27. Sakon Yamamoto: In no race did he do anything noticeably good, and he has been consistently outperformed by his teammate, to be honest I don’t know why he is even in formula 1.
26. Bruno Senna: He has been relatively well in Quali, beating Karun Chandok more often than not, but in the race he has been unimpressive and usually beaten by his team mate. This could however have been the car and I would like to how he does in something other than the HRT to see how good (or bad) he actually is.
25. Lucas Di Grassi: I donít think he has driven awfully this season but his inexperience has shown often (ahem Japan) and Glock has the best Quali result vs. a teammate (18-1).
24.Christian Klien: Even though he only did 3 races he totally owned Senna in Singapore and has performed well enough in the races, but ultimately there must be a reason that he is driving for a team like HRT.
23. Karun Chandok: he has not been great in Quali, but has faired better during the races, nabbing HRT the 11th place in the constructors championship even though he only did 10 races. He seems like a really nice guy though and has done especially well considering Bahrain Quali was practically his first time in the car! I hope he has a drive next season because its the Indian GP.
22. Jarno Trulli: Like Senna he has done relatively well in Quali but during the race he has seemed to be a bit lackluster and it looks as if he’s on his way out of F1 rather than climbing up the ladder. His mistake in Monaco was a stand out fail too.
21. Sebastian Buemi: If I’m honest the car can’t be that flattering but i feel his teammate has had more pace over the course of the year and despite many rookie mistakes at the start of the year was actually more consistent, despite Buemi scoring more points.
20. Jaime Alguersuari: He was faster than Buemi at several tracks and had a string of 11th places, but ultimately he made quite a few mistakes (Japan vs. Kobayashi) and needs more experience if heís to make it big.
19. Pedro De La Rosa: He hasnít driven outwardly badly but equally well hasnít had any standout drives, his early season was blighted by reliability problems but once they were solved Kobayashi began to score and Pedro didnít, hence why he got replaced.
18.Tonio Liuzzi: Had some truly awful races where he was just nowhere but he had a very unlucky last few races with crashes that werenít his fault and a car that had degraded in performance. Canada Quali was pretty impressive, if not Hulkenburg-esque, and he got the car home with solid points in Korea while Sutil played Bumper cars, but that doesn’t make up for his disappointing first half of the season and large points deficit towards his teammate.
17. Vitaly Petrov: I like Petrov, but I will be the first to admit that he has made many mistakes in 2010, Japan and Korea for example, however despite this I believe that he deserves a seat in 2011, he has shown flashes of potential in Hungary and Abu Dabi and I think with 1 season under his belt he will, like Sutil, begin to iron out these rookie mistakes and become a driver worthy of F1. However despite this there is no way of escaping his Quali and race performances when compared to the mighty Kubica. (17-2 and 22 to 136)
16. Nick Heidfeld: He didnít do many races, but those he did compete in showed us why he replaced De la Rosa- however Kobayashi still stayed on top and while ha has been consistent there havenít been any blow away drives, although this could be because he wasnít used to the car, but definitely should be in F1 as consistency has shown to be essential this season.
15. Felipe Massa: I was so disappointed (and worried) last year when Massa had his accident, as I am a large fan and I think he may well have had the measure on Raikkonen. But pre-season I was worried that Alsonso would make mincemeat of him, and thatís how it seemed to go this season. He didnít start off badly, nabbing a podium in Bahrain and finishing ahead of Alonso in a few of the first races (like Australia), but as the season got underway and Mr eyebrows began his domination of the team (China anyone?) the short Brazilian faltered and when it finally looked as if he had regained some 2008 form in Germany ďitĒ happened, and that was about it. Very disappointed for him and hope he comes back stronger next year.
14. Nico Hulkenberg: I know he hasnít necessarily lived up to expectations and that Barrichello got over double his points but this was his rookie season and that pole in Brazil was sensational (where was Rubens there?) as well as some effective if questionable defending against Webber at Monza. Really hope he can get a good seat next year as I think he could really get somewhere.
13. Micheal Schumacher: While the 7 time master had a tough start, some awful races (Canada, Sinagpore) and was Slaughtered by his team mate almost all season, I donít think his Schumacherness has actually done that badly. We saw flashes of his old self (Monaco) and he had some sold races (Spain), on top of this, at the end of the season, while we were all distracted by the Championship race, he had some quietly brilliant races. In Korea and Japan he came home with some good solid points (admittedly both times his teammate retired for reasons out of his control) if the car is up to it next year I hope he can make an impact.
12. Rubens Barrichello: Many people have rated him highly due to the fact he turned the dog of a William into the pole sitter in Brazil, however this is drivers rankings and while he did pretty well and got over double the points of young Hulkenberg, I donít think he has been outstanding however. F1ís longest running driver has not done a bad job though and I think that if the Williams continue to improve he may even pick up a podium next year (if Schumacher doesnít kill him in the process).
