2009 F1 driver rankings part 2: 15-6

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

How should we rate Massa, who only raced half the season?
How should we rate Massa, who only raced half the season?

We began the countdown of the top drivers of 2009 yesterday looking at the least impressive racers of the year.

Today we cover the other drivers who failed to make it into the top five – with more of your comments and ratings of the class of 2009.

15. Giancarlo Fisichella

Fisichella’s pole position for Force India at Spa was surely the great upset of the season. And he came oh-so-close to opening the team’s points account with a win. He had threatened to get the job done earlier in the season, finishing a ninth at Monaco with eighth-placed Sebastien Bourdais in his sights.

More would surely have followed had he stayed at Force India but the lure of Ferrari proved too great. However Fisichella struggled with the F60, particularly under braking as we saw when he crashed in practice at Monza. He failed to score a single point for the Scuderia.

So remember his season for that wonderful weekend in Spa, and not for the damp squib which was his switch to Ferrari.

He had the race of his life, then moved to Ferrari and reminded us all why he had ended up at Force India in the first place.
Ned Flanders

14. Timo Glock

As was widely expected, Glock was usually behind super-qualifier Trulli on Saturday. But on race day he often moved up the field – indeed he gained an average of almost four places per race.

He deserved much better at Malaysia where – just like at Brazil last year – he benefitted by going a different way to his rivals when the rain fell. He passed Nick Heidfeld for second on lap 32 when the red flags came out, but was dropped to third place by the count-back rule.

Glock did get a second place at Singapore by avoiding the kind of mistakes made by Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso.

If it wasn’t for Japan, he may have scored a few more points. Passed Trulli at Bahrain at the start. Should have won but the team put on the wrong tyre compound on his second stint and ruined his race.

13. Heikki Kovalainen

Heikki Kovalainen had a disappointing final year with McLaren
Heikki Kovalainen had a disappointing final year with McLaren

Rating Kovalainen is a tricky job because we know new parts at McLaren usually went to Hamilton. But how much was this a refection on Kovalainen’s driving, and how far was it the cause of he gulf between him and his team mate?

In truth, probably more the former than the latter. He rarely looked on a par with Hamilton with a notable exception at Shanghai where Kovalainen kept the car on the drenched track while his team mate had several spins.

He scored points steadily in the second half of the season when the MP4-24 came good, and it’s fair to say he wasn’t quite as cavalier about finishing races as his team mate could be. He never made it as far as the podium, though – something Hamilton managed five times.

He did have a few good races when the car was really at its worse in particular at China. But when the car improved Kovalainen really didn’t put in the performances. Perhaps the cars doesn’t really suit him, but he could have at least gotten it to the podium at particularly Valencia and Monza but he lost out to Raikkonen in a much slower Ferrari. He also did well in qualifying a few times during the year. It cant really be easy to be pared up with perhaps currently, the best driver in the field.

12. Jarno Trulli

Started the season brightly with top-four finishes in three of the first four races. With a better strategy at Bahrain and without a qualifying penalty at Melbourne it could have been even better.

Despite suffering more than team mate Glock did from the wild swings in performance of the TF109 from track to track, Trulli still amassed more points. Getting beaten by rookie Kamui Kobayashi in the final race was a blow, however.

Best wine-producing F1 driver again. A couple of very strong drives, and a couple of occasions when he had a winning car. Shame they didn’t coincide. Appears to have gone mad, I hope we haven’t seen the last of Jarno’s Photo Casebook.

Don’t you mean “whine?”
Penelope Pitstop

11. Nick Heidfeld

As ever, you get the fiercest arguments over whether a driver was better than his team mate when the two are very closely matched (think of Alonso and Hamilton in 2007, for example). It’s been pointed out by a lot of people on this site that although Kubica generally gets more column inches, Heidfeld out-scored him this year.

But if this list were a simple ranking of the drivers in order of how many points they’d scored it would be a rather lazy and simplistic one. Heidfeld might have scored more but for me Kubica showed more potential, and benefitted from a little less good fortune.

