Vettel banished memories of a poor 2014 by leading Ferrari’s charge against Mercedes and snatching three great wins.
Lewis Hamilton looked like he was cruising to the championship for much of the season, but his team mate gave him a wake-up call at the end of the year.
Sergio Perez had a strong end to 2015 but produced some high-quality but underrated performances in the first half of the year.
Nico Rosberg was usually put in the shade by Lewis Hamilton – but that all changed with six races to go.
Even though the rewards were much more meagre than they had been last year, Daniel Ricciardo still gave it his all in the Red Bull.
The breakthrough talent of 2015, Max Verstappen just misses out on a place in F1 Fanatic’s top five drivers of the year.
A much-improved Lotus allowed Romain Grosjean to demonstrate his talents, never more clearly than at Spa.
Bottas couldn’t recapture the highs of 2014 at Williams, often due to problems not of his making.
After several strong results early in the year, by the latter races Nico Hulkenberg was being shown the way by his team mate.
Daniil Kvyat had a solid first season at Red Bull – but did he really deserve to finish in front of Daniel Ricciardo?
A solid but unspectacular second year at Williams for Felipe Massa leaves him just outside the top ten.
Carlos Sainz Jnr had an excellent first season in Formula One – but his fellow rookie team mate did even better.
Jenson Button narrowly had the edge over team mate Fernando Alonso – but both deserved a better car.
Lacking a car that was quick or reliable enough to take on his rivals, Fernando Alonso had precious few chances to demonstrate his abilities.
Felipe Nasr produced an excellent performance in the first race of the year but didn’t figure often after then.
Kimi Raikkonen’s second season back at Ferrari was not a substantial improvement on his first.
Alexander Rossi only started five races in 2015 but looked the most promising of Manor’s three drivers.
Life became more difficult for Will Stevens when initial team mate Roberto Merhi was replaced by Alexander Rossi.
Back for a second season of F1 in 2015, Marcus Ericsson is again found towards the bottom of the F1 Fanatic Driver Rankings.
Roberto Merhi didn’t get to drive the full season for Manor and is 20th in F1 Fanatic’s 2015 Driver Rankings.