Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Red Bull Ring, 2014

2014 mid-season F1 driver rankings part one: 22-13

Driver rankingsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The F1 Fanatic Driver Rankings are being produced for the tenth time this year, and as usual they began with a review of how the field has fared at the mid-season point.

Here are the ten drivers in the bottom part of the list – look out for the rest in two further articles to be published later this week.

22. Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, Monte-Carlo, 2014Key stat: Completed the fewest racing laps of any driver so far – 466 of the 698 which have been run.

Sporting Ronnie Peterson’s helmet design in Monaco, Ericsson produced the best performance of his short F1 career to date, and gave Caterham their highest-ever finish with 11th place. Yes it was aided by retirements, but also by several of his rivals making the kind of errors he avoided, which is particularly impressive given the car he has to drive.

But that was the sole highlight of a rookie campaign which has otherwise left a lot to be desired, even when allowances are made for the serious shortcomings of his machinery. We’ve quickly grown accustomed to the sight of Ericsson climbing from the cockpit of his Caterham, for which Renault’s persistent reliability problems have only been partly to blame. Qualifying has been a particular problem – he crashed in Malaysia, Monaco (taking out Felipe Massa) and Canada – and binned it just seven laps into the last race.

21. Max Chilton

Key stat: Record run of consecutive finishes for a rookie ended in Canada – when he took out his team mate on the first lap

It’s not immediately obvious whether a year’s experience has helped Chilton raise his game all that much. He continues to be a safe pair of hands for the most part – with the obvious exception of Canada – but otherwise doesn’t distinguish himself with speed in qualifying or races.

When the chequered flag falls Chilton can usually be found a considerable distance behind his team mate and not that far ahead of Ericsson. It was telling that even when Bianchi limped home with a badly damaged floor in Hungary, Chilton still couldn’t find a way past his team mate.

20. Pastor Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014Key stat: The only driver to be issued three penalty points for a single incident, when he flipped Gutierrez in Bahrain

The same old Maldonado mistakes persist – the careless collision which put Gutierrez on his head, the clumsy spin into the barrier during qualifying in Spain. But the greater impediment to his performance this year has been the dreadful unreliability and unsympathetic handling of his Lotus.

Because of that he has been unable to set a time during Q1 on three occasions and sidelined with technical failures during races four times. He didn’t even start the race at Monaco, which is usually one of his strongest circuits. But team mate Romain Grosjean has been similarly afflicted by Lotus’s problems, and he has had the car running and finishing in higher positions.

19. Adrian Sutil

Key stat: Has finished ahead of Gutierrez more often than he has finished behind him, and vice-versa in qualifying

Sutil had a lot of trouble getting the Sauber beyond Q1 in the early part of the season, and the unco-operative chassis has rarely been a willing partner in the races either. Much of the first half of the season was an unrewarding grind, punctuated with notable lows in Monaco, where he crashed out, and Austria, where a communications error meant he was accidentally told to stop.

But a glimmer of hope appeared prior to the summer break. With FRIC now banned, Sauber seem a little more competitive, and Sutil came within a second of scoring their first point in Hungary.

18. Kamui Kobayashi

Key stat: Equalled Caterham’s best ever starting position – 14th – in Australia

After a year away, Kobayashi’s fan-funded comeback has produced only disappointment thanks largely to his uncompetitive car. Even in China, where he put one over Bianchi in the final laps, he had the incredible misfortune to be robbed of the result because the chequered flag was shown too soon.

In Monaco Bianchi caught him by surprise at Rascasse and pulled off a pass which eventually gave Marussia a valuable two-point lead over Caterham in the constructors’ championship. The team may rue Kobayashi not being a bit more aggressive on that occasion, but more often than not it’s been the car which has let him down.

17. Esteban Gutierrez

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Key stat: Gained more places on lap one than any other driver: 26 (an average gain of 2.4 places)

Gutierrez has shown Sutil the way in qualifying and would probably have scored Sauber’s first points in Hungary had his energy recovery system not failed. Some poor luck also explains which his finishing record is not quite as good as his team mates – the collision with Maldonado in Bahrain, and Sauber’s pit error in Austria.

