The F1 Fanatic verdict is in: Ferrari are the top team heading into 2009

Felipe Massa to begin 2009 as he ended 2008 - with a win?

Felipe Massa to begin 2009 as he ended 2008 - with a win?

Last week I invited you to rank the F1 teams to see who everyone thought would be fighting for victory in the Australian Grand Prix next weekend.

Ferrari were the team that came out on top but everyone seems puzzled over just how quick McLaren are. Here’s the results in full.

1. Ferrari (1.75)
2. BMW (2.25)
3. Brawn GP (3.37)
4. Toyota (4.57)
5. McLaren (5.72)
6. Red Bull (5.79)
7. Renault (6.06)
8. Williams (7.02)
9. Toro Rosso (8.82)
10. Force India (9.70)

(average ranking in brackets)

No-one ranked Ferrari or Brawn GP lower than sixth, and no-one put Force India in the top five. Inevitably McLaren were the team that split the voting most.

Williams and Renault came out towards the bottom but in the days since the poll began they showed some improved form in the final test at Jerez. as this a genuine indication of improved performance – or were they just flattered by the absence of the other teams?

We’ll get our first definitive answers in one week’s time when the first practice for the Australian Grand Prix begins.

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47 comments on The F1 Fanatic verdict is in: Ferrari are the top team heading into 2009

  1. Maybe some people will revise their rankings when it becomes clear who has been running illegal diffusers. As I’ve pointed out, teams are not necessarily even running legal cars in testing, so testing times need to go down with a cup of salt. McLaren are likely developing parts to suit the current and potential new rules interpretations. If the Brawn/Williams/Toyota diffuser proves legal, you will see McLaren/Ferrari/RedBull slap on one like it and rankings will look different quickly.

  2. Did all the teams showed what they really have in the tests? I think Kimi is the man to beat. But don’t forget about the Brawn’s guys. They’re very strong. And Alonso is very hungry so is Lewis. Here’s my rating:

    1. Ferrari
    2. Renault
    3. Brawn gp
    4. McLaren
    5. BMW Sauber
    6. Toyota
    7. Red Bull
    8. Williams
    9. Toro Rosso
    10. Force india

  3. Toby Thwaites 93 said on 24th March 2009, 19:37

    You rate McLaren over BMW this year? No way, even if McLaren didnt have their testing problems and a lack of speed with their car i would of still rated them below BMW.
    And i think the verdict is right with Renault (7th) possible not that low, but at least not 3rd of 2nd as some of you have posted :/

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