Alonso, Hamilton, Raikkonen… Who’s the best F1 driver in the wet? (Poll)

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Who is the best F1 driver in the wet? Vote below...
Who is the best F1 driver in the wet? Vote below...

When rain falls during a Grand Prix drivers find themselves robbed of their reference points. Their sensitivity to their car’s behaviour becomes even more important.

Patterns of braking, steering and accelerating have to be completely re-written – often from one lap to the next. To do that successfully they must rely on feel and raw skill. Whether their car is the fastest in the straight line or the most aerodynamically efficient is no longer as important as it once was.

Rain – the great leveller. So, which of today’s F1 drivers is the best on a wet track? Cast your vote below.

Here’s a look at the podiums in each of the rain-affected races that’s run during the brief lifetime of F1 Fanatic – and links to reports for each of those races:

2005 Belgium – Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button
2006 Hungary – Jenson Button, Pedro de la Rosa, Nick Heidfeld
2006 China – Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Nick Heidfeld
2007 Europe – Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Mark Webber
2007 Japan – Lewis Hamilton, Heikki Kovalainen, Kimi Raikkonen
2007 China – Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa
2008 Monaco – Lewis Hamilton, Robert Kubica, Felipe Massa
2008 Britain – Lewis Hamilton, Nick Heidfeld, Rubens Barrichello
2008 Belgium* – Felipe Massa, Nick Heidfeld, Lewis Hamilton
2008 Italy – Sebastian Vettel, Heikki Kovalainen, Robert Kubica

*Pending appeal

Who is the best wet weather driver in F1 today?

  • Lewis Hamilton (39%)
  • Felipe Massa (3%)
  • Robert Kubica (25%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (6%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (1%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (17%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (5%)
  • Mark Webber (1%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Nelson Piquet Jnr (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (1%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Kazuki Nakajima (0%)
  • David Coulthard (0%)
  • Sebastien Bourdais (0%)
  • Jenson Button (1%)
  • Giancarlo Fisichella (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)

Total Voters: 1,076

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  1. I’ve been hearing all year about the problem Ferrari has heating up it’s tyres . Makes me wonder why they cannot solve the problem ? Sure I realise when a chassis is built to certain specifications , and developed during a year , it is not a simple matter to start changing things around to overcome a specific problem , but then Ferrari is not a “simple” team with limited resources and limited knowledge , they obviously have massive budget , technical resources , all kinds of track data available , not to mention probably the most experienced team regarding Bridgestone grooved and wet weather tyres. Basically all the ingredients to overcome the problem should be there , yet they have suffered greatly from it this year , and seem unable to solve it. In fact , that same problem was around from 2006 when MS lost it to Alonso. The other thing I cannot understand is they often seem to gamble against the odds with the weather , and this year , all it’s done so far is cost them. Until such problems can be resolved , and they have an equally competitive car to McLaren in the wet , Hamilton for sure looks to be the better wet weather driver currently , but I don’t believe a conclusion can be drawn for that reason.

  2. Jean, the bridgestone tyres used this year are similar to the 2003 spec tyres they had, which for the first half of the year, Ferrari did have problems with.

    It also explains why Massa is so quick on them, I’m pretty sure thats the year he tested for them, doing about 30,000 miles on them.

  3. Kimi currently has the most votes??? From the stats Lewis seem to be the better driver in the wet.

  4. It’s difficult to give an opiniona as between the surface and a driver is a car. One is better (ex. current Ferrari), another is worse (ex. current Force India). One is as good as other on dry and the same one seems to be better on wet (ex. current McLaren to Ferrari). One team, IMO, is devoloping the car for certain driving style (McLaren for Lewis) another not. Some drivers are very lucky (ex. Lewis – Monaco ’08) another not (Webber – Fuji ’07). However, I admit – Lewis has recently been very impressive on wet, but that’s Formula 1 – we don’t know what’s behind a driver.

  5. Terry Fabulous
    18th September 2008, 8:08

    Mark Webber sure can punch above his weight when the rain falls!
    I have voted for Lewis though, he is terrific in the wet.
    Who voted for Felipe? I love him and even I think he struggles when it gets Slippery.

    sorry to go off topic, but the above link is for the Fernch grand prix, in sarcelles?

    bad idea, its the moss side of France, expect the BMW’s to get keyed and have some wheels missing.

