When we were fab
Budapest 2016
Hungarian Grand Prix
Who is your Driver of the Season?
News
Who is your Driver of the Season?
Posted By: James Allen  |  16 Nov 2010   |  4:41 pm GMT  |  699 comments

All year we have been running a Driver of the Day survey after each Grand Prix, but it’s that time of year again, where we need to establish the Top Five drivers of the year, in order, with your Driver of the Season at the top.

Once again the first ten entries which match my selection, will receive a free signed copy of our review book of the season; James Allen on F1 2010: Five Rivals, One Champion, which is due to be published on 29 November. This will also be the closing date for entries.

Unlike last year there are many drivers who had really strong seasons. No-one was error free – the pressure of the competition was too high for that – but the way I see it we had more outstanding performances than we have seen for a long time. In no particular order I’m thinking of Vettel, Webber, Alonso, Hamilton, Button, Rosberg and Kubica, Barrichello, Hulkenberg, Kobayashi, even Petrov and Alguersuari, although they were rather more erratic.

We are looking for your Top Five, in descending order, of drivers who shone in 2010. Please submit your answers in the comments section below.


I’m delighted to say that Red Bull driver Mark Webber, who challenged for this season’s F1 world championship, has written the Foreword to the book.

The Australian led the title race for longer than any of his four rivals this season, but ultimately lost out to team mate Sebastian Vettel in the final round at Abu Dhabi.

It’s a great Foreword, a very honest appraisal of his season, here’s an extract,

…”Personally, I think I can be satisfied with my results. I enjoyed a purple patch at the start of the European season when I won back-to-back races at Barcelona and Monaco and was going for the trifecta in Istanbul prior to the collision. Silverstone was a fantastic moment for a couple of reasons and I was also very happy with some of my drives for second places, especially at Spa in those tricky conditions. Of course there were lows too, such as Valencia and Korea, and sheer frustrating ones like Abu Dhabi but that’s what elite sport is all about – repeatedly testing yourself at the very highest level against the very best in the world. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s what we get out of bed for!”

Featured News
Editor's Picks
Share This:
Posted by:
Category:

Add comment

E-mail is already registered on the site. Please use the login form or enter another.

You entered an incorrect username or password

Sorry, you must be logged in to post a comment.

699 comments

by Oldest
by Best by Newest by Oldest
1

5. Fernando Alonso

4. Nico Rosberg

3. Sebastian Vettel

2. Lewis Hamilton

1. Robert Kubica

2

No mention of Heikie, James? Odd, thought be did very well with the machinery.

3

Clearly beating Schumacher whilst on his back-foot seems to be meriting heaps of praise however all of. This is just a tacit admission that Schumacher is still highly rated,even by some of his fiercest critics. Schumacher has overtaken Alonso,Kubica and Button(quite a few times) can I ask, which top driver has Rosberg overtaken (excl starts)? Then why all these plaudits? I am a massive Schumacher fan and my realistic target for him was to be within 0.5 seconds of his teammate and that was achieved, I expect him to be far more competitive next season and he should beat his teammate then.

4

no, rosberg was just quick

5

Well Rosberg took Hamilton in Korea. And not many people have passed Hamilton this year... Nico is a lot better than people think I believe and knocking on the door of the top 5.

6

Rosberg was on a wet setup, he would of had the other guys ahead of him. And i think he could have won if Webber had not taken him out.

7

Just to say my top five, in descending order:

1.- Vettel

2.- Alonso

3.- Webber

4.- Kobayashi

5.- Kubica

8

I judge, as follows, that Lewis Hamilton was the best DRIVER of the 2010 season. Now, there were four drivers in contention for the WDC at the final race of the season. But two of these, Webber and Vettel, had the fastest car all year by some margin. One of these, Alonso, had the second fastest car. The other, Lewis, had the third fastest car all year. On that basis, my DRIVER rankings are as follows.

a) Lewis

b) Alonso

c) Vettel

d) Webber

e) Jenson

Lewis made just one mistake all year: hitting Massa at Monza; and the instant DNF which resulted was very unfortunate. Lewis cleanly passed Webber at Singapore before being hit from behind; so I don’t count that as a second mistake. And running off circuit a couple of times ahead of faster cars who would inevitably overtake? I don’t classify those as ‘mistakes’ in any significant sense. The simple truth is that Lewis couldn’t have made many mistakes, by definition, if he was to take the championship down to the wire in only the third fastest car. Lewis continued to make many impressive overtakes in a sport which, on a cost-benefit analysis, doesn’t reward overtaking.

Alonso made myriad mistakes early on in the season but recovered well with the second fastest car and a helpful team-mate.

The Red Bull drivers had the best car by a mile; and still, the championship went down to the wire. Unreliability was a factor; but Webber’s lack of pace relative to his team-mate, and his team-mate’s many driving errors, were overcome by the sheer dominance of their car.

One final comment on Vettel. Many will sing his praises. But I remain unconvinced. He’s overrated in my mind for several key reasons. First, his machinery has been underestimated. Vettel had had the best car in F1 for the last two seasons. Vettel has driven in 62 races: in 61 of those, his car was designed by Adrian Newey. His famous win at Monza was achieved in a car in which the erstwhile F1 employee, Seb Bourdais, qualified fourth. This shows you that the win certainly wasn’t all down to Vettel. The win of course was significantly aided by having Lewis, Kimi, Kubica, etc., all at the back of the field. And we all remember Lewis’s charging through the field, giving a wet-weather master-class. Second, Vettel hasn’t had a world class team-mate against whom to prove himself. Whereas we’ve seen Lewis (as a rookie) go head-to-head with Alonso (the then reigning double world champion), and whereas we’ve seen Lewis (a previous world champion) go head-to-head with Jenson (the then reigning world champion), Vettel’s team-mates have been less than stellar: Heidfeld for one race, Liuzzi for seven races, Bourdais for eighteen races, and Webber for thirty-six races. Third, Vettel can’t seem to overtake. In his defence, many F1 drivers can’t do this either; nevertheless, it’s a big weakness. Fourth, he lacks the fitness of a driver such a Lewis, who, in contrast, never seems physically flustered after a race and barely sweats: Vettel, in contrast, looks quite worn out…

So I hope the fact that Vettel is approachable, likeable, and has now actually achieved something doesn’t hide his many weaknesses.

9

Spot on!

You have managed to perfectly sum up Vettel and Hamilton's respective strengths and weaknesses!

My top 5 would be:

1. Hamilton

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Kubica

5. Rosberg

6. Webber

7. Button

8. Kobayashi

9. Kovy

10

How on earth can you not have Hamilton in your top 5 ? He did more overtaking moves than anyone, raced his guts out every race, five fastest laps only matched by Alonso and he seemed to be the talking point after nearly every race for one reason or another.

Come on guys, some may not like Lewis but give credit where it is due!

1) Vettel

2) Webber

3) Hamilton

4) Alonso

5) Button

11

I do like Lewis. I admire his aggressiveness. One in a million. He almost clinched the title on his rookie year. That's enough to let us know how good he is.

But maybe you could agree with me that his second half of the season has been really poor. Especially the two errors to let Alonso overtake him (Korea and Brasil), that were so important for the title outcome. That's the reason because I've not listed him on my top five.

Besides, I think that both Koby and Robert deserved to be on the list.

Can't wait for the next season to start. Btw, it's going to be the very first time to have FIVE champions on the grid, isn't it?

12

Hamilton made five unforced errors on five consecutive race weekends in the second half of the season.

How many of the leading championship contenders experienced such an error-strewn run?

And to think, after Spa many people on this site were calling him the most complete driver in F1.

13

You say that Hamilton's second half was poor. But by equal measure so was Alonso's first half of the season. At least in Hamilton's defence, you could say that in the second half of the season the McLaren car was at some circuits a little woeful in comparison to the Redbull and Ferrari as they struggled to get to grips with their new exhaust blown diffuser and tight sprung suspension making it very vulnerable to undulating surfaces.

14

1985 only had 4 champions on the grid at the start of the season. It was Prost's first championship, so he only emerged as a world champion during the season...

15

Agree with you with Lewis, Im a big Lewis fan, but after his win at Belgium it all just went a bit down hill... un characteristic mistakes, the move on webber, the crash in FP1 at Japan, letting Alonso past at Brazil..

Still he beat Jenson

16

I'm a Lewis fan and I totally agree with you that his second half of season was really poor.

But I would say equally that Alonso's first half of season was really poor. To me, those two were on par with each other (in great ways and poor ways), though never really at the same time as each other!

17

1985 had 5 champions on the grid:

Alain Prost

Nelson Piquet

Niki Lauda

Keke Rosburg

Alan Jones

Plus if you count future champions it goes up to 7:

Ayrton Senna

Nigel Mansell

18

My reasons:

1.- Vettel. Youngest ever WDC. What else?

2.- Alonso. Almost won the WDC driving the third (sometimes second) car on the grid.

3.- Webber. Had a chance to win the WDC until the last race. Unfortunately for him, his team chose his team mate as #1 driver.

4.- Kobayashi. The most entertaining driver of the season. Amazing overtakes.

5.- Kubica. No longer a "will be". Actually one of the best. Hope he has a decent car next year.

19

You failed to include Hamilton in your top 5. According to many F1 commentators, it was only due to Hamilton's outstanding driving in the first half of the season that enabled McLaren to maintain a credible WCC and WDC challenge in what was a third rated car. Contrast that with the many Alonso mistakes in the first half of the season!

20

"You failed to include Hamilton in your top 5."

People are entitled to choose whichever drivers they wish.

"...that enabled McLaren to maintain a credible WCC and WDC challenge in what was a third rated car."

Most F1 commentators that I know of think that McLaren had the second-best car during the first half of the season.

In the second half, Spa, Monza and Abu Dhabi were all circuits that suited McLaren the most, but McLaren only managed victory in one of those races.

21

No I did not. I express my point of view about Leiws below, but I would add that IMO his performance during 2010 season has been worse than those of the ones I've picked.

The article headline says "Who is YOUR driver of the season?" So I thought I was asked to give my opinion. And so I did.

22

I actually agree 100% with this, even the reasons. Even Kubica's reasons!

🙂

23

1 - Vettel

2 - Alonso

3 - Webber

4 - Kobayashi

5 - Rosberg

24

VETTEL

ALONSO

WEBBER

BUTTON

KUBICA

25

why button above hamilton?

26

Because i feel that althogh Lewis outscored him.He adapted to the new team etc far better than anyone expected him to, and showed his mature approach to working with the team his way is the way to go.Far to many drivers have gone to that team and had to fall inline with team policy and have not benifited from doing so.

27

Jenson is just slow.....accept it people! Don't get carried away by last year's WDC! It was all down to Brawn's supremacy. The guy is just slow and has very minimal overtaking capabilities!

28

Hi James, great blogs all season, really enjoyed reading your site daily and hope the book is as good as last years (it's amazing what you forget over the course of a season.

my cloices are:

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Webber

5. Rosberg

Based all of these on who got what out of their respective car.

29

5.Barrichello

4.Button

3.Webber

2.Alonso

1.Vettel

30

1. Webber

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Button

5. Kobayashi

Webber deserves the #1 spot. He's not brilliant, but showed to everyone that he's consistent and does his talk on the track, instead of whinning about being number 2 inside the team.

Button deserves a spot inside the top 5 too, everyone tough that Hamilton would beat him for good, but instead we saw that Button is a consistent and brilliant driver. Hamilton's still better than him, ok, but not by much.

Kobayashi, rookie of the year in my opinion (2 races in 2009 doesn't make anyone a veteran). Exciting driver and he's getting more and more consistent each race.

31

You must be talking about another Webber. The one I saw is was whining every race off the track in a paranoid fashion, drawing negativity to his own team and failed to deliver anything on the track since Monza, a few months now.

This is the reason he lost it, nothing else. He created negativity and it served him back. If you read around forums, you will see his Brazil comments were when the people got totally fed up with him, even many of his fans, calling him Mark Whiner.

My list:

1. Vettel

2. Kobayashi

3. Kubica

4. Hamilton

5. Alonso

32

I can't see how Webber can be #1 myself. In the fastest car but not champion or even 2nd says it all really.

Consistency is good but not everything. After all, Ralf Schumacher was a consistent driver.

In interviews he reminds me alot of Nigel Mansell...

33

I agree! Mark was actually bad at the second part of the season. He collapsed under pressure!

34

You must be kidding.

Webber is by far the #1 driver this year.

He delivered more than anyone expected and its as simple as that. He helped RBR win the WDC.

He pushed Sebastian hard. He showed he wasnt just fast but he could overtake people when further back. Others were terrible at overtaking like Vettel and Hamilton.

35

er really like mark, but he isn't the best at overtaking, remember his touring car stuff in melbourne. Alonso was in the third, even fourth or fifth (istanbul), best car for the 1st half of the season, 2nd (excepting monza where the ferrari was the quickest) best for the 2nd half of the season. He very nearly won. They all made mistakes, pretty tough to call the best. In my opinion

1)kubica - he is just that good

2)alonso

3)vettel

4)webber (little to choose between the two)

5)hamilton - unlucky to be this far down

36

Are you watching some other Championship mate?? Hamilton was BY FAR the BEST overtaker of the season! Only Kobayashi can compare to Lewis. What r u smoking?? maybe you need to watch again the races, I would suggest!

37

I think anyone calling for Webber as the Driver of the Season needs a little more objective analysis.

It’s wonderful that Mark has a very open character and is refreshingly blunt in an otherwise PR-obsessed industry but I get the impression that this clouds opinion about his performance. Just because we warm to him and would love for him to win, it doesn’t make him the Driver of the Season. Moreover, arguing as some of you have done, that Mark has overachieved against low expectations and making that your basis for selecting him as 2010’s Number 1 is, in my opinion misguided.

This is the pinnacle of motor-sport guys; expectations are high for everyone, especially for a driver who has piloted what is unquestionably the fastest car of the season. If I was being obtuse, I would say this: anything less than second place in the World Drivers’ Championship for Mark should be considered a failure – Mark finished third – and I’d end my argument there.

However, indulging in further analysis will only help prove a point.

Let’s start with qualifying. Mark was comprehensively smashed by Sebastian in qualifying (13-6), which is pretty comparable to Nico Rosberg’s beating of Michael Schumacher at 15-4, and which would have been 14-5 had it not been for Schumi’s 10 place grid drop at Spa. We all understand the consensus of opinion around Michael’s season (rightly or wrongly), so the fact that we can make this kind of comparison doesn’t flatter Mark at all.

Going from memory (whish isn't flawless!) it gets even worse when looking at Mark’s race pace, where he was faster than Sebastian Vettel in no more than 4 of the 19 Grand Prix this season: Barcelona, Monaco, Silverstone, and Spa. You could argue Mark was quicker in Hungary but that’s a bit tenuous for me, Sebastian was quickest all weekend and but for his error behind the safety car, he would’ve won by long way. Instead, he found himself tucked up behind Fernando’s Ferrari that looked that he might even have stolen a win had it not been for a sequence of hot laps from Mark in a car that was over a second-per-lap quicker in equal hands.

So, Vettel beats Webber on qualifying performance, on race pace, on race wins and on points scored, despite suffering 2 terminal mechanical failures versus none for Mark. I find it very difficult to even build an argument for Mark being Red Bull’s Driver of the Season, let alone the whole paddock’s. Also, let’s not forget that Mark is no rookie; it’s not the same as Kobayashi putting in some awesome overtaking moves, or Kubica delivering points in sub-standard machinery. This is about a top driver battling for a WDC and beating the best-of-the-best drivers in the world.

