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. Slightly off-topic but which driver do you reckon is the WORST driver in the wet?

    My vote would have to go to Piquet, I can’t remember the exact race but the Renault lads put him on dry tyres with a damp track next thing we see is him sliding backwards off the track.

  2. Ratboy – And so did Kubica at the same race for the same reason. So i must assume that Piquet is in good company there. Few others did the same for that reason in that particular race.

  3. Oh my god…Ham the best driver on wet????

    Let’s see…..
    Ham last year in China. What happened? No brain and nerves to race (as he has shown so many times.)

    Ham in Fuji 07. Half race aborted and handcuffed with SC on starting. Ham said he was nearest to Senna. Bab, you was the ONLY driver with no spray in front of you. Did you realize that? Maybe he didn’t…

    Monaco 08. Ham was lucky to do the right tyre selection. That’s all. Alonso didn’t, Massa didn’t,…

    Silverstone 08. Same thing. Ham was lucky to do the right tyre selection. Kimi, Alonso and others didnt the right selection. Just see Barichello when he put the wet tyre.

    Spa 08. If you drive a F1 with no brakes……you can’t do the chicanes. Once again ,Ham didn’t have brain to keep the 2nd place. This guy must know that a WDC can be done doing 2nd places. Even Pedro de la Rosa said on a live commentary TV that people on boxes must tell him to relax and finish the race. De la rosa said” I do’t uderstand why he push so hard. Just keep 2nd place and get your points, Massa is behind. If you push you can be out of the track an get 0 points.” He was right.

    And Monza 08. People goes grazy about Ham in Monza. “Wow, from 15 th to….”

    Guys, how many overtakings did Alonso on 1st lap in Hungary 2006? From 15th to 4th. And he did more after that. ALL DRIVERS WITH SAME TYRES, NO SC STARTING, NO DIFFERENT STRATEGIES. And nobody says nothing.

    See these videos

  4. One more thing. I suppose than many of you don’t know this:

    Last year, in Hungary, Ham’s engineer sat him down TO SEE ALONSO’S FANTASTIC RACE IN HUNGARY 06 ON A VIDEO. Sounds like “that’s the way to race on wet. So pay attention and learn.”

    Maybe you won’t believe it but IT’S TRUE.

    I wouldn’t very confident with a driver that needs to see a video about how to race on wet conditions.

  5. Totally AGREE. Hamilton is the best F1 driver in the wet. No doubt. He also the best and fastest at cornering with
    his stering “vibrate” style(only race driver really know about this).

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