Who was the best driver of 2009? (Poll)

Name your top driver of 2009

Name your top driver of 2009

Jenson Button or Sebastian Vettel? Lewis Hamilton or Fernando Alonso?

Who do you think was the best F1 driver of 2009? Cast your vote below to decide the F1 Fanatic driver of the year.

See here for the poll results

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211 comments on Who was the best driver of 2009? (Poll)

  1. Charlie said on 27th November 2009, 11:13

    Bordais has one vote, Buemi has none – classic!

  2. Icthyes said on 27th November 2009, 11:24

    I went for Hamilton. The 3rd that never was in Australia, points in Malaysia and China where the wet weather would have made handling the early MP4-24 even worse than usual, 4th in Bahrain, the fight to 9th in Spain, the promise of Monaco, the gutsy “for the hell of it” drive at Silverstone – and that’s before the McLaren was any good!

    Might have won in Germany (though that would have been down to Webber’s drive-through I’m sure); a real driver’s win in Hungary where he out-performed a Webber in a better car (that overtaking move was superbly textbook from start to finish) and drove intelligently to save his tyres (some say it was Red Bull’s tyre choice that cost them the win but Lewis was already way ahead at the first stop); fought for victory in Valencia, caught out in Spa qualifying like many others; the fight to win at Monza which showed his ability, determination, and racer’s attitude; Singapore where for the first time all year he had the best car on the day and blitzed everyone, 3rd at Suzuka whilst fighting hard for 2nd, the brilliant (if aided by strategy) fight to 3rd in Brazil, and blitzing everyone at Abu Dhabi before his brakes started to give out.

    Button was the worthy WDC but all in all I think Lewis put in the better performance over the season. Interestingly, as of now the two of them take up 58% of the share of the current vote…

  3. Button!!

  4. Beating your teammate is relevant only within the team but has no bearing whatsoever relative to the rest of the grid, IMHO. Just look at the final points standings to determine which driver had the best year and the rest follow in descending order.

    If you want to get abstract in rating one off or limited race performances than I would give my vote to Kobayashi, the guy was off the hook in his limited appearances. He deserves a ride next year.

  5. Hamilton winning this is a foregone conclusion. Hell, if he stalled his car on the grid all season and didn’t finish one race people would still vote for him.

  6. Pedel to the Vettel said on 27th November 2009, 13:54

    tbh half the vote should be cut off for Lewis since most people only voted for Lewis because they support him.

    I voted for real so i didn’t pick Vettel i picked Button. This isn’t the X factor where you pick the most popular driver but the best driver for 2009 which was Button by lightyears.

  7. lol we should have another pole for the ‘favourite driver of 2009′…

    • Pedel to the Vettel said on 27th November 2009, 14:22

      Idd 3/4 of the site are British and 2/3 of them are Lewis Hamilton fans.

      This is what i have to live around sometimes in Britain.

      (Typical Lewis Fanboy/Brit who has never watched F1 in his life)
      “oh you know Lewis Hamilton he would of won this year if it wasnt’t for the car yack yack. Jenson button doesn’t stand a chance against Lewis because Lewis is the greatest ever, he would of beat schumacher thats why he left because schumacher is scared of Lewis. No other driver can beat Lewis because lewis has soooooooooo much raw talent not even Vettel or Rosberg can match him. Anybody who mentions the word hate to lewis hamilton is racist and should be kicked out of the motorsport. Alonso got masterclassed by Lewis in 2007 he should of won 2007 WDC yack yack yack yack…………”

      (Me)
      “Take cyanide pills and put a gun in my mouth and pull the trigger so I dont have to listen to this garbage anymore.”

      If guns and cyanide pills were not illegal over here i would of done that already.

      • It’s very easy for some people to ignore what Hamilton has achieved in his career so far, especially if you’re as partisan as your user-name suggests.
        I do agree there are a lot of hamilton bandwaggon-jumpers about though.

        • Agree in part with you ,,,

          Lewis has acheived a lot but why do we fail to see that he got the best car from the start of his career…

          No other driver was that lucky ,,,

          F1 is so competetive and there are so many good drivers but they dont g et the silver spoon (or a silver car for that matter) from the very beginnings of their career..

          Button showed what anyone can do if the car is superior… Lewis on the other hand botched his chances by making mistakes in his first and even the second season .. you could literally see nerves on him when he was driving in Brazil last year for eth ch’ship… however he got lucky because of Glock.