Yes, Mark showed that he has race-craft in Monza and in Singapore. Yes, he had a consistent season and his pace was rarely very far off Sebastian’s but that isn’t enough to earn him the title of Driver of the Season. He had a good year by anyone’s standards and a great year by his own, punctuated by the pleasure of watching him finally define his F1 career but ultimately, Vettel and Alonso stole the show and are both more worthy of the accolade.

Despite this being the cliché of all clichés, it is certainly apt… the table doesn’t lie.

38

I dont think 32 successful overtakes in the first 4 races is what I call "terrible". (im talkig about hamilton)

39

well... he was the only one without any mechanical problem, and was clearly in the best car.. finished only 2 points above hamilton, and 3rd place to alonso in inferior cars... that says it all.

40

I agree. Have no idea what Mery is on about. On the whole, Webber drove incredibly well this year, carving his way up the field and gaining positions when he needed to. Vettel seems to get flustered when he's behind midfielders (and even the top drivers). A lot of people are on about Webber's whining but frankly, don't see what the fuss was all about. He was just answering questions constantly being asked of him from the media.

41

1. Alonso

2. Kubica

3. Hamilton

4. Vettel

5. Rosberg

42

Top 5 drivers 2010

Alonso, vettel, weber, kubica, alguersuari

43

1. Hamilton

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Rosberg

5. Button

44

In terms of getting more from the car than it wanted to give:

Kubica

Rosberg

Alonso

Hamilton

Kovalainen

45

I found this on axisofoversteer.com, provided by a reader named Zarniwoop.

Makes you think (not the name 🙂 , the comparison).

HAM BUT VET WEB ALO

Wins 3 2 5 4 5

Poles 1 0 10 5 2

Fault incidents 2 0 4 3 1

Non-fault incidents 3 2 4 0 0

DNF 3 2 3 2 1

Maintained pos

quali->race 4 4 4 3 3

Improved pos

quali->race 11 12 4 5 10

Worse pos

quali->race 4 3 11 11 6

Fast laps 5 1 3 3 5

Points 40 214 256 242 252

46

Well ranked Dan. I think this is what JA is getting at. Best driver in the machinery they had.

47

Actually, I think this is the most relevant criterium for a driver.

On pure "achievement" criterium, the car is too big a factor.

48

1. Seb Vettel

2. Rob Kubica

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Mark Webber

5. Kobayashi

49

Vettel

Alonso

Hamilton

Webber

kubrica

50

Sorry, i pressed enter...

So first, Alonso. Second, Vettel, third Webber, fourth Kubica, fifth Hamilton.

51

1.Vettel

2.Alonso

3.Webber

4.Kubica

5.Rosberg

52

1) Vettel

2) Rosberg

3) Webber

4) Alonso

5) Kobayashi

53

My top 5 is as follows:

1 - Sebastian Vettel.

The statistics rarely lie. He was the best over the whole year, which is why he won. Indeed, had it not been for some mechanical failures, he would have won it before Abu Dhabi. Yes, he made a couple of errors (Spa, Turkey) but like you said James, who didn't?

2 - Fernando Alonso.

Could have won the Championship had it not been for a poor tactical call in Abu Dhabi. His late run of form was very consistant, and his performance in Singapore was top notch.

3 - Lewis Hamilton.

A solid year from Lewis. I may be wrong but I think he won the title for 'most competitive overtakes'. Simply one of the most exciting drivers to watch and as the season wore on he exerted himself over Jenson, eventually beating him comfortably.

4 - Kamui Kobayashi.

Another exciting driver and does wonders for TV viewing. Some super overtakes and his ability to seemingly brake much later than anyone else (Suzuka, for example) made for some thrilling stuff.

5 - Nico Rosberg.

Easily outperformed Michael Schumacher and didn't crack under any pressure which some suggested he may have been under from Schumacher. A solid year for him.

My reasons for not including Mark Webber are that he made more mistakes than most, including Australia on Hamilton, Valencia's 'flying' incident, Singapore with Hamilton and South Korea.

Each driver had their own moments, Button earlier in the year with some of his good tyre calls, but dropped off as the year went on. Hulkenberg with his brilliant pole position lap in Brazil. This is what makes the top 5 really difficult to choose!!

54

your logic jsut failed... webber made 3 big mistakes

Korea

Valencia

Australia... wasn't that big but did hit hamilton.

Vettel who you said made a few mistakes but who didn't.. obviously less than webber who made too many for you.

Turkey - teammate big no no

Silverstone - hitting a force india to get past

Spa - Hitting button and then later a force india again

My list

Alonso - first year at ferrari got team around him (although I hate this aspect of him), and was able to pull back from a mighty deficit to odds on fav for title going into the last event

Webber - Big improvement over previous years, much more consistant, but let little things get in his way and talked himself out of it near the end, determined to gain points rather than win by the end. But with everything that happened he has really improved and shown himself well. + 'not bad for a no 2 driver... jeez' gets him an award just for saying that. I can't think of another driver who'd say that..

Kabayashi - Worked the tyres, worked the room. He alone provided more action than most others combined. When he wasn't out in Q1 he made it several times to Q3, a bad car and a first year, but outperofmred long time driver de la rosa, ran hard with hidfeld, although it appears quick nick was just starting to get back into it. A faster car so he doesn't need crazy stratergies awaits!

Kubica - Weather you think its God or like me think of him as a polish hidfeld but slightly faster, he has put a renault further up than it should be against stiff competition in even stiffer cars (ok the mcalrens were stiff, but the point is ferrair and mclaren and redbull were all faster).

Hamilton - A big year for hamilton, less pushy pushy speed and more thought. Seems to have learnt a bit from button and visa versa. Even with those silly mitsakes near the end he out performed his teammate.

So....

1 Alonso

2 Hamilton

3 Kubica

4 Webber

5 Kobayashi

Probably should stick this in its own post

55

1: Webber (went airborne, Vettel took him out - drove consistently throughout the season

2: Vettel - superb during qualifying, some engine failures and offs

3: alonso - drove well throughout the year - won the opening race to make history - not keen on his slow down lap against Petrov

4: Button - won two when all said he would be blown away by hamilton

5: Petrov - thought he had a reasonable season - proves he has the pace and not frightened of other drivers

56

Revilo beat me to it!

57

A reasonable season? Petrov? Kubica literally destroyed him.

58

He was blown away by hamilton, anyone who can't see that is simply ignoring the facts.

59

I would like to see Jenson get more credit for his fantastic drive at Monza. That long duel between his McLaren and Alonso's Ferrari was one of the highlights of the season and epitomized what F1 is all about.

On a counter-intuitive, high-downforce set-up, Button was flawless all race long, in marked contrast to Hamilton's wheel-banging and even Alonso's sloppiness later in the race. Alonso was only able to win the race thanks to superior pit work from his team, and his sense of relief at passing Button was palpable in the post-race conference. Button deserved to win that race.

Button's biggest problem all year has been qualifying, but his race pace, passing ability, tire-management, and cool head make him a serious challenge to the brilliant but mercurial Hamilton. Button's move to McLaren has proven to be a good call on his part, and I have no doubt that Ron Dennis and Martin Whitmarsh see it the same way. He has carried himself well as world champion and is a pleasure to listen to in interviews. If McLaren can raise their car to the next level, it'll be Prost v. Senna all over again, but without the acrimony.

60

Spot on Revilo, Hamilton is different class !

61

still fernando alonso, he had a terrible start of the season (excluding bahrein) but a great recovery, just one crucial mistake at the end, plus ferrari started without an f-duct, flexy wings, blown diffuser etcetera and still managed to bring the fight to redbull,...

62

you forgot to mention the cheating in Germany.

63

Hey, save some fuel, my friend 😉

64

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Rosberg

5. Hamilton

65

1. Vettel

2. Kubica

3. Alonso

4. Kobayashi

5. Webber

66

5 Lewis Hamilton
4 nick rosberg
3 Sebastian vettel
2 fernando alonso
1 Robert kubica

67

My top 5 drivers of 2010 would be:

1. Lewis Hamilton. In a car that was rarely a match for the Red Bull, and often behind the Ferrari in the second half of the yr, Hamilton kept himself in the hunt till the end. Yes, he made a few errors late-on, but only because he didn't have the luxury of the quickest car and had to go for it. Top-class racer and the most exciting driver out there.

2. Fernando Alonso. He had an excellent second half of the season, but his mistakes in the early races cost him badly. But, like Hamilton, he was forced to push a little extra because the Red Bull was quicker. He's ruthless, cunning and totally focused on winning, precisely why he's so successful.

3. Sebastien Vettel. His final race run-in was superb and he is a deserving champion, but given the dominance of the Red Bull this yr, he should have wrapped the championship up much earlier. He is peerless when leading from pole, but coming up through the pack he has yet to show the same flair that makes Hamilton so good at overtaking. But he will be much stronger next yr as reigning champion and I think we will see a much more complete package...worrying news for his opposition!

4. Mark Webber. Nobody expected him to match Vettel, but for two thirds of the season he did just that. He faded in the last few races, though, and couldn't match Vettel's pace, although he came close. He seemed to tighten up when the championship looked like his for the taking, but a win at Monaco is something he can smile about forever. Top bloke, but just a shade slower than Vettel when it mattered.

5. Jenson Button. He seemed to make hard work of last yr's championship and I expected Hamilton to blow him away at McLaren. But he drove superbly this season, with some spectacular calls in wet-weather races early on and a consistency that few others could match. His race pace is right up there with the best, but his qualifying was below par. If he wants to usurp Hamilton in 2011, he needs to qualify ahead of him more often than not...

I think Kobayashi deserves a nod for best rookie. He seemed pretty crash happy and hopeless in the early races, but then he came on strong and became the overtaking king! He finished off De La Rosa's career and managed to turn the snoozefest that is Valencia into a thriller! More of the same in 2011 please!

Before the season I never would have predicted that Schumacher wouldn't make my top 5, but he just didn't seem to have the old magic. Hope he can get back in the mix next yr...we want all the champions racing wheel-to-wheel.

68

I don't agree with your ordering but your summary of the driver's contribution is spot on!

69

1 Kubica

2 Vettel

3 Hamilton

4 Rosberg

5 Alonso

70

Edit

1 Kubica

2 vettel

3 Alonso

4 Hamilton

5 Rosberg

71

ALONSO

also Lewis, Kubika and Rosberg.

72

thats not 5 dude!

73

sorry!

1.Fernando

2.Lewis

3.Robert

4.Nico

5.Sebastian

74

1. Webber

2. Vettel

3. Kubica

4. Alonso

5. Hamilton

75

Alonso, best driver with slower car, relentless

Webber, best all around performer, and cool headed (except at the end), would have won if team had helped

Vettel, clearly the quickest, but should have clinched the WDC sooner with the fastest car, the less mature (except at the end)

Hamilton, always in the fight and always fun to watch, rain or shine, good or bad car, soft or hard rubber, no excuses

Rosberg, just for keeping Scumacher under control, but good overall performer

Kubica comes close as well, I would love to see him in a better car

Great season made better by this wesite, thanks James

76

Difficult but I'll give it a shot, I would say as follows:

5: Robert Kubica - continued to show the potential he has in a less than high performing car. He'll only get better.

4: Hamilton - still consistent and a continually threatening as he proved by still being in the hunt until the end.

3: Webber - did anyone really give him a chance at the beginning of the year? Pressure more than likely got to him in the end but his gutsy displays and never say die attitude were a joy to watch, but I think he missed his chance.

2: Alonso - what a come back! Some people really didn't like the Germany episode but he's a winner so it didn't bother him. Took a car which wasn't the best and squeezed every last piece of performance out of it and took the team along with him, he was also there when it counted except at the end. Seriously frightening competitor.

1: Vettel - can't be WDC and not be driver of the year. Had some self destruct moments but showed real character to come back from them and in the end fully deserved to be champion.

Next year Vettel, Hamilton and Alonso should be great!! 🙂

77

1. Kubica

2. Rosberg

3. Hamilton

4. Alonso

5. Vettel

Kubica and Rosberg - both almost error free, have beaten their teammates by a mile and were fighting for better places that their car was able to. Kubica missed only one Q3 this season in just a medicore car!

Hamilton and Alonso - Redbull were much faster but they're still fighting for WDC till the very end, this should be enough why they deserve to be on top5.

Vettel - at the end he was the one who won the WDC 😉

78

well.. if I remember correctly, Rosberg lost a race because of an error (china)

79

Alonso......

80

1. Kubica

2. Hamilton

3. Alonso

4. Vettel

5. Webber

81

1: Webber

2: Vettel

3: Alonso

4: Rosberg

5: Hamilton

James great site, first place I visit online ever day.

83

Heh second place I visit online every day 😉

84

1- Fenando Alonso

2- Robert Kubica

3- Sebastian Vettel

4- Mark Webber

5- Lewis Hamilton

85

Reasons

1. Fernando.

- Massa's score compared to other six main contenders shows the Ferrari's potential.

- FIA decisions in Canada, Europe and GB GP's were a shame for the sport among others. 15-30 more points for Alonso.

- Fernando in a Red Bull would result in a boring Championship, even with Vettel - Marko duo.

2. Robert.

- The huge advantage over his team mate.

- Like Alonso can defeat drivers with better cars.

- Solid and consistent driving.

3. Sebastian.

- Fast in qualy.

- Similar to Massa: Fast in qualy and very strong running alone but sometimes has its "blackouts".

- He didn't sleep very well in Abu Dhabi. He is vulnerable to the pressure and he didn't know the situation in the race to hold that pressure.

4. Mark.

- The dismissed option by RB.

5. Lewis.

- The more agressive driver (along Kobayashi). He is capable of the best and worst.

- Too many gifts and privileges by the FIA that has been a shame for the sport and an unreal final score.

- He lives in his own world helped by his "media army".

- Don’t forget the Monaco fiasco with Jenson. Not bad Jenson. Brawn would be your personal Dennis & Marko, but you rejected the plan.

86

My top 5 drivers of the season :

1. Kubica

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Alonso

5. Hamilton

87

Vettel

Alonso

Webber

Kubica

Hamilton

88

Top Five:

1. Hamilton

2. Webber

3. Button

4. Kobayashi

5. Hulkenberg

89

Can't agree here!

Button was nothing like better than Alonso or Webber... Hulkenberg had one amazing lap all season, credit where it's due, it was amazing, but then qualified 15th the next race!

Fair enough! I'll eat my words if you get one of the 10!

90

Im gonna give her some tissues and a bus fare back home and hope she dont call me again! #:)

91

Sorry, should have made it clear I was listing my personal choices rather than trying to predict JA's choices.

And my choices were based more on attitude than achievements so it would stand to reason they would be quite personal, what with being an opinion and all 🙂

I clean forgot about Kubica though (literally forgot about him for the time it took me to write the list!). He should be there instead of Hulkenberg.

92
Christian Backlund

I would definitely choose Webber. I think he's been on very good form this year and I still think he should have won. Really hope he'll do it next year, but he was still in my opinion the best this year, especially given his 'position' within the team.

93

Kubica - took an average car and was consistently amongst the frontrunners in much faster cars. In a Red Bull he would have asily been a match for Vettel

94

Agree, but in the RedBull Robert would have been much more up in front then Seb.

