I’ll just do the top ten due to time constraints!
Has, in general, been great. But if I am honest, the first part of the season stick more in my head than the second. Still, it’s easy to underrate what a stellar job drivers in slow cars do, and hence Heikki deserves a top ten spot.
Has impressed. Has problems keeping the car on track, but when he does, he is incredibly strong in duels. One of the more aggressive drivers on the grid, and I for one appreciate that. Suzuka epitomised his driving style.
Has been incredible. His car broke down more often than not, but if there was a driver that managed to get into Q2 or get up the midfield during the race, it was the likable German. Singapore and Korea were exceptional drives. I hope to see him in Renault next year, although I know that is highly unlikely.
Was cringeworthy at the beginning of the season, especially at his home Grand Prix, was fantastic (bar Valencia) during the second third winning most races and having the most podiums (I think), but from Singapore on he has been outperformed by his teammate every single race. He obviously could not handle the pressure. In general, though, he put up a fight against one of the biggest talents in F1, and considering that I do not consider him to be one of the quickest drivers on the grid, that is quite an achievement. However, before the Abu Dhabi GP I asked myself who would be the worthiest champion, and Webber was on the bottom of my list.
Has generally been slower than Lewis. Often disappointed by dropping out of Q2 or by moaning on the radio: practice without ‘lack of grip’ or ‘massive front locking’ just would not be the same. Where he lacks in outright pace, he makes up with sensibility – he was the only contender who could not be blamed for having thrown away points. Generally though, although he has surprised this year by winning, F1 is not just about the tyres and he should work on his pace, especially on Saturdays.
Why isn’t the new WDC higher up? Turkey, Spa and Hungary. Incredibly quick, but also incredibly prone to rookie mistakes. Seems to have calmed down at the end of the season and performed brilliantly at the very end. Deserving champion, although he should have won it earlier. With a car as dominant as the RB6, it would be a disaster if he didn’t win. Admittedly, he had his share of bad luck: Australia, Bahrain and Korea. Performances such as Suzuka or Valencia were great. Nonetheless, a more consistent driver would have cashed the championship at Spa.
Has been incredibly consistent in his Mercedes. Has outperformed his highly rated teammate and has come within two points of a Ferrari. Made mistakes in qualifying sometimes, but Brawn ensured he still finished well. Had a lot of bad luck in Korea, but should not have made a mistake in China. But altogether there isn’t much to say about Rosberg – he was either following quicker cars or the Renault of Kubica. Fantastic season (not to brag, I knew he would outperfom Schumacher and how many people predicted that?)
I still maintain that Kubica was a notch better than Rosberg, simply because the Renault as a whole was slower than the Mercedes. Sure, there were occasions were the Mercedes were worse, such as Spa or Monaco, but if it were not for Kubica, Renault would not have any chance of even thinking about fourth in the WCC. The first part of the season was perfect and I would have put him at number one at the half-term report, but the second was much worse. As already said elsewhere, he had a bigger share of bad luck, such as Japan, which might have been his best race this season, but even that doesn’t justify getting beaten by one’s teammate in Hungary and losing out to Hulkenberg in Italy. Less exciting performances, such as Korea, can be considered lucky, but to be fair, that performance showed his consistency and sense for the limit and Renault’s inferiority to Mercedes.
Great second part of the season, but not so good first part and succumbed under pressure in Abu Dhabi. Has made quite a lot of mistakes, such as in Monaco and Silverstone. He has, however, outperformed his Ferrari, and Singapore was ridiculously good. His gesture to Petrov shows that he is a bit of a pig, but a quick and consistent one nonetheless.
Controversial, I know. But I sincerely think that bar Monza, he hasn’t put a foot wrong. He has done mistakes like losing a place to Alonso in Korea and Brazil, but he was much slower anyway. He was fantastic in the first part of the season, and I cannot see why he was worse in the second. Singapore was down to bad luck, just like Hungary. Let us not forget Spain. Considering all that, he might have won the WDC with a car that was seriously off the pace later in the season. In general, he has matured a lot and is a much better driver than he was in his championship winning year. A big plus for him.
Edit: The names should be in bold, you get the idea. And I’m late now (hence the shorter descriptions at the end)! Thanks f1fanatic for ruining my life :(