - Lewis 6 podiums - Heikki - 0 - Enough said.

3. Nelson Piquit Jr - R.Grosjean made Nelson look good

4. Luca Badoar - How not to forefill your Ferrari dream by being 3 seconds off the pace each race and assume you'll be in the points in Monza.

5. Kazuki Nakajima - Outshone, outdriven and outhussled by his rookie friend from Japan. P45 - Sign here please.

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los 5 mejores pilotos son:

1.Alonso

2.Rosberg

3.Barriquelo

4.Wettel

5.Button

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1- Kimi Raikkonen

2- Lewis Hamilton

3- Kimi Raikkonen

4- Lewis Hamilton

5- Heikki Kovalainen

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Interesting choice at number 5. Why?

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1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Alonso

5. Barrichello

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1.Vettel

2.Button

3.Webber

4.Raikkonen

5.Kobayashi

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Based on your criteria and that we have to guess who you picked.

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Rosberg

5. Barrichello

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1: Button

2: Hamilton

3: Vettel

4: Webber

5: Rosberg

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1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Hamilton

4. Barrichello

5. Webber

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My top five would be:

1. Lewis Hamilton - an amazing season given the dog of a car.

2. Jenson Button - consistant and showed blinding speed

3. Vettel - drove well but made some mistakes

4. Barrichello - didn't produce the speed when he needed it the most

5. Raikkonen - drove well in a Ferrari that was not being developed

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1.Lewis Hamilton

2.Seb Vettel

3.Jenson Button

4.Nico Rosberg

5.Kimi Raikkonen

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My personal top 5 are:

Button,

Hamilton,

Vettel

Barrachello

Wehher

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Button

Hami

Kimi

Seb

Rubens

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1. Button - You only get to be WC if you are better than the rest

2. Hamilton - Drove above and beyond the capabilities of his equipment

3. Vettel - Got much better lap times out of the same car than MW

4. Sutil - Made the most of his car when he could

5. Buemi - Quietly consistant

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1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Räikkönen

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1. Button

2. Raikkonen

3. Hamilton

4. Vettel

5. Rosberg

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4 Button

5. Massa

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1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Alonso

5. Barrichello

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1. Hamilton

2. Vettel

3. Rubens

4. Kobi

5. Button

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1. Hamilton

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Button

5. Rosberg

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1 Button

2 Hamilton

3 Vettel

4 Raikonnen

5 Barichello

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In my opinion, considering the three criteria, top five drivers of 2009 would be:

1. Button (who could expect him to become WDC when Honda pulled out?).

2. Barrichello (same reasoning, except that he did not make it happen).

3. Alonso (poor car, incredible he got a podium).

4. Hamilton (he got to the top as soon as the car got into grips).

5. Raikkonen (that car seemed undriveable, as Badoer and even Fisichella proved)

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Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton

Rubens barrichello

Sebastien Vettel

Fernando Alonso

I know in F1 we can never use "IF" Vettel could have comfortably covered Jenson to the tittle had it not been for reliability. Everytime Jenson had a bad race, the Red Bulls did badly apart from reliability headaches.

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1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Rubens Barrichello

5. Nico Rosberg

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1. Button

2. Lewis

3. Vettel

4. Kimi

5. Nico

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Webber

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Webber

5. Alonso

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Webber

5. Barrichello

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Barrichello

5. Rosberg

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1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Barrichello

4. Webber

5. Fisichella

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1. Hamilton

2. Rosberg

3. Vettel

4. Button

5. Alonso

Honourable mention: Raikkonen, Massa, Trulli, Glock

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1. Button.

2. Vettel.

3. Hamilton.

4. Barrichello.

5. Webber.

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-Lewis Hamilton (made the most out of a bad machinery, beat teammate)

-Jenson Button (high peaks/consistency)

-Sebastian Vettel (high peaks)

-Kimi Raikkonen (made the most out of a bad machinery)

-Nico Rosberg (consistency, beat teammate)

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1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Kimi Raikkonen

3. Jenson Button

4. Seb Vettel

5. Rubens Barrichello

Honorable mention : Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber

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1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Alonso

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Webber

4. Vettel

5. Barrichello

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1 Button

2 Vettel

3 Barrichello

4 Webber

5 Rosberg

Special mention for Kobayashi the best new driver in 2009. I am pleased he has found a new career following his one off role in "The Usual Suspects"

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My top 5 are as follows..