95

1. Vettel

2. Webber

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

96

Driver of the season: Vettel

Other drivers: Alonso, Webber, Kubica, Rosberg

97
Christian Backlund

Whoops just realised you wanted top five.. Here they are:

Webber (As above)

Kubica (amazing what he did with the Renault)

Vettel (Quick, but error prone)

Alonso (He's Alonso, he's always good)

Rosberg (Always fast, pretty consistent - outpaced Schumacher which is impressive)

98

Have you counted the number of errors Seb made and compared them to the numbers for Hamilton, Webber and Alonso? I find I'd have to call them ALL error prone at that rate.

99

If you just look at the numbers, you're totally right. The problem is that both of Vettel's mistakes affected other drivers (Webber in Turkey, Button in Spa), and that's why people tend to see him as "crash kid". But, as you say, all top drivers made mistakes.

100

Kubica, Rosberg, Webber, Vettel, and Alanso.

102

5. Jenson Button

4. Fernando Alonso

3. Sebastian Vettel

2. Mark Webber

1. Lewis Hamilton

103

Ok JA this is how I would rank the drivers for the season:

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Hamilton

5. Kubica

Ohh I sure hope you see likewise.

BTW you always do a spectacular job here, great insights.

Thanks.

104

Sebastian vettel, no doubt about it !

He's 23 and already world champion while at same age neither Nigel Mansell, nor Ayrton Senna, nor Alain Prost were driving in Grand Prix racing !

105

Nigel Mansell had to take out mortgages so that he could race & things were cheaper then, in real terms.

Wasn't Vettel lucky to get the treatment he's had to be WDC at 23. Just blisteringly fast.

106

1. Robert Kubica

2. Nico Rosberg

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Fernando Alonso

5. Lewis Hamilton

107

For sheer cojones and entertainment, it has to be Kamui Kobayashi, it was a joy watching him take on Alonso.

108

Hi James,

Great season and so difficult to call. I have been a fan and avid reader of your site for your expert and un-biased view of everything F1 and excellent insight.

I have only commented a couple of times in defence of Schumi! I doubt he can regain his previous form but one more season and a couple of moments of brillaince would make me happy and pleased that he decided to return this year and maybe he might make the top 5 in next years poll. Hopefully Pirelli make an aggressive tyre to spice up the action even more next year.

Driver of the year selection:

1) Vettel

2) Kubica

3) Webber

4) Alonso

5) Rosberg

109

My top 5:

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kubica

4. Rosberg

5. Webber

110

1.Fernando Alonso

2.Sebastian Vettel

3.Mark Webber

4.Lewis Hamilton

5.Nico Rosberg

1. I already know I'm not going to win the book, but what the heck. What Alonso accomplished this season, team orders or not (but does anyone believe that, deep inside, Red Bull wanted Webber to win instead of Vettel? there will always be nºs ones and nºs twos), with clearly a inferior car, and pushing the team to its limits was incredible.

2. No doubts about it, Vettel merits this championship, but he had a far greater car than the opposition and did a lot of mistakes.

3. Every "almost great" of F1 drivers has a chance to win the championship. Irvine in 1999 couldn't get it, Button last year won it. This year was Webber's chance. He deserved better but failed in the most important races of his life. one must though remember all the drama he had to fight.

4. Slow and erratic car, but what a performance at Spa.

5. Confirms is status as one of the fastest on the grid. Managed well the pressure of having Schumacher as a teammate: also the first driver to outperform consistently Schumy in the same team). Give him a faster car and he will bring you greater results.

Others I liked:

Michael Schumacher: the man is 40y old and didn't race for three years: to come again racing against kids with half his age, risking all his status is outstanding, a true champion!

Kamui Kobayashi: best japanese driver ever on F1? Don't know, but one of the most exciting, definitely.

Robert Kubica: once he gets on a top-3 team he will win the championship. Given the awful Renault he had, he did very well.

111

Has to be Webber. Years classed as not being good enough and unlucky. Came so close of becoming champion, think it was his last chance.

112

1) Vettel

2) Alonso

3) Rosberg

4) Kubica

5) Kobayashi

6) Petrov

113

My Drivers of the season have to be

5. Jenson Button for challenging Lewis so much throughout the season, and some great strategy calls.

4. Rosberg. Outperformed the great Schumacher all year round.

3. Mark Webber for such a great season.

2. Alonso - for getting the most out of the ferrari, and coming back from 46 point behind to narrowly miss out on the championship.

1. Sebastian Vettal, basically for all the Poles and winning the championship

114

Vettel

Alonso

Kubica

Webber

Rosberg

115

1 - Vettel

2 - Alonso

3 - Hamilton

4 - Webber

5 - Rosberg

116
Roger Carballo AKA Architrion

1.- Alonso and Vettel far away from the rest (and I can't stand the guy when he gets his finger up).

2.- Then Webber. Absolutely fantastic watching him fighting his own team.

4.- Hamilton kicking Button's bottom.

5.- Kobayashi teaching the big guns overtaking science.

6.- Alguersuari, beating Buemi 5 times in a row.

7.- James Allen, giving really insightful information, keeping balance, staying away from fanboys, and improving this site to the point to make me addict.

8.- Every single reader/writer, who has made possible to have fun talking about something we all like, Formula 1.

117

Ooooh good question James!

Top 5... I can name several that have impressed!

I'm not going to think about what you think! (if that makes sense) and just plump for the ones I personally think have been the Top 5 drivers.

1) Sebastian Vettel

2) Lewis Hamilton

3) Robert Kubica

4) Fernando Alonso

5) Nico Rosberg

It was difficult to omit Mark Webber, and that's one reason why mine won't match yours James! I feel that Seb has actually outpaced him for most of the season, barring Monaco and Spain where Webber was faster.

Fernando Alonso would be higher but for his general attitude. He impressed me with his upbeat nature after Silverstone which surprised everyone, but Massa would never have moved over for Raikkonen and I think this is a streak in Alonso that is rubbing on the team. His gesture towards Petrov after Abu Dhabi was disappointing. In terms of driving he has been in the top 3.

Kubica and Rosberg would both have been title contenders in the Red Bull so are worth a mention for battling drives.

Hamilton impressed me majorly in the first half of the season but I have been more disappointed in the second half. I hope his approach to racing doesn't change because of Monza/Singapore.

Honourable mentions to Kobayashi (some excellent drives, see Valencia/Silverstone/Japan), Button (a sterling effort in his first McLaren season), Chandhok (whose efforts were underated) as well as Kovalainen (invariably the quickest driver in the "lower championship)!

Good competition James, and apologies for an essay when you only wanted 5 lines!

118

1. Alonso

2. Webber

3. Vettel

4. Hamilton

5. Button

119

My top 5 drivers for this year are

1. Sebastian Vettel - he won, kept a level head when it mattered so for me has to be driver of the year.

2. Mark Webber - was not really expected to keep beating Vettel but did a great job all season, such a shame he fell at the final hurdle

3. Jenson Button - was expected to be well and truly beaten by Lewis, but put on a really good show, beating Lewis on many occasions

4. Lewis Hamilton - Took a lot of risks, some worked some didn't, but a real racer and entertainer

5. Fernando Alonso - made some silly mistakes at the start of the season but had an amazing run after gifted win by Massa

120

1) Kobayashi - despite the first few races being a bit tame (for him), he later came alive and brought some genuine excitement.

2) Vettel - never gave up, and would have sealed the championship with races to spare had he not suffered mechanical failures.

3) Kubica - Out-drove the car most of the season and put it in places it shouldn't have been.

4) Button - I'm not a fan of him, but he performed better than I (and I suspect many others) expected against Hamilton.

5) Rosberg - Was clearly the better of the Merc drivers, and by some margin. Not what I expected to see.

I'd also put an honorary mention to Kovalainen - he seems to have found a team that I think will bring out the best of him, and he seems genuinely happy there. Here's hoping Mike will come up with a car they can mount a decent midfield challenge with next year!

121

Alonso - I don't like the man but he pulled that ferrari up far ahead of where it should have been. Sure there were a few mistakes en route, but probably no more than the competition.

122

1. Fernando Alonso because of his believe in his teams abilities to fight back and his title chance even when it seemed to far away

2. Sebastian Vettel because of his way to handle situations like South Korea and his incredible comeback in the last two races.

3. Mark Webber because nobody expected him to be that strong (sometimes far better than Vettel)

4. Jenson Button because he had a great first year at McLaren, no one would have believed before the season he could beat Hamilton several times.

5. Nico Rosberg because he out-performed Schumacher, something no one thought it would be possible

123

1) Webber

2) Vettel

3) Kobayashi

4) Alonso

5) Button

...because Webber had a great season and I really wish he'd won. Will he get the chance again?

Vettel - can't knock the fact that he DID get the championship.

Kobayashi - ahead of Alonso because he proved that unlike the Spaniard, he can overtake when it matters.

And finally Button who put in a solid performance having just moved teams, and having 5 race engineers across the season, which I think was more significant that Hamilton's performance within a team he already knew well.

124

Hello James.

First is Vettel. The champion.

Second is Hamilton. Always giving 120%.

Third is Alonso. Drove the car and the team better than was capable.

Fourth is Button. Established himself in Lewis's team with some outstanding driving.

Fifth is Webber. Feeling second fiddle he really raised Red Bull's overall game.

Just outside in Sixth is Rosberg. Having never won a race, he joined his new team at the same time as a seven times world champion and out performed him all season.

That's my view. Thanks.

125

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Hamilton

5. Button

126

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Kubica

5. Hamilton

127

1. Vettel - very fast, the pressure didn't get to him

2. Alonso - fought through bad luck, but his team let him down

3. Webber - he wrote the intro to the book, but lost the championship in a monster car and had the best luck of the bunch

4. Rosberg - spanked his team mate more than anyone could have predicted

5. Hamilton - he's very fast, he can pass, and he's from the UK, so I assume you'll have him on the list

128

Hi, James

thanks for your detailed analysis every week - they help very much to understand this wonderful sport.

My driver of the season is Fernando Alonso - missed the Drivers championship by 4 points with a sensibly worse car and got a much better performance compared to his team-mate Felipe Massa

Keep up the good work!

Carlos - Zaragoza - Spain

129

What a wonderful F1 season we've just witnessed. It should go down as one of the best championships in F1 history.

My top 5 F1 drivers of the year are:

S. Vettel

M. Webber

F. Alonso

L. Hamilton

J. Button

130

1) Vettel - some errors, some bad luck, but also some outstanding performances

2) Alonso - took over Ferrari quickly. Very strong races in the 2nd half of the season

3) Webber - strong underdog

4) Button - Very strong start in his new team. If it wasn't for Vettel at Spa JB would have been there also the last race

5) Hamilton - Good races but also threw it away in Monza and Singapore.

-=-=-

6) Schumacher - kept improving despite the much heard 'too old, lost it, rusty'-comments. Looking forward to his 2011 season.

7) Kobayashi - Shown he is not a 1 day fly.

8) Rosberg - stronger than expected in the Mercedes.

131

1. Button

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Kubica

5. Rosberg

I've no time for whiners or those helped by team orders

132

I guess the only odd one out is Kubica then..?

133

"I’ve no time for whiners..."

But you have time for a driver that publicly accussed his team mate of being mad?

134

but plenty of time for applying lipgloss mentality to motor racing! Keep up the good work.

135

"no time for ... those helped by team orders"

So what's Vettel doing on your list?

136

Thank you!

This is just for fun! 🙂

1- Hamilton - (let's face it, the McLaren car was crap! He drove his heart off!)

2- Nico Rosberg

3- Jaime Alguersuari (nice surprise!)

4- Jenson Button

I don't have a 5th one, they are ALL BAD!!!

137

5. Robert Kubica

4. Lewis Hamilton

3. Mark Webber

2. Fernando Alonso

1. Sebastian Vettel

138

Firstly what a great season which I think is in part because no-one was perfect, every one of the top drivers made mistakes and I think that is what brought it down to the wire. I think if we had someone in Schumacher 2001 form this could have been a very boring season. Heres my drivers.

#1 - Mark Webber, a fighter to the end who when he is on form is unstoppable. He comes across as such a genuine and likeable chap, he's been through some cr@p but still keeps that fighting instinct. Any lesser may would have dropped his head after Silverstone and Turkey but he still kept brining in the results even if they were not on the top spot.

#2 - Alonso, Its unbelieveable that someone can have so much belief in his own skills and abilities to make the comments he did in Silverstone. To drag that Ferrari to the results he has seen this season is amazing.

#3 - Vettel, So strong and consistent with his qualifying, flashes of brilliance and he done the job better than the rest, that's why he is champion. But he still has to prove with his overtaking.

#4 - Hamilton, A pure racer, there is never a dull moment, hes they guy you want to see racing as he is thoroughly entertaining.

#5 - Button, Everyone thought Hamilton would wipe the floor with him but he is the new Professor!

Cheers James for running such a fantastic website, its been a pleasure to read as soon as I get into work on a Monday morning after a race.

139

Alonso, for getting that Ferrari to the championship position it was at, using his "big talent"

Webber, for making very few mistakes and keeping cool throughout the season even when his quotes blew up in his face.

Hamilton, for essentially the same reason as Alonso. The McLaren team as a whole impressed me this year as they were always in the championship fight even though their car was not up to par.

Vettel, for openly enjoying F1 with comments like "what's the fastest lap time" when his race got boring.

Kobayashi, for balls to the wall racing, especially in Japan. Seriously amazing.

140

The fact that there have been so many great performances would make a top 10 difficult (and none of mine would include Michael on his comeback - I suspect he'll be back on his game next year although will not ever regain his previous success).

With that in mind......

1.) Robert Kubica > has been absolutely excellent this year, and has achieved some really excellent results. In a faster car I think he would have been drivers champ this year. The other drivers better watch out in the coming years.

2.) Alonso > has provided real leadership at Ferrari this year, and has driven fantastically at the back end of the season. I don't like his hissie fits at points, but there is no doubting his talent.

3.) Sebastian Vettel > I think Seb and Mark have both driven very well in periods and I couldnt really separate them, other than Sebs quali performances have been excellent, and have been the deciding factor for me. If he can improve some of his overtaking mistakes he could go on to win another couple of championships in his time in F1.

4.) Mark Webber > I am a huge fan of mark and he has been the most improved driver over the last two seasons for me (in my opinion)

To have pushed Vettel so hard this year I hope he stays with Redbull and adds to his wins tally next year. I just wish he'd won!

5.) Jenson Button > I have been impressed by how Jenson has settled in at McLaren, and he has by no means been "destroyed" like most people said he would be. Although Lewis has had the upper hand in Quali (where he is right in the top 2 of quickest natural drivers in my books), I think Jensons race day prowess has proven consistent and well thought out. I'd really like to put Jenson and Lewis as my 5th entry, but I know James won't so I've picked one!

The interesting thing is I see so many comments about Jenson being finished, but lets be honest most people accept Lewis Hamilton is the real deal and is super fast. So being behind him is not necessarily a surprise or something that should finish his career.

In summary..... the most interesting thing for me, is I could have included another handful of drivers quite easily in the top 5 Lewis, Rosberg , Kobayashi (the guy is brilliant).

I'd also like to say I've been impressed by some of the rookies as the season has gone by. Kobayashi and Hulk have really settled in well now, and I think Petrov looks like he could be good too, given time to develop.

