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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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1

1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Hulkenberg

2

Fernando Alonso

Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton

Kimi Raikonen

Nico Hulkenberg

4
Tornillo Amarillo

Great! Hulk is angry and getting bigger!

5
Bjornar Simonsen

Took the words out of my mouth! 🙂

6

1. Raikkonen

2. Alonso

3. Hamilton

4. Vettel

5. Button

7

1.Alonso

2.Hamilton

3.Button

4.Vettel

5. Räikkōnen

8

I'll go with:

1.) Vettel, pulled back a massive Alonso lead, and made more on track overtakes than anyone else this season, 2nd fastest car overall this term, 2nd most reliable of the top teams also.

2.) Hamilton, great effort from Lewis, without his car issues he would have battled Seb for the title and probably won as McLaren had the fastest car, but least reliable and that cost him.

3.) Alonso, Didn't do anything wrong, but retirements and the quickest car off the line really flattered him a bit. 3rd fastest car, but the most reliable, how many points did he pick up from simply having a car which didn't break down?!

4.) Raikkonen, Completion of laps stats alone says he's gotta be up there, but to come back to F1 and be so quick immediately just shows his talent.

5.) Hulkenburg, blew Di Resta out of the water, has the skills to win a WDC I reckon. Great effort from Nico, a nice guy too...

BTW -

9

Alonso

Vettel

Hamilton

Hukelberg

Raikonen

10

Alonso

Hamilton

Raikkonen

Vettel

Hulkenberg

12

" DITTO "

13

1. Alonso

2. Raikkonen/Vettel/Hamilton

5. Perez/Hulkenberg

I dunno how peopple can choose between Ham/Rai/Vet. I thought they were all equally superb.

14

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Raikonen

4. Perez

5. Massa (came on at the end and supported Alonso very well)

15

Massa? Perez?!!!! No Hamilton? Think we must live in a parallel universe 🙂

16

He had too many retirements and lost points this season!

17

No Lewis Hamilton?? Really?? No, really!?

18

massa in, no lewis. please say you're joking?

19

No Lewis Hamilton, even at number 5?

Can i ask why you wouldn't put Lewis in your top 5?

20

Sebastian Vettel

Fernando Alonso

Lewis Hamilton

Kimi Raikkonen

Nico Hulkenberg

21

Me too.

22

I like this list. I might swap Lewis and Kimi but it it close. Definetly Seb on top. Alonso should lose points for constantly saying what a piece of @#%# the Ferrari was. The guy was 40 points ahead 1/2 way thru the season!

Someone should mention Ferrari was saying a year ago how they were coming out strong, having started the 2012 car early... blah, blah

23

Alonso only said the car is crap to motivate his team in pushing for updates.

24

Look at the rest of the replies in this article. Alonso wins it by a land slide!! Lol

25

Yes kfmeister but Vettel won the one that counts! LOL

I agree with Carlo also... Alonso played the political game all year. Oh, woe for me, as I have a slow car. Not very complimentary to your team.

Plus perhaps Ferrari sacrificed a bit of speed for great reliability. That was IN Alonso's favor. All in all Vettel one fair and square from a 40 point deficit and deserved the trophy. Alonso, two-time WDC, Vettel THREE-times WDC!

26

Everyone has been snookered by Alonso saying the Ferrari was a bad car. It wasn't that bad he just couldn't beat Vettel.

Vettel drove the best because he won the WDC.

27

1 - Alonso

2 - Hamilton

3 - Vettel

4 - Raikkonen

5 - Perez

28

1st - Lewis

2nd - Alonso

3rd - Vettel

4th - Kimi

5th - Hulkenberg

29

1) Alonso - most podiums, not the best car

2) Vettel - deserving champion

3) Hamilton - one of his best years as a driver, lots of bad luck

4) Raikkonen - consistent, fast, scored a win

5) Hulkenberg - showed he was driver who should have replaced Hamilton.

30

100% agree.

Just gutted Mclaren signed Perez instead of Hulkenberg.

31
Tornillo Amarillo

+1

1) Alonso – most podiums, not the best car

2) Vettel – deserving champion

3) Hamilton – one of his best years as a driver, lots of bad luck

4) Raikkonen – consistent, fast, scored a win

5) Hulkenberg – showed he was driver who should have replaced Hamilton.

Please don't copy...

32

LOL - please don't copy, after you just copied.

33

Glad to see quite a few people have agreed with my top 5! Even more glad to see Hulkenberg getting so much recognition from so many people - I feel he deserves it!

1.Alonso - Regardless of whether the "badness" of his car was exaggerated, this was something brilliant - just 3pts off, and the car was surely NOT close to the Red Bull.

2.Vettel - still deserves the title.

3.Hamilton - almost faultless. Dominated Jenson.

4.Raikkonen - beaten by Grosjean on speed, but his racecraft and consistency was of the highest level.

5.Hulkenberg - Looks to be even better than I thought, and I rated him. Only a matter of time before he becomes a winner, I'm sure. Titles too hopefully. And he seems a real nice guy to boot. 🙂

34
Tornillo Amarillo

LOL, U got it

35

+1 for this list and the brief explanation as to why.

36

alonso

vettel

hamilton

webber

button

37

Tough call this year, 5th place in particular was very difficult to determine.

1. Fernado Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Nico Hulkenburg

38

Alonso (fantastic job in a moderate car)

Hamilton (without McL's balls-ups could - should - have won)

Vettel (raised his game when car came to him)

Button (good start and good end, and untouchable at Spa)

Raikkonnen (he'd say himself that he could have been more aggressive early in the season. If his car's up to it next year he'll be a real contender)

I'm a great fan of the Hulk too, and think McL missed a trick taking Perez, but think some of you are a bit too "Brazilian" in your choices.

39

Very Easy for 1-4 but like you say number 5 is a tricky one, id vote :

Alonso

Hamilton

Vettel

Raikkonen

And Petrov

I know i went a bit Rouge there with Petrov, but he impressed me this year, and the only other 2 to get it would be Perez and Hulk... Whom everyone else has gone for!

40

Petrov? Given that he's largely been outpaced by Kovalainnen, who has not had a steller year himself, that's quite a surprise.

41

+1 with Petrov, especially in the second half of the year. However personally I would switch Lewis round with Seb

42

1. Alonso

2. Raikkonnen

3. Vettel

4. Hamilton

5. Hulkenburg

43

Alonso

Vettel

Raikkonen

Hamilton

hulkenburg

45

Alonso

Hamilton

Raikkonen

Vettel

Button and Webber joint 5th

46

Alonso

Hamilton

Vettel

Raikkonen

Hulkenberg

47

1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Perez

There really wasn't much between the top 3 drives this year they were effectively tied on performance.

Alonso consistently out-drove his car all season and made very few mistakes (and I'm not an Alonso fan).

Hamilton also drove flat out and maximised his performance every race and was let down by his car and team which prevented him from winning the championship in the best car on average all season.

Similarly, Vettel maximised what he had and won when he had the best car and drove well when he didn't in the early season.

Raikkonen was consistently very strong all season and didn't make any mistakes that I saw. His performance was not far behind the top 3, or even equal to it all season.

Perez also had some amazing highs considering his relative lack of inexperience. He drove very well when the opportunity arose.

48

1/ Alonso

2/ Vettel

3/ Button

4/ Raikkonen

5/ Hamilton

49

Button third, hmmm can't reason with that myself...

50

Ok, I'm a HUGE Button fan, and even I don't see how he could possibly have been the 3rd best driver of the year! Any justification for this?

51

Chris thanks for reply.

Its based on Quality overtaking against top teams only with pretty much the same tyre wear.

OK Fernando doesnt really deserve top spot with that criteria but such a gritty performance over the year I made a more emotional rather than rational decision there!!! But Vettel Button and Raikkonen definately do Jense shades Kimi as he did take 3 wins.

Sadly Lewis cost McLaren $10 million the last race by being too 'bull headed' and keeping his car in the firing line of an accident trajectory that was far too easily avoided by backing off a few feet, if he could just take a leaf out of kimi or Jense' book he will be more formidable.

52

Hamilton was consistently fast all year and only had 2 DNFs that were pissiy his fault (brazil was likely a racing incident). Button struggled through a lot of the season in a car which Hamilton was getting poles with.

53

Possibly because he won 3 races at very different points in the season? It was surely worthy of a mention. I'd also say it was one of buttons worst years when he went spectacularly off the boil when the car changed and he totally failed to adapt.

I think though, on balance, you have to accept that a multiple race winner had something about them in any given season. Especially a year when winners were spread out.

54

So why put button ahead of Hamilton?

55

1- Alonso

2- Vettel

3- Raikkonnen

4- Hamilton

5- Hulkenberg

56

Well I already ordered mine, so I guess the pressure is off.

My choices are:

1. Alonso: Made the most of a problematic car, and nearly won

2. Hamilton: Much, MUCH improved attitude from the year before, letting his talent shine through. Kept his nerve even after bad luck. I hope he features more in next year's championship than everyone is afraid of

3. Vettel: Newey-genius aside, coming back in the championship as he did was interesting, even if he was fairly lucky in his come-back drives

4. Massa: In all the excitement near the end of the championship, plus Ferrari's play with the seals, a lot of fans seem to have missed the point with this guy: he out-qualified his illustrious team-mate a few times, on merit, despite occasionally having lower-spec parts. I hope he has a good start next year.

