Who is Germany’s best F1 driver? (Poll)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Valencia, 2010

It’s the German Grand Prix next weekend – and fans at the Hockenheimring have never had it so good.

They have six local drivers to cheer on – one-quarter of the F1 grid.

But are any of them ready to take on the mantle of heir to herr Schumacher?

Michael Schumacher

On results alone, the argument over which of Germany’s F1 drivers is best is a short one. Schumacher’s seven world championships and 91 Grand Prix victories sees to that.

But, ten races in, his F1 comeback has not gone according to plan. He’s been frequently out-qualified and out-raced by his team mate in a way we seldom saw during his first 16 years in the sport.

Just as worrying for Schumacher is that he doesn’t seem to be reducing the gap to Nico Rosberg. His junior team mate was on the podium in Silverstone while Schumacher slipped to ninth.

His struggles have fed rumours he might cut his return short.

Nico Rosberg

Expected by many to be a lamb to the slaughter this year, the score line tells a different story: Rosberg 90 – 36 Schumacher.

He briefly held second place in the championship after podium finishes in Sepang and Shanghai earlier this year.

If Mercedes are going to win a race this year, Rosberg looks most likely to be the man to do it.

Sebastian Vettel

Germany’s highest-placed drivers in the world championship is fourth – and would be a lot higher if his car didn’t keep breaking down.

But Red Bull unreliability has been only half the story of Vettel’s 2010 season. The worsening political situation at the team has cast Vettel’s efforts in an increasingly negative light.

Vettel made a desperate mistake in Istanbul, veering towards his team mate and causing a collision that ruined both their races. And he lucked out at Silverstone, picking up a puncture following the slightest of contact with Lewis Hamilton, though sympathy was in short supply after it became known the team had given him a new front wing that had been taken off Webber’s car.

Adrian Sutil

Sutil is having his best season to date – the Force India driver is just a single point behind Schumacher in the championship.

As well as being far too quick for his team mate, Sutil has distinguished himself with some excellent passes, muscling past Sebastien Buemi at Valencia and squeezing past Schumacher at Silverstone.

Timo Glock

Glock’s F1 career has been something of a messy affair so far. After starting a few races for Jordan in 2004 it took him four years to get back into the sport, going on a detour that took him through Champ Car and GP2 and finally back to F1 with Toyota.

With the Japanese manufacturer axing its under-performing team, Glock has gone from resource-rich Toyota to Virgin, whose budget is a fraction of what his previous team were spending.

He’s had few opportunities to show his potential this year, except on occasions when the Virgin has been fast enough to take on the Lotuses, as happened at Silverstone.

Nico H???lkenberg

Schumacher’s former manager Willi Weber is now touting H???lkenberg as the next big thing. It’s not been readily apparent so far this year but H???lkenberg has done a good job for a rookie given how tightly testing is restricted these days.

He’s out-qualified Rubens Barrichello on occasions and seems to be getting steadily faster. It’s early days, though.

Nick Heidfeld

Out-scored team mate Robert Kubica last year but his hopes of landing a race seat with Mercedes were dashed when Schumacher confirmed his return.

With Schumacher’s comeback not going quite according to plan just yet, perhaps Heidfeld isn’t in such a bad position. He’s likely to be the of the list to take over should Schumacher decide to go back to retirement.

Who do you think is the best German driver in F1 right now? Which of them will stil be in the sport one, five or ten years from now? Have your say in the comments.

Who is Germany's best F1 driver at the moment?

  • Michael Schumacher (18%)
  • Nico Rosberg (29%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (36%)
  • Adrian Sutil (9%)
  • Timo Glock (1%)
  • Nico H???lkenberg (1%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (5%)

Total Voters: 2,535

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  1. Obviously Germany’s best “ever” driver is Michael Schumacher, but solely based on 2010 form I picked Rosberg. He has done a far better job than I had expected, and is Mercedes best hope of a result at Hockenheim.