I hope Bruno Senna gets a decent drive next year, as I rank his potential as good too.

141

It was interesting to note that Kubica has complimented Kobayashi by saying that Kobayashi was braking very late during the Abu Dhabi race. Reminds of Alesi who was famous for his late braking.

142

Vettel - Even had Mark won the WDC, Seb had to be No 1

Webber - So near but, in reality there were only moments of greatness but too many off days

Hamilton - This is the one guy above everyone in the field who gives it everything every time he sits in the car.

Button - See comment about Mark Webber

Kubika - With the exception of the last race no driver other than Hamilton has achieved more with a decidedly second rate car.

6th place would reluctantly go to Alonso :

he can't score higher in my view because he was only a championship contender because he had an inferior teammate and even then he would only have won the WDC by stealing points off Massa.

What's worse, he can see nothing wrong in that.

His final lap gesture to Petrov said it all.

143

Doesn't match the results, and doesn't match my personal preference, but as far as putting in the best drive regardless of equipment, I'd have to go with:

Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, Webber, Button.

Of course, lower-ranking drivers put in good efforts too, but that's the top 5 IMV.

144

5. Rosberg - Trounced his teammate drove consistently well all year.

4. Button - Made the least amount of errors out of the top five drivers, drove superbly utilising his brains and experience in Australia, China and Monza. If he had faired better on Saturday he would of been right up in contention at Abu Dhabi. All this in his first season at Mclaren in a car not designed with him in mind and going through multiple race engineers.

3. Webber - Dominated the middle part of the season with wins in Barcelona, Monaco, Silverstone and one in Turkey taken away from him. Drove with grit and determination through adversity all season battling against a very talented teammate and coming very close to beating him.

2. Vettel - Won the WDC, was in the fastest car and was the fastest driver out of the two of them with 10 pole positions, untouchable when out in front.

1. Alonso - Outperformed his car and after the bedding in period in the first half of the year drove faultlessly almost matching the Red Bulls for pace depsite a slower car with a stand out performance in Singapore. He knew precisely what he had to do to win the WDC and very almost achieved it.

145

My top5 drivers of the year are:

1. Kubica

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Alonso

5. Kobayashi

146

Alonso, inferior car and took it to the bulls.

Shame Ferrari messed up the strategy otherwise he'd be a 3 times Champ.

147

Got it in a nutshell Tom, and no lipgloss in sight!! Dyer is dead meat at Ferrari....bring on Flashio to run Ferrari and a better teammate and they will dominate next year. Massa and Smedley on the way out too "for sure" !! #:)

148

Hard one to call as all the top 5 finishers gave worthy performances. 'Maaaaark' showed the absolute grit and determination we want from sportsmen and women; Alonso showed his pure class and why everyone else is right to fear him in a Ferrari; JB confounded the naysayers with an excellent first season at Mclaren and a win in Australia that is one of the best drives ever; Lewis drove beautifully and aggressively all season; and Vettel was by far and away the fastest man all season.

However, in this melée of magnificence, I'm going to throw a left-field suggestion as driver of the season. Kamui Kobayashi.

I can imagine the minds of people now, split pretty much 50%-50% between "you what!" and "actually, possibly" so I'll make my case. All season he drove as intelligently as Jenson, as aggressively as Lewis, as fast as Sebastian or Fernando and with as much determination as 'Maaaark'. And in his first full season, he outdrove his car every weekend from it's middle-of-the-midfield ability.

149

It's been an awesome season, with multiple brilliant drives from several drivers... It will definitely be hard to pick the top ones...

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

I think I might lose out with my pick of Rosberg, but I feel like he did an amazing job. Withstanding the pressure of being Schumi's teammate, regularly achieving positions unexpected of a car which was not developed from almost half-way through the season, and remaining calm despite not being as high up as expected at the start of the year show he has become an extremely mature driver who definitely can challenge for the championship in a stronger car.

150

What I think it will be:

5. Kubica

4. Webber

3. Hamilton

2. Alonso

1. Vettel

151

1. Mark Webber

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Robert Kubica

5. Jenson Button

152

For me it's:

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Robert Kubica

5. Mark Webber

153

1. Vettel

2. Webber

3. Alonso

4. Rosberg

5. Button

154

As Brian Clough would say, the table never lies.

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Hamilton

5. Button

Hard to argue that Kubica or Rosberg deserve to place higher than a title contender. In terms of exceeding my expectations, my picks would be Barrichello, Chandhok.

155

In descending order:

5)Jenson Button

4)Fernando Alonso

3)Mark Webber

2)Lewis Hamilton

1)Sebastian Vettel

156

Only 5? This is going to be tough. Last year it was difficult to get up to 5, this year it is difficult to get below 8. I'll have to get back to you.

157

I have noticed a lot of professional pundits have been putting Alonso at the top of their lists, and marking Vettel down on the basis that he made too many mistakes and given his car should have won a lot more races.

While I fully respect whatever ranking you come up with James (and the rankings all the fans have come up with on this page), I really hope that should you place Alonso ahead of Vettel it is not for the two reasons above.

Firstly, the mistakes.

Vettel made mistakes at 5 races this year.

Turkey: Crashing in to Webber.

Silverstone: His aggressive start got him an unlucky puncture, but he should have been more careful.

Hungary: Absent mindedness during the restart.

Spa: Crashed in to Button overtaking him, receiving a drive through penalty.

Singapore: Minor error in qualifying cost him pole; strategy error in race following Alonso into the pits.

Alonso has matched all but one of those mistakes.

He crashed in Spa (equivalent to Vettel crashing in Turkey)

He made an aggressive start in Australia that put him to the back (equal to Vettel in Silverstone)

He made a poor pass of Kubica in Silverstone which resulted in a drive through penalty (which he could have avoided)

He jumped the start at China, which is similar to Vettel's absent mindedness at Hungary.

The only Vettel error that Alonso did not make an equivalent to are his minor errors at Singapore (which considering Webber qualified 5th at Singapore means the qualifying error is marginal, so his only real error there was not taking the initiative to go against his team order to pit)

However Alonso wrecked his Monaca race by crashing in practice. He was only able to score as highly as he did due to a safety car neutralising his lap 1 pit stop.

On a mistakes:mistakes ratio, I would say if anything Vettel made less, especially when you factor in things like Alonso's state of mind in races like Valencia, where he become obsessed with Hamilton's penalty during the race rather than concentrate on what he could effect, and how he reacted at Petrov after Abu Dhabi.

With regards to the wins Vettel should have got, well the Red Bull should have won 14 out of the 19 races.

At China, in the wet, the McLaren was superior in the wet conditions. Ferrari and McLaren were fastest at Canada. The Ferrari was superior at Hockenheim. McLaren was fastest at Spa. Ferrari and McLaren dominated Monza.

Of the four remaining races, Mark was only genuinely faster at two, Spain and Monaco.

So Vettel won 5 out of 12 races, which does not look great, until you anaylse why.

Bahrain: Engine fault. (-13 points Vettel; +7 points Alonso - 20 points net loss)

Australia: Brake fault. (-25 points Vettel; +2 points Alonso - 27 points net loss)

Malaysia: WON

Turkey: Mechanical fault cost him pole, which put him behind Webber, which led to the crash; note, have already penalised him in the assessment for the lack of judgement, however the mechanical fault cost him the victory. (-25 points Vettel, +2 points Alonso - 27 points net loss)

Europe: WON

Silverstone: Unlucky puncture put him to the back of the field. Yes, there was a lapse in judgement, for which I have already penalised him for in this assessment, but the puncture was an unluckly consequence. (-19 points Vettel; 0 points Alonso - 19 points net loss)

Hungary: Safety Car error (-10 points Vettel; +3 points Alonso - 13 points net loss)

Singapore: Qualifying error/Strategy error (-7 points Vettel; +7 points Alonso - 14 points net loss)

Japan: WON

Korea: Engine failed. (-25 points Vettel; +7 points Alonso - 32 points net loss)

Brazil: WON

Abu Dhabi: WON

Of the 7 failed victories, 2 were definitely his fault (Singapore and Hungary) with the puncture in Silverstone an unlucky consequence. However, even taking Silverstone as a his error, he won 75% of his potential race wins, picking up podiums in two of the races where he 'failed' to win.

The net points lost come to a total of 152, with the three 'fault' races accounting for 46 of those points (or 27 if you don't count Silverstone) - so he lost 106 points due to unreliability, putting him 110 points clear in the championship, 44 points on the old system. That would have been the 4th highest margin in the history of the sport, after Schumacher 2002, Schumacher 2001 and Mansell 1992. It would have been 10 points more than Schumacher's margin in 2004, and it is a fair comparison as there was only 1 less race and the F2004 never failed him.

Before I get a barrage of responses saying car attrition and luck are part of the sport, the point of all this is not to say "What if" - the point is actually to acknowledge car attrition and luck. While Vettel certainly had a car as superior to the rest of the field as the Ferrari was in 2004 and 2002, the car he had was no where near as reliable. Those cars were bullet proof. The RB6 was not.

So while it is wrong to say "Vettel won the WDC so that makes him the best" because obviously equipment plays its part, it is equally as amateurish to say "RB6 = supercar, therefore drivers = underperforming" because while the car certainly enabled him to be uncatchable at most of the race circuits, the fragility played the biggest part in stopping Vettel from running away with the championship.

158

I have had a think. Here is my list and analysis.

Quick list:

1. Vettel

2. Hamilton

3. Rosberg

4. Alonso

5. Kubica

Notable others: Kobayashi, Kovalainen, Button

Did not make the grade: Webber, Massa

Analysis:

1. Sebastian Vettel (2009 position #4)

On a quick glance of the season, it is easy to dismiss either Red Bull driver from the top five because the speed of the RB6 made every other car on the grid look like it was in a different formula at most tracks. So to have only picked up 9 wins in the season surely meant its drivers underperformed.

However, a deeper analysis shows that while the RB6 was indeed supreme at most tracks, it should only have won at 14 circuits this year. The McLaren was faster in the wet conditions at Shanghai, the Ferraris and McLarens dominated at Canada and Monza, the Ferraris were quicker at Hockenheim and the McLarens were quicker at Spa.

However with Webber only managing to get 4 victories and Vettel 5, it seems that their drivers significantly underperformed. However, when I looked deeper, it emerged that Vettel actually should have won 12 of the 14 races this year, and he only lost 2 of those victories due to errors on his part.

Those errors were not managing the gap to the safety car in Hungary and two minor mistakes in Singapore, one in qualifying and not taking the initiative to stay out when he saw Alonso pit.

The other five issues that prevented him from securing his 12 potential victories were: engine unreliability in Bahrain and Korea, a mechanical problem with his car that cost him pole in Turkey, a puncture at the start in Silverstone, and a brake failure in Australia. While, of course, it is impossible to say he would have achieved this victories – particularly Turkey and Silverstone – we will never know. But to say he underachieved his car is also unfair.

While I have been very critical of him during the season, his number-one hand gesture particularly grating with me, the way he reacted since winning the championship in Korea has made me reverse my opinion regarding him. Rather than being a show of arrogance it was a method of self affirmation; far from being the wonderkid the Red Bull marketing department would have you believe he was actually quite fragile underneath.

The fact that he paid tribute to Lewis Hamilton when the journalists were trying to provoke a response from the pair in the press conference regarding him taking Hamilton's record as youngest WDC demonstrates that. Far from believing he was vastly superior than his peers, he looked up to them and had a tremendous amount of respect.

2. Lewis Hamilton (2009 position #3)

Had this poll been conducted after Spa, Lewis Hamilton would be top of most peoples' lists. Bar a poor qualifying performance in Australia (which he later redeemed with his best drive of the season) he had driven a flawless season.

However, then Monza happened. And then Singapore happened.

After Singapore the tale had turned on its head, suddenly Lewis Hamilton was the worst of the five front running drivers, he was throwing a guaranteed championship away.

Such is the fickle nature of most F1 fans and journalists, a driver is only as good as his last two races.

However, while Monza was 100% Hamilton's fault – and stemmed from the frustration of being unable to match his team mate's pace, which rarely happened during the season – Singapore was a racing incident and was actually a perfect example of why, two races earlier, Hamilton had been the performer of the season.

At most race tracks the McLaren had not been on the pace of its rivals, yet Hamilton had managed to finish in places that it should not have finished. This was not because of the mythological 'out driving the car' talent legend would have us believe is possible – but because as soon as he sensed a whiff of an opportunity he grabbed it with everything at his disposal.

Whilst it did not pay out in Singapore, and did not exist in Monza, it once again made Lewis Hamilton the most exciting driver in Formula 1.

3. Nico Rosberg (2009 position N/C)

You know, I have never really rated Nico Rosberg before. I always felt he was an invisible presence on the grid. Maybe it was because the only TV coverage Williams used to get was when Nakajima did something spectacularly expensive but bar one or two drives I have not really noticed him.

2010 changed that, sort of. He was still quite invisible, but he suffered from being in a car that was rarely ever challenged by a competitor. The Mercedes usually sat in a gap that was between the headline teams and the midfield and allowed Rosberg to trundle to safe points positions in most races.

That doesn't sound too exciting, but it is only a part of the story.

The most obvious other part of that story is Michael Schumacher. Of course, any analyst can tell you that beaten even the most successful driver in the sport is not as headline worthy as the tabloids would like to make out, given how quickly Formula 1 develops at. But Rosberg did not just beat Schumacher, he outscored him two to one. If Schumacher was reigning GP2 champion, he would be looking for another drive after being crushed like that. It is only the fact he is Michael Schumacher that has meant he will still be driving next year.

Nico Rosberg final delivered on the potential he has been promising since his arrival in the sport. But what is most impressive is not how he managed his car, but how he managed his mind.

When Schumacher arrived in the team, he demanded number 3 on his car. He demanded a certain side of the garage. Everyone was talking about how Nico Rosberg had landed the opportunity of a lifetime at Mercedes to become a grand prix winner, to fight for the WDC – but how that had been pulled from under his feet with the arrival of Michael Schumacher. He was to be Schumacher's new Barrichello.

Did Rosberg listen to any of that? No. Did he respond to any of the attempts by journalists to provoke him on the issue? No. What he did was get in the car, drive it as fast as he could and when Schumacher finished behind him event after event, instead of pulling the rug from under his feet, he had pulled the rug from under the feet of all the speculators and so called experts who had said Schumacher's arrival at Mercedes signalled the end of Nico Rosberg's career.

4. Fernando Alonso (2009 position #2)

This is a controversial decision. There is definitely a case for Alonso being top of this list; he did, after all, put in the most incredible come back this season. We all had him tipped for the championship going in to Abu Dhabi. Most were saying he was the rightful winner after coming back from his situation in Silverstone.

However, we forget why he was in that position in Silverstone. He made critical early season errors, most notably at Monaco. He demonstrated a high level of impetuousness; for example, at Silverstone, when he failed to give back his position to Kubica when every precedent established in F1 meant it certain he would receive a penalty if he did not. His hand gesture at Petrov following the Abu Dhabi grand prix, despite being at the heat of the moment, is inexcusable.

He also let his emotional frustration impact his performance at several races, most notably at Valencia where he was too focused on Hamilton's penalty than dealing with his own performance. While Alonso is the master when it comes to processing all the variables of a race, after the safety car, Hamilton was not a variable that affected his race strategy, regardless of the rights and wrongs of the stewards' decision.