          Lewis may be good but certainly not Great !

      • Icthyes said on 27th November 2009, 18:24

        So your response is to form the most ridiculous and atypical caricature you can and present it as if it was a significant minority. Way to win the moral argument! I live in Britain too and I hear the mirror side of it far more times than the version you portray.

        If you look right now, it’s currently
        Button
        Hamilton
        Vettel

        You might not agree with it, but anyone who approached the matter intelligently would have a case for proposing that particular order – hell, it’s only slightly different from Keith’s top 3.

        • Pedel to the Vettel said on 27th November 2009, 19:39

          hay i voted for Button because he did the least f*** ups this season and was solid all year. I didnt vote for Vettel like a typical fanboy would, i have alot more respect for the other drivers then most fans who just follow a certain driver.

          @Jim
          I dont see how my name makes you think it will influence me just to vote blindly for one driver. “Pedal to the Vettel” means “Pedal to the Metal” which was a flag i made up at Spa this year, and has nothing to do with just supporting vettel completly thanks.

          How does having a nickname related to a driver/team proove my utmost loyalty to them? Just because you might be using your real name doesn’t make you a neutral fan. Check my other posts if you like, I’ve always said vettel didnt take his chances and screwed up 1 too many times.

          @Icthyes
          Maybe it is different for you but i live in the South East and most F1 talk is about Lewis Hamilton.

          Obviously you dont agree with me either on my views but hay thats life. But i think your coming on a tad more hostile then my post was meant to be about so either your tired or i hit the nail on the head and your a Lewis hamilton fanboy, and you dont like people slagging off Lewis which i can understand.

          I dont dislike Hamilton i dislike the hype around him because when other people talk about (not very negative) things about lewis, a whole crowd comes around you “like this here” trying to make you look like some idiot because they dont like it.

          Love is blind.
          Hate is blinder.
          Fanboys are the blindest.

          • There’s SO many people that are Button fans all of a sudden though now. Pretending they’ve been his biggest fan all along, but a year a go they were saying he’s the worst driver ever. This is what you have to put up with in Britain.

            How can you say you dislike the hype around Hamilton but not mention the hype that’s now around Button and the ‘new’ amazing team Brawn, who really are just Honda. The media in Britain fails to mention that. All the focus is now on Button. They hardly mentioned Hamilton when he wasn’t doing well, it’s just how the media work. Button has as many fan boys as Hamilton, tbh I know more that (pretend) to like Button!

          • TommyB said on 27th November 2009, 21:12

            I don’t understand why people hate Hamilton because everyone starts to like them.

            It’s like those annoying people that stop liking a band when they become commercial on popular.

            I think the most hype has been around Brawn and Button the BBC have not stopped going on about the “fairytale” of the “new” team which is clearly Honda with a paint job and a name change.

            Why are you focusing so much on Hamilton fan boys when Raikonnen and Kubica have tonnes of votes despite having average seasons.

            Kimi fans seem to think he is a better driver than Senna and Schumacher combined even though Massa has beaten him in the last 2 years.

          • @ Pedel To The Vettel:
            So you made a play on words. That’s nice.
            Maybe it was a bit presumptuous of me to assume you blindly support Vettel, but it does show your bias. It just sounded to me like you were anti-Hamilton from your very sweeping caricature of his fans

            I never said I’m neutral – I judge a driver on cold, hard stats only.
            I voted for Button as well; we agree on that at least.

  8. Mark Hitchcock said on 27th November 2009, 14:57

    I voted for Kobayashi, yeah he was only in 2 races and his driving was a bit erratic but he was more impressive than most of the field who had been driving all year.
    If he hadn’t come along my vote would have gone with Hamilton for dragging a bad car to the front of the grid and racing hard no matter what position he was in.
    Vettel may have been in with a chance if only he could overtake!

    • Patrickl said on 27th November 2009, 22:40

      he was more impressive than most of the field who had been driving all year

      Ehm, you were supposed to pick “the best” driver. Not one who is better than most. “Better than most” is the same as “above average”.

    • sato113 said on 30th November 2009, 18:59

      i agree with you Mark. and yes, No one was truly great this year.

  9. 9459267220

    Out of 25 drivers, 15 gets eliminated automatically coz they fared worse than their team mates. These include ( Rubens, Webber, Heikki, Badoer, Massa, Glock, KOyabashi, Nakazima, KUbica, PIquet, Grosjean, Sutil, LIuzzi, Bourdais and Jaime)

    Assumptions :
    1. Massa raced for the whole season for ferrari
    2. Fisichela never raced for ferrari.

