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

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 18th September 2008, 10:20

    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?

  4. 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.

  5. Alastair said on 18th September 2008, 10:56

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

  6. So i’m in the minority that voted Heidfield and Sutil?


    as Keith pointed out Kimi is stunning on drying conditions, probably from the sudden aggressive front end response you would get in those conditions, which Kimi loves.

    Hamilton is amazing in the COMPLETE wet, but in drying conditions his driving style rips his tyres to shreds, for proof;
    see Spa – at the start of the race, the track started to dry up, Kimi pounced
    see monza quali – went through one set of tyres in Q1
    see monza race – almost being beaten by a red bull
    China last year – went playing in the sand in drying conditions while Kimi romped home in same conditions

  7. I’ve also heard that Heikki has had problems adapting to driving with those extra paddles. Just an afterthought.

  8. That’s a good question Keith. Kovalainen wasn’t so bad in qualifing, 1.2 second ahead of Massa’s car in Q3 with the same load of fuel. In the opening stage of the race Heikki wasn’t so bad too, his pace was about 1.35 until Lap 10 and then he brutally looses 1 sec until the end of his first stint when all other drivers was able to improve. That’s why I said, Heikki’s curve looks very strange in Monza.

    Heikki’s pace wasn’t so bad at Silverstone in the first stint but he did lots of mistakes when Hamilton did a perfect job.

  9. We should only compare the drivers based on their current form. Lewis wasn’t driving in 06 but all were driving in 07 and also this current year. The amount of water on the track and the track characteristics, will always provide different results.
    And no car is ever designed to run in the wet. Its all about driver confidence and nothing more. Alonso finds it easier to keep his Renault on the track, than does. Piquet. Like wise, Lewis, puts in faster lap times in the rain, compared to Heikki.

    The Ferrari drivers have both not been very consistent when its wet. although apart from Silverston, Massa has shown a better consistency when its wet. Like his drive in Monaco and even in Monza, Massa drove a cleaner race when it was wet.

  10. What about Robert Kubica?
    In his debut he was 7th in Hungary 2006! Than came not so good races:
    *in Chine someone collided with him on the start what ruined his race,
    *in Europe 2007 Nick destroyed Kubica’s race,
    *in Japan 2007 he drive prefect! When he touched with Hamilton(what I think it was Hamilton mistake..) he get penalty (btw that was very funny:/) and ruined his race too…
    *in China 2007 when Kubica was on the lead of the race(!) came hydraulic problem.
    After this races came Monaco 2008 which I think he could win, if hamilton didn’t change his strategy after his problem with the tire, but at the end beautiful race by Robert. Britain 2008 was a bad one, but in Monza he finished 3rd from 11th positoin.
    I think he is very good in wet!

  11. Mick I think you are making that paddle stuff up. Those paddles work as a single lever and its very easy to use. Besides anyone who thinks the paddles acts as traction control, should actually listen and hear the wheels spinning as hey change gears.

  12. cyanide said on 18th September 2008, 11:50

    Sutil all the way. Give him a McLaren and he will show Lewis what wet weather driving can be…
    *Puts on Hamilton-fans-flame-proof suit :)

  13. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 18th September 2008, 11:58

    Sutil’s an interesting case: he was excellent at Fuji last year and Monaco this year – but what happened to him at Monza?

  14. Fergus Gallas said on 18th September 2008, 12:08

    The F1 Crown is based on points, so we can do the same with the wet races. 3points for the winner, 2points for 2nd and 1point for3rd. Then we have total and average points stands to please some. the result is: Alonso is the best with Hamilton really close and Massa tied with Kimi, how about that?
    Driver Absolut Average
    Kimi 7 0.7
    Button 4 0.4
    Alonso 11 1.1
    Nick 6 0.6
    Massa 7 0.7
    Webber 1 0.1
    Hamilton 7 1
    Heikki 4 0.571428571
    Kubica 3 0.428571429

  15. Yeah, the paddles are a figment of my imagination, Oliver.

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