5. Raikkonen: It was either him or Webber, or Button. Sometimes we completely forgot about him in the race, but unlike the other two candidates, he got back after a two-year sabbatical, was immediately on the pace and showed plenty of fighting racecraft. What more do you want?

57

massa, the man who was over 140 points behind his team-mate after the 14th race and ferrari tried to replace with webber, you put 4th. genius.

58

Yup, same guy who outqualified Alonso in the last two races, when he was fighting tooth and nail to win the championship.

Let me put it another way: since he and Alonso got Ferrari ahead of McLaren in the constructor's points, the two of them are a better driver combo than Hamilton and Button... in theory. It's a bit of a stretch, given McLaren's unreliability, but it shows how unjustly Massa has been underestimated by most.

59

Rich B:

Yes, Massa took an unexcusably long time to get comfortable in this car. That's why Alonso is in No1 and I put him 4th.

Still, he and Alonso beat McLaren. Just.

As for how many other people rated Massa... don't worry, I have no trouble finding friends.

60

he out qualified Alonso in the last 2 races.

you're right, that makes up for the 17 times alonso beat him.

if alonso scored the same amount of points as massa, ferrari would be 5th, that shows you how bad massa was.

its a bit of a stretch given mclarens unreliability? that's more than a bit.

have you noticed how many other people put massa?

61

Thanks for your order!

62

You're most welcome! It's great to see the large format of the book in that picture, too. I'm looking forward to it.

63

Massa 4 ? Out qualified illustrious team-mate ?

How many times massa out qualified alonso ? 17-3.

Come on stats do not support your logic. I had to contend my chuckle after reading your post

why fans need to remember a driver who has performed poorly for the last 36 months ?

Ferrari never gave massa lower spec parts. In fact ferrari updates and wind tunnel problem had not helped alonso.(ferrari brought many updates - Nothing worked and this was quite evident since singapore)

You can hope for good start from a poor driver. Reality only suggest another 20-0 or 18-2. Get real

64

Sorry but I have to pick you up on this. Massa has stated previously that new parts go on Alonso's car before his, his car was sometimes an iteration of two behind that of Fernando's, especially when Ferrari had a limited supply of parts. It's what you would expect to be honest, and as Massa needs to fight for his Ferrari seat it wasn't hard to make him accept it.

65

I put Alonso on No1, didn't I?

Ferrari were able to do their seal breaking because Massa outqualified Alonso. And a week later, he did it again. No lucky breaks with traffic, either: In Sao Paolo, Massa was faster in all three qualifying sessions, and just in case people claim it was all to do with setup, at various times in the wet during the race, he was still as fast as, if no faster than, Alonso.

This from a driver who two months ago everyone KNEW was being replaced at Ferrari! Now I'm sorry, but that's interesting to me.

We'll see how things go next year, as you wrote.

66

For me Ferrari / Alonso they failed in two last races with 2012 car setup. You can see how Alonso struggled with his wheel more than he use to (wet & dry). But one of the highs of Fernando is his ability to handle those undriveable cars so he maintained some competitiveness, but not enough to win the championship.

67

1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Rosberg

68

1) Raikkonen

2) Hamilton

3) Alonso

4) Hulkenberg

5) Vettel

69

1 Alonso - lost title by 3 points with 3rd or 4th best car depending on the weekend, only 1 DNF of his own doing.

2 Vettel - really strong finish to the season, came on even stronger as the pressure mounted, and what more can you say than 3 straight titles at 24 years old?

3 Kimi - finished every single lap, won a race, and 3rd in points after 2 years away. Very good at avoiding incidents like Lap 1 evasive manuver in Brazil

4 Hulkenberg - Matched and then outperformed DiResta and was consistently ahead for the second half of the season. Solid the entire year.

5 Lewis - Could have (probably should have) won the title, lost 3 wins and more than 100 points due to mechanical failures, also lost a pole in spain due to team error, performed well despite all the drama surrounding his future all season, did have that odd twitter saga.

I also considered Perez, but he did so poorly in the last 6 races, Pic, improved a lot and seems to have matched Glock, and JEV, hard to know if he was really better than ricciardo or just benefiting from more new tires since he went out in Q1 so frequently, kind of also applies to Perez, but went with Lewis considering all the disappointments and distractions he dealt with this year.

70

I might be a biased Australian, but the feeling I have is that Red Bull / Torro Rosso had Ricciardo ahead of Vergne over the season. Points do not always give the whole picture. I wouldn't have considered either as being a top five shout - not that that means you cannot mention them.

71

Actually, it doesn't win you the book, but I reckon picking the next 5 is more difficult and interesting than the top 5.

After Fernando, Lewis, Seb, JB and Kimi, I'd have to put the Hulk, and then

- Webbo for his 2 wins

- Perez for several drives

Then it gets really complicated. We can't tell from here who was outdriving his car. We need input from JA and others.

Rosberg had one dominant win, then nothing much, Maldonado ditto, Massa was really really on it at the end of the season, as several of you have pointed out, Heikki was great in the first half, then faded, Pic's done a good job, Paul DiR was in the mix with the Hulk until the last few races, the TR boys are probably fairly even, but, as last year, how can we tell how they stack up ? Can anyone ?

Very much looking forward to Bottas, if all the rumours are correct !

72

I think the clear top 4 drivers were Sebastian, Fernando, Kimi and Lewis, but performance-wise they were so close to each other that it's hard to put them in any order. Best to classify them in the order they finished in the points then. Hard to say who the fifth should be, will go with Hülkenberg now.

So my top 5 would be

1. Vettel

2. Alonso.

3. Räikkönen

4. Hamilton

5. Hülkenberg

73

1 Alonso

2 Lewis

3 vettel

4 Kimi

5 the hulk.

For me they was the top 5 and I wouldn't argue with anyone who has them in a slightly different order.

74

Agreed. The best year of driving from both Alonso and Hamilton (their best years I mean). Vettel always grabbed useful pts, until the car was sorted, then he took off. Kimi was ultra consistent. Hulk saw off Di Resta thru the 2nd half of the year.

75

1 – Alonso

2 – Vettel

3 – Hamilton

4 – Raikkonen

5 – Perez

76

Same:

1 – Alonso

2 – Vettel

3 – Hamilton

4 – Raikkonen

5 – Pérez

77

1) Alonso - almost won the title, despite rarely being in the fastest car

2) Hamilton - was unlucky not to be fighting for the title

3) Vettel - made few mistakes and delivered when he needed to

4) Raikkonen - very strong comeback year, but didn't always perform in qualifying

5) Hulkenberg - was very consistent and was unlucky not to have been on the podium in Brazil

78

sliding off track then taking out lewis is bad judgement, not luck.

i still put him 5th though.

79

To be fair to hulk lewis would never have been close to him if not for the safety car. Hulk might have won bresil without the safety car.

80

The safety car is irrelevent it's just a matter of luck. It could have poored down with rain forcing Button and Hulkenberg to pit but it didn't so they were lucky in this regard.

The fact remains that Hulkenberg spun his car whilst leading the race and then crashed into the race leader a few laps later. That's two HUGE errors that shouldn't be ignored.

81

+1 trullifan, I can't understand why people cannot see that!

82

yes, but he still made mistakes

83

"Hulkenberg – was very consistent and was unlucky not to have been on the podium in Brazil"

He was lucky to finish in Brazil.

84

I'd say he was unlucky that the safety car came out and wiped out the huge lead that he and Jenson had at that stage of the race. And, like a lot of people, I think the drive through penalty that cost him a podium was also harsh.

85

Gotta agree here. All he did was put a wheel slightly wrong on a damp and tricky track - He didn't go flying into Hamilton in Sato style. I feel Hulk has been too heavily criticised, as I know I would have done the same thing (if I was ever that fast)!

86

+1

Can't believe how much credit the Hulk is getting!

87

Nor me, but I'm quite glad as I always felt he was under-rated. He was expected to come in to Williams and end Rubens career, and be exactly as Hamilton was. Then everyone was disappointed when that didn't happen. But read between the 2010 lines and I think he actually did well.

I often think it's Hulkenberg who puts in the stand-out performances, but di Resta hasn't had those kind of high points...

88

1. Fernndo Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Kimi Raikkonen

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Nico Hulkenburg

90

Alonso

Vettel

Raikkonen

Hamilton

Hulkenberg

I'm sort of uncomfortable with this choice. I would like to put Perez in.

91

Almost equally matched both of them - Perez 10th with 66pts and Nico 11th with 66pts. Perez had 6 DNFs to Nico's 2 and Nico, i would say in an inferior car vis-a-vis the Sauber was more consistent. Also, Perez made some really good climbs up the order but also showed much more immaturity with some of his racecraft than Nico who was not spectacular but much more aware. Its the same thing as a very good Hamilton in an unreliable Mclaren vs a steady Raikkonen in a reliable Lotus.

Tough b/w these two but Nico just shades it a bit overall for me.

92

1. Vettel - deserve title

2. Kimi - car fall off pace in 2nd half of the season. 2 year break and finished 3, need more explanation>

3. Alonso - overhype his car as bad which isnt the case

4. Lewis - fastest car all year long. nth special

5. Hulkenberg

94

Same!

1. Vettel had some amazing drives, and deserved the title.

2. Kimi had a slower inferior car -especially in the second part of the season- yet despite this and his two year absence, he won a race, finished every race in fact and regularly stood on the podium.