Yet it’s hard to shake the impression that, though the C33 is undoubtedly one of Sauber’s worst cars, it is capable of more than either of its drivers have extracted so far.

16. Felipe Massa

Key stat: Has retired on the first lap on three occasions

Massa has missed out on several points-scoring opportunities due to misfortune: he was blameless when he was hit by Ericsson during qualifying in Monaco, in his last-lap tangle with Sergio Perez at Montreal, and in the start-line crashes at Melbourne and Silverstone. But that’s not the whole explanation for why he has less than half his team mate’s points haul at mid-season.

On other occasions having started well he simply tried to make too much of the advantage, leading to tangles with Fernando Alonso in China and, most dramatically, with Kevin Magnussen in Germany. But most worrying for Massa are the increasingly common days when Valtteri Bottas has been just plain quicker than him.

15. Daniil Kvyat

Key stat: Toro Rosso is the only team where each driver has finished in front of the other the same number of times

There’s very little to choose between the Toro Rosso pair, and that reflects very well on the latest product of Red Bull’s junior driver programme. Despite a disrupted testing programme, including one day at Jerez when he didn’t get on the circuit at all, Kvyat scored in three of the first four races on unfamiliar tracks. He then used recent circuit experience to good effect at the Red Bull Ring, lining up seventh on the grid, only to be sidelined by one of Toro Rosso’s many car problems.

It hasn’t been all smooth sailing – he ruined his race in Germany with a rash move on Perez, and the Hungarian weekend was a complete write-off. But he has more than justified Red Bull’s surprise decision to promote him.

14. Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Red Bull Ring, 2014Key stat: Sixth in Hungary was his best finish so far – Alonso has only finished lower than that once

Niggling problems during practice have been a feature of Raikkonen’s season so far, and that can’t have helped his qualifying and race day performances. But even making allowances for that, and the inevitable adjustment period involved when a driver switches teams, Raikkonen’s return to Ferrari has evoked more memories of his poor 2009 campaign than his 2007 championship victory.

At times it’s seemed as if his F14 T had been fitted with a Magnussen magnet, but while the McLaren driver bore responsibility for their tangles in Malaysia and Bahrain, the Monaco collision was down to Raikkonen. This began a poor run of races which included tenth places at Montreal (where he spun) and the Red Bull Ring, his nasty (and self-inflicted) smash at Silverstone, and a bruising encounter with several rivals at the Hockenheimring.

However he was happier with his car’s handling in Germany and that served as a springboard for his best performance of the season so far in Hungary, where he finished sixth despite being eliminated in Q1 due to an error by his team. Better days seem to lie ahead.

13. Jean-Eric Vergne

Key stat: Has the most retirements due to car failure of any driver: five

It’s a case of deja vu for Jean-Eric Vergne – at the mid-point of the season he’s had more mechanical failures than any other driver, which also happened last year. This has plainly affected his ability to score points, such as in Malaysia where he reached Q3 but had a power unit problem at the start of the race.

Car failures aren’t the only way he’s been let down by his team. In Spain a wheel came off his car during practice, leading to a grid penalty, and in Monaco having qualified seventh a pit release error led to a penalty. Wet weather conditions seem to bring out the best in him, as in Hungary where he got ahead of Nico Rosberg at the restart. Kvyat is certainly keeping him honest but Vergne narrowly has the upper hand at the moment despite his many misfortunes.

The next part of the rankings will be published tomorrow.

How the rankings are produced

Among the data referred to in producing the ranks are notes on each driver’s performance at each race weekend, compiled data on car performance, direct comparisons between team mates and each driver’s form guide.

Over to you

How do you think these ten drivers have performed so far in 2014?

Have your say in the comments.

