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)

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  1. Mmmmm…Clive and his wisdom… This man is always right…

    Is interesting how some can judge Alonso´s wet skills looking back only to Hungary 2005, or to the last stint of Nurburgring in 2007, (until that he doesn’t show nothing special in the race and Felipe were handicapped with some vibrations on his front tyres), and can’t remember the recent Nick´s works at Silverstone…

    I was watching China 2007 and Alonso again doesn’t showed anything that we can judge him in the same level than Lewis at Fuji, Silverstone or Monza this year. Lewis is the better one and we can see clearly this when we understand that the only treat to Vettel in Monza Sunday were Lewis, who were handicapped at 15th place…

    About McLaren paddles, Ferrari already has their system and I think that Mass damper were more crucial device in wet conditions than those paddles. Another point is: this year we have the cars WITHOUT TRACTION CONTROL and this in fact shows how drivers deal with wet without this apparatus. So I don’t need to say that the performance judgment this year is more important than in the past.

    So what we have so far? Monza, Silverstone, Spa, Monaco showed who is the best one.

  2. Fergus Gallas said on 19th September 2008, 15:13

    Keith – You’re right. And There is another record over him – One hundred forty plus starts without a win on F1. And another – Tons of points without a Tittle.
    I consider him a nice driver though.

  3. Underdog said on 19th September 2008, 18:11

    It is appalling to see that Fisichella doesn’t have any votes and Barichello only 12. Don’t we have memory?

  4. Keith – A small note, SPA 2005 – Who was leading till final set of pitstops?? What did McLaren team to get Kimi in the lead. Well Orchestrated strategy to negate 30+second of clear lead Kimi’s team-mate had on him. But I won’t hold that against team or Kimi,as Kimi was driving to keep his WDC chances alive then and JPM was just playing support act. So please take that out of list :D

    About Hamilton being best driver in wet – I am not fan of any particular driver on the current grid and with that background – While it is not Hamilton’s mistake that he has landed in Best car on the grid in both dry and wet condition. but in 2008 Ferrari drivers have a clear handicap in Ferrari’s handling in wet condition. So we can’t really attribute it all to “Hamilton’s” Driver skills.
    On that Note My top10 rating for Wet race drivers on current grid

    1)Kimi,
    2)Barichello,
    3)Alonso,
    4)Sutil – Hamilton (Tie)
    6)Webber – consistent drives
    7)Vettel,(that f***ing kid is again behind webber)
    8)Kubica,
    9)Fisichella (Can anyone remember his Jordon win and also 2005 Oz race)
    10)Button,

    PS – I won’t laugh at Massa and Kimi for Silverstone, Its Ferrari weather system that was expecting race to dry in Second half, hence they had dry setup which made them look stupid

  5. Alianora La Canta said on 19th September 2008, 19:46

    There’s a very simple reason why Heidfeld is usually forgotten in these debates – we rarely remember what he did in the races in order to do the comparison. The fact that he’s often very good in the wet isn’t much use in a debate if the people doing the debating have forgotten. To a certain extent, Fisichella didn’t have any votes as of Underdog’s comment for a similar reason – in recent races, his performances in the rain have been largely forgotten because most of them, for whatever reason, ended in either a DNF or a low position.

  6. 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.

  7. Fergus Gallas said on 19th September 2008, 22:31

    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.

  8. ELCROWLEY said on 19th September 2008, 23:18

    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
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1m9fyJ-dUA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUvg_WCWeMM

  9. ELCROWLEY said on 20th September 2008, 14:13

    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.

  10. 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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