1st Lewis Hamilton - that car was a dog & he never gave up, he was on the limit & over it.His best season so far

2 = Jenson Button - a tale of two half seasons, the first half was sublime, the second the pressure got to him in quali, however he did two great races to end the year .

2 = Sebastian Vettel - very consistant , apart from a couple of errors because his lack of experience.

4th Mark Webber - His best season yet & two fine wins, especially when you consider his health at the beggining of the year.He wil be stronger next year

5th Barrichello - Once he caught up to Jenson in mid season he was match for anyone.

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1. Hamilton - overcame the worst possible start to the year to destroy his team mate and stay ahead of the development of a donkey to turn it into a 2 time race winner.

2. Vettel - So fast when on it, needs that final polish to be a great.

3. Button - Grasped the once in a lifetime opportunity with both hands, then overcame the nerves to haul himself out of a slump that would have broken a lesser character.

4. Webber - lifted himself to a higher level, because he had to. Kept Vettel honest all year.

5. Raikkonen - Generally brought it home higher then his grid slot until development tailed off in the last 3rd of the season. Would love to see him recapture the win or bust spirt of Imola & Nurburgring 2005.

Barrichello & Alonso did well but not enough to make this top 5.

Honerable mention to Rosberg, Glock, Kubica & Hiedfeld for keeping the head down and pushing for some, little or no reward.

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1 Hamilton

2 Button

3 Vettel

4 Barrichello

5 Rosberg

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1. Jenson Button

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Seb Vettel

4. Niko Rosberg

5. Mark Webber

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1 Hamilton

2 Button

3 Vettel

4 Barrichello

5 Rosberg

🙂

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Rosberg

I wanted to say Hamilton first since he's shown he can take a mediocre car and do something with it (Heikki didn't do much with the same car). But end of the day I think Button deserves first - even during the 2nd half he made some key moves to keep the points coming.

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Weber

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1. Jenson Button - won the World Championship. Had a brilliant start and was consistent enough when the other cars caught up in development.

2. Kimi Raikkonen - Once Felipe was injured he was the go to guy at Ferrari. He was able to drive a car that lacked pace and was not being developed but still managed podium finishes.

3. Sebastien Vettel - A bit inconsistent but still when he was on he was on and drove the heck out of the car. Even when he was in engine damage limitation mode he still pushed the car hard and never gave up.

4. Fernando Alonso - The car was a dog all year but he managed to squeeze that car into the points more than expected.

5. Rubens - Impressed with his attitude of not wanting to take a back seat to Button and push to the very end and stay in the title hunt.

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Webber

5. Raikkonen

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1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Jenson Button

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Rubens Barrichello

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1. Button

2. Rosberg

3. Vettel

4. Hamilton

5. Raikkonnen

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1. Button - consistency when required and some great drives when possible.

2. Vettel - put in some brilliant performances, shame about the engines.

3. Hamilton - pulled a decent season out of a horrible start.

4. Barrichello - got fire in his belly and took the fight to Button.

5. Kobayashi - balls the size of melons.

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1. Raikkonen

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Button

5. Massa

Since Mclaren's big turn around in Germany, Raikkonen has managed to only score 2 points less then Hamilton, that is quite a feat if you consider the car he was driving. But throughout the year Hamilton and Raikkonen really stands out as the only drivers who consistently placed their cars in places it didn't belong. Raikkonen pips Hamilton because he didn't make any mistakes while doing so. But they where really the stand out drivers of the season.

Vettel had a good season for his age and experience, but he still made a few mistakes. However he was very fast. Button had a good year especially in the beginning of the season, he looses out to Vettel because of Vettel's level of experience and youth. Barrichello also did a very good job for a veteran. But Massa was really doing well with no mistakes, until his unfortunate accident.

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Button

Vettel

Barrichello

Webber

Rosberg

New driver of the year Kobayashi, pleased he finally has a new career following his role in "The Usual Suspects"

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1. Jenson

2. Rubens

3. Hamilton

4. Webber

5. Vettel

I don't know really...but if I start to doubt whether I'm going to win, can I request a "huissier de justice"?