Images © Caterham/LAT, Lotus/LAT, Sauber, Ferrari/spa

118 comments on “2014 mid-season F1 driver rankings part one: 22-13”

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  1. For once my sympathies are with the crazy Venezuelan (Mad Maxdonaldo). He threw away a good chance at Williams.Chances are that he could have finished on a podium this year which I doubt Massa will achieve. As for the rest yes Kyvat should be higher than Kumi but I guess Kimi will end the year at least within the top 10. Hoping for the best for the rest of the season.

  2. This is my top ten, when the time comes I’ll post it again.
    1. Ricciardo: He has shown to be the right choice by Red Bull (especially seeing Kimi being nowhere near a podium). Also, he has literally overshadowed Vettel and matched the Mercedes in many races.
    2. Alonso: Give him a Williams now!!! He could be winning a couple of races already in that white car.
    3. Hamilton: He is winning the battle of wins (not the WDC standings though). As a downside, some people say Rosberg is “average” and that he should be beating him.
    4. Bottas: I know he’s not really a rookie, but he’s making Maldonado cry for sure. And he’s getting what Massa can’t. I guess Mr. 77 will win a race or two before the end of the year (He just needs a crazy race as today’s race)
    5. Rosberg: Although he is leading the championship, he looks quite pale sometimes. And let’s stop the “he never makes mistakes” idea. When he has to go head to head with Hamilton, he looks nervous (Monaco Q3, Canada battle, today) and he needs to shake that off before going into full charge mode.
    6. Hulkenberg: Mr. Consistency got his good run stopped today by his own fault, and by slippery conditions, which are his Achilles heel (remember Brazil 2012?)
    7. Vettel: The 4WDC must change something in his approach, even when he declared the other day he won’t. He must, especially to stop his doubters (although doubters will always be doubters). At least it looks like he is starting a recovery.
    8. Kvyat: He is definitely the rookie of the year. He just needs a car that doesn’t get on fire.
    9. Bianchi: Monaco, Monaco survival. Getting a Marussia into Q2 again. He needs another team to step up his game.
    10. Jenson Button: He’s finally giving his car some decent results. I know Magnussen has a podium while he doesn’t, but his experience is giving McLaren some solid results that maybe the car doesn’t deserve.

    1. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
      12th August 2014, 15:58

      @omarr-pepper – I don’t see how you can say slippery conditions are Hulkenberg’s Achilles heel with reference to Brazil 2012 (where it was actually the dual effect of aerodynamic turbulence from the lapped traffic and the conditions that saw him crash) when he was leading in a Force India at the time…on a track where he was on pole by over a second for Williams just two years prior. To my mind the only drivers more competent in an F1 car when the weather turns British are Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel (ascending order)…and they aren’t bad in the dry as well…

      1. I´m not ecaxtly sure wether there are still drivers who are generally better than others in wet conditions, or wether that´s more about the wet tyres fitting the driving style. Hamilton was great on the Bridgestone-wets but hasn´t shown anything impressive on Pirelli-wets, while wet conditions were considered as Alonsos weak-spot in Bridgestone-times, but on Pirelli-wets he has been very consistent.
        It may futher also depend on temperatures, track and car, wether the difficulty is getting heat into the tyres or not overheating them. The tyre-eating Toro Rosso of 2008 and the same characteristic of the Williams in 2012 helped on those wet-days when it hindered them on hot, dry days, whereas this years Force India might produce severe problems when it´s cold and wet.

        1. Alonso weak on wet bridgstones?
          Hungary against Schum

          1. @omarr-pepper I think you are talking about 2006? Alonso had Michelins back then…

      2. @william-brierty – Actually he spun earlier in that race due to braking over a white line, entirely his mistake, and because of that lost the lead to Button (I think it was Button that won?). The Hamilton incident in T1 was later IIRC.

        I usually suck at remembering events in past races (and this particular race had so many) so don’t lynch me if I’m wrong but that’s how I remember it.

    2. sorry for some “today” phrases, I posted this the day of Hungary’s race and got it deleted. I had my backup and pasted it today… so the “today” in the post means 2 weeks ago.