Heidfeld rode his luck to take a (half-points) second place at Sepang. Unlike Kubica he was able to use BMW’s KERS at the beginning of the season, but this was soon dropped entirely.

It was slim pickings from then on with the troublesome F1.09. His strong suit was his impressively consistent finishing – and a record run of 41 classified finishes on the trot which only ended when Sutil crashed into him.

Another season where he drove great while almost not being noticed at all.

10. Robert Kubica

Yes, Heidfeld scored two more points than he did. But Kubica had one more mechanical failure and was eliminated from a likely second place at Melbourne.

While it’s true Kubica often didn’t get as much out of the F1.09 as Heidfeld did when the car was at its worst, he could be relied upon to do better when the car was closer to the front.

He was especially impressive at Interlagos, where he got his BMW ahead of Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn on pure pace. It was one of the few occasions when he looked like the driver who topped this chart last year.

There were days when he couldn’t beat Heidfeld – and vice-versa. But on balance for me Kubica edges it as the better of the two BMW drivers this year.

Terrible car and terrible luck. Could have done a lot better.
Pedal to the Vettel

9. Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen hit a purple patch after Massa was injured
Kimi Raikkonen hit a purple patch after Massa was injured

The curious thing about Raikkonen’s season was how he came to life after Massa was injured in qualifying at Hungary. Suddenly Raikkonen was getting regular podiums – plus his customary victory at Spa.

Did Raikkonen up his game during Massa’s absence? Or was he flattered by comparison with less talented team mates – or, to put it another way, would an uninjured Massa have had the beating of him?

After Ferrari halted development on the F60 Raikkonen’s form dipped again at the end of the season, with a particularly disappointing final race at Yas Island.

The middle part of the season shows he still has the potential to be one of F1’s most formidable drivers, if someone can coax it out of him more regularly. Having him sat on the sidelines when there are plenty of F1 cars he could race is a waste of talent.

Was poor to begin with but had an incredible second half of the season in what was a very difficult and underdeveloped car, as demonstrated by Fisi and Badoer.

8. Felipe Massa

It was a tough start to the season for last year’s championship runner-up with no points in the first four races, partly thanks to a pair of car failures. But from then Massa’s results reflected the consistent progress he and Ferrari were making: sixth, fourth, sixth, fourth and then third at the Nurburgring.

Then came that sickening crash at the Hungaroring which brought his season to an abrupt end.

Early in his recovery he was told team mate Raikkonen had finished second at Hungary. Massa replied that meant he would have won if he’d raced. We are left to wonder what might have happened, and whether his injureis and enforced absence from the cockpit will have blunted his edge.

Was on course to finish fifth in the title race after out-performing his team mate.
David A

7. Nico Rosberg

In his fourth season of F1, Rosberg reached new heights of speed and consistency – for which he has already been rewarded with a promotion to the championship-winners for 2010.

Though he got some stick for frequently topping practice sessions yet never translating it into pole position or a win, Rosberg brought his car home in the points for eight races in a row and single-handedly scored enough points to put Williams seventh in the constructors’ championship.

Yet he managed to go the whole season without reaching the podium. His mistake coming out of the pits at Singapore cost him his best chance of a top-three finish, but that was one of few significant errors from Rosberg this year.

Pushed to the limits, outclassed his team mate.

6. Rubens Barrichello

Rubens Barrichello withstood pressure from Button to win at Monza
Rubens Barrichello withstood pressure from Button to win at Monza

Barrichello came on strong in the second part of the season but he’d already lost a lot of ground to Jenson Button.

He was fortunate to salvage second at Australia after a poor start and a collision with Mark Webber.

Further slow getaways at Istanbul (losing nine places) and Spa (ten) meant he squandered the hard work he did on Saturdays. He was usually stronger than Button in qualifying – managing an average starting position of 4.5 to Button’s 5.7.