And of course, it is impossible to review his season without taking into account the events at Hockenheim.

From a purely analytical point of view, Ferrari made the right decision to switch the drivers – there is no doubt about that. But Formula 1 is not pure science, it carries the hopes and dreams of fans and drivers as well. Massa's form after Germany was notably subdued. There is definitely a case to be made that Alonso ended up giving more points to his contenders because Massa was not performing than the seven points he gained.

While those keen to defend Ferrari's actions in Hockenheim are quick to say that Formula 1 is a team game and drivers should act in the best interests of their team. However, Alonso's greatest weakness is that he is not a team player. He had demonstrated this throughout his career. And I would argue that it is that which cost him the WDC.

There is no argument that he is not the fastest driver in the team. Clearly, with or without team orders he is the fastest driver in the team. However, to secure the both titles a team needs both drivers to perform. For the constructors, it is obvious; but in the drivers, the leading driver needs his team mate to take points off of his competitors. By totally crushing Massa in ever respect, Alonso has ended up weakening his own position, and when added together with the other faults from the first half of the season is why I feel that even his spectacular comeback does not elevate him above the three drivers I have picked for my top three.

5. Robert Kubica (2009 position N/C)

If you asked me pick the top three drivers in the sport prior to Bahrain I would have picked Hamilton, Alonso and Kubica.

During 2010, my opinion of Robert Kubica has improved, and it is only the emergence of Vettel that makes choosing a definitive top 3 a difficult decision. In my opinion, these are the four drivers that get the most from their equipment and the only reason I would drop Kubica from the top three is that he is the only one who has not yet proven his incredible potential.

Of course, he has not had the opportunity, and he has arguably got more from his equipment than any other driver this season. He and Rosberg are the only two drivers to get podiums aside from the drivers of the top 3 cars. He and Rosberg finished very close to Massa who was in a vastly superior car.

However, unfortunately for Kubica, the true potential of the Renault is difficult to gauge. Is Vitaly Petrov a GP2 protege or a blundering pay driver? I suspect he is a mixture of the two, a blundering almost-protege, as he has demonstrated some memorable performances, both good and bad.

However, there are other methods to gauge how well Robert Kubica has performed, and while I can't elevate him higher than fifth as most of it comes from analysis rather than from results, he has definitely put in a top 5 performance.

The reason for this is to look at where Renault were last year. Crash-gate had destroyed the team, it had sold a large share of its team to investors, its future looked uncertain. Even with Alonso at the helm, the team was not achieving results.

Robert Kubica stepped into the car and instantly delivered come the first race. He didn't score in the points due to the lap one collision that sent him to the back, but until he failed to qualify for Q3 in the final race he had been the only driver other than the Red Bulls to make Q3 in every race.

Considering he was driving the evolution of a car that Alonso had failed to deliver in, in a team that had lost its direction and had had a top level clearout following its scandal Kubica deserves a great deal of credit. He seems to have galvanised the team around him, given them a purpose, a direction and a future.

I feel that Kubica's performance at Renault is superior than Alonso's in 2009. And I rated Alonso in second place in 2009, it is only because of the high level of performance this year that I only place Kubica in fifth place.

Other notable mentions:

Kobayashi (2009 position N/C) is the most exciting driver to enter the sport since Lewis Hamilton. If he stays in the sport, Hamilton will definitely be challenged for his 'crown' as the greatest overtaker in the business. While it is impossible to fully gauge the young Japanese driver's talents due to him being in a lower midfield team, he has pulled off some of the most memorable passes in the sport this year.

However, Kobayashi is a much greater driver than his publicity suggests. He is unfairly labelled as being inconsistent and over aggressive. Since being in F1, he has only failed to finish a race due to driver error on two occasions. He recognises when he has been beaten in an overtaking manoeuvre and concedes without turning in. Of his finishes, all but three have been in the points and he was the only rookie to beat his experienced team mates (both of them.) He achieved 2.5 times the points of his team mates, whereas Hulkenberg only had half of Barrichello's points and Petrov had a fifth of Kubica's.

Kovalainen (2009 position N/C) was a driver I thought I might be putting in my top 5. He was definitely on my list. He put in the best performance of all of the drivers in the new teams. He also matched Trulli in qualifying, which has always been the strongest part of Trulli's game. However, the lower division does not really provide a fair enough proving ground to properly assign Kovalainen with a position relative to the drivers in the top teams. However, he is easily the performer of Formula 1's 'Division B'.

Jenson Button (2009 position #1) appears to have had an 'alright' season. He finished pretty much where people expected him to against Hamilton, even though the raw statistics do look very bad for him. In fact, in some categories Jenson Button had the third worst performance against his team mate.

However, one fact that is not well publicised is that Button went through five different race engineers over the season. His original race engineer, with whom he won his two races, was taken ill and McLaren was never able to provide Button with a permanent relationship. Given how critical the race engineer is to a driver's performance it is little wonder than Button struggled in qualifying in the second half of the year. Korea excepted, Button always put in a very strong Sunday performance and often hauled the car to an outstanding finishing position given where he started.

Did not make the grade:

Mark Webber. (2009 position #5) I would have loved Mark to have won the championship. Indeed, following dominating performances at Spain and Monaco, where Vettel had no answer for him, Mark looked set to tell a different narrative to the one people predicted in Red Bull.

Indeed, we ended up with a very different narrative following the breakdown in relationship between the two drivers – everyone had commented Red Bull had the most stable driver relationship pre season; how wrong they were.

However, Mark sandwiched his season between two lacklustre performances. He was no where in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. While there is no doubt that Red Bull made bad calls in Turkey and Silverstone, and there was definitely a preference for Vettel to win amongst some elements of the Red Bull hieracy, Mark's comments in Brazil seemed more to do with his own performance than a fair assessment of the team. Brazil aside, Mark seemed to fizzle out towards the end of the season. When we left Europe, Mark would have probably have been at the top of the list, but the final five races of the season saw him slip off the radar altogether.

Feliper Massa (2009 position N/C) may have been psychologically crushed by Alonso by the mid season, but that does not excuse the fact that before he had his motivation taken away in Germany he was about 30 points behind. While we all desperately wanted Massa to win in Germany, it should not be ignored that he only had the lead because stewards failed to punish him for taking an advantage by going off of the circuit in the first corner. At Spa, that would have been punished.

Hopefully Massa will find his head again next season, but following the impact Alonso has made a Maranello I do not expect Felipe to be challenging for a WDC again in a red car.

159

Got the same problem. I can at least think of 7, and difficult to put them in order. Webber, Hamilton, Kobayashi and Kubica were great to watch. Vettel was awsome at qualifying and leading races. Rosberg and Alonso beat their teammates by far. What a great season it was.

160

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hamilton

4. Kubica

5. Webber

Vettel, despite a couple mistakes, gets my nod as best this year. He had reliability issues that cost him a lot of points. Otherwise, he would have been leading handily. He clearly outperformed Webber, in my opinion. 10 poles says a lot, even if it was in the best car.

Alonso was consistent most of the season, pulling points out when the car was not the best. His late season form was great. If the team hadn't messed up in Abu Dhabi, he probably would have won the WDC.

Hamilton outperformed Button and he consistently shows he's not afraid to pass people. I believe he was able to get a lot more out of the McLaren than most drivers would have been able to. Without the major mistake at Monza and being taken out at Singapore (I still believe it was Webber's fault), he might have taken the title with a car that wasn't the best in the field.

Kubica was able to do a lot with a Renault that was clearly lacking. Give Kubica a Red Bull, McLaren, or a Ferrari and he'd be WDC, in my opinion. I admit I'm biased toward Kubica, however. I've always been a fan.

Webber is a tough choice for 5th, for me. The WDC was his to lose and he did. He had a couple really good drives this year, but not enough. With the best car on the grid and better reliability than Vettel, he probably should have taken the WDC.

Runners up/honorable mentions:

Props to Rosberg for a good season, but he didn't really do enough, in my opinion, to make it into my top 5. Next year, however, I suspect the Mercedes will be good and he may be challenging for the title.

Button did a good job early in the season, pulling out a couple wins on good strategy calls. By being consistent, he did a good job hanging in the title fight until late in the season.

161

Alonso was not consistent for most of the season, only the second half but because most only remember the last few races, Alonso is getting more credit than he deserves.

162

Really?

Alonso's finishes, in order:

1, 4, 13, 4, 2, 6, 8, 3, 8, 14, 1, 2, Ret, 1, 1, 3, 1, 7

Avg position, first 9 races = 4.2

Avg position, second 9 (minus the Ret) = 3.6

I didn't say consistently winning. He did, however, manage good points positions pretty consistently. He didn't finish second simply by winning races in the second half of the season...he did so by also getting points in the first half.

163

Averaging first and second half results can be misleading. Only 3 podium finishes in the first half of the season of which only one was a win compared to 4 wins in the second half to earn the big points for the WDC otherwise he would would have been a gonner for the 2010 WDC much earlier.

164

1. Kubica

2. Vettel

3. Alonso

4. Rosberg

5. Hamilton

165

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Kubica

5. Kobayashi

166

My Top 5

Vettel

Alonso

Webber

Kobayashi

Hamilton

167

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Mark Webber

4. Robert Kubica

5. Kamui Kobayashi

168

Vettel

Weber

Rosberg

Alonso

Kobayashi

169
olivier from belgium

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Hamilton

5. Button

170

1. Rosberg

2. Hamilton

3. Alonso

4. Vettel

5. Kubica

Rosberg for outperforming by far initial expectations and for consistently putting in good results with an inferior package; For being the best of the rest.

Hamilton for his determination and fighting spirit. He's always entertaining to watch. F1 would be much less exciting without him.

Alonso for his coolness under pressure and outperforming his car.

Vettel for overcoming more than his fair share of mechanical failures to take the title.

Kubica for putting in determined drives in an inferior car.

171

Fully agree with James that it's a very difficult selection this season. My thoughts are as follows.

1. Kubica - Came of age this season; at times seemed to be singlehandedly dragging a demoralized Renault team back towards the front. Barely put a foot wrong all season and consistently qualified ahead of where he should (Monaco in particular he was stunning).

2. Vettel - Just pipped by Kubica. Although still needs racecraft when playing catch-up, was simply superb through the end of the season. Faultless performances in Japan, Korea (where he retired from the front though no fault of his own), Brazil and Abu Dhabi just at the crunch time for the championship.

3. Alonso - Turned his season round and nearly won the championship in the 2nd, possibly even 3rd, best car. Slightly tarnished by Germany but overall significantly outqualified and raced his team-mate.

4. Webber - Brilliant during the first half of the season, and often seemed to be competing against his team higher management as well as the rest of the competition. Seemed to fade under pressure in the last few races but still a worthy effort.

5. Rosberg - Yes Schumacher is not the driver of 10 years ago, but even a vintage Schumacher might not have had things all his own way against some of the drivers Rosberg put in this season. Again out-raced and out-qualified his car's natural performance on a regular basis.

Will be really interesting to see your top 5 James - despite me finding no room for Hamilton & Button I can easily make a case for them to be up there as well. Even Heikki Kovalainen, despite driving for one of the lesser teams, had a stellar season - regularly outqualifying and outracing the highly-rated Jarno Trulli.

Paul

172

1) Alonso

2) Vettel

3) Webber

4) Hamilton

5) Button

173

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Button

5. Kubica

174
Christopher Glover

My drivers of the season are as follows;

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Mark Webber

4. Robert Kubica

5. Lewis Hamilton

175

1. Kubica

2. Rosberg

3. Alonso

4. Kobayashi

5. Hamilton

176

My Top Five are:

(1) Vettel

(2) Alonso

(3) Hamilton

(4) Webber

(5) Kubica

🙂

177

Hi James,

here goes........

Sebastian Vettel

Fernando Alonso

Robert Kubica

Mark Webber

Kamui Kobayashi

178

Absolutely no doubt the best driver of the season has been Fernando Alonso!!! To bring the 3rd fastest car for most of the season and be favourite to win the championship at the final race has been nothing short of remarkable, and I`m not including his errors! Without only 1 of his errors he would be the youngest Triple World Champion. But no problemo, he will achieve that feat before the end of 2011. The Red Bullcrappers have been far and away the fastest car all year, and should have had the titles sown up maybe 4 or 5 races ago, which is testament to the shoddy job they have done really. For the title to be decided by also-rans getting in the way of the contenders and completely destroying what could have been a fantastic battle for the championship, will leave all real F1 experts with a bitter feeling that this can happen. Some of us dont want to see the real battles at the front being ruined in this way, but what the hell, not everybody watching F1 today are racing purists!! One of the downers of this season has also been the garbage "written" in the British press!! Tom Carey and Jonathan McEvoy I am talking about you 2 numbskulls! How in the Lords name are these idiots called "motor racing correspondents??? Utter garbage all year from both! Now Ferrari must dump the baggage that is Massa, Smedley and Dyer if they are to progress next year to the constructors championship. Fernando can win the Drivers title single handedly, but a stronger teammate will be needed if The Scuderia are to land the Constructors title with it! And Flashio Briatore MUST be at the helm for Ferrari, because Ross Brawn definitely missed the boat with Fernando by jumping ship to Mercedes. I have no doubt after Scummys comeback that Ross is regretting the decision to follow him. Flashio is Italian, and Ferrari need him desperately. #:)

179

You have forgotten "Crashgate" then!

180

Ross had already left Ferrari and was at Honda before he bought the controlling interest (brawn). So he didn't follow Michael to mercedes....

If you want flavio at ferrari I can't see you having much competition....

181

Vettel
Webber
Alonso
Button
Kubica

Cheers James

182

1. Vettel - raw speed and maturity to match

2. Alonso - settled quickly into the team, and made it his own. Showed why he was ranked #1 driver by his peers.

3. Webber - he did have a purple patch and was usually only a tenth behind his gifted team mate.

4. Rosberg - Got on with the job despite the distractions of Schumi's shadow.

5. Kubica - He took the Renault to a level it didn't deserve to be on merit.

***********************************************

In my opinion, Hamilton's season was greatly diminished by being overtaken twice by Alonso. Those events outshone his otherwise brilliant drives.

183

Declan,

Hamilton passed Alonso at Canada (as did Button because Alonso was dithering with passing back markers) and not because the McLaren was faster. Hamilton also overtook Alonso at Melbourne.

184

When did hamilton overtake alonso in australia? If i remember correctly he was staring at alonso's gearbox despite being faster for 10-15 laps shouting at his team before webber took him. In canada alonso overtook hamilton back before he dove into the pits.

185

1 Vettel

2 Alonso

3 Webber

4 Kubica

5 Barrichello

186

Vettel

Alonso

Webber

Button

Kobayashi

187

Vettel (erratic at times but deserves the title)

Alonso (fought hard, incredible mid-season turnaround)

Webber (outsider who topped the championship table and almost got the better of Ferrari)

Button (did a better job than people thought he would)

Hamilton (great fighting spirit, could have been the surprise of the season)

Honourable mention:

Rosberg (so cool and consistent)

Kubica (future champion at Ferrari)

Kobayashi (entertaining)

Barrichello (still picking up the points)

Nico (a great pole position in changing conditions)

188

Nico Rosberg - outperformed schumacher and really stepped up his game

189

Vettel

Alonso

Webber

Kubica

Hamilton

190

1 - Vettel

You can't go wrong with this guy. He did have a couple of mishaps during the season out of his sheer young motivation to win, but 10 poles, a lot of points thrown away due to an unreliable car and which would make him wrap up this season much sooner are just enough to make him the driver of the year.