  3. Gideon Hadi (@)
    12th August 2014, 16:06

    Why people said Kvyat should be ahead of JEV? I mean Kvyat is a good driver but he still made some mistakes. And JEV is leading Kvyat on the Championship, with a note that JEV had many mechanical failures that cost him more, while Kvyat did not have a lote of mechanical failures and some mistakes. So JEV ahead of Kvyat is right, the problem is they deserve better than 13th and 15th

    1. Gideon Hadi (@)
      12th August 2014, 16:08

      While kvyat have a problem, but not as many as JEV

  4. good ranking, except maybe kvyat is a bit too far down. other than that i agree with everything, especially gutierrez ahead of sutil.

    1. I don’t believe that. GUT season was packed with rookie mistakes. And he is not a rookie anymore.
      He has flashes of great driving (wet, good starter, etc.) but his head is way too weak for F1.

  5. Raikkonen performed better than Massa??? Surely not in 2014.

  6. 22.Chilton: Continues to perform at a very low standard.
    21.Ericsson: Some excuses for the rookie, but not a lot of potential is shown.
    20.Maldonado: It is not just his recklessness, he has also been massively off the pace.
    19.Sutil: Just been very mediocre, but at least he has had his moments.
    18.Kobayashi: Personally, I never understood the buzz around this guy. Beating his teammate though.
    17.Gutierrez: Ahead of Sutil, but that isn’t saying much. He is good in the wet at least.
    16.Raikkonen: Very disappointing. Unlucky, but still probably the worst season by a World champion ever.
    15.Massa: Similar to Raikkonen, but has been closer to the pace.
    14.Magnussen: Showing a lot of potential, but hasn’t made best use of it yet. Promising start to career.
    13.Kvyat: Close to his teammate. Only rookie to have earned his place next year by this point.

    1. 16.Raikkonen: Very disappointing. Unlucky, but still probably the worst season by a World champion ever.

      It’s gonna take some beating to exceed Damon Hill in 99. God it was awful to watch.

    2. GUT has not performed better than SUT

    3. 16.Raikkonen: Very disappointing. Unlucky, but still probably the worst season by a World champion ever.

      I was bored, so thought I’d look for some contenders.

      Phil Hill in 1964
      Graham Hill in the ’70s, most notably ’72
      Mario Andretti in 1980-81
      Jody Scheckter in 1980
      Michael Schumacher in 2010
      Jacques Villeneuve in 2003 and ’06

      1. Good point. I’ll change it to worst season by a champion that I’ve seen.

  7. Oh cmon when has Bottas been “plane quicker” than Massa! With the way the 1st half has gone im not saying he should be higher but i just didnt like that sentence. It has been much much closer than that. Agreed Bottas has outqualified Massa in last 2 or 3 gp but quicker in one lap doesnt indicate race pace, this is were experience kicks in. Also in Hungary, Bottas enjoyed more updates than Massa. But no offence to Bottas, he has been and will remain one hello of a driver this season and will give a hard time to Massa.

    1. *Hello – hell

    2. @prithvif104
      Malaysia Bottas 8th, Massa 7th. Massa refused to let a faster Bottas through.
      Spain. Bottas 5th, Massa 13th. Massa had no notable issues on that day.
      Monaco. Bottas RET, Massa 7th. Bottas was ahead when he retired due to an engine failure, granted Massa started behind through no fault of his own, but Bottas had far better race pace that day.
      Austria. Bottas 3rd, Massa 4th. Massa had slightly slower stops, but was still well behind his team mate at the line.
      Hungary. Bottas 8th, Massa 5th. Bottas was ahead before the safety car affected him, Alonso, Rosberg and Vettel.

      Obviously Australia, Britain and Germany are hard to judge due to Massa being eliminated on the first lap, the latter being the Brazilian’s fault, but there are some clear-cut examples of Bottas being plain quicker than Massa. It’s happened more times than not.