    1. miguelF1O (@)
      18th July 2010, 10:55

      my opinion was based in 2006 07 08 and 09 guess who rosberg he could have won 2 races with the non competitive williams

    2. I would have picked Rosberg, before remembering Vettel is German as well (not Austrian :-) ).
      So i voted Vettel, but Rosberg is doing pretty well. He outscores his teammate, makes regular good finishes and seems to take the most the car has to offer.

  2. Rosberg has impressed me, and has done good things in a lesser car than Vettel, but I still think that at the moment Vettel is better. Rosberg needs to prove he can hang on to a win (unlike Singapore last year where he made mistakes when it counted).

    Schumacher might yet return to form, but right now he does not have it.

    Sutil has impressed me. It seems that he, together with his close friend Hamilton, has learned to be a bi more patient and less reckless. But it is too early to know if he is a winner, I think.

    Glock clearly works hard, but with this car, it is hard to tell, and last year he was a bit erratic, not always in sync with the equally erratic Toyota.

    Heidfeld deserves better than a reserve role, I think, but he does not have the charisma to be seen as a top driver, it seems.

  3. vettel has the pace, but sometimes he has his head in the clouds. i vote for rosberg

    1. Couldn’t agree more.

      1. Yeah ill agree aswell, Vettel at times considers himself to be some hero… I voted for the all time greatness, Schumi.

        1. Electrolite
          18th July 2010, 20:06

          Yeah I voted for Rosberg as well. Seems like a solid, reliable trusty racer, who i’m sure will see his wins in the near future.

        2. Ive read every Vettel interview I’ve seen and never heard that one. Projecting much?

  4. Best driver currently: Adrian Sutil
    Best ever driver: MSC, hands down!

    1. I too voted for Sutil, if he were in a better car he would be in with a shout of the WDC. Calm and collected, and a nice guy.

      Some great defensive driving all season long.

  5. He’s likely to be the of the list to take over should Schumacher decide to go back to retirement.

    Maybe: He’s likely to be the first of the list to take over

  6. Sutil has changed from being this guy who could to this guy who does, so unless Luizzi is really bad and Force India is actually as quick as a Mc Laren, I think he is doing a great job.

  7. It would be nice to see Glock in a Renault, because not only would that be another fast car on the grid, it could get even more out of Kubica.

    1. I think that would be a pretty nice line up for Renault as well. Glock might get the car up to the podium behind Kubica or win it when the Pole has an off day (if Renault make the car to go there).

  8. Sush Meerkat
    18th July 2010, 10:52

    My pick is Sutil, almost every race he’s finished higher than his quali position or has clawed back positions from the start, some excellent passes and some outstanding defensive driving against drivers in faster cars.

  9. I went with Heidfeld.

    Schumacher is struggling.
    Vettel as a complete package, isn’t complete.
    Sutil hasn’t really had a chance to prove himself in a top car.
    And although I think Rosberg is good, I don’t think he has that special spark that top drivers have, like Hammy or Grumpy. (Hamilton and Alonso).

    1. Matt G (lotus fan)
      18th July 2010, 21:12

      I thought about Heildfeld but setteled on Rosberg in the end. I would like to see Heildfeld in a racing seat again not just beeing a test driver, Kubica’s performance this year highlights how good Heildfeld was when they were both at BMW.

  10. As was said the truth of the matter is that Schumacher, who must be right at the sharp end of any all time greatest list, is without peer amongst German drivers, obviously The MSC we all remember is beyond any of the others.

    However, right now, I’d say it’s a tie between Sutil and Rosberg. Vettle there most front running driver isn’t really impressing in the fastest car on the grid.

    Rosberg seems to be making hay in the Mercedes, 3 podiums, briefly second in the championship, some astute drives, assisted by big bear, still I give it to Sutil. Sutil certainly deserves a top class car to prove himself in, he’s shown magnificent defensive skills, twice this year against far superior cars, he’s made some great overtakes, an seems to be comfortably outperforming the car.

    1. Scribe you have a dirty habit – its “and” not “an”.

      Wordsmith at your service.

      1. It is disgusting yes, not sure why I’ve taken to doing it, starting to loose marks in essays.

        1. The irony (i.e. your name) lol

          1. Yep.

            But we could get really paranoid here…

            lose….to lose something.

            loose…something not quite tight enough.

            their…belonging to them.

            there…a place where they race.


            definitely !