    Now have a look at the relative car performance over the WHOLE season.

    1. Brawn ( 95 – points won by their lead driver Button)
    2. Redbull(84 – vettel)
    3. Mclaren ( 49 Lewis )
    4. Ferrari ( 48 Kimi)
    5. Toyota (32.5 Trulli)
    6. Williams (34.5 Nico)
    7. BMW ( 19 Nick)
    8. Renault ( 26 Fernando)
    9. Force india (8 Fisi)
    10. Torro Rosso (6 Buemi )

    Now multiplying the CAR rank with the corresponding points :

    Button = 95 * 1 = 95
    Vettel = 84 * 2 = 168
    Lewis = 49 * 3 = 147
    Kimi = 48 * 4 = 192
    Trulli = 32.5 * 5 = 162.5
    Nico = 34.5 * 6 = 207
    Nick = 19 * 7 = 133
    Fernando = 26 * 8 = 208
    Fisi = 8 * 9 = 72
    Buemi = 10 * 6 = 60

    Hence the final ranking is :

    1. Fernando Alonso
    2. Nico Rosberg
    3. KImi
    4. Vettel
    5. Trulli
    6. Lewis
    7. Nick
    8. Button
    9. Fisi
    10. Buemi

    • Icthyes said on 27th November 2009, 18:16

      Funny you should come up with such a system, we used to do it in our BATracer clan to determine who got what cars for the next game, based on how well you did minus a penalty for having a better car. But it used to change from race to race if a team got an upgrade, and I think multiplying the scores gives a bit too much weight. Nice idea though and I commend you for it :)

    • That system is ridiculous. kimi is 3rd and Hamilton 6th scoring more points in a worse car. Kimi also got beaten by his team mate so he shouldn’t be in the list

    • This system suggests that the brawn is twice as good a car as the Red Bull.

  10. I support kimi,but jenson was the best driver this season.he won 6 of the first 7 races and even though he struggled in the 2nd half of the season he kept scoring vital points and only retired once,which was not his fault

  11. Democracy is a funny thing… what has Badoer done 2 deserve such number of votes?? I voted 4 Vettel

  12. Button was the best. But Vettel, Hamilton and Raikkonen was in a good shape too!

  13. Why Badoer is in this list???

  14. Out of 25 drivers, 15 gets eliminated automatically coz they fared worse than their team mates. These include ( Rubens, Webber, Heikki, Badoer, Massa, Glock, KOyabashi, Nakazima, KUbica, PIquet, Grosjean, Sutil, LIuzzi, Bourdais and Jaime)

    Assumptions :
    1. Massa raced for the whole season for ferrari
    2. Fisichela never raced for ferrari.

    Now have a look at the relative car performance over the WHOLE season.

    1. Brawn ( 95 – points won by their lead driver Button)
    2. Redbull(84 – vettel)
    3. Mclaren ( 49 Lewis )
    4. Ferrari ( 48 Kimi)
    5. Toyota (32.5 Trulli)
    6. Williams (34.5 Nico)
    7. BMW ( 19 Nick)
    8. Renault ( 26 Fernando)
    9. Force india (8 Fisi)
    10. Torro Rosso (6 Buemi )

    Now multiplying the CAR rank with the corresponding points :

    Button = 95 * 1 = 95
    Vettel = 84 * 2 = 168
    Lewis = 49 * 3 = 147
    Kimi = 48 * 4 = 192
    Trulli = 32.5 * 5 = 162.5
    Nico = 34.5 * 6 = 207
    Nick = 19 * 7 = 133
    Fernando = 26 * 8 = 208
    Fisi = 8 * 9 = 72
    Buemi = 10 * 6 = 60

    Hence the final ranking is :

    1. Fernando Alonso
    2. Nico Rosberg
    3. KImi
    4. Vettel
    5. Trulli
    6. Lewis
    7. Nick
    8. Button
    9. Fisi

    • Patrickl said on 27th November 2009, 22:43

      So you have ranked the drivers by how badly their team mate performed.

      Now all you need to do is to determine how good their team mate was to correct it back to how good the original driver was .. ehm … eh …

  15. TommyB said on 27th November 2009, 19:17

    Kubica and Kimi, you must be joking?

    I voted for Hamilton

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