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1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Rosberg

4. Hamilton

5. Barrichello

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1. Jenson Button

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastien Vettel

4. Nico Rosberg

5. Kimi Raikkonen

Special mentions:

If Kobayashi is making Sushi next year it will be a shame for F1, he deserves a chance.

Well done Barrichello for his epic performances this year.

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Ruebens

5. Alonso

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1. Badoer

2. Nakajima

3. Kovalainen

4. Hamilton

5. Grosjean

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1- Button

2- Hamilton

3- Vettel

4- Barrichello

5- Raikkonen

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Hi James. I've read this blog several times a day all season but I've never left a comment before. I want to thank you for what has been an amazing resource. This blog is much more insightful than any other online coverage and beats the television and specialist coverage of F1 as far as I'm concerned!

My Top 5

1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Rosberg

5. Raikkonen

I also must make it clear that until this season I didn't particularly rate Lewis. His inherent speed has been clear from his first race in 2007 but his first two years he was blessed with an amazing car and made plenty of mistakes. The way he bounced back from Liargate this year and wrestled a dog of a McLaren to poles and victories it really didn't deserve impressed me tremendously. I also think he has grown as a man and I think he will very hard to beat in 2010. Je

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1. Button

and then no-one else really shone, this year. In the best cars, Vettel and Barichello made a lot of silly mistakes. Webber was outshone by Vettel and had some really lacklustre races. Hamilton, I still fail to be particularly impressed with - he had some good races but he had some really scruffy ones as well. By the second half of the season, the Maclaren was top-3 cars and it some circuits probably the best car.

2. Raikkonen (very decent performance particularly in the second half of the season in a Ferrari that seems to have been horrible to drive).

3. Kubica (outshone a truly awful BMW - in Brazil especially - and never threw his prams out of the basket)

4. Vettel (haphazard, but some dominating performances)

5. Barricello (kept pressure on Button especially with v. good quali, but race performances seldom matched up to qualifying)

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Hello james here is my top five list, but i wish i could put joint third Hamy and Raiko and joint fourth Rosberg and Webber with Rubens 5th.

Vettel

Button

Hamilton

Raikonen

Rosberg

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1. Button – Won the most races, scored points every race he finished and overtook more than anyone. Buckled under qualifying in the later races but never through it off the road and always raced well.

2. Vettel – Made the mistakes that cost big points unlike Button but drove like a future champion.

3. Lewis – Dragged the car further up the grid than it deserved to be proving he’s still the best. Stuffing it Monaco and Italy didn’t stick with his “I’m going to cut out the mistakes” promise he made at the season start though.

4. Rubens – Too slow at the start of the year and made mistakes, but being in such good form after 17 years he deserves a big trophy.

5. Webber – Finally a winner, stood up to Vettel well, could put him 4th but Ruben’s got it because is such a nice smiley chap I don’t want to disappoint him

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1. HAM

2.BUTTON

3.KIMI

4.VETTEL

5.ROSBERG

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Hi,

My 5 drivers are:

1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Rosberg

4. Raikkonen

5. Vettel

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1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Sebastian Vettel
3. Jenson Button
4. Fernando Alonso
5. Rubens Barrichello

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Button

Vettel

Kimi

Hamilton

Rosberg

Just under top 5

Rubens

Webber

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1. Hamilton

2. Button

3.Vettel

4.Webber

5. Barrichello

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1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Jenson Button

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Rubens Barrichello

5. Fernando Alonso

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1° Lewis Hamilton

2° Jenson Button

3° Sebastian Vettel

4° Rubens Barrichello

5° Nico Rosberg

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(1)Hamilton- true defending champion despite poor car in early season

(2)Vettel- some mistakes but awesome, the new shumi.

(3)Alonso- rang the neck of midfield car, one of the greats.

(4)Button- made most of early car advantage but showed cracks in middle season, Brazil excepted!

(5)Rosberg- Williams will miss him big time, better than his dad!

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1 Button, super consistent and incredibly fast in the rain, plus the best overtaker

2 Hamilton, Bad car great performances, just ask Kovalainen

3 Fisichella, very small team, continually punched above its weight

4 Sutil, will be a world champion one day

5 kovayashi, very exiting to watch

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1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Webber

5. Barrichello

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Barrichello

5. Webber

I have enjoyed the blog immensely all season James, many thanks!