But despite staying in contention for the championship until the penulimate race he only beat Button four times in the 15 occasions both drivers finished. Two of those were his victories in Valencia and Monza, both of which were impressive – particularly the latter where he withstood race-winning pressure from his team mate.

I can’t believe he is still so hungry after so many years. Let down by his race pace a few too many times.

Read the first part of the list here: 2009 F1 driver rankings part 1: 25-16

161 comments on “2009 F1 driver rankings part 2: 15-6”

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  1. Alonso really doesnt deserve to be in the top 5. Great racer, yes and got great performances out of what was almost definitely the worst car on the grid BUT the fact is, he didnt get many results.

    Raikkonen at very most should be fifth, or even Barrichello, but not Alonso

  2. I disagree completely!!!!

    Kimi as 9th is WRONG!!! He was better than the 7th rank Rosberg at the very least. He was better than Massa (but that is because Massa missed half the season.

    And please, Kubika better than Heidfeld, no way, no way.

    Heidfeld was way way better than Kubika in that crap BMW. At some races, the gap between the two seemed as much as the gap between Rosberg and Nakajima.

    And I fail to fathom how you don’t count the non-finish at Australia against Kubika!! It is after all his mistake. Okay, he went all out for the 2nd place. But his motives were ambitious, but could he achieve them? NO!!

    Heidfeld was much better than Kubika!! Period!

      1. Heidfeld could win the world championship and still go unnoticed.

        Again with Alonso, Kubica has the reputation of being a top driver and even if they have a poor season in a poor car people will still think they have done amazingly well

    1. I like Kimi but he shouldn’t be placed above Massa because he simply couldn’t beat him when he was there. Kimi was astonishing but when the two were together for whatever reason he couldn’t beat his teammate.
      Agree than quick Nick should be ranked higher than Robert in my view but generally I think it is spot on.

      1. I might give my acquiescence to Kimi below Massa.

        But Heidfeld below Kubika is just not done. I am actually tired of people under-rating Heidfeld all his life. He is a really good driver. And if Jenson Button could come good after 9 whole seasons in Formula One, so can Heifeld.

        @Keith: You made the mistake of under-rating Massa at the start of 2008 (I read in the Planet-F1 predictions ;-) ), don’t make that same mistake with Heidfeld. He is due for a solid result soon. If the Mercedez move happens, be sure that he will give us a true assessment of not just himself, but also of Rosberg.

  3. Rankings look right so far, but I would have ranked Barrichello to be better than Hamilton and Alonso. Both had OK results but with teams full support and they both had poor team mate(s) to make them look better.

    1. Maybe Hamilton’s teammate wasn’t that bad but Lewis’ brilliance made Heikki look bad. As for Alonso, don’t think he deserves to be in the top 5. There seems to be a lot of mythological rubbish written about him, and you can hardly judge his teammates as you had either a rookie who was not given any support or equal equipment, or Piquet Jr who was bullied, not given any support and not given equal treatment. Any driver would be flattered by those circumstances.

  4. Keith, you’ve made my day by quoting me for Raikkonen :)

    1. likewise for Rosberg! love it!

  5. I wouldn’t have put Kimi 9th at first, but the more I think about it the more I agree with Keith. At most I’d put him 7th, ahead of Massa and Rosberg, but that’s it. I personally would not have put Alonso in the Top 5 instead of Barrichello, but Nando did do a good job with a pile of junk.

    I would have put Heidfeld ahead of Kubica too. Bit surprised at how high Trulli’s ranking is as well.

  6. Your top five is a little different to mine, Keith. I actually found it quite hard to rank the drivers this year because I value consistency quite highly. As a result I could think of several drivers who didn’t deserve a top-five spot, but finding those who did was more difficult!

    In the end my top five is 1) Button, 2) Barrichello, 3) Vettel, 4) Glock, 5) Heidfeld. Hamilton, Webber and Raikkonen were all too inconsistent in my view.

    1. Red Andy

      When Hamilton’s car was back at the front, he scored more points than any other driver. That to me makes him no. 1. Shame you cannot see that.