3. Alonso - true and steady some great rives though failed to dominate his team mate towards the end of the season

4. Hulkenberg clearly a future star.

5. Hamilton. Most improved of the top drivers -after the last seasons fiascos he needed to do something. Still very fast when on form and credit to him.

95

1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Petrov

96

Petrov!?

97

He jumped into the car after missing the opening tests, was widely labelled a useless pay driver from many quarters, yet beat his well experienced and highly regarded teammate (who had spent the 2 previous years with Caterham) over the course of the season both in qualifying and on the track.

He also brought home Caterhams highest ever finish in Brzail to seal 10th place in the constructor's championship in difficult conditons and under high pressure. In my view he couldn't have done any more this season. Just because he's in a lower team doesn't mean one should overlook him. A great performance.

98

Oops, I meant to write over the course of the season in the races and AT THE END of the season in qualifying... It was 13-7 over the course of the season, but 5-2 in the final seven races, in Petrov's favour.

It's clear that once Petrov got a handle on his Q performance he was more than a match for Kova. Maybe Kovalainen had a bad year, but there's no denying he's a decent driver, with a race win to his name. He destoryed Trulli in the last 2 years, another driver held in high regard.

It is for this reason that I put Petrov in 5th place. Despite all the negetive comments about him being a crash-happy, pay driver. He's established himself in a new team against an arguably top 10 driver, despite having very limited running.

Hope to see him on the grid next year, and Kova for that matter!

99

to Andrew Carter: Ohh really? First of all its 13-7 in qually. And the second is Petrov outraced Kova 10-7 at the races when they both finished. It could be 11-7 but Vitaly didn't take a part at Great Britain GP (where he won qually) since his engine died as you probably remember. He had 3 DNFs against Heikki's 1 DNF, but still outraced him. So saying that Kovalainen out performed Petrov is simply not true.

100

Errr... Kovy beat Petrov 14-6 over the year in qualy, and the number of times he was more than 0.5s up after the sessions is quite high. Also it was Kovy that was running 8th early on in Brazil and it was a slow stop that dropped him back.

Kovalainnen wasn't as impressive this year as he was last year, but he still out performed the solid Petrov over the course of the season.

101

Thank's! Fully agree!

102

1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Hulkenberg

103

1/ Raikkonen

2/ Vettel

3/ Button

4/ Alonso

5/ Hamilton

104

get real son!

105

1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Hulkenberg

106

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Jenson Button

If it was for the second half the season then Massa would be a contender, but his first half was dismal.

107

1. Raikkonen - amazing comeback, and a threat from beginning to end for the championship

2. Vettel - Another title, and some brilliant drives. He truly is at the top of his game, and a more likable champion is hard to find.

3. Alonso - My dislike for his character does not overshadow my admiration of his skill. He put the car into a position it should never have reached or deserved.

4. Perez - not the fastest or most consistant, but great racecraft overall. Some mistakes to be sure, but always one to watch on raceday.

5. Glock - a crappy car and rarely observed on raceday. But he drove well all season and was a threat against the faster Caterham's.

108

I just read that post to my 24 yr old son. His response: 'that's either someone having a joke, or a kid'. Couldn't have put it better myself!

109

Your 24 year old son can't read?

110

Best possible response to that post!

111

Haha I like this one!

112
Bradley Sargeant

Is there a need to be so bitchy? Let the guy have his opinion. He gives good reason for his selections. You call him a kid? I am assuming by the fact you have a 24 year old son you must at least be in your 40's and to be honest it sounds much more like your post was written by a kid bully in a playground

Don't make this site become a bitch fest like most other motorsport forums

113

It is not a joke or a kid (presuming the latter refers to a child as opposed to a second way of saying 'making a joke'). It is my legitimate feeling on the top 5 drivers overall. If I was attempting to make a joke I would include Ricciardo on my list, or perhaps the underwhelming Button (I wouldn't be so cruel as to include the perennial punchingbag Karthikeyan).

I must admit curiousity as to what about my selection you and your son find so amusing. Presumably it is not the top three finishers in the championship. Is it the inclusion of Perez? Glock? The absence of Hamilton? Some other factor? I would be more than happy to explain my selections - or lack thereof - in more detail if you, or any others, so wish. Though in the future you may find it of more benefit to post a constructive comment, as opposed to a meaningless remark that ultimately boils down to a "lol stupid list"; a waste of your time in writing it, and everybody else in reading it.

114

With great pleasure, Chris.

Simply put, his pace on raceday was the deciding factor for me. This year Sauber had a good car, but not a great one. Qualifying was often difficult for both Perez and Kobayashi, particularly the second session. But despite often finding himself starting 14 or 15, Perez made it count when it came to the race. In Australia he went from 22 to 8, despite the last-lap incident with Rosberg. The race in Malaysia speaks for itself; even after the switch to slicks he was quicker than Alonso, and came close to victory even after his minor off. The same can be said of Montreal; tyre wear be damned, 15 to 3 is nothing to sneeze at.

I won't deny that Perez had a streak of inconsistency following the announcement he was going to Mclaren. But this, in my view, was in reaction to the naysayers who say that Mclaren will struggle next season. Perez is a smooth driver, but he tried to drive like Hamilton to silence the critics. This obviously backfired (particularly in Japan and I believe Abu Dhabi, when he collected Grosjean and Webber), but even the mighty Alonso and Vettel had their share of incidents (Alonso's start in Japan, where he did to Raikkonen what Grosjean did to Hamilton in Spa, arguably being the moment he threw away the championship).

Overall, I feel that Perez's performances this season were stellar. He placed his car into positions where it did not deserve to be on multiple occasions. Some have denigrated these performances as being down to tyre strategy. But if you do not manage your tyres, you do not finish well. Perez took his strengths and applied them; and he did well because of it. It is because of this that he makes my personal list of the top 5 drivers this season.

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Harsh on RIC, he was better than JEV

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+1 haha good reply, it made me laugh. I agree with your top 5

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Go on then, explain Perez for me please. I know he had some good races when the teams were understanding the new rubber and the Sauber was extra kind to it's new shoes early doors but that is all I have seen from him this year. He also gifted Nando a win at the Malaysian race, in my opinion anyway.

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Vettel - Won the championship, well deserved.

Hulkenberg - Lots of high positions during qualifying and race.

di Resta - Overshadowed by his team mate, Paul put in some excellent performances.

Raikkonen - Excellent driver, always has been. Will be competing for the championship in 2013.

Maldonado - Despite his negatives, he's got pace.

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I don't see how di Resta could be in anyone's top five when he was beaten by a driver who had taken a year out and only scored two points in the final six races.

As for Maldonado, apart from that win in Spain and some strong qualifying performances, what he do to warrant a place in the top five. He's clearly very fast, but with that car, I feel he should have done much better.

Finally, what more could Alonso and Hamilton have done this year?

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1.Fernando Alonso

2.Sebastian Vettel

3.Kimi Raikkonen

4.Lewis hamillton

5.Nico Hulkenburg

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Kimi

5. Hulk

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1: Alonso

2: Raikkonen

3: Vettel

4: Hamilton

5: Massa

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There seems to be a lot of consensus here.

I'll say

1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Raikkonen

4. Vettel

5. Button

The top 4 in my list were collectively in a different league to the other 20 all year though.

NB. I'm not an Alonso fan; but he was consistently remarkable.

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Alonso Hamilton Vettel Raikkonen Hulkenberg

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1. Lewis Hamilton - Would have won with a doubt baring the mechanical failures

2. Fernando ALonso - Drove beautifully in a Week car

2. Kimi Raikkonen - An awesome come back

4, Vettel

5. Button

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Perfectly put! Here here !

Vettel looked ordinary to poor until Newey magic stepped in. Webber looked far more adept in the car Pre Magic - sad for the sport that such an ordinary driver is a 3 times champ !

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Alonso's F2012 was he 'Weekend' car! Lol 😉

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1) Alonso -> once again brings the best out of a car that wasn't the best. Great leader and used his brain for alot of the races.

2) Raikkonen-> 19 out of 20 races in the points in comeback year, challenged for podiums and some unbelievable overtakes, great dive craft.

3 Vettel -> just misses out on 2nd, won 3rd world championship for me his last race not giving up has made me like him more. Kept his cool.

4) Hamilton-> got the most out of his car, let down by the car failures/team calls. Had he finished his races could of been challenging for the title.

5) Webber much improvement in qualifying, consistent just missing didn't nail it in the races.

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1. Fernando Alonso (Nearly won the championship despite being in a far inferior car to the Red Bull for most of the season)

2. Kimi Raikkonen (Back in F1 after 2 years out, and even in a car that wasn't worthy of fighting for the title managed to get 3rd in the overall standings!)

3. Sergio Perez (2 2nd places in a Sauber is incredible, although he tailed off towards the end of the season he showed just how talnted he can be!)

4. Nico Hulkenberg (After a year out, came back to easily outshine strong team-mate di Resta and I feel podiums are likely for him next season!)

5. Lewis Hamilton (Stayed strong despite so much horrible luck, breaking down in the lead twice and getting Astroturf stuck in his car and taken out of races, could have been champion had that not happened)

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1. VETTEL.

2 ALONSO

3 HAMILTON

4 PEREZ

5 RAIKKONEN/HULKENBERG

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1. Hamilton - Best driver of the year!