            Trouble is, the quality of what people write about here, on this site, is simply the best there is in F1. So spelling and grammar don’t really matter unless what the guy is trying to tell us ( and it usually is a guy !)is completely lost.

    2. I agree with you apart from I think Rosberg has been doing better than Sutil, but you do wonder if Rosberg was in a Red Bull he’d probably be doing better than Vettel is.

      Also I think Rosberg is in a bit of a no win situation vs Schumi. If he beats him every says Schumacher is past it and if he’d got beaten then he would’ve been forgotten.

      1. Rosberg is the coolest driver in F1. Doesn’t lose it too often. Doesn’t complain constantly ( unlike some prima donna’s driving certain brightly coloured cars ! )
        Gets on with a car that’s definitely not the hottest on the grid.

        And most of all, at the moment he’s showing the biggest Daddy F1 has ever seen just how to do it.

  11. I have to say this but vettel can’t overtake. You might say “what about silverstone then??” but the drivers (apart from sutil) harldy put up a fight. I voted rosberg. All he needs now is a competitive car and he will be fighting for championships

  12. I think this is a difficult poll to answer!

    Of all time= Schumacher
    Best current prospect= Vettel
    On current form= Rosberg
    One for the future= Hulkenberg

    Interesting that it took Germany about 15 years from Schumi’s first championship to dominate the F1 field like this. I wonder if in 5-10 years we might get a similar influx of Spaniards/ Brits because of Alonso/ Hamilton respectively

    1. or how about an aussie invasion,Webber,Power,Brisco

      1. Not likely. I’d say Australia is more interested in the V8 series, like the USA is more interested in NASCAR and Indy.

        1. not really,some aussies want to go overseas,and some are happy in V8s

        2. The great thing about Webber’s 2009 success is the new life it’s sparked into f1 here. I know, it’s a bit pathetic to need a front-runner to wake most of the country up, but all of a sudden the V8s aren’t as big a spectacle and now each F1 race weekend is awaited with anticipation. That’s been my observation of the last two years, anyway!
          We need an all-Aussie team that Webber and Ricciardo can drive for :)

          1. Look at the Motorsport SA interview Keith posted in the runup.
            They officially state, that they would want a South African on the grid to be interested in running a GP. India is more or less the same, so don’t feel embarresed if it needs a local to spring interest.
            Also think back about interest in F1 in Germany before Schumi and Spain before Alonso – near nil.

          2. BasCB, I think that’s true for most countries that don’t currently have dominant drivers. It would be great for F1 in the US to have an American on the grid period, but they’d have to at least show some promise for that to translate to grown interest in the sport here.

    2. Excellent job Ned, +1.

  13. SchumacherFan
    18th July 2010, 11:36

    I voted Schumacher because statistics say it all and this year, he may be struggling but he has had some good races and I think he just needs to work at it and he will be winning races again.

    I think Rosberg is a good driver and a nice guy but I don;t think he’s got what it takes to be a title contender even though this year has been pretty good for him so far because had someone like Hamilton or Alonso been in the Williams he was driving, I reckon Williams would have more than 113 race wins.

  14. As much as I admire Vettel, I would just LOVE to see how well Nico would go inside Luscious Liz, instead.

    1. Indeed. Rosberg in the fastest car of the field would be hard to beat.

      Even with his crappy Merc he gets on the podium regularly. Let alone in a purebred racer like the Red Bull.

    2. which nico is that :)

      1. Whoops!

        I mean Rosberg.

        Hulkenberg is more deserving of being known as ‘Niconspicuous’ than Nico, in my opinion.

        1. gold!

          But a bit harsh. More often now when Williams is on the pace, he is too.

  15. Scott Joslin
    18th July 2010, 11:38

    I have gone for Schumacher. Why? I simply asked myself what he would be like if he had been in the Red Bull from the start of the season. Answer would be – probably higher than Vettel is in the Championship now.

