How anyone can mention Massa in their list is beyond me. He’s currently in his fourth mediocre year at Ferrari in a row and holds the record for having participated in the most races in a Ferrari without winning a single race. Not to mention his teammate has placed second in the championship standings in both 2010 and 2012. He does simply not deserve to be on anyone’s list.
Massa was a great driver back in 2007-2009, he won 11 races, beat Raikkonen as teammates, challenged Hamilton in almost equal cars, and came within one corner of winning a WDC.
Judging Massa based on his post-accident form is like judging Schumacher based on his comeback, or judging Graham Hill based on his time in the 70′s. A driver should be rated based on when he was his best, not during his decline.
Actually, make that his fifth mediocre season at Ferrari. My bad.
Massa was bad in 2009? Before his accident in Hungary, he stood 5th in the championship standings with 22 points, driving a car that was miles inferior to Brawn and RBR, and probably slower than Toyota too; while his teammate the highly rated and beloved Raikkonen was only 10th in the WDC with a mere 10 points.