2. Fernando

3. Vettel

4. Kimi

5, Button

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Closest to my list although I would put Alonso & Hamilton equal 1st...Vettel a close second followed by Kimi & Button.

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Is that why you put him first

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Happy to go with the standings in the WDC table, namely Vettel, Alonso, Kimi, Hamilton and Button.

Amazed that the UK journo's still can't grasp the magnitude of the 'Vettel factor'.

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Hulkenberg

I'd say close between Hamilton and Alonso; bad luck for one bad car for the other but as Alonso was the one who kept it in the championship I'll give it to him.

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1)Alonso

2)Hamilton

3)Vettel

4)Raikkonen

5)Button

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1-Alo

2-Vet

3-Rai

4-Ham

5-Mas

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1. Alonso - Didn't always have the fastest car under him (was second best at its peak), but still always delivered to get podiums.

2. Vettel - While he didn't impress me in a car which was nothing special, he made the most of the fastest car once again, and brought the speed out of it.

3. Hamilton - Sorry for him losing over 100 potential points this season, mainly from reliability, meaning he should have been in contention up until Brazil, when he drove an amazing season.

4. Raikkonen - Took hardly any time to regain speed, amazing racing, completely faultless all season (except going the wrong way in Brazil), completing every racing lap, but one (because of the Brazil incident), and scoring points in all races but one.

5. Massa - After a bad start in a bad car, he scored 2 podiums, and had speed towards the end of the season, backing Alonso up whenever, playing the real team game.

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Perez

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Raikkonnen

4. Hulkenberg

5. Vettel

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Hülkenberg

5. Räikkönen

Kovalainen would certainly have come 6th.

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonnen

5. Massa

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Raikonnen

4. Vettel

5. Hulkenberg

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Well I doubt I will win a copy of the book as I suspect Alonso will figure more highly than in my selections, but here's mine:

1 Kimi - after a two-year layoff to win a race, have a number of podiums, finish 3rd in the WDC, and complete every lap bar one (and that was only due to out of date knowledge in Brazil), in a middle-funded rank team was exceptional. Put Schuey's three year return in perspective.

2 Sebastian - Three WDCs in a row, in a car that wasn't the quickest for chunks of the season was pretty good going. Only in Valencia was the car utterly dominant and he didn't even win that one.

3 Lewis - Arguably the only driver to consistently challenge Vettel for outright pace. Could easily have won more races than Vettel if McLaren hadn't suffered from unusual reliability problems.

4 Fernando - I don't fully subscribe to the view that the 2012 Ferrari was a dog. Yes, it lacked dry qualifying speed but was much nearer the pace on Sundays. Reviewing the early races Filipe couldn't get a decent setup and suffered some awful luck, but towards the end of the season was probably the quickest Ferrari driver but was having to play second fiddle.

5 Pastor - very difficult choice as Jenson (won 3 races in style but had some nightmare times), Sergio (should have won in Malaysia if Sauber had brought him in a couple of laps earlier), Nico H (should have won in Brazil without the safety car, to end a fine second half of the season) and even Romain (could easily have won in Valencia, was very fast until the pressure of numerous incidents made him over-analytical), all had a number of impressive performances, but putting Williams back in the winners enclosure and a string of strong performances often (but not always) let down by the car puts Pastor at number 5 for me

TC

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Challenge Vettel?

Hamilton is the outright fastest driver on raw pace, Vettel was very lucky this year, with Lewis being the polar opposite.

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Yes, of course, Vettel has been lucky for all his championships, wins, poles and fastest laps

TC

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Alonso

Hamilton

Button

Vettel

Raikkonen

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Button?!? Reminds me of that Sesame Street song: "one of these things ain't like the others; one of these things, doesn't belong!"

Last year, sure. Not this year.

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Check the stats. Button finished two points behind Hamilton this year, and in most performance measures, they've been very evenly matched. http://jaonf1.wpengine.com/2012/11/hamilton-and-buttons-head-to-head-record-at-mclaren/

Button's been "The Quiet Man" of F1. I've always thought he was paired well with Hamilton.

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IMo Button does not belong in the top 5 this year. He had the fastest car, and less DNFs and team errors than his teammate, but was not able to use it. The stats are faltered massiveliey in Buttons favour because of McLaren inaptness and bad reliabillity on Lewis side

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Look past the stats and you will see Hamilton completely dominated (bar a few races).

Hamilton had more DNF and at least two possibly three from certain wins. Barcelona - he looked untouchable. Button's mid season was utterly shocking (the worst I have seen in a while).

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why not button this year? he won 3 reaces and had some other strong performances besides. he did have a dip over the summer, but still did well and deserves to be on that list more then webber or massa. i really think peoples personal feelings towards driver clouds their objectivity...

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1 Vettel

2 Alonso

3 Hamilton

4 Räikkönen

5 Pérez (Would've been Hülkenberg but, who's going to McLaren, had 3 podiums and more points? in the end results DO matter)

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1- Alonso

2- Vettel

3- Hamilton

4- Raikonnen

5- Hulkenburg

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Button

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1. Lewis

2. Fernando

3. Kimi

4. Sebastian

5. Webber

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1. Hamilton (Put absolutely no foot wrong all year and so unlucky that you just have to laugh.)

2. Alonso (Obviously sensational but mistake in Japan cost him)

3. Raikkonnen (Brilliant despite two years away)

4. Vettel (Excellent control but extraordinarily lucky with the car developments and the safetey cars/rain in Abu Dhabi and Brazil. Made many mistakes as well, Malaysia with Karthikeyan, Italy with Alonso, Brazil 1st lap, Germany last lap)

5. Massa

Button and Webber had periods where they were very good but the rest of their season was a shocker.

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Button

5. Perez

Alonso by miles for me, fought for the championship until the very last race in what was fourth fastest car on the grid. A remarkable achievement.

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1- Alonso

2- Vettel

3- Raikkonen

4- Hamilton

5- Button

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I did the same ranking

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Alonso

Hamilton

Vettel

Kimi

Hulkenberg

There really is little between the top 3 and I believe they are all brilliant. Kimi only needs to improve his quali and then he as we know from the past can join them. Hulkenberg by the end of the season shows he is the next likely star. I still like Perez but think mclaren maybe wishing they hadn't reacted so swiftly. That being said if the sauber is a dog hulkenberg could be forgotten

quickly.

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1. Vettel - drove from 24th to into the points in 2 of the last 3 races. Exceptionally talented but also overcame challenges when it mattered the most.

2. Raikkonen - 2 year sabbatical and came back and drove brilliantly. Some overtaking moves like on Schumacher at Spa or Force India at Austin were superb.

3. Alonso - drove consistently. Dispute the not-the-best-car theory considering he got preference for everything in the team.

4. Hamilton - drove very well this year. 3 wins lost when leading due to bad luck. Should have really been in the title hunt.

5. Perez - the two podiums he scored showed he is super quick and does have some racecraft.

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettle

4. Button

5. Raikonen.

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Alonso

Vettel

Hamilton

Raikkonen

Hulkenberg

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1) Alonso

2) Hamilton

3) Raikkonen

4) Vettel

5) Webber

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Exactly!

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1. Alonso (speed with no mistakes in a very bad car; most other drivers would have got frustrated and had at least one accident whilst trying to push the car beyond its capabilities)

2. Hamilton (oh what might have been)

3. Vettel - fantastic season, and some great results but too many mistakes (crashing behind the safety car) and petulance (Kartikeyan etc) are not what I look for in a champion.

4. Raikkonen - what a comeback, would be great to see him back on top form; I think there is more to come. I like his style and the fact that on any given Sunday there is the possibility that Kimi will outdrive everyone else on the grid.

5. Massa - another great comeback; to drag your career back under such pressure, and play a significant part in a championship is a mark of a mentally strong man. It is possible that the Ferrari development program made the car easier to drive (at the cost of absolute top speed) and thus bought Felipe’s performance closer to Alonso’s, but the only way to know is see where they are at next year. Hopefully he has now recovered his confidence and the pre-accident speed is back.

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Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel in no particular order for the first three. The other two definitely not Webber and Massa. If Button didn't go to the wrong direction in curing his tyre problem, then I would definitely give him top 5 spot.. he's definitely in front of Webber and Massa. Other candidate is Raikkonen, but his qualifying isn't really good, thus ruin his potential to finish higher. Perez, although got a couple of podiums, but mostly through different strategy.. without that, Kobayashi result would look a lot better compared to Perez. Hulkenberg definitely doing an excellent job, but I only remember him at the last couple of races.. need to review his result for the earlier races. Definitely not the HRT, STR, and Williams pair.

So... the 4th and 5th spot in my mind is between Button, Raikkonen, and Hulkenberg.

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1) Raikkonen

2) Alonso

3) Vettel

4) Hamilton

5) Button

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Hulkenberg

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1. Fernado Alonso

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastion Vettel

4. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Jenson Button

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as per driver standings shown alongside here:

Vettel

Alonso

Raikkonen

Hamilton

Button

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Vettel - He won

Kimi - Amazing race craft, how many times was he wheel to wheel in corners?

Hamilton - Oh what could have been, his best performance to date.

Alonso - He had a good year in a good race car. The car wasn't so great in qualifying. He made good stops and managed consistent podiums when others were having tire problems early on.