2 - Alonso

After a delluding fiorst win in Bahrein, Alonso had a dismal first half of the season, conceding places to Massa instead of being aggressive and going for the win. In the second half however, he showed what he is made of and destroyed Massa and the competition. What a great driver Alonso is. He carried Ferrari on his back to an almost triple championship. Very very close to being the best driver of the year.

3 - Webber

Mark fought the adversities, but in the end, his own inconsistence caused his downfall. He had the season of his life and it's been a long time since we seen a competitive duo as Red Bull's Vettel x Webber. The Aussie showed he is up to it even against the top drivers of this generation.

4 - Hamilton

Lewis could win the title even in the last race, which is a feature in itself considering the package McLaren brought race after race was anything but reliable as far as performance goes. He obliterated Button on qualifying and on race pace, which was expected, but until you do it, you can't really say anything. A great and mature season for Lewis after a solid 2009.

5 - Button

Our 2009 WDC Jense made everything right, won two races and kept Hamilton honest during all season. His low point is, as usual, qualifying. If Button can improve his qualy performances next year, Hamilton can expect a tough competition, much the same away as Vettel from Webber. Anyway, Button done enough to justify his place in the standings and in this list. One of the cleverest drivers on the grid.

191

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Hamilton

5. Kubica

Congrats. Great site

192

My Top 5 Drivers would be :

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Mark Webber

4. Robert Kubica

5. Lewis Hamilton

193

1. Kubica

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Alonso

5. Hamilton

194

1. Kubica

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Alonso

5. Barichello

195

Don't know why Kubica is in a lot of peoples top drivers this season, for me the jurys still out, a good driver yes but will he reach the dizzy heights of a becoming a champion I doubt it. I think Rosberg has done well yes and I think people tend to say he has done better than he actually has because he is Schumacher's team mate. The points difference between him and Schumachers slightly flatters him a bit. I think Schumacher has done well coming from a long way back in terms of not having raced for three years.

196

Webber

Vettel

Alonso

Kubica

Senna

197

1. Alonso

2. Webber

3. Vettel

4. Hamilton

5. Kubica

198

1. Kubica

2. Alonso

3. Hamilton

4. Rosberg

5. Vettel

199

1.Alonso

2.Vettel

3.Webber

4.Kubica

5.Rosberg

That was hard!

200

1.Vettel

2.Alonso

3.Hamilton

4.Webber

5.Kubica

201

My top 5 of the year would have to be:

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Mark Webber

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Robert Kubica

5. Lewis Hamilton

202

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hamilton

4. Kubica

5. Webber

203

Vettel

Kubica

Alonso

Webber

Rosberg

204

Here goes,

5. Rosberg - many thought he would be dominated by MSC but showed great speed and consistency.

4. Hamilton - had the edge speed wise over Jenson but let himself down with a couple of avoidable incidents.

3. Webber - great effort, Monaco and silverstone stand out, but tailed off towards the end of the season.

2. Alonso - sheer determination in an inferior car

1. Vettel - 10 poles and the championship make him my number 1 despite Spa and Turkey

205

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Kubica

5. Rosberg

Thanks for the great blog James!

206

1 - Hamilton

2 - Alonso

3 - Vettel

4 - Kubica

5 - Rosberg

207

1. Webber - For fighting to the last race when, only a couple of years ago no one would have imagined he would be in that position.

2. Alonso - For showing us, once he got used to the Ferarri, the driver he was in 05 and 06 once again.

3. Vettel - 10 poles. Would have been number 1 if he had wrapped up the championship 5 rounds earlier as he really should have.

4. Button - He was supposed to have been trounced by Lewis but looked what happened.

5. Hamilton - Finally acting like a real, regular guy instead of what we had to listen to for the last three years ... and for his racing style of course.

208

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

209

2010 was probably the most entertaining season I have seen in over 15 years and produced some amazing drives. My top 5 drivers over the course of such an enthralling year are:

5: Robert Kubica - Some amazing drives and good points scoring finishes. The only very minute slight is that the greats sometimes win a race when they shouldn't. Nonetheless it would've been very hard against three top cars in front of him.

4: Lewis Hamilton - By far the most adventurous and entertaining racer but knocked out of the top three for crucial decisions made by either NOT choosing his own strategies every now and then or knowing when to sit and hold position for the time being, a la Alonso.

Still, he produced some amazing drives and racked up a bunch of fastest laps in car that was probably the third fastest on the grid. A host of stunning overtakes also weighed in his favour.

3: Sebastian Vettel - 2010 Champion. As fast as anyone. Superb when it counts on a one lap or calm head out in front. However despite winning has yet to show me that he can pass through the field succesfully. His overtaking leaves a lot to be desired and I wonder, along with his teammate, would this season have gone to the last race were Alonso or Hamilton in the RB6's?! Either way a deserved champ but in a car so far ahead of the field at virtually every track its hard to say the best driver of the year won when it was so close.

2: Mark Webber - Like his teammate, has had the opportunity and machinery to sew this season up many times and failed to do so. However when regarding Webber I feel he was fighting against his team on several occasions in addition to his competitors. Some superb drives from pole as well as through the field despite unneccessarily causing himself trouble. Just pips Vettel for my belief that he hasnt always had the teams full backing as well as slightly more impressive drives.

1: Fernando Alonso - Wins the best driver of the season award from myself for several reasons. He had a superb if not gifted immediatee start to the season but a win that typified Alonso. If the red bulls ever messed up in their superior machinery, Alonso was there to pick up the pieces. Had a shaky and frustrating few races afterwards being stuck behind his teammate but took the bull by the horns when passing Massa into the pits. This showed his determination and mentality for the races to come. Had a few uncharacteristic errors which occured in my opinion out of the need to take extra risks to keep himself in the hunt with the Red Bulls till the end of the season, which he did. And then the last quarter of the season he was untouchable putting in a string of superb drives that outperformed his machinery. Consistently getting in the points and flustering his opponents. Ironically it was his team that got flustered and ultimately cost him the title by ignoring the challenger in the lead and underestimating the cars around them. Nevertheless Alonso produced the greatest string of superb and consistent drives in crucial moments of the season to be considered My Driver Of The Season.

Notable mentions go to Kobayashi who carried on his philosophy from the last two races of last season to produce numerous superb overtakes throughout the year in a poor car. Second Rosberg for outperforming the great man Michael Schumacher and producing a consistent display of points scoring finishes if a little underwhelming. Next year I feel will be a better indication of his talent.

And thirdly a mention to Button who started brightly showcasing his tactical prowess and feel for a race around him. He proved to be consistent in moving forward in races however it became evident as the season went on that he is not as fast or naturally talented as those around him let alone his teammate Hamilton. Nevertheless he surprised me on occasion and wasn'e embarrased in the slightest.

210

Agree with you 100% on Alonso.

I am sure next year he will be much stronger.

211

1. Vettel

2. Webber

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Kubica

212

If you take away the cars and rank just by driving performances then I think it should be:

1. Alonso

2. Rosberg

3. Button

4. Hamilton

5. Kobayashi

Neither Red Bull driver should be in the top 5 because with their car advantage they should on won both championships ages ago because Button showed what could be done with a car which has a performance advantage.

213

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

214

Vettel

Alonso

Webber

Kubica

Rosberg

215

1. Hamilton

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Webber

5. Rosberg

216

Doh!!! There just had to be another 1 in there somewhere. Ask yourself this...Hamilton has been at the same team for 4 seasons and just about managed to win 1 Drivers title. So he must be mostly responsible for the development of their car. When Alonso was at McJalopies, they had in that season without doubt the best car on the grid, and "lost" the Constructors title only because of the

FerrariGate spying scandal, where they were excluded from the classification as a constructor. So if Hamilton is so good, how come the McJalopy is still so bad after in 2007 it was a Championship winning car?

217

My top 5?

That's not so easy...

1) Vettel

2) Alonso

3) Rosberg

4) Webber

5) Kubica

Vettel, after all he won and that IS what counts.

Alonso got second in the championship with the third best car and could have gotten first if not for the odd strategy decision in the last race.

Rosberg soundly trashed legend Schum. Nuff said.

Webber... I really don't like him but he did have a good season.

Kubica was 'best of the rest'. After the three top cars, he was the best and that counts for something.

I did NOT include Button, who I still believe is not all that good and got lucky having the best car last year, nor Massa who isn't even a shadow of who he was last year. I should have found a spot for Hamilton, he would be number 6. KobaBashi deserves an honourable mention for being well, KobaBashi. Hulkybulky deserves a mention for that pole in Brasil. Barri, for seeming a genuinely nice guy. And Heikki for being the best of the new teams.

218

Errm correction Kubica was behind Rosberg so he was actually second best of the rest..

219

And from my gf:

1) Alonso

2) Alonso

3) Alonso

4) Alonso

5) Alonso

She doesn't care that's not a valid entry 😉

220

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

Hate to leave out Webber but he let pressure get to him at last races with the fastest car under him.

221

1 Vettel

2 Alonso

3 Webber

4 Kubica

5 Rosberg

222

Oh and of course...

Jerome D'Ambrosio for being the only Belgian to drive an F1 car this year.

As Virgin said:

"

Jerome, of course, is quite familiar with the car from his Friday morning sessions, and as usual he impressed us with his calm approach and intelligent feedback as he worked through the test programme.

"

I so hope he gets a drive next year, even if it is just with the Virgin.

223

1. VETTEL
2. WEBBER
3. KUBICA
4. ROSBERG
5. ALONSO

Alonso would have gone further up my list but for his shocking behaviour after the race shaking his fist at Petrov for not letting him through (even though he was nowhere close enough to overtake him). I was really disappointed by that show of sportsmanship by the Spaniard.

224

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Rosberg

5. Kobayashi

225

Ok, let's go for it!

1. Alonso. Some mistakes at the beginning of the season and a weird accident in Monaco. Yet, with a second-class car (compared to Red Bull) he almost clinched the championship.

2. Vettel. Without his engine's failure in Korea, he would have won the last four races. Credit to him.

3. Webber. Personally, I think he deserved the championship a little bit more than the rest of competitors (maybe, just because he is the oldest one). Sadly, he lost the touch at the final stages. Yet, he has been a great performer.

4. Kubica. He drove brilliantly and got more from his Renault than what I would have imagined. A first-class driver.

5. Rosberg. With a car that was "only" the fourth one (sometimes the fifth) he got very decent results and well deserved podiums. He should be capable of winning races next year if Mercedes gives him a good car and Ross Brawn does not decide that Michael is his choice from the very beggining.

PS. I would also include Hamilton (but for his back-to-back mistakes of Monza and Singapour), Kobayashi (hopefully rescued from sushi restaurant thanks to Peter Sauber) and Kovalainen & Alguersuari. I'd like them to promote to better cars...

226

1) Kubica

2) Alonso

3) Webber

4) Vettel

5) Rosberg

227

I think the descending order is a bit of a red herring.

Is it terms of the driver rating or the number we give them in the list

228

for those of you who voted Jenson Button just because he challenged Lewis (& still came 2nd best), you are tacitly admitting that Lewis is your benchmark of greatness and that Button is really average...

Here goes my vote:

1. Lewis Hamilton: might not be loved by British press; they always prefer mr. nice (Tim Henman of this world:)... but wow. average car, still in hut to the end.

2. Fernando Alonso: Beast!!! 2nd best, almost won it.

3. Vettel: won it. Well done.

5. Webber: not bad for a 2nd driver with a quick car. Could have done better tho

James Allen - please come back to the commentary box on BBC. We missed you!!

229

Most of the time JB did follow Lewis across the line, but by how many seconds? 0.8 in the last one and 1.2 in the penultimate race. There many other similar occassions and although I missed the Korean race and know he had a cringer, he never once lost it through his own error. But give him back the points he lost at the hands of others he may well have ended up INFRONT of Lewis.

He may have been obliterated in qualifying and as a fan it was tough to watch at times, but often reeled Lewis back in on race day because of his tyre management.

I reiterate, 0.8 seconds as they crossed the line and this was all the while Lewis was killing himself to catch Vettel. Not forgetting the JB had to make up ALOT of places to put himself right back on Lewis's tail.

230

1. Alonso for his relentless coldblooded charge.His statement at Silverstone was laughed upon yet he almost pulled it off.

2. Vettel for winning the WDC although in the fastest car by miles.

3. Kubica for getting that Renault where it did not deserve to be

4. Rosberg for thoroughly overshadowing the 7 time champ.

5. Hamilton for pulling every last bit of performance out of his car.

231

It's less difficult to pick five drivers than to put them in an order. I would prefer to put them in no particular order, but if it has to be one by one, then here we go - from the best to the worst (if you can call anybody from this list "the worst").

1. Fernando Alonso - I've been criticised for my pro-Alonso attitude, yet I really think he was great this year. After first part of the season I was wondering whether he lost "it", but he definitely proved he didn't in the second part. To lead the championship, fight till the end for the title and lose it in fact because of a bad strategy was an astonishing achievement in a car that was second and sometimes even third best. He had a bad first part of the season with some errors that seemed so uncharacteristic for him, but then he had a wonderful comeback and his fightback from almost 50 points behind the leader in summer to the first place in October/November was something extraordinary. I also pick him for his immunity to pressure (shown especially in the second part of the season), fighting spirit with no will to give up no matter what and his great ability to answer all the critics on the track - almost every time Alonso was being criticised this year for his driving and errors, he silenced everybody with his performance the following GP (like winning German GP - let's forget the team orders thing - after finishing 14. in UK, or winning at Monza after crashing in Spa). One may say he inherited some of his wins this year, but you have to be in the right place at the right time to be able to gain from somebody else's misfortunes. And he was there because of his driving and not because of luck. All in all it was good to see him up there in front after a few years behind.

2. Lewis Hamilton - Like Alonso - he was fighting till the end with much faster Red Bulls and he was leading the championship for quite a long time in a car that wasn't best for sure. Although he made some mistakes in the second part of the season as if coming back to his habit of losing his head when it matters, he's also shown (in the first part of the season) that he has matured a lot as a driver. One of the evidences for that came (IMO) actually at the end of the season - in Brazil when Lewis backed off from his attempt to overtake Nico Hulkenberg - that's not the kind of Hamilton we're used to, but it only showed that he was using his head as sometimes you have to have the bigger picture and think not only about this one race (and crash when attacking too fiercely) but about the whole championship. One more personal reason for me, but nevertheless very important: I never liked Hamilton before - I thought he was a great driver but an arrogant man, who, what's more, didn't have to fight his way in F1 but was fiven the fastest car straight away from the start of his career. I really thought he would always be so, but this season I changed my mind and I like and respect not only Hamilton-driver but also Hamilton-man; and that's from an Alonso fan. I guess I'm now (no matter how odd it sounds) Alonso/Hamilton fan and I was happy to see them fighting each other at the front.