    1. Yes, but then Rosberg would presumably be higher still! And Sutil. And Glock maybe.

      1. Glock? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves!

        1. Okay, that was a little bit of a wind-up!

    2. @Scott. Probably higher that Vettel in the championship?!? Half the drivers in the field right now would do a better job than what Schumacher is doing at Mercedes. If there was a poll for the worst german driver on the grid .. Schumi would get my vote for sure.

  16. Rosberg is the best German driver, because he is half Finnish. Though he hasn’t learned the art of Finnish conversation yet. He talks to much…

    1. Hahahahaha! Fins tend to be pretty quick eh?

    2. Brilliant !

      How do you say monosyllabic in Finnish ?

  17. i think you should change the name of the article because I went to the poll and selected Schumacher and then realised it said ‘at the moment’. easily done when the article name is ‘who is germany’s best f1 driver?’…

    at present i think Rosberg is the most complete.

  18. Vettel has the most points, but the best car. However Rosberg is more mature than Vettel and would beat him in an equal car “for sure.”
    Answer: Nico Rosberg

  19. yeah rosberg sutil shumi vettle glock hulk heidfeld vettle seems quick in Qualy, and when on pole seems be able drive quite well,error free etc

  20. Vettel without doubt.

    I think people misdirect their ill-feelings for Horner and Helmut Marko towards Vettel. Poor fellow is getting more stick than he deserves for only 1 mistake he has done in this season so far: Running into Webber at Turkey.

    Phenomenally quick and can dominate races like no other driver can. Had the Red Bull been reliable, I am sure 2010 would have been another 2004.

    1. In a car that’s almost second faster than the rest he can dominate yes. Well actually even then he’s struggling.

    2. I agree ,Webber has done way more bone head moves this year.

    3. But is Vettel that much better? He is pretty even on qualli with his team mate, has less wins and that’s in the fastest car around (look at Williams when they were so far ahead). I voted for him as well in the end, but that’s because being in the right car is also part of being good in F1.

      Rosberg has done probably more with the equipment he has, Sutil had some nice driving this year, Hülkenberg had several races where he was pretty competative and Glock just did not have much chance to show anything in the Virgin.
      Schumacher has been struggling with the tyres, but you have to hand it to him, he does not give up easy. And he was often cought out by bad strategy as well.

      1. Rosberg has had inferior equipment no doubt. He has comfortably aced Schumacher but he isn’t doing magic with his car like say Kubica is doing with the Renault.

        Rosberg has had some anonymous weekends like Spain, Turkey Monaco where he just couldn’t get to grips with the Mercedez upgrades.

        Vettel on the other hand has still finished immediately behind his team-mate when his team-mate was untouchable (Spain, Monaco).

        Sutil has been very good. But pressures of running in the mid-field are nothing compared to running at the front. While Vettel battles with the likes of Alonso-Hamilton-Button, Sutil has been trumping over the mid-field drivers like Liuzzi, Petrov, Hulkenburg, Kobayashi.

        1. Electrolite
          18th July 2010, 21:44

          Vettel just loves it doesn’t he. As long as he can drive a car round a track time-trial style, then drive to the finish without mistakes then yes, he dominates and it’s index fingers galore. But I’ve yet to be remotely impressed by him in any other situation i’m afraid. And that’s team politics aside.

          And I think we all saw how much ‘stick’ he deserves during his gestural performance after the collision with Webber in Istanbul, no? Not to do with how quick he is, but if we’re including being a good sportman in the ‘overall package’ then yes, i’ll hold it against him.

          1. I agree. Vettel is routinely described as ‘phenomenally fast’ as though that alone answers the question of him being a good driver. And eve that’s questionable. Since Webber is now beating him for pace, then either Webber is even more phenomenally fast, or Vettel is a tad over-rated. Then there’s his race craft, overtaking etc. which now seems to consist of barging into people and seeing what happens. Not very convincing either. When all that fails, it’s his great personality, which he may well have, maybe, but even if so, entirely irrelevant.

        2. Yea, that’s why i voted Vettel in the poll, although it was pretty close between him, Rosberg and Sutil, with Glock out of the equation for the car he’s driving.

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