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Following your criteria the order has to be:

Jenson Button

Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton

Rubens Barrichello

Kimi Räikkönen

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No seriously

1) Button

(Made the most of his car when it was quickest, scored points in every round when it wasn't & he wasn't punted off in - then recovered from a disastrous qualifying session & put it behind him to produce a World Class drive in Brazil gaining 9 places with some great overtaking manoeuvres when it mattered to win the WDC)

2) Hamilton

(Kept his head down when his car was poop focussed with the team on putting it right then outscored every one in the second half of the season)

3) Vettel

(We forget how young this driver is - 2nd in WDC although Monaco & Turkey blotted his copy book)

4) Webber

(Showed great character and steel to recover from his broken leg off-season and put in some stealthy drives to regularly appaear very near the front at the end of races)

5)Rosberg

Scored all of Williams' points in a car that wasn't really up to it season.

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Sutil

5. Webber

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1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Rosberg

5. Webber

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best drivers of 09 1 button 2 vettel 3 webber 4 hamilton 5 barrichello 6 raikkonen

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1) Button

2) Vettel

3) Hamilton

4) Raikkonen

5) Rosberg

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Button

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1. Button, 6 wins out of 7 races, scored in every race except Spa when he was punted out. Even took the championship, eventually and agonisingly.

2. Vettel, took to the big team seat fantastically with 4 race wins and 8 podiums. Stunning pace at Silverstone and Suzuka.

3. Lewis Hamilton, matured from an arrogant child to a hard fighting winner in only half a season. Two very well deserved wins for team and driver.

4. Raikkonen, patient second half of the season performance in a car that was clearly very difficult to race and prematurely finished being developed. The only race he stood any chance of winning, he won.

5. Barrichello, out paced by JB for most of the season but beat him when it mattered in Monza. Race pace was inconsistent but he still squeezed the championship out until the penultimate race. Scored plenty of points.

Best of the rest: Webber, 2 well deserved wins but spent too much of the season behind his team mate. Performances like Suzuka made you wonder where Vettel found so much speed that Webber missed.

Highly Commended: Rosberg, missed out on early season opportunity with a double diff car but persevered and clearly matured to collect a great points haul. He should do well at Mercedes.

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Raikkonen

4. Hamilton

5. Button

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1. Jenson button

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Mark Webber

5. Rubens Barrichello

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James,

first off, kudos on your website and the material you post. Your insight, commentary and overall content of your website is outstanding. I read your posts daily, whether in-season or off-season.

My top-5 drivers for 2009 are:

1. Kimi - 38 2nd-half points only 2nd to Lewis, and in a car w/out any developments in last 4-5 races; 1 amazing race win at Spa where RBR was supposed to dominate

2. Lewis - 40 2nd-half points, 2 race wins; inspired McLaren team to not give up and continue development of car ... and it paid off

3. Alonso - 26 points in a crappy car all season borders on the miraculous

4. Nico - in the points in 11 of 17 races; no DNFs (even Lewis in the reliable Mclaren had one)

5. Heidfeld - 19 points in a crappy car, of which 13 came in the last 6 races, after the team had announced their withdrawal from F1; now that's a fighting spirit !

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Given the criteria, I'm going to have to go with:

1) Vettel -- consistent (outside the first two races), amazingly fast, and made the most of a good car.

2) Button -- obviously a good driver no matter what he's driving, but too inconsistent to take the number one spot.

3) Alonso -- continues to show why, no matter how much I want to dislike him, he gets my respect.

4) Hamilton -- as many others have pegged: seems to have grown as a driver and made the most out of a mediocre ride.

5) Barichello -- Suddenly 36 doesn't feel that old.

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1 - Alonso

2 - Vettel

3 - Raikkonen

4 - Hamilton

5 - Badoer 🙂 ok ok... Rosberg

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Rosberg

5. Webber

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Barrichello

4. Vettel

5. Webber

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Barrichello

5. Raikkonen

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1 - Jenson Button - Won the WDC. That's good enough.

2 - Lewis Hamilton - Brilliant performace with such a slow car. Also getting better and better.

3 - Sebestian Vettel - Fast but inconsistent.

4 - Nico Rosberg - Consistent.

5 - Kimi Raikkonen - Consistent performance with a poor car. But I believe if Felipe had been continue to race, he would've outperformed Kimi.

