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Top 10 Drivers of the 21st Century – 2012 Edition

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    For the last two years, I’ve been asking the community their top 10 F1 drivers of the 21st century to date. Here were the 2010 and 2011 results, with my scoring based on the current points system (25 points for a 1st, down to 1 point for 10th).

    2010
    1. M Schumacher – 621 (20 1st’s)
    2. Alonso – 519 (6 1st’s)
    3. Hamilton – 402 (2 1st’s)
    4. Raikkonen – 310
    5. Vettel – 196
    6. Hakkinen – 161
    7. Montoya – 160
    8. Button – 110
    9. Massa – 93
    10. Kubica – 80
    11. Barrichello – 63
    12. Webber – 53
    13. Coulthard – 26
    14. Rosberg – 18
    15. Heidfeld – 8
    16. Fisichella – 3
    17. Trulli – 2
    18. Villeneuve – 1
    19. Kobayashi – 1
    20. R Schumacher – 1

    2011
    1. M Schumacher – 871 (31 1st’s)
    2. Alonso – 674 (5 1st’s)
    3. Vettel – 502
    4. Raikkonen – 426
    5. Hamilton – 379
    6. Button – 266
    7. Hakkinen – 177 (1 1st)
    8. Montoya – 114
    9. Kubica – 90
    10. Massa – 88
    11. Barrichello – 43
    12. Coulthard – 40
    13. Webber – 33
    14. R Schumacher – 12
    15. Rosberg – 11
    16. Heidfeld – 8
    17. Fisichella – 1
    18. Villeneuve – 1
    19. Glock – 1

    After the 2012 season (which saw no less than SIX champions on the grid), who do you rank as the greatest drivers of the century? For those who voted before, did your assessment change? Remember, assess them based on their performance this century AS A WHOLE, not just based on their performance this season.

    Here’s my 2012 list. It’s mostly unchanged from my 2011 list, but it does have two changes. One is much more controversial than the other.
    1. Michael Schumacher (same)
    2. Sebastian Vettel (up 1) – This one’s VERY close. But three titles in a row is a VERY rare achievement.
    3. Fernando Alonso (down 1)
    4. Lewis Hamilton (same)
    5. Kimi Raikkonen (same)
    6. Jenson Button (same)
    7. Mika Hakkinen (same)
    8. Felipe Massa (same)
    9. Rubens Barrichello (same)
    10. Mark Webber (returning, replacing Juan Pablo Montoya)

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    1. Michael Schumacher
    2. Fernando Alonso
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Kimi Raikkonen
    5. Lewis Hamilton
    6. Jenson Button
    7. Rubens Barrichello
    8. Mika Hakkinen
    9. Felipe Massa
    10. Mark Webber

    Somehow, I’ve always thought of Mika Hakkinen as being more of a 20th century driver, with his prime straddling the turn of the century. Likewise, David Coulthard was probably at his best in the late 1990s.

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    @bobthevulcan Indeed – that’s why Hakkinen is relatively low on this table. Had we been talking about a Top 10 drivers of the 1990s, though, he’d be right up there – probably Top 3. I’d have DC in the lower part of the 90s list – somewhere from 8th to 10th.

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    1. Michael Schumacher
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Fernando Alonso
    4. Kimi Räikkönen
    5. Lewis Hamilton
    6. Felipe Massa
    7. Mark Webber
    8. Jenson Button
    9. Juan-Pablo Montoya
    10. Narain Karthikeyan

    #216295

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    @mnmracer Karthikeyan in the Top 10? Interesting choice…

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    1. Michael Schumacher
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Fernando Alonso
    4. Kimi Raikkonen
    5. Rubens Barrichello
    6. Jenson Button
    7. Lewis Hamilton
    8. Felipe Massa
    9. Juan Pablo Montoya
    10. Mark Webber

    @mnmracer Karthikeyan deserves to be in Top 10 of all time!

    #216297

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    Any chance you could link to the old threads, @journeyer, so we can see how we voted before? It would be embarrassing if I had ranked Michael Schumacher top last time but accidentally went with Takuma Sato this year. It could happen!

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    1. Michael Scumacher
    2. Kimi Räikkönen
    3. Fernando Alonso
    4. Sebastian Vettel
    5. Lewis Hamilton
    6. Juan-Pablo Montoya
    7. Robert Kubica
    8. Mika Häkkinen
    9. Jenson Button
    10. David Coulthard

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    Oh gosh. @journeyer does this rating include 2000? Or does it start from 2001?

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    Should we list the drivers by their permormance in the 21st century or by the best drivers competing in 21st century?

    #216301

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    @estesark: I think 2010 was in the old forum and is now lost to history. But 2011 is here: http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/groups/f1/forum/topic/top-10-drivers-of-the-21st-century-%e2%80%93-2011-edition/

    @raymondu999: I start from the year 2000.

    @sigman1998: Base it on their performance in the 21st century ONLY. That would explain why Hakkinen is relatively low in the Top 10 despite his 2 titles.

    #216302

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    Hmmph. Tough one.

    1. Michael Schumacher
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Fernando Alonso
    4. Kimi Raikkonen
    5. Lewis Hamilton
    6. JP Montoya
    7. Jenson Button
    8. Mika Hakkinen
    9. Felipe Massa
    10. Nick Heidfeld

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    1. Michael Schumacher
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Fernando Alonso
    4. Kimi Raikkonen
    5. Lewis Hamilton
    6. Jenson Button
    7. Mika Hakkinen
    8. Felipe Massa
    9. Nick Heidfeld
    10. Nico Rosberg

    #216305

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    I did this list in 2010, and I wouldn’t add any new drivers to the list the only changes are Vettel going up and Massa going down.

    1. Michael Schumacher
    2. Fernando Alonso
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Kimi Raikkonen
    5. Lewis Hamilton
    6. Juan Pablo Montoya
    7. Jenson Button
    8. Mika Hakkinen
    9. Felipe Massa
    10. Giancarlo Fisichella

    #216307

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    1. Michael Schumacher
    2. Fernando Alonso
    3. Lewis Hamilton
    4. Kimi Raikkonen
    5. Sebastian Vettel
    6. Felipe Massa
    7. Jenson Button
    8. Juan Pablo Montoya
    9. Rubens Barrichello
    10. Mark Webber

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