      1. I agree. A highlight was Bahrain. In probably the worst car on the grid he fought for a podium

      2. Hamilton did well when the car was at its best, but he was very inconsistent towards the beginning of the season. I prefer to look at the year as a whole rather than picking and choosing the bits that make my preferred drivers look good.

        1. Well you put Button first and he was the most inconsistent driver on the grid lol

          1. He scored points in all races but one, despite the competitiveness of the car varying from race to race. That’s pretty much as consistent as you can get.

          2. I think Hamilton should be top 5 but perhaps the lower part of top 5. He did some stunning races but at times made errors too.

        2. Wrong, he outdrove a poor car and never stopped pushing. Your view must be clouded.

          1. There’s pushing, and there’s spinning multiple times (China), binning it in qualifying (Monaco) or on the last lap of a GP (Italy). Those are mistakes that should not be handwaved away.

          2. And yet you DO put Vettel rather high in your silly list.

            4 crashes/spins and many more driving errors and a persevering lack of overtaking when it matters. All while driving a car that SHOULD have won the championship.

        3. Yeah, and Button only won because of a monster of a car in the first half of the season. Your reasoning is inconsistent.

          1. One that Barrichello wasn’t much use in, but otherwise you are right, that guy’s reasoning that Hamilton and Raikkonen were “too inconsistent” simply doesn’t hold up. Nor does his belief that Webber was inconsistent when compared to the other three Brawn/Bull drivers.

      3. I agree with you, when Hamilton had his car sorted he outpreformed everyone on the grid. Also I think jenson should only just be in the top 2. because to be honest from the start he had the best car and eventually fell over the winning line.
        5.Alonso(how he got in Ill never know)

        1. I think Alonso deserves top 5 as the car was basically a dog and he beat his teammates and fought just for the odd point.
          I have felt very sorry for him it’s not good for the sport when the driver widely regarded as the best is stuck in a rubbish car for the best part of 2 seasons.

  7. Its hard to beleive Alonso isnt in this list. Im a die-hard Alonso fan, and I have to admit this was his worse season ever. Just because he outpaced two terrible drivers throughout the year doesnt mean he did a great job this year.

    Raikkonen should be ranked higher than ninth? How is Trulli ranked higher than Glock? This ranking system of yours is terrible.

    1. That there’s fightin’ talk

    2. Raikkonen should be ranked higher than ninth? How is Trulli ranked higher than Glock?

      I can’t really respond to your comment if you don’t tell me why you think I should have rated them differently.

      1. Soumya Banerjee
        17th May 2010, 14:57

        So Keith,it was kimi’s fault that he suffered all those mechanical problems at Sepang,Catalunya and China? With an engine whose only 90% he could use? All these teammate comparisions are crap. If they count for so much then we could just abolish the rankings system and base the championship on the difference of points between teammates.

  8. What was Heikki’s best results? I don’t remember him even getting a podium… and in a car that won 2 races with Lewis.

    Fissi and Glock got a 2nd place with Force India and Toyota. I’d put Heikki behind these guys.

    I don’t think Alonso has been that good this year, I’m a huge fan but I think he’s given up a bit as he knows he is off to Ferrari. I guess he just has that reputation of being the best on the grid at the moment.

    1. Heikki had no podiums in 2009, best result 4th at Valencia.

  9. I put Kimi lower than 9th, his results were better than drivers above him but I expected much more from a Ferrari-driving world champion.
    Everyone has their own ranking system.

    …if someone can coax it out of him more regularly.

    That’s why I’m still hoping he signs up to drive for Ross Brawn. Mercedes may change the culture but all the same guys will still be there who got the best out of Rubens and JB.

    1. I put Kimi lower than 9th, his results were better than drivers above him but I expected much more from a Ferrari-driving world champion.

      But the Ferrari wasn’t that fast?