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1. Button - it seems so long ago, but he dominated the first third of the season, and made it good at the end to win WDC

2. Hamilton - absolutely made the most of his car, even if he didn't get points for it (Monza, Abu Dhabi)

3. Vettel - first teammate to outshine Webber, and had a strong finish despite engine woes

4. Barrichello - figured out his brake problem and showed he still had the will for a championship fight

5. Raikkonen - his string of podiums and wins in a lousy car while single-handedly leading Ferrari were classic Iceman

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1 Hamilton

2 Vettle

3 Button

4 Rosberg

5 Massa

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1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Raikkonen

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1. Kimi Raikkonen - loved his driving in Spa, Monza and Brazil;

2. S. Vettel - young, raw talent; interesting to watch him growing as a driver - without any controversies like in Hamilton case;

3. Rubens Barrichello - watching him winning in Valencia with dedication to Massa - very moving 😉

4. Lewis Hamilton - did a great job all year (except Australia, lets forget about that) - whether his car was bad or very good. He was annoying as a person in 2007 - 2008 but is wiser now...

5. Jenson Button - for his 6 wins & a title he needs to be here, but he is lifeless to me as a driver...

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1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Raikonnen

4. Vettel

5. Barrichello

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1) Hamilton - Struggled with the worst McLaren for a long time

2) Alonso - Demonstrated time and time again his talents both in and out the car!

3) Button - He did have to win those races!

4) Vettel - Coming of Age year?

5) Raikkonen - He OWNS Spa!

As for worst? - Piquet Jr...

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Hmm, difficult one isn't it when everyone's not in the same car... 🙂

Before I come up with my order I'd have to say this season I was impressed with Hamilton after the Malaysian grand prix when he really put his head down and got on with things.

Also Rosberg, Vettel and Barichello did very well despite all of them making some mistakes. Of course, Raikkonen did well in an underdeveloped car, and a couple of the Toyota drivers put in some good performances.

But I'd have to give full marks to Button for doing what was necessary under a lot of pressure and some great overtaking moves all season.

My top 5 for 2009, is therefore:

1 - Button

2 - Vettel

3 - Hamilton

4 - Barrichello

5 - Raikkonon

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1. Hamilton (can drive anything)

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello (bad, bad temper)

5. Webber (blocking twice is always better than once)

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1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Nico Roberg

4. Kimi Räikkönen

5. Lewis Hamilton

Button is my top pick because he was world champ, because he did some super driving both in the fastest car and when the car was slower than others.

Sebastian was just so dominant at times. I would put Lewis up there instead if not for his poorer start to the season and the liegate scandal.

Nico has just been super consistent over the year. Should perhaps have accomplished more in the earlier races with the third-forth fastest car, but his stock should be high after this season.

Kimi seems to have lost his edge over Massa somewhat - but then again we could question whether there ever was an edge. No doubt he found something when his teammate was injured, and really hit an impressiv run of form in the second part of the season. If he'd kept that form in the first part he would be my number 1.

Lastly Lewis. Impressive perhaps, but not as much as Kimi. The McLaren was slower than the Ferrari in Melbourne, but they did a lot more development over the season and ended with one of the fastest two cars. Liegate was a big black mark for him, one that seems easy forgotten after a couple wins.

Honorable mention to Rubens, who still got it, and Nick Heidfelt who I would love to see in a Mercedes next year.

un-honorable mention to Sutil who in his 3rd(?) season still hasnt figured out F1.

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1. Vettel - Should have won the GDC. but for the extremely strong Brawn in the first part.

2. Button - For holding his own

3. Hamilton - Making the most of a bad car

4. Barrichello - For keeping up the pressure on Button

5. Kimi - For being the most consistent in the later part of the season with a dog of a car

6. Webber

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1. Hamilton

2. Raikkonen

3. Alonso

4. Vettel

5. Button

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No seriously

1) Button

(Made the most of his car when it was quickest, scored points in every round it wasn't & he wasn`t punted off in - Then recovered from a disasterous qualifying session by putting it behind him & putting in a World Class performance when it mattered gaining 9 places with some great overtaking manouveres to win the F1 WDC).