Hulkenberg/Button - Hulk came on strong in the second half of the season as I expected him to do. Button had a roller coaster season, with some very impressive victories.

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1.Alonso

2.Hamilton

3.Raikkonen

4.Vettel

5.Button

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1 Alonso

2 Hamilton

3 Vettel

4 Raikkonen

5 Hulkenberg

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1- Alonso

2- Hamilton

3- Raikkonen

4- Massa

5- Vettel

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Massa ahead of Vettel?!?! Tifosi much???

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Yep, I firmly believe that on a level platform Vettel isn't the whole package... Massa used his tools as well in the second half of the season, it's just that the tool wasn't good enough!!

A Tifosi... I have 2 feet firmly planted in the maclaren camp of disappointment!! I wanted Button in fifth but all I could remember were his excuses for not performing!

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Ok so what do you think of mark webber then? Just remember that he was offered massa's drive and turned it down. This webber guy has been beaten soundly in the 4 seasons that they have been paired together.

Just to clarify I love massa and really hope he returns to his 08 form and before. He is genuinely a great guy. However, I just dont get this vettel bashing, I know he has a great car but his relentless results over so many seasons show me he is good.

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1. Alonso - Stunning performances from the car he was given at every race.

2. Hamilton - Stunning performances from the car he was given at every race.

3. Raikkonen - Clawed his way back to the top after a prolonged absence reminding everyone he is awesome.

4. Vettel - Won the championship, in the best car.

5. Kobayashi - I just like him and I think his podium in Japan was well earned. I think he was punished for his qualifying performances throughout the year. At every track that was suited to Sauber, he would out qualify his teammate, make it to Q3 and be hamstrung by antiquated tire regulations in the race while Perez was made to look like a hero (Perez admittedly drove very well too).

5th could have gone to any number of deserving drivers (Button, Weber, Hulkenburg, Maldonado [yes, Maldonado], etc...), but I simply like Kobayashi. I really hope someone picks him up next season, would be a tragedy to lose him over lack of sponsorship. I am honestly surprised that some Japanese firm hasn't stepped up to back him.

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I agree with this list, although I would've put Raikkonen ahead of Hamilton in 2nd, simply because he's been a very safe and very quick pair of hands / feet this year.

I'll admit I'm quite biased with regards to Kobayashi and I do think he could've done a bit better this year, but his epic drive in Japan sealed the deal for me.

Unlike Perez, who mostly got lucky with alternative tyre strategies, Kamui got that podium on sheer pace and had to manage his fading tyres against a very quick Button towards the end of the race. That was a very high-pressure situation and he didn't crack. For that he earns my respect.

And in the last race in Brasil, he showed us why we all came to like him in the first place, with his many overtaking moves. His botched attempt at passing Schumi in the closing stages is forgivable because he nearly pulled it off, and wasn't close to wrecking another driver's race ala Hulkenberg.

Plus, he's a likable guy, which is a bonus.

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Alberto Martínez

1 - Alonso

2 - Hamilton

3 - Vettel

4 - Raikkonen

5 - Hulkenberg

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1 Alonso

2 Hamilton

3 Vettel

4 Raikkonen

5 Hulkenberg

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1. Fernando Alonso (Greatest driver in the history of F1)

2. Lewis Hamilton (Flawless all year and dynamic / Quick as usual)

3. Sebastian Vettel (Another championship and record)

4. Nico Hulkenberg

5. Kimi raikkonen

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You mean greatest driver during the period you have been glancing at F1.

Nobody with more than a superficial and recent knowledge of the sport would ever have make such a statement about Alonso.

You have obviously never heard of the names :

Fangio

Moss

Clark

Ascari

Nuvolari

Senna (Ayrton not Brunno)

Schumacher(Michael)

To name but a few of the greatest drivers (in no particular order).

Alonso just might scrape on to a list of the top 10.

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I have heard all the names you mentioned here. I have not seen the races though. (Before 1999)

However from what i have seen over the last 13 years. I have not seen anyone being as good as Alonso. I know the amount of hate people have towards alonso. Yet Fernando is simply stunning to watch all day / season long

I am pretty mindful about my choice. Yet The genius is (Fernando alonso)

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1) Alonso

2) Hamilton

3) Vettel

4) Raikkonen

5) Jenson Button

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1. Fernando Alonso

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Nico Hulkenberg

4. Charles Pic

5. Pastor Maldonado

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1. Alonso. Self-explanatory, as stewards used to say explaining their decisions.

2. Hamilton. Definitely most unlucky, but brilliant at times.

3. Raikkonen. Not only consistency, but so many old-fashioned moves.

4. Vettel. Self-explanatory after Top 3.

5. Kubica... oops, just missed him so much in such a great season. No. 5 was really hard.. let it be Perez.

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1. Lewis Hamilton

His car had the speed for the championship, but not the reliability. But he drove better than ever (better than in '07-'08). He lost the championship.

2. Alonso

Great year to prove he's a great, altough I don't believe that his Ferrari was realy that awful, it had a great race pace. It was however, a dog of a car in the first races (other than in wet conditions). Deserved the Championship as well. Almost got the championship his car didn't deserve

3. Vettel

the combination vettel/red bull is always a force to be reckoned with. They started out slow, people tend to forget that Mark Webber was outscoring Vettel in the first half of the year. Vettel started to shine when Newey showed his magic again. But he's very efficient, he always delivers when the car is the way he likes it.

4. Hülkenberg

Showed some very strong performances, f1-fans will know this. Deserved his moment in Brazil, where he showed his skills to the whole world. Petty that he made a mistake that took Hamilton out and eradicated his chances of a win/podium.

5. Räikkönen

Great comeback year, but...

He had a very nice car. The Lotus was better on the tyres than other top cars in a lot of races. Left wins on the table due to poor qualifying. I Hope he has a strong year in 2013.

* Felipe Maasa: Not top 5 because season ended to early. Showed great driving at the end of the year after what can only be described as an abominable start of the year. Hopes he continues do drive like he did in the last part of the year. He can challenge for the WDC if he does.

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+1

Great choices. I've always wondered throughout the year why Ferrari have been critical of the pace of their car. Sure enough it hasn't been the fastest in quali, but it certainly has been one of the strongest in terms of race pace throughout the season, and importantly the most reliable.

Hamilton has had probably the fastest quali car also with strong race pace but has put in a performance this year that was almost faultless, and would no doubt have been a championship contender with Ferrari and Red Bull's reliability and lack of pit stop/operational errors.

Vettel has had a comparatively poor year compared to the last 2 years where he has been so dominant over his teammate. We've also seen many mistakes from Vettel this season

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1. alonso

2. hamilton

3. raikkonen

4. hulkenberg

5. perez

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1. Vettel

He won. And the foundation for this win he laid at the beginning of the year with a car which was not the fastest. And endured bad luck and psychological games at the end of the season.

2. Alonso

Amazing at the beginning of the year, but slipped at the end when Massa was beating him.

3. Hamilton

He finally came of age and performed as he should.

4. Raikkonen

Always there or thereabout. Incredible consistency.

5. This last of the 5 is a tough one, but Schumacher. Could have put there Hulkenberg, Maldonado or Massa, but then, they all made mistakes. Schumi endured the year without a moan despite terrible reliability and poor car. And never gave up.

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Shumi made plenty of mistakes and some poor decisions too.

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When massa has beaten alonso ?

Austin / Brazil

What about the rest of the season ? where was massa from Australia to Austin ?

Alonso never slipped. It was ferrari who slipped at vital point since singapore (Had alonso slipped ferrari would never had chance to fight for WDC in the last couple of races)

What foundation vettel laid at the start of the season? can you please tell me ?

Vettel was beaten and out paced by mark webber (9-11) all season until Hungary (Before the summer break)

RB8 started the season with quick car (They were only behind mclaren) Since singapore RB8 was the quickest car in the field

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I think this is quite simple this year:

1 Vettel because he won the championship and was very consistent.

2 Alonso because he came second in the championship and was also very consistent.

3 Raikkonen because he cam third in the championship and like Alonso didn't have the best car and drove with the same maturity and consistency.

4 Hamilton who unreliability aside, when the thin ran he drove his heart out.

5 Hulkenburg who in my opinion was the most oustanding of the also rans and I think he deserves a better drive than Sauber can give him at present.

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oh c'mon guys, stop that alonso f*ggotry.
i can't listen his (or finger's) whining anymore.

my TOP5:
5. Petrov ([mod] that stigma about being "PD", he's a solid runner. almost in points at Interlagos)
4. Nice (first Mercedes F1 victory after all)
3. Raikkonen (leave him alone)
2. H.A.M. (what about new album, dude?)
And the winner is...
1. Mr. Newey. He's PRO even during the podium ceremony.

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1 - Alonso

2 - Vettel

3 - Raikkonen

4 - Hamilton

5 - Hülkenberg

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Jonathan Kirkham

1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Hulkenberg

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikonnen

5. Hulkenberg

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1. Alonso (obviously)

2. Hamilton (barely made it to 2nd)

3. Raikkonen (poor in qualifying or he'd be higher)

4. Vettel (above average driver in a team that spends the most, follows the spirit of the rules in designing the least, and hypocritically accuses others the most)

5. Hulkenberg (deserves a drive in a team that can fight for podiums)

Honorable mention for Perez who has lost the plot since getting the McLaren seat. Alonso would massacre him in a Ferrari so in a way it's good he's up against Button who is a class below Alonso.