  10. Surely the only one that we cannot push aside as we rewrite the season to praise our favourite driver is Jenson Button. He is the World Champion, No 1.
    He is also the only driver who has decided to pit himself against the toughest competition that he can find for next year – though I wonder what did go on at Brawn to send Rubens to Williams and cause Jenson to leave without a backward glance.

  11. That is rubbish, how is massa ahead of kimi

    Load of junk man

    1. Because over the nine races they did together Massa was the better driver. And I don’t think anyone doubts Massa is a better driver than Fisichella or Badoer.

      Raikkonen and Massa fared similarly in qualifying and their finishing rate was the same. But Massa generally finished higher, reflected in the fact he scored more than twice as many points as Raikkonen.

      1. Keith you miss the fact that Kimi’s retirements (Spain, Nurburgring) occurred by and large after the introduction of the double diffuser (after Barcelona), when the car was half way capable of scoring points. Massa may have missed a few with retirements in China and Australia, but we’re talking minor points not podiums. Kimi suffered from bad strategy – in Malaysia with the unsuitable tyres, in silverstone where he got to Q3 (unlike Massa) but got stuck behind Nakajima for two stints whilst Massa waltzed to fourth with no traffic to perterb him. Turkey he got a bad start from the dirty side of the grid despite outqualifying Massa on his ‘home’ circuit with more fuel.
        I really don’t think there was much between them, despite what the points tally suggests. The fact is Raikkonen had the lion’s share of the bad luck and suffered from mechanical failures when the car was competitive.

        1. Indeed.

          His car broke down so often it just wasn’t funny.

          He was keeping up with Massa in Germany even though the engine wasn’t running properly and then Sutil rammed into him.

          First two races the cars failure was masked by an untimely end of the race, but Raikkonen ended up in the pits instead of the finish line.

          The thing is. You don’t see Kimi fuming about it on TV. So the uneducated fans think it’s ridiculous that Raikkonen is eating ice cream.

          Indeed maybe that is ridiculous. He should have been throwing stuff around and cursing at everybody for messing up his car yet again.

          I guess that what Italians call detached personality. They expect you to freak out when something goes wrong.

        2. Roland,

          That is rubbish, Massa was on course for a podium finish in Australia when his engine failed. Actually you should watch the start of that race again, just brilliant opening few laps for Felipe (unlike 2008).

          And to say that he ‘waltzed’ to fourth in Silverstone from 11th on the grid is just laughable. You presumably see no merit in Felipe outpacing Kimi in the first stint with more fuel on board either.

          It is true that Kimi beat Felipe in Q3 with 2 extra laps fuel in Turkey, but why the hell did he finish the race ninth while Felipe finished sixth? I’ll tell you why, just watch the start of that race again.

          Kimi’s victory in Spa was most impressive – no one disputes that – but I think it’s only fair to judge two competing pilots when they’re racing together. Who knows what Felipe would have done in the second half of the season when Ferrari clearly improved?

      2. not really true, Taking into account mechanical failure and monaco, you are wrong. They were pretty equal, plus the strategy massa had on most races was significantly better. I doubt whether massa was in line for a victory this year also.
        As for the likes of Hamilton and Alonso in the top five, Alonso was next to no-where all year all be it in a dog of car. But the ferrari was also pretty rubbish. However we all know how bad the ferrari was to drive and kimi hauled it onto the podium many times. Lets not forget Hungary, Spa, Valencia, monza, monaco and if it wern’t for webbers move at brazil he could of had another podium.
        Lets remember Australia where Hamilton CHEATED! Monza where he through it in the wall and the many spins at malaysia. Lets be fair the Mclaren was the best car arguable for the later half of the season.
        I think your opinions are really bias and based on selective memory.

        1. Hamilton didn’t cheat in Australia. He lied to keep his rightful place.

          It was bizarre that he managed to get on the podium with that car. Credit were credit is due.

      3. Soumya Banerjee
        17th May 2010, 14:59

        How was Massa the better driver if Ferrari’s wrong choice of tyres for Kimi in Sepang and all those unreliabilities did him in? Load of crap.