      1. Malaysia: Bottas was on fresher tyres and that too he was not that quicker that he could have gone to overtake Button. If he had not attacked, both of them could have overtaken Button.
        Spain:Bottas’ strategy was better!
        Monaco:Massa started from behind so the pace is going to be slower than that of drivers ahead. Its natural. Then again you cant overtake that quickly.
        Austria: The pitstop was too slow. Then towards the end Massa was only 3.5 sec behind Bottas. He choosed not to overtake and backed off. When Alonso attacked, he pushed again so he had pace.
        Hungary: Bottas was using more updates. No matter how the race went, the laptimes were pretty close.
        In germany it wasnt the mistake of Massa!!!

  8. Apart from the bottom 2 I disagree with the placings. Seems that there was not enough concern given to the cars they were driving, neither to the relative performance compared to the respective team-mates. And the p13 driver doesn’t belong in the bottom 10 at all. Yes Vergne had a lot of bad luck but if we want to take that into account we can just look at the WDC official statistics. Here we judge the performance of the drivers the way we see it and no way JEV doesn’t deserve a higher position. On the other hand Perez, who is demolished by the Hulk doesn’t deserve a top 12(yes I know he scored a podium so what?)

    Then there’s the obvious FM/KR issue. I really like Kimi and never liked Massa but he’s been miles ahead of Raikkonen this year so far. The only time in his career Kimi drove this badly was in the second half of 2008. Massa and Bottas are very closely matched on pace. So yeah FM>KR so far this year

    Other issues: considering his weight issue and less mistakes Sutil>Gutierrez. Kobayashi’s should be a couple of places higher given his equipment and relative to others

    So, my bottom 10:

  9. Kimi is too high on your list in my opinion.

    My top five:
    5. Ros
    4. Bot
    3. Alo
    2. Ham
    1. Ric

  10. Don’t agree with the rankings. But that’s fine. Everyone has their opinion. Here is mine:

    22. Maldonado
    21. Ericsson
    20. Chilton
    19. Raikkonen
    18. Gutierrez
    17. Sutil
    16. Grosjean (probably the most overrated driver in F1)
    15. Vettel
    14. Kobayashi
    13. Vergne
    12. Massa
    11. Button
    10. Bianchi
    9. Magnussen
    8. Kvyat
    7. Perez
    6. Hulkenberg
    5. Bottas
    4. Rosberg
    3. Hamilton
    2. Ricciardo
    1. Alonso

    1. @msoerensen Grosjean overrated?

      He’s scored more points than Kvyat, despite being in clearly inferior machinery. He has only been outqualified by his team mate once this season, and has dragged that Lotus into Q3 on a couple of occasions, whilst that car should not belong in Q3.

  11. I hope Rosberg isn’t overlooked again. IIRC, Keith put Button above Rosberg last year (!)
    Rosberg is obviously not as good at passing as Hamilton, but he keeps generally calm head and challenges Hamilton for pole in the way that Button never could when he was Hamilton’s teammate.

    1. I do put Button above Rosberg this year. Button has been very consistent and has pretty much always gotten the result that´s in the car, sometimes more. On Merc they seem to be pretty much battling on who can combine individual mistakes with bad luck more, up to the point where there´s slight hope for a third (Ric) to mix in the WDC-battle while the Merc is obviously by far the fastest car.

      1. Bit surprised you’re using consistency to justify Button over Rosberg when Rosberg has finished either 1 or 2 apart from Hungary (which he probably would’ve won without the safety car).