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Hulkenberg

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hamilton

4. Perez

5. Raikkonen

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Alonso

Kimi

Vettel

Hamilton

Button

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1-Hamilton

2-Alonso

3-Vettel

4-Raikkonen

5-Hulkenberg

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1) Alonso

2) Vettel

3) Hamilton

4) Raikkonen

5) Perez

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Perez

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Seb

Kimi

Ferdi

Lewis

Hulkemberg

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Vettel

Alonso

Hamilton

Raikkonen

Perez

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1. Fernando Aloso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Felipe Massa

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1. Alonso. He almost won the WDC with a difficult car

2. Vettel. Delivers when required and very good qualis, improved "in the pack" driving

3. Hamilton. Much more mature driver, better than the team (and team mate)this year. Only put him behind Seb because I want the book

4. Raikkonen. As Alonso, performed better than his car did, consistent and fun. If you consider the team/car he probably should be above Seb and Lewis (but I want the book)

5. Rosberg. (There goes my book!) Again, ended much higher than his car allowed, plus was against MS for 3 years, and he did quite well with speed, ability and even grace

6. (I know nobody asked) Perez first half of the season, Hulk for the second half. Can´t wait to see them in their new teams

7. Maybe Petrov, Glock but hard to tell from TV

As usual, thanks for the site James and keep the news coming

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Top 5 F1/2012 drivers

1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Button

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Hamilton

Raikonen

Alonso

Vettel

JEV

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikonnen

5. Hulkenburg

Mighty tempted to have put Kimi higher but overall I think Ham, Vet and Kimi all had equally good seasons, with the cars and misfortune separating them.

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1) Fernando Alonso

2) Lewis Hamilton

3) Sebastian Vettel

4) Kimi Raikkonen

5) Sergio Perez

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1) Alonso

2) Viettel

3) Hamilton

4) Raikkonen

5) Perez

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Hamilton

Alonso

Kimi

Massa

Vettel

I was very impressed by Massa in the last 4-5 races, he showed his old speed. He was a perfect support driver in Brazil. Perhaps Ferrari can give him an equal chance at the beginning of next season, but I doubt it.

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Ferrari gave massa enough chances and showed their support towards massa ever since 2006

I do not know why people here says massa should be given more chances. Though ferrari made him as NO 2 driver. They gave him best shot at the title in 2008 (F2008 was miles quicker than rest of the field) Yet massa blew it

Massa was slower than schumi. He matched / Outpaced raikkonen (Fair enough). Once again he is slower than Alonso

I appreciate ferrari's patience towards massa

People here need to smell the coffee and accept the reality rather than simply blame ferrari for massa's failures.

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Massa

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Hulkenberg

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1) Alonso

2) Hamilton

3) Vettel

4) Kimi

5) Hulkenburg

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ALO

HAM

VET

RAI

HUL

honourable mentions also to BUT and GLO

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I've not played this game before, so here goes:

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Nico Hulkenberg

The top three are close. Alonso made the absolute most of his circumstances and achieved an almost completely error free year. Vettel was rarely off form and blinding and his best but just loses out, I think, because of a couple of mistakes (the faster car does not denigrate a great performance). Hamilton was also stunning on occasions, particularly in qualifying, but there were a couple of anonymous races.

Raikkonen, I think, is in a gap of his own. A great comeback with terrific race consistency and some outstanding drives but qualifying was sometimes disappointing. That leaves Hulkenberg as 'best of the rest' really, mainly down to consistency, improvement and, until Brazil, staying out of trouble.

Button was very impressive at times but he did go walkabout with his set-up issues; Webber had highlights but was often merely professional; Perez was also eye-catching at his best but too much inconsistency costs him the final place, I think; and Massa really only came good towards the end, which was good to see. Of the rest, I guess Kovalainen deserves credit and hope Grosjean can harness the speed and jettison the errors because le garcon est rapide!

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Mais pas encore confirme pour 2013...!

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Now that's a French tease if ever I heard one! Have you heard any whispers? Despite the massive raw speed and race-winning potential, accidents plus ban plus change of leading sponsor could equal precarious position, especially with Pic in at Caterham and that team's new Alpine-Renault tie-up, to which the name Lotus must imply marketplace competitor.

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Monsieur Allen, combien du langues vou parle?

Just curious, English of course and you've mentioned Italian before

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1st Hamilton

2nd Alonso

3rd Vettel

4th Pic

5th Perez

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Vettel

Alonso

Hamilton

Hulkenberg

Räikkönen

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In order,

Alonso

Raikkonen

Vettel

Hamilton

Perez

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1. AlO

2. VET

3. HAM

4. RAI

5. MSC

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5 Hulkenberg

4 Raikkonen

3 Hamilton

2 Vettel

1 Alonso

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Perez

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1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Fernando Alonso

3.sebastian vettel

4. Kimi raikkonen

5. Sergio Perez

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1. Lewis

2. Alonso

3. Kimi

4. Vettel

5. Perez

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Colombia Concalvez

1. Hamilton - Simply the most complete racer, and he does not need a NO. 2 teammate just to look good like the other dude

2. Vettel - Had his up's and down's and bad luck but he still won

3. Raikonnen - Not much to say

4. Hulkenberg

5. Maldonado - when calm he can do some pretty good things

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Hahaha, that was a good one!

Any evidence, maybe results to support that Hamilton is the most complete racer, more complete than let's say the other dude? (who by the way must have had a terrible season, not doing anything remarkable at all nor taking any other drivers out, wether calm or not - definitely much worse than Maldonado!)

Hahaha. Sorry, I can't stop laughing!

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Raikkonen

4. Vettel

5. Hulkenberg

Seems most people are fairly consistent on the top 5 drivers of the year.

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1. Hamilton

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Hulkenberg

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1. Hamilton

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Perez

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1. Alonso. To lead the championship at all, never mind lose out by three points in what was never better than the third fastest car shows just how good he is. Despite the actions of both Alonso and Hamilton during their time at McLaren, Alonso is now very much becoming an authority figure in F1, both on, and off the track.

2. Raikkonen. Seriously consistent on his comeback. Spent most of the year looking like he should've had a win behind him in what was, again, certainly not the fastest car. If we'd still been on the old points system, he might have "done a Keke" and become champion with only one win. Was Lauda's comeback year as good?

3 Vettel. Showed in the last two races that he can perform from the back, contrary to the opinions of many. Seems to have got past his stint as F1's "crash kid", but still some worrying moments (pushing Alonso onto the grass at Imola, for example). Still surprisingly young when you consider what he has acheived. We might well have another ten+ years of him to come!

4. Hamilton. Showed much improvement from last year. The teenage angst style largely replaced with some maturity. Probably deserves to be higher up the list, but that move to Mercedes seems to be right up there with Fittipaldi's move to his brother's team, or Hill's move from Williams to Arrows. Would a top three driver really make such a move volutarily?

5... Dunno. Hulkenburg and Maldonado could be in with a shout due to a couple of great drives, but didn't seem to turn up for most of the season. Perez and Di Resta also. Webber was a bankable No.2, as always. Button had some great moments, but not enough. Massa was nowhere for most of the year, although he did end very well indeed. Did anyone else really stand out over the whole season?

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Damon Hill only chose to drive for Arrows after his contract with Williams wasn't renewed for 1997.

TC

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I remember it well, but it did his career no favours. In fact it did look like he was going to go the same way as the end of his father's career. Was that move to Arrows really the best thing Hill could've done? Surely even taking a year off would have been better, as there might well have been a better drive available afterwards. As it was, he went to Arrows and everyone got used to him being at the back of the grid. Reputations are very fragile in F1. Well, the good ones are!

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I don't think that at the age of 36 taking 1997 off was really an option. I think Damon retains a good reputation, World Champion in 1996, moral champion in 1994, and almost won for Arrows in Hungary

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Imola :p?

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Sorry, Monza. I knew it was wrong, but couldn't think why. An early "senior moment".

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You have to rate drivers on their driving, not on decisions that didnt affect THIS season. His choice to change teams does not diminish his driving ability or his driving this season. To me Lewis should be #1 on everybody's list based solely on his driving this season, but everyone is entitled to their opinion.

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It wasn't his decision to leave McLaren. McLaren booted him out! And he didn't have anywhere to go but Mercedes.

Mind, he is a mighty fine driver, I agree. And he always finishes in or around the middle order so no complaints from me.

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McLaren booted Hamilton out? Seriously? They made him a very good offer to stay, which would have meant him still being one of the best paid drivers, and he turned them down. This was all reported here!

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A very important part of being a good driver is doing your best to make sure you are going to be in a car that can win. That rule is as old as the hills. Could Fangio have managed what he did if he'd moved to a low-midfield team? Would Schumacher have won as many championships if he'd moved to Minardi? Obviously not. Fittipaldi's move to his brother's team all but finished his career. Remember, he was the youngest ever F1 champion when he first won the WDC. However, anyone might wish things had been different (personally, I like the guy), his career after that point was that of a journeyman. His skills were never allowed to shine again. As I say, I cannot see how any driver that could be justifiably put into this year's top 3 would have put themselves in LH's situation. My own all time favourite driver, the almighty Nuvolari, rarely had the best car. As a result, the records show him as an OK driver. Nothing more. It's the only thing I think he could fairly be criticised for.