  12. Keith, again, what do you have against Kimi?..and I think Heidfeld should be ahead of Kubica..

  13. Kimi should have been above Massa I agree but no way Kimi did anything better than Alonso. Kimi had a good car in the middle of the season which allowed him for good results. Alonso had a terrible, dreadfull renault from the start ’till the finish of the season and still managed to get that dog of a car in Q3 most of the time, so he didn’t just smash his teammates but he put a car that’s worth place 14 or lower in the top 10 multiple times. Also Singapore, where he finished third in the underdevelloped renault? I mean come on. Kimi didn’t do anything special ad besides Massa his teammates were probably even worse than the ones Alonso had.

    Also I disagree with Heidfeld below Kubica. Heidfeld is a different racer, he’s not the spectacular superfast driver Kubica is, he’s the consistent driver who you don’t see all race and still finished 5-3rd and since consistency is definetly a key, I’d put him above Kubica this year.

    As for the driving this year: 1 Vettel 2 Hamilton 3 Button 4 Alonso and 5 Webber. Just my 2 cents. He won 4 races, a feat Red Bull didn’t accomplish once before he joined and he’s shown great potential and speed. Consistency is still a bit lacking but so is Hamilton’s (crashing in the final lap and some other mistakes he shouldn’t have made) so I’d put Vettel above Hamilton this year, especially since he destroyed Webber most of the time (and Webber is way better than Kovalainen). Also Vettel has shown great progress, most mistakes were in the first half of the season, the second half he was unbelievable. Button was pheanominal the first half of the season. He didn’t make any mistakes and the fluent driving style he has is really great. Alonso, as I said above, respect for the way he’s been pushing. Webber was OK but good outclassed by Vettel almost all the time in Qualifying and in scoring/racing as well. Also note the way he trashed his RBR into the wall when they were suffering from bad breaks whilst Vettel finished with the same car and the same problem.

    1. Destroyed Webber?Webber was quite close to Vettel… Certainly closer than Heikki was from Lewis

  14. Fisichella is an odd one isn’t he? When he first started out he was absolutely one of the fastest and most exciting young drivers out there but he just never followed through on that promise with real success.

    I was discussing with a friend drivers greatest wins, each driver has his day of days and I think it says a lot about Fisichella that his days of days have not been wins, Spa 97 and 09 spring to mind (and all at Spa – never noticed that before)

  15. Wow. Well, this is probably unnecessary to say because 40-something people have already pointed it out but I also think Kimi has been ranked rather bizarrely low.

  16. You mention Hamilton who managed to score 5 podiums. Yet Kimi is ranked 9th while he also managed to score 5 podiums in a much slower car. Kimi managed to outscore Webber, Button and Barrichello in the second half of the season in a much slower car. That should perhaps tell something even if Massa wasn’t there. Ferrari’s last update on that car was in Germany, throughout the year the car was about the 4th to 6th fastest, Kimi did a remarkable job with that car. It is incorrect to say that he wasn’t so good in the last races. Kimi did a remarkable job in qualifying at Brazil, and could even perhaps have scored a podium if Webber didn’t drive into him and if his car wasn’t set on fire, but still he managed 6th. At Abu Dhabi it was clear from free practice that Ferrari and Renault were properly the slowest cars.

    Kimi also wasn’t so bad in the first part of the season he had engine problems in China. He retired from the Spanish and German Gp, while he suffered from Ferrari strategy more then once but perhaps more notably in Malaysia and Silverstone. At Turkey kimi broke his front wing at the start of the race, so he lost too much time. In Bahrain and Monaco where Kimi didn’t have any problems he did a very good job, he also outqualified Felipe throughout the year. He didn’t do nearly as bad in the first half of the season as some people seem to imply. Perhaps it should also be noted that Kimi was fuelled heavier then Felipe ever single time they both made it to Q3 (just like Heikki), while at the same time he also always pitted fist, this makes the strategy of going heavier virtually redundant. It seems to point to the fact that Kimi’s car was most likely over the minimum weight, especially in the first half of the season.
    So for me personally Kimi was one of the best during the season, the Ferrari engineers even praised him a lot for many of his drives, and they should know what constitutes an exceptional performance in the F60, better then most.

