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 (1%)

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. Alex-Ctba said on 18th September 2008, 17:59

    Oh no!..not again…another topic special made for the God Hamilton

  2. 1. Lewis
    2. Alonso
    3. Vettel
    4…
    5..

    19. Kimi
    20. Massa

    :) That says it all :)

  3. Dmw:-

    If those paddles help in the rain, obviously Heikki should be doing amazing stuff when it rains. But we don’t see that happening.

  4. Fergus Gallas said on 18th September 2008, 18:50

    Keith,
    The comments here makes me laugh really hard. The visitors of this site don’t even understand what you write. So i’ll reply your words from the text above:

    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

    How can you all rate Massa as a “Bad-wet-driver”?
    No other driver on these standings has finished more races than him on the top three position.
    On the other hand, be a so called “good-wet-driver” means nothing, there’s plenty of them that never made it to the tittle. And i’ve seen a bunch, as i am a F1 fan since Andretti/1978, that were water freak and are multiple tittle holders.

  5. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 18th September 2008, 19:09

    Vroom – Agreed. A rare occasion when the term ‘Sennaesque’ would have been appropriate.

    Alex-ctba – Or Alonso, or Kubica, or Raikkonen… depends on your point of view. Who did you vote for?

    Fergus – True but don’t forget that list only covers the last four years. The likes of David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello would probably do a lot better if you extended it further back.

    We’ll have to repeat this exercise with all-time drivers sometime. One for the off-season, I reckon.

  6. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 18th September 2008, 19:18

    Can I remind everyone of the comment policy – insulting comments will be deleted and have been on this post. Opinions are always welcome but there’s no need to insult other people.

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  7. Fergus Gallas said on 18th September 2008, 19:22

    Alex-Ctba – Thank you. Keep cool…

    Keith – That’s exactly what i mean. From the time period mentioned by you, Massa isn’t bad at all.

    Would be nice to have topics like this to warm the off-season for a change.

  8. Alex-Ctba said on 18th September 2008, 19:31

    Keith, my apologies…I was joking. I love this blog!!!There’s no similar here in my country. I’m brazilian by the way. ( sorry for my poor english, I’m still learning )

  9. Alex-Ctba said on 18th September 2008, 19:35

    …and Hamilton’s fan too…

  10. when you watch an f1 race with live timing you can only vote for Lewis. At some points he is 2seconds+ faster then his rivals…

    He could have won all rain races this year.
    At Spa he did win and Monza he could have won if it wasn’t for the extra stop.

  11. Fergus Gallas said on 18th September 2008, 19:43

    Solid – And he wouldn’t have won Monaco if Ferrari didn’t scr***ed their drivers race.

  12. This is a very fickle and difficult subject to compare. A friend and myself were just doing this Monday. The problem is, no one is ever without mistakes. Hamilton has two non-points finishes in the wet and Alonso has Fuji. Hell, the problem works the other way too: Massa looked like God in Monaco this year and that scared the crap out of me into Silverstone.

    The fact is this. That while wet F1 races put so much into the driver’s hands, it is hard for us not to love it. We all love it and it is a great equaliser. But in so many ways, there are untold and unseen settings that take the race out of the drivers hands. Aquaplaning. Missed lugnuts. Team errors. Someone running into the back of you in a SC queue. Anything and everything can ruin your great race.

    To come up with the best wet weather racer in the sport is meaningless unless there is a CLEAR dominant force, the likes of which we have not seen in some years. We can have the great, the good, and the rest. Even that is muddled, but it’s the best we have.

    Alonso has team errors at Budapest 2006, Shanghai 2006, Silverstone 2008.
    Hamilton has a very bad race at Nurburgring 2007 (with steward assistance), and team errors/retirement at Shanghai 2007. He also had the weather go against him at Monza in 2008. That is another key factor that is simply not stated enough.

    I don’t think my answer is avoiding the question. It’s far from definitive and to argue is purely subjective and will only lead to who you think is the better driver anyway.

  13. michael counsell said on 18th September 2008, 21:04

    Why is Vettel so low and Kubica so high?

    In the really wet Vettel is faster than Hamilton, see Fuji and Monza for proof.

    In moderately wet conditions Hamilton is fastest by some margin see Silverstone in particular. I rate Sutil very highly in these conditions but maybe not in the ultra wet.

    Personally I don’t believe there is one driver that stands out as the best.

    On some tracks slight setup can make the difference between a great drive and a slow drive, while at some tracks it really doesn’t matter very much.

    I don’t know of any driver who hasn’t had an amazing drive in the wet and an equally awful drive in another.

  14. michael counsell said on 18th September 2008, 21:06

    I appear to be contracting myself but I agree with teh second half of my last post and with Paul.

  15. I don’t see a single driver who is outright the best in all conditions of wet, there is no Senna, Bellof, Villeneuve amongst this group of drivers when it starts to drop lightly or heavily. Overall Alonso is the best, in extreme conditions I find it’s Vettel, on a drying track it’s Kimi, moderately wet is Hamilton. Having said that there are four other drivers I can think of who are as good as any of the others mentioned and they are Heidfeld, Barichello, Button and Sutil. Also Bourdais seems handy in the wet weather.

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