I've simply tried to be unbiased and give an fair judgement from the evidence of the past year. I know that Hamilton fans tend to be a bit keen to promote their favourite at all times, but your suggestion that he should be everybody's number one is laughable. Sorry, but he had a much faster car than Alonso or Raikkonen and didn't do as well as either of them, and Raikonnen hadn't driven an F1 car for years!

Still, as you point out, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

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Erm, I'm not sure where this will end up as I'm trying to respond to Yos's response to me, and there isn;t a reply button on that post. Anyway, you say you don't know who Nuvolari was. He was widely considered to be one of the greatest pre-war drivers. Usually, he was driving cars that weren't that good, hence his statistics don;t look too good, but he was well known for putting cars in positions they had no right to be in. In one of the last German GPs before the war, he managed to win in an outdated Alfa, against the best that Mercedes and Auto-Union could throw at him, and they had won nearly every GP for some time. This race went down in history as one of the most embarressing moments for the nazi regime prior to the war. They had all their press there to report a victory for the reich, and this little Italian, in his almost obselete Alfa beat them. When it was time for the podium, the Germans had to admit that they only had German flags, and the German anthem. Nuvolari simply told them that they could borrow his Italian flag, and his record of the Italian anthem which he always travelled with for luck. Google Tazio Nuvolari. He was a legend, and there are very many great stories of him. One of the reasons Enzo Ferrari loved Gilles Villneuve was that he reminded him of Nuvolari with his desire to win, no matter what.

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I didn't know who Nuvolari is, can you say why he couldn't land in a top team? Maybe he wasn't that good otherwise he could have got a good car. As for Hamilton yes he had a much faster car but what would you do with a car that breaks often or what can you do when your team lets you down? Hate him if you like but at least put your facts straight please.

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Alonso

Vettel

Hamilton

Raikkonen

Button (tough call this one as a few others merited 5th but buttons 3wins edged it for me)

I also think credit should be given to Pedro de la Rosa. Did a decent job in arguably the worst car to have been in F1 for many years.

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Vettel, alonso, hamilton, raikonen, perez

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Alonso

Raikkonen

Vettel

Webber

Massa

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Hulkenberg

5. Raikkonen

Perez and Maldonado both had several very impressive races, but they also had some extremely poor mistakes, so two consistently good drivers take their places.

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Alonso - At the start of the season the Ferrari was well off the pace so for Alonso to score good points and indeed make his way to the championship lead was amazing.For his 3 wins in Malaysia, Valencia and Germany he was right at his best. At the end of the season the Ferrari was at least only the 3rd fastest car but for Alonso it was always on the podium. To come close to being champion as he did with such a car must make you driver of the season.

Vettel - Although I put him 2nd I feel Vettel is a deserving 3 times world champion. The Red Bull struggled at the start of the season but Vettel put in good results and picked up points. To me he showed himself to be a good wheel to wheel racer. As in 2010 when things didn't go smoothly he kept his head down and scored good points. When his car was the best on the track he exploited its potential to the maximum. Of course two alternator failures lost him a lot of points and it is likely he would have won at Abu Dabi without the penalty that dropped him to the back. Both in Abu Dabi and Brazil his comeback drives were worthy of a champion.

Hamilton - Outstanding all season and really plagued by the very worst luck. He won 4 but it should have been 6 and he should have been challenging for the title.As a fan the races in Montreal and Austin stand out for me. There he was at his absolute best and nothing was going to stop him winning those races. Many times we have seen his fine wheel to wheel racing skills and truly this season was Hamilton at his best for us to enjoy. I hope Mercedes can make him a car to challenge for wins next season for to be up there is where he belongs.

Raikkonen - I'm a big fan of Kimi and seeing him back and doing well this season was great. Over the season he was Mr consistent and he made very few mistakes as in 2007 when he took his championship. For me his stand out races were Bahrain, Hungary and Abu Dabi. In those races he really connected with the car as he does when he is at his best. All season he showed good race pace and fine wheeel to wheel skills. To be wheel to wheel so often with so few accidents is the mark of an excellent driver. Lets hope he can deliver a similar performance next year.

Button - A strange season for Button which started perfectly, ended perfectly and went wrong in the middle. The wins in Australia and Spa were Button at his best and in Brazil he showed that he is still a specialist in tricky conditions. I think as team leader at Mclaren next year he needs more consistency in order to emulate 2011 which was by far his best season at Mclaren.

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Alonso

Vettel

Hamilton

Raikkonen

Webber

Tough call in such a great year. Alonso for wringing results from an inferior car. Vettel for proving his skills at Abu Dhabi & Brazil. Lewis showing much better attitude (despite mid-year wobble) should have been 3 way fight for WDC. Raikkenon for showing comebacks don't have to disappoint. Webber for good mid-season form, but nostly for his ever entertaining, no PR bollocks Aussie Grit attitude.

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Räikkönen

5. Button

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Raikkonen

4. Button

5. Hulkenberg

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Alonso

Hamilton

Vettel

Raikkonen

Hulkenberg

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My opinion:

Vettel

Hamilton

Alonso

Raikkonnen

Button

My guess for James Allen's opinion:

Hamilton

Alonso

Raikkonnen

Vettel

Button

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i don't think so.Alonso is going to be the wise choice, and the right one if you ask me.

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1. Hamilton

Quickest driver, but the car let him down.

2. Alonso

Impressive intelligent fighting all way to the bitter end.

3. Raikkonen

Stunning comeback in a not-so-top-car.

4. Vettel

Worthy champion, this year thanks to the team, read Adrian Newey.

5. Pastor Maldonado

More champion-material than any other of the midfield-drivers (Perez included).

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Webber

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1. Alonso - 2nd in a car that wasn't the best

2. Raikkonen - Good come back season

3. Hamilton - Good return to form

4. Hulkenberg - Return to finish well

5. Perez - 2nd in Malaysia

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1. Fernando Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Nico Hulkenberg

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonnen

5. Hulkenberg

However, some drivers deserve a special mention due to the sheer speed they showed on some occasions:

Perez (Malaysia and Monza)

Schumacher (Monaco qualifying)

Maldonado (Spain and Singapore)

Grosjean (almost any qualifying session in the first half of the season!)

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1) Hamilton - wouldve been world champ had it not been for pit stop errors and car reliability.

2) Vettel - didn't have the best car at start of the season and still git good results. Drove the field in Abu Dhabi and brazil which were great drives to his 3rd and well deserved championship.

3) Kimi - the iceman finished 19 of 20 in points, provided great entertainment. It not the big 3...it's the big 4 as thus guy is also one of the elite.

4) Alonso - yes he took it to the last round but the car wasn't as bad on race day as he went on and still goes on about. Stop whining please!!!

5) Webber - Although he's been beaten by Vettel 3 years running to the wdc, atleast he doesn't back down like a girl the same way Massa has these past few years to his team mate. Webber can hold his head high and has the respect of the other drivers. Massa will always be known as a number 2.

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Hamilton

Alonso

Vettel

Hulkenberg

Raikkonen

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1 Alonso

Perhaps his only mistake was pushing Kimi off. Massa was faster in the last couple of races so things might change next year at Ferrari if there are no big changes on the car.

2 Hamilton

Flawless and dominated Button. If was my list and not James would say he was no.1

3 Vettel

An easy no.3 and very close to the other two but was a bit closer with his teammate.

4 Raikkenon

Never put a foot wrong but really hard to rate his comeback because of the unknown quantities of his teammate and thus car.

5 Hulkenberg

His performance in Brazil was very very impressive.

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1- Alonso

2- Vettel

3- Raikkonnen

4- Hamilton

5- Hulkenberg

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Hulkenberg

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Hard to split Hamilton and Alonso, interesting that this year's WDC is lucky if he's third in the list....

1. Hamilton

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Vettel

5. Hulkenberg

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1.- Alonso. It's been his best season by far.

2.- Hamilton. Loads of bad luck, he should have been much closer in the title run.

3.- Vettel. Youngest ever 3 time champ, his car was superb on the second half of the season but he delivered and didn't crash under preasure.

4.- Raikkonnen. A fantastic comeback. Looking forward to see him next year.

5.- Hulkenberg. Consistently putting his car on the top ten.

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Just to be different mate, I went with:

1.) Vettel, pulled back a massive Alonso lead, and made more on track overtakes than anyone else this season, 2nd fastest car overall this term, 2nd most reliable of the top teams also.

2.) Hamilton, great effort from Lewis, without his car issues he would have battled Seb for the title and probably won as McLaren had the fastest car, but least reliable and that cost him.

3.) Alonso, Didn’t do anything wrong, but retirements and the quickest car off the line really flattered him a bit. 3rd fastest car, but the most reliable, how many points did he pick up from simply having a car which didn’t break down?!

4.) Raikkonen, Completion of laps stats alone says he’s gotta be up there, but to come back to F1 and be so quick immediately just shows his talent.

5.) Hulkenburg, blew Di Resta out of the water, has the skills to win a WDC I reckon. Great effort from Nico, a nice guy too…

Tough call for number 1 spot though, I nearly put Lewis there, but then changed it back and forth a few times, in the end Seb got the call based on the number of overtakes and the fact he took the youngest 3 WDC title. RE: Alonso, exceptionally good year from Fernando, but if we start to remove some of the bad luck elements from races then I don't think people would perhaps be raving as much about his performance. Plus the Ferrari wasn't nearly as bad as people made out. It was often 2nd on race pace, had reliability that put others to shame and was easily the best starting car in the field. Great driver Alonso, yes, but hard to judge some of this season, as situations flattered him.