  12. 22: Maldonado – Slow and the only driver on the grid who deliberately crashes into other cars.
    21: Ericsson – Blown away by Kobayashi. Perhaps don’t have the same gear but nothing to prove he doesn’t.
    20: Chilton – Similar story. No proof that he doesn’t have the same gear so – on face value, he’s been hammered.
    19: Raikkonen – Remember the talk of a titanic battle between him and Alonso. Completely outclassed.
    18: Massa – Very disappointing. Bottas has flown but despite some pace, Massa just can’t keep himself out of trouble.
    17: Guiterrez – Feel a bit harsh on both Sauber drivers. The car is clearly terrible so difficult to judge them.
    16: Sutil – Feel a bit harsh on both Sauber drivers. The car is clearly terrible so difficult to judge them.
    15: Kobayashi – Dominated his team mate. He’s done exactly what we would have expected him to!
    14: Magnussen – Struggling against Button. I think he’d lose to any of the top 13…
    13: Vettel – Struggling to adapt to the new regs. Hasn’t done anything particularly impressive yet….
    12: Perez – Hulk is the better driver but he’s holding his own. Great podium in Bahrain.
    11: Grosjean – Poor car but he’s fought hard for 8 points.
    10: Bianchi – Again showing he has a bright future in F1. Chilton can’t even get close.
    09: Kvyat – Great debut season.
    08: Button – Has performed well – unlucky with “McLarenish” strategical calls and a relatively poor car.
    07: Vergne – Poor car (reliability and pace) and a poor engine but has dragged the car into positions it doesn’t deserve to be in.
    06: Rosberg – Strong when out front but on several occasions, he’s struggled to make moves stick when Hamilton hasn’t.
    05: Hülkenberg – Another solid season in an average car. Would love to see him get a drive for a team with pace.
    04: Hamilton – Terrible luck in general but has made vital moves stick when he’s needed to.
    03: Alonso – Regularly finishes higher than the Ferrari should. Absolutely dominating his world champion team-mate.
    02: Bottas – Has a real knack of maximising the weekend for Williams. Always seems to finish as high as is possible.
    01: Ricciardo – Similar to Bottas. Has the better of his team mate and when he gets a chance, he usually takes it.

  13. Its a subjective ranking. I will give my subjective opinion.

    1) As a Sauber fan, I rate SUT over GUT. They both had awful first half of season (OK Sauber car was not great), but all and all, GUT was terrible. He had awful mistakes in Qualifying (despite the fact he did better than SUT in Q). But he could have done better. He crashed in Canada, he crashed in Rascasse (giving Marussia its first points)… The only thing he did better than SUT is starting…but SUT finished 11th several times, and was closer to scoring. Another fact….VDG ran FP1 more times in SUT car.

    2) Rating BUT, MAG, GRO, PER over KVT and MAS is just nonsense. I don’t want to enter a argument with Keith, but seriously….MAG and PER might have scored a podium each….but they are way down their teammates thus underachieving with their possibilities. GRO better than MAS?….

    1. @mumito – How is rating Button over Massa nonsense? Button is ahead of Massa in the WDC despite being in a slower car! Magnussen is only just behind him!

      Massa has had a horrible season. Lots thought he was right to leave Ferrari and join a team where he could compete for the number 1 position but yet again, he’s being destroyed by his team mate.

      1. You might be right there. Still….Massa lost at least 4 races in other drivers hands. So….
        I know he’s fading (has been for the last years at Ferrari), but he had great moments.
        Be that as it may….I hope you get my point.

  14. @keithcollantine, PEDANT ALERT, I think you meant “produced this year for the tenth time”

  15. Keith you should definitely watch the China GP start again. It is actually Alonso who moved towards Massa. And Bottas’ lead is solely due to the points he scored in the races where Massa’s had DNFs because of 3 crashes with Koba, Perez and Raikkonen where he wasn’t at fault and because of his crash with Magnussen where he was 50% at fault. Just do the maths and you’ll see.

    1. But drivers don’t just get hit all of the time at no fault of thier own. Often in F1, you see someone go for a move and everyone says “he knew he could trust Alonso/Hamilton/Vettel etc to give him space” but you can’t trust Massa to do that.

      If a driver moves towards Massa, it will be a crash because he won’t give an inch. It’s fine to say he’s aggressive but when it means DNF after DNF, the argument loses a bit of weight.

      You’ll never see anyone force their way past Massa or dive up the inside and make it stick because he’ll turn in on them and they’ll both be out. He’s in his right to hold his line or turn in on someone but it WILL and DOES cause a crash more often than not.