    Timo Glock surely deserves to be higher then Heikki in the very least. He scored more then one Podium while Heikki wasn’t able too, with a good car in the end.

    It is also difficult to really rank Rosberg, he was very consistent but he often had quite a good car during the season, yet he wasn’t able to score one podium, while Kimi scored 5 for example.
    The same principal also applies to Alonso, his car was very slow in the last races, but during the year the Renault was often just as fast as the Ferrari’s. It wasn’t one of Alonso’s best seasons by his high standards.

    Wasn’t Kimi ranked higher in the first half of the season rankings? How could he now be ranked lower after some of his performance in the second half of the season?

    Oh well, I guess it is always very difficult to do these rankings, and people will never really agree on the rankings. :)

    1. keith read this (comment by melanie) and then tell us how you based your ranking on kimi??

  17. Pedel to the Vettel
    26th November 2009, 14:17

    Thanks keith for quoting me my ego has grown 1000x now and my dad just keeps telling me to shut up :p

    1. Pedel to the Vettel
      26th November 2009, 15:00

      I agree with these picks you have keith i would of rated Roseberg higher, maybe in the top 5 only because he always was able to overtake other cars and get into the points with a half decent car all season.

      but rank 7 is a good place none the less.

      IMO with the top 5 left i would have this:

      5th:Hamilton-He only started to do well when his car was sorted, at the start of the season he was as good as Luca Badoer. He also lied in Australia to gain points so he doesnt deserve to be in the top 3 let alone the top 5. He should be DSQ like Piquet jnr because the only difference here is Hamilton kept on driving after he lied Piquet jnr didn’t. A cheats a cheat nothing else.
      “If this was a entertainment top 25 i would put Hamilton number 1 without a doubt for pushing alot, nothing else.”

      4th:Alonso-Was performing better then Hamilton at the start-middle of the season until the Mclaren was finally sorted. Alonso still managed to get a podium and points with the 5th worst car on the grid for the overall season. And the only driver to get his car to the maximum (Jackie Stewart said that.)

      3rd:Vettel-Outperformed Webber 80% of the time but his lack of experience being at the front didnt help his season with the mistakes and cracking under pressure. it didnt help with all the cars to take over for him were 99% of the time KERS powered aka impossible to overtake.

      2nd:Webber-Could of done better then Vettel but kept on getting in trouble with the stewards ruining good chances to get on the podium. Should of been second this season not Vettel.

      1st:Button-Solid all season how can he not win this? he was calm and controlled 85% of the season, he had his chances took them all the time. Both Red Bulls failed at doing this when it mattered, thats why he won the season, and not with the help of the double decker diffuser “period”.

      1. should have => should’ve

      2. Hamilton-He only started to do well when his car was sorted, at the start of the season he was as good as Luca Badoer

        Hmmmm. How can I put this… No.

  18. The problem is it’s very easy to slag Button off for a poor second half of the season despite being excellent in the first half, and likewise it’s very easy to note how Raikkonen was excellent for the last third of the season but was mediocre for most of the first half.

  19. Massa was in a good shape, but his crash in Hungria…

  20. Kubica I still believe should be lower than Heidfeld. Yes, he did when the car was up to it, but that was only a few occasions. I would describe Kubica’s year as lazy. And Rosberg should be ahead of Barrichello.

    1. Agree with describing Kubica’s year as lazy. He wasn’t even frustrated with performance of his team which was completely opposite to previous season when he was trying to pull up whole team to fight for highest prize (and we know what BMW did). It wasn’t spectacular year of him but I’m convinced he will be back in 2010 only if he’ll get decent car (not necessarily the fastest). I hope that Renault will not reach the bottom next year.

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