I still rate Alonso and Vettel as the two best in F1 though, and I expect they'll battle it out again next year.

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1.-Alonso

2.-Vettel

3.-Hamilton

4.-Raikkonen

5.-Perez

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Alonso

Hamilton

vettel

Raikkonnen

massa

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My Top 5 are

Alonso

Vettel

Raikkonnen

Hamilton

Button

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Alonso

Vettel

Hamilton

Raikkonen

Hulkenberg

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Alonso

Vettel

Raikonnen

Hamilton

Perez

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01. Fernando Alonso

02. Sebastian Vettel

03. Lewis Hamilton

04. Kimi Räikkönen

05. Jenson Button

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Hulkenberg

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1. Fernando Alonso (Massive Fernando Fan, Love his skills)

2. Lewis Hamilton (My another favourite driver, always quick and exciting)

3. Vettel

4. Nico Hulkenburg

5. Kimi raikkonen

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alonso

hamilton

vettel

raikkonen

hulkenberg

far easier to choose than last year

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1:Alonso

2:Hamilton

3:Vettel

4:Raikkonnen

5:Hulkenberg

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1 alonso

2 raikonnen

3 webber

4 hamilton

5 vettel

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1. Hamilton

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Webber

5. Hulkenberg

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Raikkonen

4. Hamilton

5. Hulkenberg

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1. Alonso

2. Räikkönen

3. Perez

4. Vettel

5. Rosberg

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1-Alonso

2-Hamilton

3-Raikkonen

4-Vettel

5-Perez

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1. Hamilton - his best year so far, IMHO. Sad to think of him at the mercy of Mercedes in 2013.

2. Raikkonen - brilliant consistency after two years away, and some great drives.

3. Vettel - hard to argue with the champion. Some great drives back through the field.

4. Alonso - brilliant at times, thought he made mistakes and seemed off-form in the final races.

5. Hulkenberg - comprehensively beat his team-mate, and almost won in Brazil.

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Alonso

Hamilton

Vettel

Räikkönen

Perez

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1. Vettel.

2. Hamilton.

3. Alonso.

4. Raikkonen.

5. Button.

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The best driver is not simply having the best car and not screwing up! To me the best drivers is a combination of competition against your teammate, the field, and how the driver managed the car....

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Nico Hulkenberg

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Pastor Maldonado

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6. Vettel

7. Schumacher

8. Perez

9. Button

10. Rosberg

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1-Vettel

2-Alonso

3-Hamilton

4-Raikkonen

5-Maldonado

Vettel for the four wins on the trot and becoming only the third back to back triple champion. Car advantage or not, he literally took the bull by the horns and produced when it was most needed. Rode his luck, but also did well when the car wasn't at it's most competitive. Without reliability issues may have won the title sooner.

Alonso for utter determination and taking a car that shouldn't have been a title contender to within 3 points of the title. His decisive overtakes were astonishing when he knew a single mistake would rule him out of the championship.

Hamilton for putting a nightmare '09-'11 behind him and showing fierce pace. If it wasn't for reliability he would have been closer come the end.

Raikkonen for proving me wrong; finishing every race, being quick and most importantly winning, in a completely different formula from the one he left at the end of '09.

Maldonado for comprehensibly beating Senna and taking the opportunity to win when it presented itself and generally being entertaining - who knows what he'll do next!?

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1:Alonso

2:Vettel

3:Hamilton

4:Raikkonen

5:Webber

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1 Hamilton

2 Alonso

3 Raikkonen

4 Vettel

5 Perez

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1 Hamilton

2 Alonso

3 Vettel

4 Raikkonen

5 Hulkenberg

Hamilton did his bit towards 7 race wins. He didnt make it to the championship but I dont think anyone can argue that he would have been in the mix had he had better reliabilty.

I think Mclaren were hasty at snapping up Perez. Hulkenberg seems the better choice. Time will tell.

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1 - alonso

2 - hamilton

3 - vettel

4 - raikkonen

5 - button

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HAM

VET

ALO

RAI

HUL

Driver. Not car. Not team. Not PR.....

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1. Hamilton

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

4. Raikkonen

5. Maldonado (that win in Spain was a bit special)

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1-Alonso

2-Hamilton

3-Vettel

4-Raikkonen

5-Hulkenberg

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My Top 5 of the year is :

1 Sebastian Vettel

2 Fernando Alonso

3 Lewis Hamilton

4 Kimi Räikkönen

5 Pastor Maldonado

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1. Vettel

2. Hamilton

3. Alonso

4. Kimi

5. Hulkenberg

Most entertaining: Kimi as always.

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1. De La Rosa - would have been WC if it hadn't been for a rubbish car and a lack of talent

2. Senna- best film of 2012, struggled to regain 80s form

3. Kobayashi - best Japanese driver on the grid this year

4. Pic - no wins, no poles, no points but got a Caterham contract for 2013 - result

5. KarthIkeyan - best Indian driver on the grid this year no question

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1. Fernando Alonso

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Sergio Perez

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1.- Alonso

2.- Kimi

3.- Hamilton

4.- Vettel

5.- Massa

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1. Alonso

2. Räikkönen

3. Hamilton

4. Button

5. Hulkenberg

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1 alonso

2 raikkonen

3 Hamilton

4 vettel

5 hulkenberg

Top site all year round again James, thank to you and the team, roll on 2013!

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1 - Alonso

2 - Vettel

3 - Hamilton

4 - Raikkonen

5 - Perez

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kimi Raikonnen

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Felipe Massa

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Alonso

Hamilton

Vettel

Raikkonen

Hulkenburge

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Perez

5. Maldonado

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Val from montreal

Michael Schunacher , Vettel , Raikkonen , Alonso and Hamilton ..... In that order !

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Alonso (pains me to say it)

Vettel (he was the world champion)

Kimi / Lewis (hard to separate these two)

The Hulk

Just to be different (and interesting), top five teams;

Red Bull (best car, best team)

Lotus (good to see them back)

Sauber (Did very well)

Maurussia (lets not forgot our friends at the back)

Williams (great to see them win)

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1. Alonso , no explanation needed, fantastic driving all season.

2. Raikkonen, good race craft, very consistent

3. Hamilton, excellent driving, can only think of the odd driving or judgement error

4. Vettel, great driving but also driving errors were noticeable and could have been more costly in terms of points had he not had a lot of luck

5. This one is really difficult and there are quite a few contenders but all a long way back from the top 4. I like webbers driving and he was let down by reliability but his starts are too bad to be 5th, others Rosberg, hulkenberg , are a bit hit or miss so I'm going with ......

Button, as he's not always fast, and he likes the car to be just right to get the big points but you can trust him not to do anything daft on track.

Thanks for a great site with insightful articles that have added to the enjoyment of this season ...just hope next year is equally good, unpredictable and as nail bitingly close as this one was

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1. Hammy

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Vettel

5. Schumi

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1-Vettel

2-Alonso

3-Raikonen

4-Button

5-Hamilton

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Maldonado

4. Raikonen

5. Pic

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1. Alonso

2. Vettel

3. Hamilton

4. Raikkonen

5. Hulkenberg

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Apologies for not reading all hundred-odd previous posts before popping my selections up!

A firm Hamilton fan and Vettel detractor, I can't help but be seriously impressed by Vettel's performance this year - he has simply been sensational at times. Alonso somehow managed to stay in the fight without the fastest car at any point during the season.

Perez has been close to bagging wins at times with a midfield car, and Raikkonen has had an incredible comeback season. Maldonado and Hulkenburg deserve honourable mentions, just missing out on the top 5.

1, Alonso

2, Vettel

3, Hamilton

4, Perez

5, Raikkonen

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Alonso

Vettel

Hamilton

Raikkonen

Ricciardo

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Vettel

Alonso

Hamilton

Raikkonen

Hulkenberg

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Alonso

Vettel

Hamilton

Räikkönen

Button

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1. Alonso

2. Hamilton

3. Raikkonen

4. Vettel

5. Hulkenberg

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Colombia Concalvez

It really baffles me why so many people put Alonso on the NO.1 spot while the Ferrari was not really that bad

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Please check qualifying grid spots for the Ferraris. Also check the places made at the start by the red cars. Then you will see the the ferrari was not very quick.

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Mike from Colombia

Second guessing James, who we know has been mightily impressed with Alonso this year. They want to win the book!

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It has to be your own choice not second guessing me!

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1. Hamilton - consistently brilliant, only 1 mistake (Valencia), but let down by car & team

2. Alonso - consistently brilliant, only 1 mistake (Suzuka - he moved over on Raikkonen), but under performed in qualifying for last 2 races

3. Vettel - mainly brilliant, but too much complaining abut back markers

4. Hulkenberg - outperformed Di Resta, showed McLaren he should be Hamilton's replacement

5. Raikkonen - incredibly consistent, occasionally brilliant

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"only 1 mistake (Valencia)"

The mistake of assuming Maldonado is a professional racing driver?

If that is your definition then surely it was also a 'mistake' to assume Hulkenberg knew what he was doing in Brazil or Grosjean at Spa.