  7. Hamilton is good, but Alonso is head and shoulders above the everybody out there.

    Check out his first lap in Hungary 2006 and his last lap in Spa 2008. If you get a chance to see these (youtube) you’ll be super impressed. Think of Senna in Donnington – but in Hungary Alonso passed more cars.

    Alonso’s ability is not so obvious this year due to the car, but he’s still fast and stable.

    By the way, the stats above are meaningless.

    1. Belgium 2008 is not appropriate. he was on wet tyres wile others were on dry. sure he would be much faster. on equal tyres nobody can be that much faster than the rest, its impossible. hamilton is good this year but his car is better than the ferrari in wet as well. Not sure about the decision

  8. I think Hamilton and Alonso are better than Raikkonen went the track is full of water but Kimi is better went it’s going to dry (China 07, Monaco 08, GB 08, Italy 08) because Kimi is clever than these two with his tyres who, he can’t manage to heat them under the rain and cold conditions but he don’t cooked them when the track is drying or very hot. This fact is the key point of the season for Kimi.

    Lewis and Fernando where very close with the same car last year in those conditions, Vettel looks very good, Sutil is better than his car, it’s very hard to say…

  9. @R2Driver

    In Spa 2008 Alonso could pass more cars, coz most of them were still on dry tyres. Alonso is good but Lewis is better.

  10. Lewis and Fred are very close, IMHO. But I agree with R2Driver. If Lewis can manage a first lap like Alonso did at Hunaroring 2006, then he will be the best on my ranking. At the moment that first lap is the most terrific performance I’ve ever seen under wet conditions, tied with Senna at Donnington.

  11. Hamilton is by far the best driver in the rain .Alonso , for me , is a better driver including all but not as good as Hamilton in wet conditions.This can be justified by the last year showing of Lewis’ and Nando’s performance in Fuji Shepang and Nurburgring(Lewis started the race with lots of truble and was very unlucky in order to be beaten by Alonso)


  12. Sush – Perhaps post that in the forum?

    R2Driver – Agreed on Alonso’s lap at Hungary: Three great first laps. And here’s his Spa lap.

    I don’t think the stats are meaningless though, and the articles they link to should give some useful extra information on who did best in recent wet races.

    Eddie – Live? Not likely. And please don’t shout!

  13. Terry , Massa blows a bit hot and cold , that’s why at times he appears to struggle (Silverstone 08) but can also give a great drive (Monaco 08) in the wet condition

  14. I think this has turned once again into the usual Lewis Hamilton vs Fernando Alonso dogfight.

    Anyway, Lewis is head and shoulders above everyone else in the wet. No-brainer really.

  15. I’m definately with Architrion on this one. Alonso at Hungary in 06 was really something else and I haven’t seen Hamilton achieve something like Alonso did in his first few laps of that race.

  16. Sorry Keith :(
    i’ll do that next, its just I had to get to work and I panicked!!!

    and now my boss is in front of me, go away boss, i’m slating France, much more important to chat F1 than make you money

  17. I think everyone will have to reserve judgement on Lewis this year. It’s obvious that his car is far easier to drive in the wet than the others. He breezed passed drivers easily at Monza, which is not real racing to me. He criticised Kimmi for braking early at Spa, but Webber, Massa and the rest of them braked early at Monza. It’s not driving style, it’s the confidence you have in the car. All these drivers are fearless. Lewis was okay last year. I would rate Alonso the best because he’s proved the most in different cars and situations. I watched replays of Alonso’s passing on Youtube. Excellent! Best I’ve seen in the last 5 years.

  18. Mick – I do think there’s a difference between the performance of the Ferrari and McLaren in wet conditions – I think the McLaren copes well on extreme wet tyres in heavy wet conditions, and the Ferrari does better on standard wets in drying conditions. The lap times from Monza illustrate that perfectly.

    But it’s not the whole story. If the McLaren is enormously faster in the wet, why didn’t Kovalainen win at Monza? And why did he finish so far behind Hamilton at Silverstone?

  19. I really don’t rate Heiki, so I may be the wrong person to ask. I’m not saying it’s all McLaren and no Hamilton – but in my opinion, he is allowed to drive better with his current equipment. I think he will prove detractors wrong in the future, but I haven’t seen enough minus good equipment to make a real judgement on Hammy.

  20. Not really fair to include the Mclaren drivers in this poll, is it?

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