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Posted By: James Allen  |  18 Dec 2013   |  7:40 am GMT  |  577 comments

It’s that time of year again, where we need to establish the Top Five drivers of the year, in descending order, with your Driver of the Season at the top.

This is the fifth year we’ve run this popular competition.

And to add a bit of fun to it, all responses will be entered into a draw and the the first five entries which match my selection, which will be revealed next week, will receive a free signed copy of our review book of the season; James Allen on F1 2013: Winning at all costs, which is on sale now.

Leave your Top Five list in the comments box below – the closing date for entries is Monday December 23rd.

It was a pretty one sided championship, but how do you judge what Vettel did in comparison with others who had slower cars and still got great results? Fernando Alonso, for example, finished second in what was clearly not the second fastest car.

There were some other strong performances this year from drivers throughout the field, Hulkenberg had his moments, Grosjean came good in the end, Rosberg won two races and scored pole positions, it’s not an easy one this year.

We want to hear what you think about the five drivers who you think did the business this year, with a line or two about them (please no 1,000 word treatises!!).

The prize is a signed copy of my 2013 Review book, which is a limited edition, large format soft paperback. This is the fifth year we have done the book and it’s a cool collectible – a great way to look back on the behind the scenes stories and the races which made up the year. You’ll be surprised how much you’ve forgotten of the way the stories developed as the year went on.

I’ve written loads of linking copy which gives a hindsight perspective on the key stories of the year like the Pirelli tyre failures, Raikkonen leaving Lotus, the edging out of Ross Brawn at Mercedes, Ferrari’s infighting when the season derailed, Bernie Ecclestone’s legal challenges and much more. The Foreword this year is written by David Coulthard.

If you can’t wait to find out if you’ve won or you just want to make sure you secure your copy before it sells out (as it usually does around New Year), you can order one here for £10-99 plus postage (most countries around the world are served).

Order your copy of the JA on F1 2013 Yearbook today. Copies will be despatched to most countries around the world. To order yours and to be sure of getting a copy click on this link: JA on F1 2013 Book

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1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Webber

4. Raikkonen

5. Ricciardo








1. Vettel (he did better than in 2012)

2. Alonso (he did worse than is 2012)

3. Grosjean (he surprised with no crashes and beating Raikkonen)

4. Rosberg (for beating Hamilton) or Hulk.

5. Raikkonen (for return to the podium)


1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Hulkenberg

5. Hamilton


1. Vettel

2. Hulkenberg

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Grosjean


1 Vettel, because he did that thing again.

2 Alonso, who could have done it in an equal car.

3 Raikonnen, who didn’t miss a trick.

4 Grosjean, who came of age.

5 Button, who crawled to the edge of the podium race by race in a terrible car.


1. Vettel – 9 straight wins.

2. Raikkonen – for making Ferrari eat humble pie and giving him a drive.

3. Grosjean – for finally turning his speed into results and being consistent in second half of season.

5. Hulkenberg – for making the most of the car once Sauber found some pace.

4. Alonso – Very strong in races, but qualifying lets him down. Also marked down for mad decision to keep driving with broken wing in Malaysia.

Not included – Hamilton for moaning about his brakes.








1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Kimi

4. RoGro

5. Hamilton


It should be forbidden to rank Webber in the top 5 : come on, he finished 5 times in the top 2 this year, in a car with which Vettel has equalled Schuey’s records vs. Alonso, Raikkonen and Hamilton !

No wonder why so many people don’t understand why he didn’t deserve to win the Malaysian GP at all


While I concur in my belief/opinion on MW not being a top 5 driver this year, forbidding others opinions on the matter is a little excessive. The Malaysian GP issue is not a straight forward story. See my reply to Stephen above on the matter, and you can also add that the ‘fire’ had all but gone out for F1 by that stage given MW’s comments after making his announcement.








1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. Grosjean

5. Hamilton


1Alonso 2Hamilton 3Vettel 4Rosberg 5Grosjean


1 Vettel

2 Nando

3 Kimi

4 hulk

5 Grosjean


1. Vettel – for changing everyone’s opinion of him and being 4 times champion

2. Alonso – putting his car where it didn’t deserve to be

3. Grosjean – over coming the predujice and joining the top ranks

4. Hulkenburg – consistently strong

5. Raikonnen – pure driving ability and consistency slightly tarnished at end of season but still great season


1. Vettel

2. Grosjean

3. Alonso

4. Hamilton

5. Rosberg


1- Webber for never giving up 2- Alonso. For going so well in a bad car. 3- Vettel. For being annoyingly good. 4- Hamilton. For skill and the best earrings in F1. 5- Ricciardo. For talent and dreaming to go against Vettel


Also, what we want is Schuey back


1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Raikkonen

4. L. Hamilton

5. N. Rosberg


1. Vettel

2. Alonso

3. Hulkenberg

4. Raikkonen

5. Ricciardo


1. Vettel, obviously (4th title, Singapur drive, etc.)

2. Hulkenberg (incredibly fast with slow car)

3. Alonso (just as above)

4. Grosjean (biggest progress)

5. Webber (great performance, bit out of luck)


1) Sebastian Vettel

2) Fernando Alonso

3) Kimi Raikkonen

4) Nico Hulkenberg

5) Romain Grosjean


1. Vettel

2. Hulkenberg

3. Raikkonen

4. Alonso

5. Bottas


Vettel – destroyed everyone.

Hulkenburg – massively outperformed his car.

Alonso – not as good as previous years for FA given the car was actually pretty good, not that Fernando would ever tell the media that, because then they might question his speed and stop belittling Vettels achievements – 10/10 for political nous Fernando!

Raikkonen – very very consistent, pre Ferrari signing Kimi was on it.

Rosberg – Best of the Mercs IMO, yes Lewis got more points, but Rosberg wasn’t expected to get anywhere near and had 3 DNFs due to car failure to Hamiltons zero, meaning he scored more points per race.


1. Grosjean

2. Vettel

3. Hulkenberg

4. Ricciardo

5. Chilton

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