Who was the best driver of 2008? (Poll)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vote for the best F1 driver of 2008
Vote for the best F1 driver of 2008

You’ve read my verdict on the drivers of 2008 – now it’s time for yours. Who was the best F1 driver this year? Cast your vote below…

Who was the best F1 driver of 2008?

  • Lewis Hamilton (17%)
  • Felipe Massa (11%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (2%)
  • Robert Kubica (40%)
  • Fernando Alonso (22%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (5%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Nelson Piquet Jnr (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Kazuki Nakajima (0%)
  • David Coulthard (0%)
  • Sebastien Bourdais (0%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Giancarlo Fisichella (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Takuma Sato (0%)
  • Anthony Davidson (0%)

Total Voters: 1,405

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  1. Keith, just curious – when a driver is referred to as best all round, what does that really make him ie what does best all round driver really mean?

  2. when a driver is referred to as best all round, what does that really make him ie what does best all round driver really mean?

    In my book, a good all round driver is:
    – fast in qualifying
    – relentlessly fast in races
    – fast in the dry
    – fast in the wet
    – a good overtaker
    – a firm but fair defender
    – good on strategy before and during the race
    – gives good technical feedback
    – behaves in a way that inspires and motivates his team
    – has total dedication to winning
    – doesn’t make very many mistakes

    There’s been a lot of talk this year about Fernando Alonso being the most complete driver in the field, because he ticks most or all of the boxes above. Probably not as out and out fast as Lewis Hamilton or Kimi Raikkonen, but he’s consistent and gives good technical feedback. During the Japanese GP he was making strategy calls, i.e. shortfilling to jump Kubica and then driving a stint full of qualifying laps to pull out a gap. Kubica has also been a good all rounder this year too. Hamilton a bit less so but he’s got plenty of time to learn.

    Juan Pablo Montoya wasn’t a good all rounder – very fast, great overtaker but awful technically, not a team player and not enough commitment. Jarno Trulli is a great qualifier but (especially in his early career) he fade in the race – he can be stunning quick over one lap but not fifty.

  3. @Nirupam:

    Alonso made mistakes in Monaco and Canada. As for him scoring more points than anyone in the last 6 races, Button had the same thing going in 2006 but that didn’t make him the best driver of 2006.

  4. the best driver wins almost every time so i think this is Hamilton

  5. TommyBellingham
    21st November 2008, 19:19

    Vettel or Hamilton

  6. So hard to make a choice. In my opinion it has to be one of the most gifted generation ever.

    After an hesitation, i’d vote for Vettel as he reached a rank that was never expected from him considering the material he’s had this year. And proved some maturity as well. He’s been spectacular in the wet and showed real skill and some extra spark when needed.

    But again, I wish we could list three or five dirvers instead of choosing just one :-)

  7. I know I’ve chosen a strange one, but I based my vote on who drove closest to their maximum ability the most consistently, taking out the speed and quality of the car, teammates and team. Roobs, closely followed by Koobs.

  8. I am a Heidfeld supporter but,Alonso impresses the hell out of me…..he got my vote but,not before I hesitated my little cursor to tick the box for Vettel.

  9. Alonso. Don’t confuse lack of results (in the first half of the season) with a driver not wringing the neck of that car & getting everything he could out it – plus a bit more.

    Look at what other drivers did with inferior machinery. Zip. In fact some in better cars didn’t fare much better.

    Not the fastest guy out there, but certainly the best IMO.

  10. @Internet,
    Alonso did make mistake in Monaco, in CAnada it was more of a mechanical fault. But the way he transformed R28 from being a midfield pack to front runners is amazing!

    And also..if i am not wrong in the first half some guys here started questioning the technical capabilities of alonso. Are you guys still there?? ;)

  11. HounslowBusGarage
    22nd November 2008, 8:23

    Silly, detailed query.
    But why does the blue bar under Nakajima’s name (0 votes) look bigger than the bar under Barrichello with 2 votes? Actually, when I look more closely, seems that way for Button, Fisichella and others too.

  12. i wouldnt even consider choosing massa or hamilton. they have made too much mistakes.

    i was thinking of vettel, alonso and kubica, and finally decided on kubica.

    then i saw there’s a lot of people here who already thought of vettel, alonso and/or kubica.

  13. Something goes wrong in this poll, if you see the results, F Alonso has 178 votes and L Hamilton 172. But you say Hamilton wins….

    ps: I voted for Hamilton not for Alonso

  14. I think it isn’t saying Hamilton wins, it says you voted for Hamilton, if you’re talking about Hamilton being in a bold typeface.

  15. My vote goes to Felipe Massa as best overall driver of the year and for several different reasons. To begin with his first two grands prix of 2008 were disasters, complete disasters.
    There were lots of people who were suggesting that Massa should be replaced quickly, which only fuelled the speculation surrounding Fernando Alonso’s relationship with Ferrari. Infact, Alonso himself turned the screw in the press following the Sepang race, suggesting that Massa was ‘feeling the pressure’.
    Then, began the turnaround. In seven years, I have never seen Kimi Raikkonen beaten so badly by a team mate, and that list is quite impressive.
    Heidfeld, Coulthard, Montoya, De La Rosa. Not one of those highly rated drivers put Raikkonen to the sword the way Massa did this season, carrying Ferrari championship challenge alone in the fight against McLaren.
    Along the way, there were terrible errors from the Brazilian. Silverstone was without a doubt Massa’s worst drive of the year, worse than even Sepang.
    Yet he came within one corner of being the first Brazilian champion since Senna back in 1991. Not bad at all for a so called understudy!

  16. I voted Felipe Massa.
    I remember the Hungria race that Massa passed Hamilton and Kovalainen in start. In Hungria is very difficult the passing and Massa did.

  17. I voted Sebastian Vettel. Time will prove me right

  18. Kubica!!!Only Kubica!!!

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