3. Sebastian Vettel - of course - the youngest ever world champion. Why only third place? He was brilliant - that's for sure and managed to come on top of the standings when it really mattered. But because of his actions in Turkey (crash with Webber) and Spa (with Button), I'm still not absolutely convinced about his racecraft. He's fast when he's got nobody in front, but when it comes to overtaking, things can get messy. However, I must point out his great attitude in the second part of the season when he started to keep his head cool and didn't make mistakes that were so common for him at the beginning of the season. Still, only third spot, because he had the fastest car and, apparently, the whole team backing him and it took him 19 races to come on top (yes - at the most important moment, but considering the circumstances, i.e. the car and all the support) one might think he should have get the title much earlier. That's why I think Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton did a better job (keeping him at bay for such a long time in slower cars), so they deserve to be on top on my list rather than Sebastian. Still - great season for Vettel.

4. Robert Kubica - for being almost the best of the rest (I know that title, according to the standings, goes to Nico Rosberg, but Rosberg had, apparently, a better car), for messing up with the front runners from time to time, though he theoretically didn't belong there. For almost error free season (he made much less mistakes than the front runners, though we still don't know for sure if it's due to his ability to drive faultlessly or because he didn't have to push as hard as the front runners as he wasn't fighting for championship - maybe, just maybe, he would have made more mistakes if he was put in a faster car and made to fight for wins with even faster cars. That's only a presumption, but I used it as an explanation - I'm impressed with Kubica's ability not to make mistakes, but I still can't be sure whether these are his normal abilities or he if he was able to drive that well because he had no pressure on him, unlike the others). And for his great overtaking moves in Singapore, where one wasn't supposed to be able to overtake (yes - the fight between Alonso and Vettel untill the chequered flag was great and intense, but it was Kubica that gave us all some entertainment that day).

5. Mark Webber - because of his result at the end, showing that it's never too late to fight for the title. He had some great drives, but also some huge mistakes (crashes in Valencia, Korea and Singapore - with Hamilton) and it seemed to me that he lost his speed at the end of the season and even kind of gave up in Abu Dhabi. And it's because of the mistakes that I put him at only 5th place. However, if his claims about being number two in the team were true, then he did a magnificent job - after all, from the beginning of the season, Vettel was supposed to be Red Bull's leading force, while it was Mark who took the lead in the championship as the first one from the RB duet. Also - for his great drive in Monaco, his wild celebration in the swimming pool afterwards and his cheeky "not bad for a number two driver". And for remaining a "nice guy" without any controvercies around him (unlike most of the other front runners).

As it was supposed to be just 5 then I can't put some other drivers on the list, but I'll mention them anyway (in no particular order): Jenson Button (for surprising me at the beginning of the season - I expected him to be far behind Hamilton and he actually put up a fight. He was first of the top 5 to be dropped out of the championship race, but he stayed in that race much longer than I expected), Nico Rosberg (for beating Michael Schumacher fair and square weekend after weekend - something not many were expecting before the season), Kamui Kobayashi (for some entertainment and good overtaking moves - for changing my mind about the Japanese drivers - till this year I thought they could only crash into others and themselves - he proved me wrong, though he had a few mistakes), Nico Hulkenberg (just one outstanding performance in fact, but what a shock that was - definitely worth remembering).

232

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kubica

4. Webber

5. Hamilton

233

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Kubica

5. Kobayashi

234

1- Kamui Kobayashi (outperformed the machinery he was given to use)

2- Robert Kubica (singlehandedly dragged Renault to most of their points)

3- Sebastian Vettel (a fairly solid season and a well won title)

4- Heikki Kovalianen (head and shoulders above the B-Class of newcomers)

5- Mark Webber (desperately unlucky to walk away with 3rd)

235
Michael Allardyce

It's not an easy call cos at some point all the drivers made mistakes. But I think we have the worthiest champion in Vettel. RB do seem to favour him over Webber but lets face it, the guy does have immense talent and speed. He had a few 'humbling' moments this year but we musn't forget that he's only 23! If he learns well from his mistakes and RB continually give him a competitive machine I can see Schuey's record being seriously threatened. Still fair play to Webber, not only did he got no.2 status, he's also up against F1's brightest talent.
My no.2 will be Webber, 3 Rosberg (for comprehensively showing up a 7x world champ!), 4 Alonso and 5 Hamilton.

236

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

237

Hi James, I won this last year, I think it's a lot tougher this year!

I'm going for...

Vettel

Alonso

Hamilton

Webber

Kubica

238

You did it again! Wow. Well done

239

Goo luck, same top 5 as me so "I believe"

240

Good luck on getting "back to back titles!"

241

I think I've done it!

242

Vettel

Webber

Alonso

Hamilton

Kubica

Also, how fantastic that Mark Webber wrote the foreward to your book! "It's what we get out of bed for," indeed. 🙂

243

5.Kobayashi

4.Rosberg

3.Kubica

2.Vettel

1.Alonso

244

1. Kubica

2. Vettel

3. Rosberg

4. Hamilton

5. Webber

It's really too close to rank. Alonso did an outstanding job in the latter half of the season, but was a bit erratic in the early half of the season. He deserves to be ranked among the best this season, but just won't quite fit in. Kubica, Vettel, Rosberg, Hamilton, Webber, and Alonso all did a stellar job.

245

1. alonso

2. vettel

3. hamilton

4. webber

5. kovalainen

246

Alonso

Kubica

Hamilton

Vettel

Webber

Anyone from the first 3 would have clinched WDC a while ago had he had machinery of the last 2. For that reason I should have maybe put Rosberg somewhere but I like Webbo too much and have too much respect for a WDC title to not honour it on a lists like that 😉

247

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kubica

4. Kobayashi

5. Hamilton

This was very tough. I was rooting for Webber all year long, but I really can't say he deserved to be in the top 5, considering the way he dropped off in the last few races, especially in Abu Dhabi. Kubica and Kobayashi both enhanced their reputation during the year.

248

Like someone else here said, I also will not win the book, but I would like to say what I think.

I can't understand why someone places Vettel in the first place. Kobayashi did OK, but there were quite a few times where towards the end he changed to soft tires and so had the edge over others on older tires. Of course, it does not diminish the excitement of this driver. Also about Kubica one most say that he did not outperform his car - he just maximised its potential.

My top five:

1) Alonso - there is something about him. I think that he more than justified why Kimi was replaced and that really says all about it.

2) Hamilton - the most exciting driver and a great overtaker. Montoya had the eagerness to overtake, but not always the class and quality. Hamilton has both class and quality.

3) Webber - I could not decide whether third will be Webber or Rosberg. I chose Webber. It is easy to say that Vettel was faster but I have read several times that the latest updates and changes to the car (since mid season) were more to Vettels liking. So...

4) Rosberg - I have said it already and will repeat it. He was very consistent and I agree with Ross Brawn - Niko did better than I expected. Everybody is singing praises for Kubica but Rosberg also did great things even when that Mercedes was far from competitive. Give him a good car and he will deliver.

5) Vettel and Button - here I have two drivers. I still think that Sebastian deserve the title, but I do not remember that he impressed me this season. Hungary was great, until that moment under safety car. Button did really well in his first year at Mclaren. Before the year started a lot of people said that he will loose dramatically to Lewis. It did not happen so good for him. So in fifth place I have both Vettel and Button.

I also would like to say that Schumacher was not as bad as some say. Kubica was OK but we must wait until he gets a better car and a more competitive teammate. I expected more from Massa.

About the others - I did not see enough of them because they were not shown enough. So I can't analyse their performances. Maybe someone from Williams, Force India, Toro Rosso or the new teams also deserve praises, but I simply can't judge.

249

I think your order will be, in descending order

Kubica

Webber

Hamilton

Alonso

Vettel

250

1. Sebastian vettel

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Kamui Kobayashi

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Mark Webber

251

1. Alonso

2. Rosberg

3. Vettel

4. Kubica

5. Hamilton

252

1.Kubica

2.Hamilton

3.Alnoso

4.Rosberg

5.Weber

253

1-Alonso

2-Vettel

3-Webber

4-Hamilton

5-Button

254

1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Robert Kubica
3. Mark Webber
4. Fernando Alonso
5. Lewis Hamilton

255

1. Kubica

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Rosberg

5. Webber

Thanks for your posts, James. Always a pleasure to read.

256

1. vettel

2. rosberg

3. hamilton

4. alonso

5. kubica

257

1)Alonso

2)Vettel

3)Webber

4)Button

5)Kobayashi

.

.

.

24)Massa

258

Vettel

Alonso

Webber

Rosberg

Button

259

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Rosberg

5. Barrichello

260

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Rosberg

5. Kubica

261

1. Robert Kubica

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Mark Webber

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Fernando Alonso

262

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hamilton

4. Kubica

5. Webber

263

Alonso

Vettel

Kubica

Hamilton

Kobayashi

Alonso because he'd have sealed the title a month age had he been in the RB.

Vettel for keeping calm under pressure.

Kubica - so deserving of a top car.

Hamilton for beating a reigning WDC with equal machinery.

Kobayashi for entertainment value.

264

1. Weber - a better all-round driver and it shows on the track - the most honest of the lot.

2. Alonso - for the climb back to the top, and he would have been there at the last race with or without those '7 points.

3. Button - wasn't supposed to show as well, according to some; fewest mistakes on the track.

4. Hamilton - form was slow to materialize.

5. Vettle - may have won the championship but his 'mistakes' cost others way more than they deserved.

265

1. Alonso

2. Kubica

3. Hamilton

4. Kobayashi

5. Rosberg

266

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kubica

4. Webber

5. Kobayashi

James, thanks for your blog this year, I've enjoyed it very much. Also, I really miss your television commentary!

267

1 Vettel

2 Webber

3 Alonso

4 Rosberg

5 Kobayashi

268

1 - Hamilton

2 - Vettel

3 - Alonso

4 - Button

5 - Kubica

Hamilton muscled a slower and relatively unreliable car into championship contention. Two mechanical DNFs in Barcelona and Hungaroring and two defective gearboxes during the same weekend in Japan were a huge mountain to climb. If Monza was outright clumsiness, Singapore was a pure race incident, the kind the bumping likes of Webber seem to cause upon others when fighting for position. Plenty of fantastic qualifying efforts with terrific race results, he is definitely on a learning curve and people must seriously worry what will happen when McLaren deliver him a top notch car again. Hopefully the guys at Woking will have learned from the very hard 2010 experience.

2 - Vettel had a fantastic season and deserved the title as he was clearly the best and fastest of the Red Bull pilots. Even with all the mechanical problems, he could have made it much easier to himself with measured and controled drives at Istambul, Hungaroring and Spa. He is also on a learning curve, it was costly that he took so long to dominate Webber, but in the end it was just enough.

3 - For a while, in the second half of the season, Alonso looked like the fast, calculating and unstoppable force he once was from 2005 through 2006. But his first half of the season was remniscent of the driver who had a meltdown when paired with Hamilton and then spent two years in hiding and not even trying aboard a Renault. His plenty of mistakes and Massa's horrible form masked the true potential of the F10 and what should have been an easy title became bitter defeat. He must be hitting himself over the unecessary penalty at Silverstone, or the crashing in FP3 at Monaco, or jumpng the lights at China, or putting the wheels over the painted line at Melbourne, or crashing out alone at Spa...

4 - Button was expected to have a year in hell against Hamiltion. Quite the opposite, he pushed Lewis very hard, never made serious mistakes, won two great races and put the underserving MP4-25 in contention until the Interlagos. It actually gave credentials to his 2009 title. Now, if only he can qualify better, he might be the one the field will reckon with in 2011.

5 - It's hard to measure Kubica's year considering his rookie (yet competent) teammate and the fact that people had no expecations whatsoever surrounding Renault. But the guy got deserved and inspiring podiums and made everyone wish he had a top car. In a year in which the whole F1 community was already at awe with 5 legitimate title contender and race winners, that speaks incredible volumes. It's enough to say he really deserves such a car and Renault should do damn well to be sure he gets one ASAP. He is the guy to rebuild the team and marque in racing after what happened through 2007-2009.

Honerable mentions go to:

- Kobayashi. He gave us plenty of momments and smiles depsite some wild runs. Hopefully Sauber and him wil improve for 2011.

- Barrichello. Williams are him are a perfect match, no BS, just serious hard work racing. Too bad they didn't meet some 10 years ago. 300+ GPs and counting. Impressive.

- Webber. Had a nice run. He was fast and able to benefit from RB6 and his rivals' mistakes for a very long wild. But for a guy who spoke so much, he didn't have the speed and cutting egde when it was most needed in the end of the season.

269

Alonso

Niko

Vettel

Kobayasi

Kubica

270

1. Alonso (Massa showed how fast the Ferrari really was and FA found lots lots more)

2. Vettel (some mistakes but always very very quick)

3. Webber (fantastic mid-season, no shame in being 2/10ths slower than Vettel in quali)

4. Rosberg (buried MS - who would have foreseen that a year ago ?)

5. Kubica (really hard choice here between him and Jenson and Lewis, but stunning on the real driver circuits)

Thanks for the blog James, which has allowed me to get closer to the action in this fantastic season. Keep up the good work !

271

1. Vettel

2. Kubica

3. Rosberg

4. Alonso

5. Kobayashi

272

1. Alonso.

2. Button.

3. Rosberg.

4. Kobayashi.

5. Kubica.

(6. Vettel.

7. Webber.

8. Hamilton.)

Reasoning. Those who stayed with their 2009 team, should have easily out-performed those who changed teams, so big points to those drivers who've switched and put in strong performances.

Alonso trounced Massa and almost got the WDC, which is why he's at the top.

The only other WDC contender new to a team was Button who kept Hamilton very honest.

Rosberg did great to pummel Schumacher more often than not, and this in a new team and one that has had a rather large development hang-over from the previous season.

Kobayashi got over start of the season wobbles to do some impressive races, and make his team mates look second rate.

Kubica helped pull Renault back to the front after some pretty bad years for the team.

I realise that 6, 7, 8 were all WDC contenders and will probably raise eyebrows being that low down, but my reasoning on those is simple. They stayed with their 2009 teams and had pretty good machinery.

I can't help but feel that the Red Bull's performance was so far above the rest of the field, that anyone in the above list and some not in it, would have been able to take the WDC with it, and some probably more definitively. Regardless of Vettel and Webber's abilities, the truth is that they never had to go anywhere near outperforming the car. Or to put it another way, at races where the RB6 wasn't the fastest car, I never got the impression that either RB driver was particularly hustling it around.

Hamilton has been a disappointment this year. Still has great moves, and occasionally shows he's capable of more mature racing, but generally too hot headed behind the wheel. Also, clearly the 2010 car was built with him solely in mind, due to Button not coming to the team until quite late, and with that kind of an advantage over the rest of the field (how many teams build their car for just one driver?), he should have performed better.

273

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Kubica

5. Hamilton

274

1 Alonso

2 Vettel

3 Kubica

4 Hamilton

5 Rosberg

275

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Rosberg

4. Webber

5. Kubica

276

Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton, Webber, Kubica. I nearly put Alonso but he was not error free this season and Vettels form in the last races was superb. Button was too slow in qualifying so misses the cut.

277

1. Kubica (normally I wouldn't even consider a non-title contender for number 1 spot, but Kubica has been so good this year that I have to make the exception here)

2. Vettel (WDC and deserved to win by more)

3. Alonso (great fightback in 2nd half, but 1st half mistakes cost him)

4. Hamilton (Italy & Singapore cost him dear)

5. Rosberg (great consistency throughout the year, not on Kubica's level but at most of the races he delivered the Merc's potential).