2) Hamilton

(Kept his head down when his car was poop focussed with the team on putting it right then outscored every one in the second half of the season)

3) Vettel

(We forget how young this driver is - 2nd in WDC although Monaco & Turkey blotted his cop book).

4) Webber

(Showed great character and steel to recover from his broken leg off season and put in some stealthy drives to regularly pop-up very near the front at the end of races).

5) Rosberg

(Single handedly scored all of Williams` points in a car that wasn`t really up to it this year).

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1 - Hamilton

2 - Kimi

3 - Vettel

4 - Button

5 - Alonso

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1. Jensen Button - Stunning first half of the season, got things done when he had the opportunity. Despite the fact he couldn't qualify in the second half of the season he still raced like a world champion in what was no longer the fastest car on the grid.

2. Kimi Raikkonen - Start of the season wasn't as dire as everyone seems to suggest, Monaco weekend standing out. Then dragged a car which was getting no better whilst all the others improved to four successive podiums and a great win at Spa.

3. Lewis Hamilton - Some incredible highs, combined with some lows. Raced very well getting back to winning ways in Hungary and Singapore but also stuck it in the wall at Monza.

4. Sebastian Vettel - Very fast and did well to keep championship challenge going as long as he did, but some crucial mistakes when Button was making none arguably cost him the championship.

5. Fernando Alonso - Very frustrating year for the former champ, quietly did his best all year round but couldn't drag an outstanding performance out a poor car in quite the way Kimi or Lewis managed.

Rubens just misses out because of early season errors, and lack or race pace.

Nico's errors cost him dear, unlike Rubens his race pace was superb.

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I'm going for the booby prize!

1: Luca Bad Slower

2: Sebastien Bored Hey

3: Piquet Jr (the Piquet name is an insult in itslef)

4: Roaming Grosjean

5: Heck he's Slowerthaniam

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1.Lewis Hamilton

2.Jenson Button

3.Sebastian Vettel

4.Rubens Barrichello

5.Fernando Alonso

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My top 5 are:

1-Jenson Button

2-Lewis Hamilton

3-Sebastian Vettel

4-Nico Rosberg

5-Mark Webber

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1) Button

(Made the most of his car when it was quickest, scored points in every round it wasn't & he wasn`t punted off in - Then recovered from a disasterous qualifying session by putting it behind him & putting in a World Class performance when it mattered gaining 9 places with some great overtaking manouveres to win the F1 WDC).

2) Hamilton

(Kept his head down when his car was poop focussed with the team on putting it right then outscored every one in the second half of the season)

3) Vettel

(We forget how young this driver is - 2nd in WDC although Monaco & Turkey blotted his cop book).

4) Webber

(Showed great character and steel to recover from his broken leg off season and put in some stealthy drives to regularly pop-up very near the front at the end of races).

5) Rosberg

(Single handedly scored all of Williams` points in a car that wasn`t really up to it this year).

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1) Button

(Made the most of his car when it was quickest, scored points in every round it wasn't & he wasn`t punted off in - Then recovered from a disasterous qualifying session by putting it behind him & putting in a World Class performance when it mattered gaining 9 places with some great overtaking manouveres to win the F1 WDC).

2) Hamilton

(Kept his head down when his car was poop focussed with the team on putting it right then outscored every one in the second half of the season)

3) Vettel

(We forget how young this driver is - 2nd in WDC although Monaco & Turkey blotted his cop book).

4) Webber

(Showed great character and steel to recover from his broken leg off season and put in some stealthy drives to regularly pop-up very near the front at the end of races).

5) Rosberg

(Single handedly scored all of Williams` points in a car that wasn`t really up to it this year).

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1. Jenson Button

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Nico Rosberg

5. Rubens Barrichello

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Button

Hamilton

Vettel

Barrichello

Kobayashi*

ok - only 2 races but he made much more of an impact than any of the other new drivers

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My Top 5:

1) Jenson Button - I still don't think he's in the same league as Hamilton, Alonso & Raikkonen but this season saw the best driving in his F1 career along with a really decent car.

2) Sebastian Vettel - a few mistakes here and there but still plenty of good driving with probably the best car on the grid overall.

3) Kimi Raikkonen - I've chosen Kimi over Hamilton purely because the Ferrari was absolute garbage all year but he still drove the hell out of it!

