Kimi Raikkonen voted top driver of 2009

Kimi Raikkonen got the most votes in our 2009 F1 driver of the year poll.

But as sumedh pointed out in the forum, it seems we have had a large number of visitors from a Kimi Raikkonen community after the poll was put live. It’s clear from traffic patterns to the site this has had a deciding effect on the results.

I respect the right of people to choose who they wish to vote for. Raikkonen was among the most voted-for drivers before the influx of new visitors. I’m sure the regular F1 Fanatic visitors who picked him had sound reasons for doing so – many of which were persuasively argued here.

But it’s clear the poll has been unduly influenced by a group of people only interested in support for a particular driver who do not ordinarily contribute to the site. We may have to make changes in future to make sure future polls are a fair reflection of what regular F1 Fanatic readers think.

Here are the final results:

2009 F1 Fanatic driver of the year voting

Rank Driver Votes
1 Kimi Raikkonen 1,414
2 Lewis Hamilton 540
3 Jenson Button 534
4 Sebastian Vettel 501
5 Robert Kubica 204
6 Fernando Alonso 98
7 Kamui Kobayashi 76
8 Rubens Barrichello 64
9 Mark Webber 60
10 Felipe Massa 41
11 Luca Badoer 37
11 Jarno Trulli 37
13 Nico Rosberg 33
14 Nick Heidfeld 17
15 Nelson Piquet Jnr 13
16 Adrian Sutil 12
17 Heikki Kovalainen 9
18 Sebastien Bourdais 8
19 Giancarlo Fisichella 6
20 Timo Glock 5
20 Kazuki Nakajima 5
22 Romain Grosjean 3
23 Jaime Alguersuari 2
24 Sebastien Buemi 1
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi 1

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180 comments on Kimi Raikkonen voted top driver of 2009

  1. Rob R. said on 1st December 2009, 7:33

    These people who flood polls are stupid.

  2. I’m a huge Kimi fan but certainly don’t think he was the best driver this year. (I voted for Vettel, actually.)

    But this is all subjective. Everyone has an opinion that is coloured by their personal feelings, no matter how objective they try (or pretend) to be. I thought number 9 on Keith’s list was way too low for Kimi, but I think number 1 on the poll was too high!

    And for those people complaining about an influx of Kimi fans, some of us longtimers here have peaceably coexisted with all the Hamboys for several years now! ;)

  3. Chalky said on 1st December 2009, 8:52

    It’s not like Keith is going to give him a trophy for winning.

    I know who I voted for and that’s my opinion and seeing Kimi at the top does not change my opinion. It doesn’t matter who else voted.

    The only way to prevent this in future is to allow only those who regularly visit the site to vote by having login \ password style of replies.

  4. hehehe said on 1st December 2009, 9:41

    o my word…..1414 for Kimi vs 540 for Hamilton!!! Brilliant….no wonder the Hamilton fans in here are not happy….and is trying to blame their hero’s unpopularity on fanatic Kimi fans…….GO KIMI

    • Sure as hell …

      Nice to know that people recognise that Kimi is by far rthe bset on the grid…

      And i dont see any reason why people wud be crazy for Kimi if not for his driving skills because thats the only thing he has ,,

      Kimi dosent have the smooth PR skills of a Schumi nor can play to the gallery like a movie star aka Hamilton…

      He is loved because he is just so damn good IN THE CAR and not outside it like so many lesser mortals lining the grid !!

  5. While peoples opinions of who was the best driver in a season are always subjective, I think most would agree the results of this poll has been influenced by fanboys and people making jokey entries.

    The fanboy vote obviously affected the result, Raikkonen got almost three times the number of votes as Hamilton, Button and Vettel, while Kubica managed to get 204 votes, more than double that of Alonso, Barrichello and Webber and more than 10 times the votes of his teammate Heidfeld who outscored him in 2009.

    Then there were those who chose their votes on the basis of having a laugh, which meant Badoer managed to get in the top half of the rankings.

  6. Good to see the dedication of Kimi fans. I love the talk in their forum to make their hero wins the poll:

    Time to act

    guys here is the site where u can vote for the best driver of 2009 which is currently being led by Jenson followed

    by Lewis narrowly the results will be announced after 1000 votes i’ve voted and wanted to vote more but
    unfortunately only 1 vote is allowed for every IP. so i suggest u guys to vote here we r 30k+ members here only a tenth of this will get Iceman leading the list so i suggest whoever reads this thread votes too………

    27 nov (4 dias atrás)
    if the above link is dead vote here plz ensure this thread is in the top 4 at least till the results r out……….so whenever this thread is down just give it a little nudge………..