278

Top5 and main characters of 2010:

1-Sebastian 'don't count me out' Vettel

2-Fernando 'I will keep fighting' Alonso

3-Mark 'not bad for second driver' Webber

4-Lewis 'move or die' Hamilton

5-Jenson 'strategy comes first' Button

Honorable mentions to:

6-Nico 'mission outpace Schumacher' Rosberg

7-Robert 'competitive but quiet' Kubica

8-Michael 'I need the Pirellis' Schumacher

9-Rubens 'senior but reliable' Barrichello

10-Kamui 'I am on hard tires' Kobayashi

11-Vitaly 'pass me if you can' Petrov

279

5. Hulkenburg

4. Hamilton

3. Webber

2. Alonso

1. Vettel

280

5. N Roseberg

4. M Webber

3. F Alonso

2. R Kubica

1. S Vettel

281

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Hamilton

5. Kubica

282

Hi James.
Loving the insight you bring to us mere mortals and will definitely be buying the book if I don't win- can't wait to read it! Anyhow, my picks are:

1. Webber. Has proved himself all round. The story of his route to the (almost) top is truly compelling and that of a true gutsy racer. There should be more from his mould!
2. Vettel. For all his childish, impetuous faults, he is a great driver and proved in 2008 that he can win races on talent rather than relying on having a good car.
3. Kobayashi. All out racer. They boy is fast and gives us fans the show we tuned in to see. There has been talk of how to get more overtaking into f1 for years and over his 21 races so far Kamui has shown us the answer- get HIM on your payroll!
4. Button. Many doubted him before this season and put his success down to the brilliant BGP001 but he has silenced them all, getting performance from what started as a sub-standard car, showingthe value of experiance helping the team develop it but most importantly, taking the fight to Hamilton and holding his own.
Finally:
5. Alguersuari. Given his controversial entry into our beloved sport last year, his relative lack of experience and the car he was lumbered with, I think many would have been forgiven for assuming he'd often be joining the new teams at the bottom of the timesheets on a Saturday afternoon. But the boy dun good! I was often shocked to see him puttingin some very promising laps toward the top of the Q2 times. He kept his head down and stayed out of trouble for the good part, learning his trade. I get the sneaky suspicion that he will be applying his learnings next season and perhaps making mire of a name for himself and for that he deserves a place in my top 5!

There are needless to say many more drivers this tear who gave made sterling efforts to bring their cars home credibly- Kovalainen and Hulkenberg for example, but there simply isn't room for 10 drivers in a top 5! Well done to all drivers this year for the must exciting season in decades. Every single race seat was well deserved!

283

Firstly can't wait to get the book for chrimbo, got it on pre order, so if don't win I won't be too downhearted.

As Mark Webber has said they have all drop the ball at some point this season.

No.1 Fernando Alonso.

Great first race, then went backwards very quickly through bad luck. Got to mid season and stated clearly his intentions. Made the best of not the best car. I think if Massa was scoring more points like he normally does this would have been a truer reflection of the team and helped against RBR.

No.2 Mark Webber.

Great effort from Mark and constistantly scoring points when others around him were making mistakes. He had a few himself a la valencia but he was very strong this year, the best we have seen him I believe.

No.3 Jenson Button

Coming from a team on a budget to a team that is clearly built for Lewis he started as he meant to go on and showed he had the tenacity to get the results that both he and the team needed. Quali has been he problem this year.

No.4 Robert Kubica

Has proved if you put a top driver in a reasonable car he can get much more out of it than thought possible. 2nd in Aus, 3rd in monaco and belgium.

No.5 Michael Schumcher

I'm torn between him and Heikki. Heikki has taken a big drop down the grid but with an eye on the future so good luck to him and he has done the best out of the new teams.

Michael as much as his season didn't start well he has stuck at it and got some decent points in the second half. A very bad move on Rubens didn't help in one way but on the other hand he has learnt that he can't get away with things like that now so was quick to put he apology in.

284

People arund Webber made mistakes?

I always laugh when I hear people talk like Webber made less mistakes than anyone.

Go through the season, in the race (so not practice sessions):

- Vettel made 3 unforced mistakes, although many will say Turkey was a forced mistake.

- Webber made 5 unforced mistakes. Not even counting his 6-7 dismal starts.

- Alonso made 7 unforced mistakes.

- Hamilton made 4 unforced mistakes.

So from the contenders, Vettel made the least mistakes.

Yet everyone still talks about Vettel like he made 50 and no one talks about Webber's or Alonso's. Why is this?

Even with many mechanical failures, which Webber (or any other contender) didn't have, costing Vettel over 80 points (!) he still won the championship and in style to boot.

That says something about his talent.

285

Well said, M

286

I didn't say MW was mistake immune, I started with his own quote that they have all dropped the ball at some point.

287

question yourself why Seb had that mechanical failures and Mark didn´t, maybe he´s another Kimi in the Mclaren years, pure speed, but disrespectful with the machine he drives... and to be honest, Redbull should have wrapped the WDC by summer and the rest of the season would have been a walk for the rest and extremely boring for us the fans 😛

288

The 2 engines blowing up has nothing to do with driving style, they are all rev limited, so you cannot damage them in that way. The same goes for the other parts, there is a safety line. It was all bad luck.

Some drivers just have this bad luck thing...Kimi being one too. Or Barrichello in Brazil for instance, he always has something bad happen there.

289

1 Kubica

2 Kobayashi*

3 Vettel

4 Alonso

5 Webber

* I want Kobayashi to have Massa's seat next year.

290

Alonso disagrees 😛

291

Hamilton

Kubica

Vettel

Alonso

Webber

292

1. Vettel

2. Webber

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Button

293

1) Kubica

2) Rosberg

3) Vettel

4) Kobayashi

5) Hamilton

Why?

Kubica was outstanding, constantly outperforming expectations. This season has really put him up there amongst the best drivers in F1 at the moment.

Rosberg was quiet, but consistently strong, making Schumacher look very ordinary for much of the season. He doesn't get the press that his talent deserves - people assume that he's been beating Schumacher because Michael is past it, but I don't think that's the whole story. I'd really like to see what he can do in a race-winning car.

Vettel certainly deserved the title on raw qualifying and race pace, but did little to dispel lingering doubts over his racecraft. Sure, he had his share of mechanical issues, but he didn't help his own cause with a succession of poor starts from pole and two very clumsy overtaking manoevres in Turkey and Belgium. I can't be too harsh on a newly-crowned champion, but Seb is not yet the finished product.

Kobayashi did his reputation a lot of good this year. Poor reliability was a problem at the start of the season, but once Sauber sorted that out, he was consistently sneaking his car higher up the finishing order than it deserved to be. His race at Valencia was a classic.

Hamilton was another driver who was not favoured by the F1 gods this year. He extracted everything possible from his car through much of the season, but the mechanical failures in Spain and Hungary both denied him significant points. I also think he can count himself unfortunate that his race was ended by relatively minor collision damage in both Italy and Singapore. The two times that he let Alonso past in Brazil and Korea were entirely his fault, however, even though in both cases he probably would have been overtaken at some point.

Notable omissions:

Webber - No excuses for Mark. He had by far the fastest car on the grid and no mechanical issues (unlike Seb) and he still couldn't win the title. Vettel outqualified him by a significant margin, and he also suffered from a tendancy to make a lot of contact with other cars - see Austrailia, Korea, Valencia, Singapore.

Alonso - Yes, he was excellent at the end of the season... but he was also well below expectations for the rest of it. His car's reliability was flawless, but like Webber, he wasted it by making a fair few mistakes (see: Monaco and Belgium)

294

I was looking for a way to put kamui in there myself, but I didn't manage it.

Some of his overtaking moves have been absolutely brilliant this season. He basically appears to brake 15 metres after everyone else. He does not lack guts I'll say that for him.

Great to see him developing this season and he's quite a character off the track!

295
Roger Carballo AKA Architrion

Do you remember Belgium? when Barrichello crashed at him at the start? Do you think that the package was without damage after such a big collision? Really? and after that... do you believe it was all about an Alonso's error?

296

Pretty much, yeah.

Alonso went slightly wide on the exit of the corner, and then applied the throttle at the exit of the corner with his left-rear wheel on a wet kerb (these are very slippery). The back end of the car lost traction and he got a massive hit of oversteer that pitched him into the wall.

That's a driver error, as far as I can see. Sure, his rear end downforce probably wasn't helped by Barichello smashing into him, but those kerbs are so slippery that you don't need to have a damaged car in order to get caught out.

297

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kubica

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg

298

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hamilton

4. Webber

5. Kubica

299

1st - Alonso

2nd - Webber

3rd - Kubica

4th - Rosberg

5th - Vettel

300

Vettel
Alonso
Rosberg
Kubica
Webber

301

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Robert Kubica

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Nico Rosberg

Vettel: Was by far the fastest of the lot, and the only reason he didn't clinch the WDC sooner was the unreliable Renault engine, costing him two victories, both of which went to his toughest enemy, Alonso. Yet, made a "Kimi" and won the championship in an incredible way.

Alonso: Brilliant on the second half of the season, always there to pick up the points Red Bull threw away. Unusually erratic this season which in the end may have cost him the title. Above the rest because of his magnificent come back.

Kubica: Outdrove the car in a greater manner than anyone else, and in that sense, could even be considered number one on this list. One of the best racers of the bunch.

Hamilton: Was fighting until the end even though the car proved to be a disappointment. Some unnecessery mistakes, but also lucky escapes from penalties. Can drive through the field better than maybe anyone else in the present grid.

Rosberg: Getting better every year, beat Schumi clearly and took podiums whenever possible, in a car that was far from being in top 3. Might really surprise next season if Mercedes manages to build a good car.

302

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Webber

4. Kubica

5. Rosberg

303

1.Alonso

2.Vettel

3.Webber

4.Hamilton

5.Button

Alonso is my driver of the season simply for not giving up in the middle of the season after a series of bad races/ill-luck.

Vettel won the championship but it would have been criminal if any of the RB drivers had not won it in a car that was at times 1.5 seconds faster than the competition.

Alonso exhibited leadership in a difficult year and will continue to lead the way for Ferrari in years to come.

Forza Ferrari!!! Vamos Alonso!!!

304

1. Kubica.

2. Hamilton.

3. Webber.

4. Vettel.

5. Alonso.

305

1. Webber

2. Alonso

3. Rosberg

4. Kubica

5. Vettel

306

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Button

5. Hamilton

307

1. Hamilton - He did not have the fastest car and he made errors while trying to get the very best out of it. But he won 3 races, 2 on clear pace and merit and 1 by being a persistent thorn in the RBs side until they collided! But what entertainment, amazing passes (mostly!) and great to watch.

2. Vettel, when he's in front he stays in front. He did have the best car and there is still a question mark of his passing ability. but he is very quick and I think he deserved the championship, only second to Hamilton because when the chips are down Hamilton shows more skill as he fights his way back.

3. Alonso. I'm not a fan, but have to admire the flashes of brilliance and utter dominance in a car that was not the best in the field. He is awesome and still arguably the most complete driver in the field. But he's just so arrogant....that Petrov incident was terrible. And then we have Germany! He doesn't need races gifted to him...he is too good for that.

4. Webber. Better than I thought he would be, and he really pushed Vettel, almost to breaking point. I believe that Vettel's calmness at the end of the season made his championship more credible and that was because of the pressure Webber put him under. He's a class act.

5. Kubica. Monaco! What a drive. This guy may well have the legs on all the others! But until he gets that fast car we'll not know for sure...but he's right up there!

I left out Button for one reason. unless it's a strategy call, he doesn't take risks. He consistently plodded his way to his points haul only showing flair on rare occasions, and had some serious off days where he was simply nowhere (Korea, Hungary) People keep saying how well he did against Hamilton, but i'm not convinced. Hamilton had twice as many DNFs and still outscored him by 26 points, (that's more than the gap between Barrichello and Hulkenberg...and he's just lost his race seat!) i'd say that's pretty damning myself.

308

1/ Rosberg - out-performed Schumacher in a car changed to suit Micheal.

2/ Kubica - Poor finish to season but great start

3/ Vettel - Matured as the season went on.

4/ Kobayashi - For entertainment alone

5/ Hamilton - Faster than Button, and stayed in title-hunt with the 3rd fastest car

309

1. Alonso - almost made WDC expect for fatally flawed pit stop strategy call by team in last race even though he had the 2nd best or 3rd best car all year. Given how poorly Massa performed, I think over-all the Ferrari was just 3rd best.

2. Vettel-made the most of the Red Bull superiority and was clearly faster than Mark especially at end of year. Would have wrapped up WDC earlier if not for car's unreliability. Still not one of top 5 in overtaking ability but it will come.

3. Webber - had a great run despite being obviously treated as No. 2 driver in the team.

4. Kubica - has made the Renault faster than it deserves and has built a team around him. A future WDC in the right car.

5. Kobayashi - sensational rookie performance in a terrible car and team. Old-fashioned driver from the 60s and 70s it seems - a pure racer. He'll improve for sure and hopefully gets a top ride in a couple of years and brings Japan back into the sport big-time.

Honorable mentions: Hamilton, Button and Rosberg. I think these 8 are a class above the rest.

The McLaren drivers did not figure in top 5 due to too many mistakes by Hamilton, too conservative an approach by Button and a relatively weak McLaren car this year (although over-all still better than the Ferrari year-round.)

310

driver of the year: Alonso

#2: Vettel

#3: Kubica

#4: Webber

#5: Rosberg

311

In descending order:

1. Vettel - It has to be the world champion for me, even if he did make mistakes, you can't win the WDC without immense driving ability.

2.Alonso - Drove brilliantly to take 148 points out of 200 between Germany and Brazil and missed out by a whisker.

3. Webber - Showed he can still cut it with the youngsters in a difficult team atmosphere

4. Hamilton - Did really well with the 3rd best car on the grid and in my opinion, only made one (question mark 2) very bad error all year at Monza (question mark over Singapore)

5. Button - Tough decision between him and Kubica, but I've given it to Jenson because he has showed he can match up to Hamilton when before the season many people - including me - thought Hamilton would wipe the floor with him.

Well, that's my top 5, and yes I know they were the top 5 in the chamionship, but that's just the way it worked out for me.

Nathan

312

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Kubica

5. Hulkenburg

313

1. Kobayashi

2. Vettel

3. Kubica

4. Webber

5. Alonso

314

1. Alonso

2. Webber

3. Hamilton

4. Button

5. Vettel

315

1.Vettel

2.Hamilton

3.Alonso

4.Kubica

5.Button

316

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Alonso

4. Webber

5. Rosberg

I feel all these performed above expectations.

317

1.Alonso

2.Vettel

3.Webber

4.Rosberg

5.Kubica

Alonso because one of the Red Bull guys should have sewn it up several races back with such a dominant car, and Vettel over Webber since Mark threw it away in the last three races. Rosberg doubled a 7 time world champion's point total and Kubica was often a contender in a car that usually wasn't. Lewis and Button were solid but not top five.

318

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

319

1. Webber - No one rated him before the season, especially compared to Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton and Button. Other #2's did not get so close to their team mates.

2. Vettel - The boy wonder but given the hype, did he just perform to expectations? A deserving champion.

3. Alonso - Proved why he is rated so highly.

4. Rosberg - See comments about Webber. Everyone expected Michael to bury him.

5. Kobayashi. Soft start to the season, but much better second half. A little inconsistent which is why I rate Rosberg a little higher.

320