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Posted By: James Allen  |  07 Dec 2012   |  5:17 pm GMT  |  793 comments

It’s that time of year again. Time for the readers of JA on F1 to rank their Top Five drivers of the season and for us to formally launch the new book JA on F1 2012 – The Year of Living Dangerously, which is published today.

And, as per tradition, we invite you to rank the drivers into a Top 5 and post your answers below. We will be giving a signed copy of the new book to three readers’ selections that match mine. These will be picked at random from matching entries.

I will publish my own Top 5 selection here on the site in a week or so.

This was an amazing year for drivers, with some quality performances up and down the grid. As always it’s tricky to compare drivers who had race winning cars with those in the middle and at the back of the grid, but that is the challenge. It’s going to be one of the toughest choices we’ve had to make.

We are really pleased with the new book, JA on F1 2012 – The Year of Living Dangerously, which is published today priced at £10.99. I’ve been in the offices of our e-commerce partners Grand Prix Legends today, signing the books and they look great.


As with the three previous books in the series, it is a selection of the best posts on JA on F1 from this year, linked together with plenty of fresh content, putting the stories and the season into context.

It features stunning photography from F1’s premier snapper Darren Heath as well as a range of behind the scenes stories, race reports and analysis from the year, which can be read and enjoyed now as well in years to come.

Its a 256 page large format paperback and signed copies are available to order via our online shop. Don’t take too long over it, though. It’s a limited edition book which has been on pre-sale for a couple of weeks and we’ve sold almost half of them already!

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My top five would be something like this:

1- Alonso

2- Vettel

3- Raikkonen

4- Hamilton

5- Button

2

1.Alonso

2.Hamilton

3.Raikkonen

4.Vettel

5.Petrov

3

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Button

4

1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Petrov

5. Button

5

1Alonso

2Vettel

3Kimi

4Hamilton

5Hulk

6

First, let me say that I am too lazy to do any statistical research to back up my ranking. I am indulging in pure armchair judgement. I don’t even know what it’s like to drive a race car. I hope, James, that you are a little more thorough than me and give us more compelling reasons for your rankings than mine (or anyone else here, for that matter).

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Alonso

Vettel: I have no special affinity for Vettel. I know little about him. But it’s absurd that the youngest triple-champion in history is being so overlooked in this thread. Second? Third? No, my friends, first. His winning seems as inevitable as all the great athletes’ in history. You know in your gut that if his practice is any good, he’ll probably take pole and win the race.

Button: I’ve been a Button fan since the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix. His mechanics left the bung on his intake. When they stuck the cameras in his face after his car overheated, he calmly told them that “we” left the bung on. Most other drivers would throw their mechanics under the bus. This is the kind of leadership that got Button and his pit crew the fastest stop in the history of the sport. He also holds the record for most overtakes in 2012. If only he could qualify more consistently…

Hamilton: Prima Donna though he is, he’s got a fire to win that put him ahead of Button this year. I honestly hope he establishes a better relationship with his engineers and mechanics at Mercedes than he did at McLaren. He used them poorly.

Raikkonen: Don’t like him much either. Nothing ever seems to ignite any passion in him. But he consistently outperformed Petrov, who’s no slouch. Frequent overtaker. Difficult to pass. Put an OK car in the top five consistently. He’s like a robot. Or Darth Vader.

Alonso: Whatever nepotism there is in F1 seems to be concentrated on Alonso. Would there be so many fans here if he weren’t driving for Ferrari? Would he even survive in a team where they didn’t feed his teammate to him intravenously? He obviously has talent. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t have placed second in points this year. But number one? I think not.

7

Alonso

Vettel

Raikkonen

Hamilton

Hulkenberg

8

Alonso

Vettel

Hamilton

Raikkonen

Perez

9

1. Alonso.

2. Hamilton.

3. Raikkonen.

4. Vettel.

5. Schumacher.

10

Alonso – Can’t help but wonder where he would have come if he didn’t have the luxury of Massa doing everything to help Alonso – something that none of the others have, but nevertheless he does and he used that advantage incredibly well.

Hamilton – Can’t think of a single mistake this year – Being critical might have been wiser to let Maldonardo through in Valencia and made a mistake on set-up in Spa but other than that destroyed button in qualy.

Vettel – He won the championship – hauled back a decent gap to Alonso – was fairly lucky though.

Raikkonen – Amazing comeback year – only driver to finish every race and his ability to race closely with others, see ahead and avoid collisions very well. Vettel Brazil – great racing with Hamilton coming out of the pits in Suzuka had nowhere to go with Alonso.

5th is tough as all the contenders made errors but I think Hulkenberg deserves it – most improved of the season probably predict him to be in a front running car in 2014 maybe replacing Perez or Massa if Vettel stays put.

11

Not sure if it is too late.

Alonso

Vettel

Raikkonen

Hulkenberg

Maldonado , he did win a race after all!!

12

1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Hulkenberg

13

1.Fernando Alonso

2.Sebastian Vettel

3.Lewis Hamilton

4.Kimi Räikkönen

5.Jenson Button

Keep up the good work James!!

14

1 alonso

2 hamilton

3 raikkonen

4 vettel

5 button

15

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikonnen

5. Button

Special mention to both Hulkenburg and Perez. Mark my words in 5-10 years these two will be like the Alonso and Vettel of the F1 grid.

16

Alonso

Hamilton

Hulkenberg

Raikkonen

Vettel

17

1. Vettel

2. Kimi

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Hulkenberg

First of all, WC is WC. And Seb sure earned the title as the end of the season was really strong for him. He did what he needed to do. Also we have to remember that Red Bulls fight, unlike Ferraris, between each other as well.

Kimi was superb. I could have never believed he will actually win a race after 2 years sabbatical, and especially in a mid team like Lotus! Not to mention to finish 20/20 races (only driver in the world ever to do so), score points 19/20 races!! Schumi is not happy for these facts, I am sure. Next year champion? If the car is good I believe so.

Alonso, well…good season, but as already mentioned it seems Ferrari only has 1 driver. And Ferrari wasn’t as slow as they wanted people to think. Also Ferrari plays dirty games sometimes. But a good year anyway for Fernando.

Hamilton is really fast, but makes too many mistakes. He should learn something from Kimi, and he’d be a champion again.

Hulkenber is finally getting there where people were expecting him already few years ago. Good end of the season.

And 6th would have been Heikki Kov.

18

1.alonso

2.hamilton

3.vettel

4.massa

5.kimi

masser over kimi as he realy did show souch good form in the later 1/2 over the year…only 2 be pull’d back my the team 4 alonso

19

My Selection is :

1- Vettel

2- Alonso

3- Kimi

4- Hamilton

5- Webber

20

1. Alonso

2. Raikkonen

3. Vettel

4. Perez

5. Hulkenberg

21

1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Raikkonen

4. Vettel

5. Hulkenberg

22

1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Button

23

Alonso

Hamilton

Raikkonen

Vetted

Peres

24

Vettlel

Hamilton

Alonso

Raikkonen

Hulkenberg

Hamilton should’ve walked the championship with the fastest car. Vettel fought tooth and nail the whole season scrounging every point he could. Alonso played the slow car game when towards the end of the season even Massa was beating him. Raikkonen very steady all season in a relatively fast car. Hulkenberg, after finding his feet again after a year off drove the wheels off the Force India into positions it had no right to be.

25

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Webber

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