11. Timo Glock: Of every driver on the grid, Timo Glock has been the one who has dominated his teammate most, crushing him 19-1. On top of this he has out qualified the faster Lotuses in the slower Virgin, his Achilles heel however has been the cars notorious unreliability- all to often he has been running strong only for his car to let go, if the car is more competitive (and reliable) next year I think the STRís will become his prey.
10. Adrian Sutil: Beginning my top ten is last years Petrov, many were disappointed that he cashed the Force India that Fisechella was flying in so often. But this year he has matured greatly and become a real talent, often making the top ten and wiping the floor with Liuzzi. Shame the Force Indiaís performance nose-dived at the end of the year. Hope he can continue to improve and maybe get a podium or even a win next year.
9. Heikki Kovalienen: Easily the happiest driver on the grid and not bad behind the wheel either, Kovalienen has come back from a bad year at Mclaren to dominate the new team in terms of race finishes with two 13ths and a 12th. If the Lotus improves enough next year he could well start scoring some consistent points.
8. Kamui Kobayashi: For a rookie Kobayshi has done exceedingly well, no scrap that; he has just done generally well. Watching him race is exiting and he just seems to be so confident behind the wheel. His moves in Japan and Valencia were brilliant and he can make a boring race worth watching, heís also crushed the experienced De La Rosa and talented Heidfeld fairly convincingly. Once he had got rid of some drivor errors and the team had sorted out reliability Kobayashi was on a role, hope he continues this form in 2011.
7. Jenson Button: For me it was very close between JB and Webber, both drove very well for a period of time an had some very good races, but in the end button just didnít have the luck, or raw pace, to stay in the championship till the very last race. I thought he drove fantastically in Australia, China and Monza, firmly giving Hamilton a run for his money, but in other places he didnít do so well. Qualifying especially was a weak point and the 2009 champs drive in Korea almost made me weep. Valencia, Canada and Turkey were all good races but ultimately his teammate did one better in each of them, which is why he finished higher in the championship.
6. Mark Webber: I really wanted Webber to win and before Korea I thought he was gonna, but then that mistake and some poor driving (compared to Vettel at least) in Brazil and Abu Dabi. His mid season purple patch was brilliant; it really fazed Vettel and allowed Webber to gain a substantial lead. His mistake in Valencia was poor, if spectacular, but to take Vettel at the start and dominate the race in Silverstone after the wing swap was brilliant. He has mucked up several starts however (Spa for example) and I think that Vettel was just a better driver over the course of the year, with his 10 poles.
5. Nico Rosberg: To come into a team and quite literally destroy the great Micheal Schumacher, grabbing several podiums to Schumis none was pretty amazing. But to then keep that up and finish the season with almost double his points (despite accidents that werenít his fault in Japan and Korea) meant that to me Rosberg is deserving of a championship shot in 2011. Many will argue that he was only against a shadow of the 7-time champ, but we will see next yearÖ
4. Sebastian Vettel: To be honest I think that I was in many ways inevitable that Vettel would win this Championship, his amazing talent to bang in pole position laps, meaning he could romp away to victory almost every race meant the others were lucky to put up a fight. I think that were it not for his reliability problems then Webber would never have stood a chance. Despite this the fact he won almost every race from pole worries me about his overtaking skill and the fact the RB6 was so dominant means its hard to gauge his skill against Hamilton etc but the young German definitely had the measure of Webber (who is no slouch). It is however hard to ignore his mistakes in Turkey, Spa and Hungary but is could see him maturing through the year and by Abu Dabi he hadnít made a mistake for ages A deserving champion, I just hope he has to fight for it more next year.
3. Fernando Alsonso: I donít like Fernando Alonso, not least because of his ridiculously expensive thumbs, but I have to admit, he is a bloody good driver. After getting lucky in Bahrain and then having a run of mistakes (China, Monaco especially) he came back strong with a good Quali performance in Germany, I wont finish this sentence, just say I think it was too early and very unfair to do what they did. His drives in Monza and Singapore were brilliant and he was able to capitalize on mistakes from Hamilton (and misfortune from Vettel) in Brazil and Korea. I genuinely thought he was going to win the Championship, but I guess that showed me that this was just a season of surprises.
2. Robert Kubica: I think Kubica has driven the Renault brilliantly this year, getting 3 podiums and a ton of points, as well as making barely any mistakes. If he was in the Red Bull I think he would of won the championship far earlier than Vettel did. Although Petrov isnít the best driver, how badly Kubica destroyed him was amazing and I believe thumbs and co should be wary of the day he gets a faster car.
1. Lewis Hamilton: For me Hamilton is currently the best driver on the grid, he is lightning fast and not afraid to make overtaking moves. His win at Spa was epic and the 2008 champion was suitably rewarded for his efforts in Canada. Luck played a part in his victory at Istanbul, but he was gaining on the bulls anyway and his re-overtake on Button was pure class. A mistake in Monza born of frustration from qualifying and a risky move that didnít pay off at Singapore werenít so good. Neither were his minor mistakes in Brazil and Korea, but ultimately I think that Hamilton drove better than anyone else this year in relation to their car, good luck to him next season