  16. Why is Raikkonen above Massa in the rankings?

    Massa has poll position, has done better compared to team mate, 3 results higher.


    1. I think he even forgot about Massa’s pole position…

  17. Disagree with both Toro Rosso’s spots. Should be higher IMO. Vergne deserves a faster car, switch with Button.

    TOP 5 for me:
    5. Rosberg
    4. Bottas
    3. Ricciardo
    2. Hamilton
    1. Alonso

  18. I’m a passionate Aussie F1 fan who only starting closely following the F1 Fanatic website recently, and I must say I’m very impressed by Keith’s in-depth analysis of everything related to F1, and this is no exception.

    The only thing I would probably change in these rankings would be to move Kvyat ahead of Vergne… I think he’s shown more raw speed considering his lack of experience compared to Vergne. Otherwise, bring on the rest of the rankings!

  19. Hi Keith, it’s a fair mid season review of drivers from 22-13 maybe Massa misplaced but you know how the sport works. Top 12 for me
    12. Grojean
    11. Perez
    10. Bianchi
    9. Magnussen
    8. Hulkenberg
    7. Button
    6. Bottas
    5. Vettel
    4. Alonso
    3. Ricciardio
    2. Hamilton
    1. Rosberg
    I’m a Kimi fan and I would like to ask you one question is it really so difficult to setup a car to his liking?

    1. I was going to question Rosberg being ahead of Alonso, Hamilton and Ricciardo but…..

      Vettel better than Bottas!?

      1. @petebaldwin I put Rosberg ahead of every driver bcoz I thought Ham would blow him away from the start of this season but ROS seems very canny driver, his driving may not be attractive but he his ahead of HAM in Qualifying and in points.

        Vettel ahead of Bottas by very small margin, well personally I like Vettel & it’s my ranking :) also he had few more retirements and bad luck than Bottas.

  20. Peter (@peterpegasus)
    13th August 2014, 16:26

    Like many, I am a little disappointed about the little recognition JEV gets.
    Here’s my list:

    22: Ericsson
    21: Chilton (most boring driver)
    20: Gutierrez
    19: Sutil (ugh I hate the Sauber line-up, even though I used to be a major Sauber fan in previous years)
    18: Maldonado (still fast, still erratic – but I love watching him, because Maldonado is always interesting)
    17: Raikkonen (lucky to not be further back thanks to some really sub-par performances)
    16: Massa (I’m a bit biased here, because I hate how he can’t own up to mistakes.)
    15: Magnussen (apart from his 2nd place in Australia, not so impressive.
    14: Kvyat (sometimes pretty good, sometimes not so)
    13: Kobayashi (fairly high – he made a single critical mistake (despite signing for Caterham) this year. Difficult to tell how fast he really is, of course, since Ericsson is the worst driver on the grid, but judging by his years at Sauber vs Perez, he should get more respect for what he does.)
    12: Bianchi
    11: Perez (get your qualifying together!)
    10: Button (always good but never great. Except in Britain!)
    09: Vettel (still really fast, but some mistakes – and lots of bad luck)
    08: Grosjean (still so pissed he binned it behind the SC)
    07: Rosberg (not a fan of his; just doesn’t have that bite that Ham seems to have, despite making fewer mistakes)
    06: Hamilton (I consider him to be among the best 3 drivers on the grid, but he made several big errors (major spin in race, deciding spin in quali) that would have cost him major points scoring positions if it weren’t for that Mercedes)
    05: Vergne (I hadn’t been a fan of his before this season, but the many positive comments throughout the year made me pay attention. And let’s face it – if cars were equal, this guy would easily be in the top 10 this year, DNFs notwithstanding)
    04: Hulkenberg (better than Vergne; consistently fast; despite his crash in Hungary, he still made less errors than Hamilton)
    03: Bottas
    02: Alonso
    01: Ricciardo

    PS: I freakin’ love these kind of articles. Been waiting for it for weeks!

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