    27 nov (4 dias atrás)
    Aghilesh .

    27 nov (4 dias atrás) Kimish ~

    This is not gonna help.

    27 nov (4 dias atrás) Harvy

    done . hey we can change ip and vote . just disconnect the net and reconnect ip will change . you cancheck by going to any site which shows your current ip example isc.

  7. steph said on 1st December 2009, 10:09

    This isn’t an anti-Kimi anti-Kimi fan discussion. It’s just to me it seems that a few hard-core fans have basically fixed this poll. It is pointless. If people have a favourite and want to vote for them then fine but don’t do it to fix it a vote do it because they believe they are the best.
    This isn’t representitive if just a load of fans from one specific site flood a poll.
    Any fan group could have done this the issue isn’t about Kimi. I believe it is just about a poll which is now been influenced to such an extent that it doesn;t reveal much about the 09 season. If there are genuinely that many votes for Kimi for the right reasons then good for him but anything else doesn’t do this site or even Kimi any favours.
    There does seem to be a few drivers who have a mass of fans. Alonso’s seem to be quiet at the minute (maybe not in Spain I’m not sure) is it because of Singapore? Or am I just noticing the others more?

    • Icthyes said on 1st December 2009, 13:03

      That’s the thing – judging by some of the comments posted already on here (many by names unfamiliar to me, and I’ve been around for a few months), many seem to think this blatantly skewed poll actually vindicates their opinion and somehow makes it fact and gives them a whole new excuse to spam with “KIMI IS THE BEST” messages and slate fans of/other drivers.

      Had Hamilton come out on top like this, I would have been disgusted with my fellow fans. Thankfully a few sane Kimi fans have repudiated the “legitimacy” (it’s only a poll after all) of the result.

  8. hehehe said on 1st December 2009, 10:10

    Thanks Becken….some good info there!!! Did you ever think that Kimi fans voted for him because he WAS the best driver in 2009….doing what he did in a crappy car, while other driver’s cars got developed throughout the season and yet Kimi still managed to get some of the most points in the second part of the season…..I am not trying to convince anybody of my opion because I believe everybody has a right to his/her own opinion….but facts are facts!!!

    • steph said on 1st December 2009, 10:22

      Exactly it is opinion but say we got a load of Massa fans or Alonso there would still be an outcry as it may not be as representitive. You don’t just go to a load of fans and say ‘was your driver the best out of this lot?’ because the answer is pretty predicitible. Kimi may have been the best and great if people think so but now it doesn;t show that. We aren’t discussing whether he was the best just whether the poll was fixed which ruins the entire point.

  9. WTH!!! Just coz KR won the poll such a huge outcry!! Keith is giving out trophies or sumthin??People voted- thats what you do in a poll I believe.

  10. Keith, that is complete bull**** – what you have wrote at the top of the page.

    I’m sorry, but even without the forum’s impact, Kimi would’ve won. And he deserves it. Yes, Button and Hamilton drove absoloutly superbly this year, but Kimi made the most of a completely crap car and that is why he deserves it.

  11. Maciek said on 1st December 2009, 10:31

    Well, isn’t this a very good lesson on the reliability of poll results…

    … Kimi fans: yelling louder than people who disagree with you won’t make you more right.

  12. you brits are weird just because things didn’t go your way.i actually voted for button even though i’am a kimi fan.most kimi fans do know who was the best driver in 2009.if your going to coomplain about it shut the website down,acting like sad little kids

    • This has nothing to do with ‘things going our way’, it’s more about wanting to see the real reaction of a full cross-section on fans, not a vast majority of fans of one driver.

      I didn’t vote in the poll but I was interested in the result and genuinely surprised when the headline above popped into my Reader. The fact that a thousand ‘outsiders’ were encouraged to come and vote for their guy renders what could have been an interesting and provocative poll completely pointless, and I think that’s why some people – not just the Brits thankyou very much – are getting irate. As irate, I might add, as some Kimi fans are getting in their defence of their hero.

  13. Andrew White said on 1st December 2009, 11:07

    If 1500 people really think Kimi was the best driver in 2009 then I’ve lost faith in humanity.

  14. qazuhb said on 1st December 2009, 11:11

    To misquote Alain Prost (on Ayrton Senna): “If they want (to win the poll) that badly, they can have it.”

  15. I am a Kimi fan and I did not vote as I thought all of them were pretty average this year.No major standouts performance wise.Would have voted Lewis though if he had not been involved in the Liegate saga.If it freaks you guys out this much just discard the Kimi results and compare the standings of the runner-ups.

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