4) Lewis Hamilton - rubbish first half with a bad car but drove his heart out 2nd half. He's great to watch.

5) Rubens Barrichello - The fire's still not gone out, he's a racer through and through.

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My top 5 drivers in the following order:

Rubens Barrichello

Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton

Jenson Button

Mark Webber

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1) Alonso

2) Hamilton

3) Vettel

4) Rosberg

5) Button

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1. Kimi Raikkonen

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Robert Kubica

5. Fernando Alonso

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1. Jenson

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5- Rosberg

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1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Mark Webber

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Fernando Alonso

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OK my top 5

1. Hamilton: has demonstrated, in my opinion, that he is the quickest driver in F1 and his drives this season were excellent. Exploited KERS very well.

2. Alonso: the Renault was a dog, but he still hauled it into the top 10 qualifying regularly and would have nabbed a few more podiums but for poor reliability. A class act.

3. Vettel: made a few mistakes, but given his lack of experience, he did a blinding job and destroyed Webber in qualifying, pretty impressive.

4. Button: excellent when the car was the class of the field and maxed it out. Was far less impressive when the car dropped off the pace a bit, but his drive in Brazil was outstanding. Poor qualifying let him down too often, though.

5. Raikkonen: In terms of pure pace, I reckon he might be as fast as anyone in F1, Hamilton perhaps ahead. He put in some stunning drives in a Ferrari that wasn't shown much love by the development team. His laid-back, anti-PR persona also provided endless laughs! He should be in a top car next year.......

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1 Button: Flawless during the first half of the season, good, smart and lucky enough during the second half.

2 Räikkönen: Despite the awful car and high-level politics to smoke him out, top performer since the team shifted its focus on him.

3 Vettel: With a little bit more patience, flawlessness and car reliability, he would have won the title.

4 Hamilton: Kept the spirit high when the car was the worst ever in his career, delivered the goods during the second half of the season.

5 Rosberg: Outperformed his teammate and showed consistency, although he did not excel quite as much as he could have.

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1. Jenson Button

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Fernando Alonso

5. Timo Glock

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1 Button

2 Hamilton

3 Vettel

4 Barrichello

5 Raikkonen

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1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Rubens Barrichello

5. Kimi Raikkonen

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1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Alonso

5. Raikkonen

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Badoer

Bourdais

Grojean

Piquet

Fisi

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1. Hamilton

2. Barrichello

3. Button

4. Webber

5. Vettel

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1. Button
2. Rosberg
3. Hamilton
4. Barrichello
5. Raikkonen

Vettel is close but made too many mistakes for me.... I hope I'm close to James' choices! 😉

As they say, great minds think alike!

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My order for 2009 is;

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Hamilton

4. Rosberg

5. Raikkonen

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1)button : blistering perfect start and finished the championship in brazil with a stormer.

2)kimi : fantasic run of rusults in a car they stopped developing while putting up with an uncertain future.

3)vettel : poor engine and reliability hampered his charge

4)hamilton : matured as a driver on and off track and will be stronger for it

5)barichello :found a new goove and delivered, shame about the poor start to the season

now james about that book......

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Mine are:

Hamilton

Webber

Vettel

Rosberg

Alonso

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1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Rosberg

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1. Hamilton - The most consistent when you account for the fact he was driving a bad car. He absolutely maximised his machinery on every occasion. He also had the highest peaks and won twice in not the fastest car.

2. Button - Very consistent and maximised the performance of the car when he needed to to get the job done. Fluffed it a bit too much at the end of the season to beat Lewis as the best driver.

3. Vettel - Very high peaks but some needless mistakes and he wasn't that consistent. His mistakes differ from Hamilton's because in Lewis's case, he was pushing a bad car to maximise the rewards - Vettel didn't need to push as hard, and should have been more mindful of the long championship.

4. Raikkonen - His second half of the season was very impressive. Arguably as impressive as Lewis's. He won in not the fastest car at Spa and consistently drove well in the remaining races. He also DID drive well at the start of the season. Remember Monaco and Ferrari's first points?

5. Alonso - The hardest of the bunch to pick but he clearly maximised the bad Renault package, drove very well all year and exceptionally well in Singapore. Comparison to his team mate's performance shows where the car should have roughly been...

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Koboyashi

5. Kubica

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1. Hamilton

2. Button

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Webber