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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

Interesting to see how varied the choices are.

For one more variation I’d say:

1 Nico Rosberg

Amazingly consistent this year despite an odd mistake (see no.3). Why would Williams not let him go last year for any $ and Brawn make him no. 1? I would even tip him for no.2 next year.

2 Fernando Alonso

Always thought he was overhyped and only started to impress me last year. This year was his best. He’ll do wicked stuff at Ferrari next year – if Massa will let him.

3 Lewis Hamilton

Made a few mistakes (some of them big ones) despite a good car in the end. This was his learning year.

5 Jenson Button

He won. Outscored his teammate most of the time (one who is a well known figure). Didn’t give in. Still, had a 1sec head start. Next year’s challenge will be a blast.

4 Sebastian Vettel

I somehow think he didn’t do much better this year than last (which was very impressive). Still, he was second in the championship. Maybe the F1 learning curve is 4 years?

Thanks for sharing your opinions this year. Your site is a must-read.

2

1. Jenson Button
2. Sebastian Vettel
3. Lewis Hamilton
4. Mark Webber
5. Kimi Raikkonen

3

1 Button
2 Vettel
3 Hamilton
4 Raikkonen
5 Rosberg

4

1. Jenson Button
2. Lewis Hamilton
3. Sebastian Vettel
4. Kimi Raikkonen
5. Fernando Alonso

5

1. Jenson Button

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Mark Webber

5. Fernando Alonso

6

1) Button – The champion always deserves it.

2) Vettel – A very promising talent, I believe with better luck this season he probably would have been champion.

3) Hamilton – A good year for Lewis, he had negatives with Australia but dragged a dog of a car up and more or less consistentley outshone Heikki with two wins and with what could have been a third in Abu Dhabi.

4) Raikkonen – A strange year for Kimi, a bad start perhaps but a lot of it was him being unlucky, after Massa’s accident he drove like a demon with an ever slowing car.

5) Barichello – This was the hardest of the five to choose, very close with Webber and they were equal on victories. However I feel Barichello shaded it, his start to the season was poor but a lot of it was him stalling on the grif and race strategies. He impressed me with the way he pressured Jenson in the second half of the season and he’s doing all this at a grand age of thirty seven.

7

1. Hamilton

2. Vettel

3. Button

4. Raikkonen

5. Rosberg

8

1. Lewis Hamilton – started with arguably the worst car and finished first behind Brawn/Red Bull

2. Jenson Button – Peerless first half with the best car before he got the wobbles and Red Bull caught up

3. Sebastian Vettel – mistakes cost him but a great season nevertheless

4. Kimi Räikkönen – achieved things with the lame horse in the second half that few could match

5. Fernando Alonso – finished up with arguably the worst car all season and still scored decent points and destroyed his teammates

A tricky season to judge and a great insight on the blog has made it even more enjoyable. I still miss the rapport you and Martin had commentating though.

9

1. Vettel

2. Hamilton

3. Alonso

4. Button

5. Rosberg

10

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Kimi Raikkonen

3. Jenson Button

4. Sebastien Vettel

5. Nico Rosberg

11

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Jenson Button

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Rubens Barrichello

12

After Germany, before his accident, Felipe had 22 points and was fifth in the drivers’ standings after the Brawns and Red Bulls. Kimi had 10, Lewis 9 and Heikki 5. They were all driving pigs of cars but Felipe did it the best. And Rubens, for all his bad luck, pushed Jenson – with all his good luck – right up to the end.

So:

1 Massa

2 Rubens

3 Lewis

4 Jenson

5 Vettel

13

1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Mark Webber

5. Rubens Barrichello

Cheers for a great year of updates and insights!

14

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Barrichello

4. Webber

5. Rosberg

15

1) Jenson Button. WDC. Imperious until Silverstone, got the job done with a middling car after that.

2) Sebastian Vettel. Came of age this year, has going from promising new boy to proven contender.

3) Lewis Hamilton. Showed that he can also drive bad cars.

4) Mark Webber. Matched his highly rated team-mate up until the end of the season.

5) Nico Rosberg. Trounced his team-mate, showed that he can consistently score well.

16

1 Hamilton

2 Button

3

17

1 Hamilton

2 Button

3 Webber

4 Vettel

5 Rosberg

18

1 Vettel – great job all year

2 Webber – great to finally see him in a front running car

3 Button – world champion but not convincing

4 Sutil – often overlooked, very good in the wet and had couple of very strong performances this year

5 Kobayashi – fought with championship leaders convincingly in both races he competed in

19

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Jenson Button

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Rubens Barrichello

20

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Barrichello

5. Webber

21

1)Hamilton

2)Button

3)Vettel

4)Raikkonen

5)Sutil

22
Xristoforos Bakas

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Raikkonen

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

23
Kalogeropoulos George

1. Button

2. Rosberg

3. Barrichello

4. Hamilton

5. Raikkonen

24
Christopher Theodoratos

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Barrichello

4. Hamilton

5. Raikkonen

25

Hi James, my top 5 are:

1. Button

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Barrichello

5. Raikonnen

26

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Barrichello

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

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