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  • #256040
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    Chance of a Ferrari B-team?

    Ferrari hardly have a functional A-team at the moment.

    #248474
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    1. Rosberg
    2. Hamilton
    3. Bottas
    4. Alonso
    5. Magnussen
    6. Vettel
    7. Raikkonen
    8. Button
    9. Massa
    10. Perez

    #248072
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    Very sad, condolences to his family.

    #247889
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    1. Ferrari
    2. Mercedes
    3. Force India
    4. Red Bull
    5. Lotus
    6. McLaren
    7. Williams
    8. Sauber
    9. Toro Rosso

    Was hard to decide which was first between Mercedes and Ferrari but in the end I went with Ferrari as Alonso and Raikkonen are a lot more consistant though maybe not as good qualifires.

    Likewise it was hard to pick between Red Bull and Force India. While Vettel is the best I think Ricciardo will take time to adjust and Hulk and Perez are both solid drivers who’ve both been rated quiet highly hence why I put Force India ahead.

    The rest are pretty self explanatory though it’s quiet astounding to see people rating Williams higher than Lotus considering Massa has done absolutely nothing of note the past few seasons and I wouldn’t be surprised Bottas put an Alonso-esque margin between them by the end of the season. I see Grosjean and Maldonado as drivers who can improve and perhaps challenge for wins if they are given the car while Massa will only decline.

    #246903
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    Mercedes
    Red Bull
    Ferrari
    Force India
    McLaren
    Lotus
    Williams
    Sauber
    Toro Rosso
    Marussia
    Caterham

    #246005
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    1. Vettel – Easily his best season in F1 and maybe even one of the best performances by a single driver in a season. It’s very rare to see a driver and car work in such perfect harmony but the streak of wins from Spa to Brazil goes to show he is a the very top of his game. Arguably damaged his image to some people when he disobeyed team orders but it showed his determination to win and succeed.

    2. Hamilton – The fact he walked into a new team which have had come off a quiet poor end to 2012 and beat his team mate who has been there for 4 years deserves a lot of praise. However it was a very inconsistent season for Hamilton and seemed to slump towards the end (probably due to the broken chassis).

    3. Alonso – Compared to 2012 it was a pretty average season for Alonso. However the fact he still finished 2nd in the championship showed it was a typical Alonso season where he tried to maximise every opportunity. Perhaps could’ve given Vettel and Red Bull more of a challenge is it wasn’t for some silly errors in Malaysia and Bahrain and the lacklustre race at Monaco.

    4. Hülkenberg – Another good season for him showed why many fans and even fellow drivers consider him the best outside the big 4. In what seemed like a hopeless car at the start of the season, he still managed to some good points and mix it up with some of the front runners. Highlights were 3rd on the grid at Monza and the drive to 4th at Korea.

    5. Räikkönen – Started of the season excellently with a win and in true Kimi fashion was more or less running towards the front on the field throughout the season despite the money issues. Began to fade after Korea though I’m not sure how much of that was to do with his back injury.

    6. Rosberg – Like his team mate, he was a little inconsistent though he did give Lewis a good run for his money despite having most of the Mercedes reliability problems early in the season. Tended to qualify well but fade in the races though his two wins did involve him having keep his cool while under pressure from the faster Red Bulls.

    7. Grosjean- Had a rather average start to the season where he seemed to be taking races too cautiously but the string of races from Singapore to USA were very impressive and showed Romains ‘coming of age’. Matured a lot from last season and shows he definitely has what it takes to succeed in F1.

    8. Webber – Did well to challenge as 4 time world champion team mate but Vettel beating him in every race bar one (which Vettel DNF’d in anyway) showed that it was perhaps best to retire. Despite that though he had a very decent final season considering all the off track and on track problems and should be pleased that, unlike most drivers, he could leave F1 on a high.

    9. Button – Solid season considering the car he’d been given by McLaren. However being out-qualified by Perez over the year showed that there perhaps wasn’t as big of a gap between them as the points table would suggest. A good final race should help keep him motivated going into 2014.

    10. Pérez – Like with Button, the poor results more due to the car rather than the driver. Seemed to have a poor start to the season but gradually improved as he settled in with the team. Was a little reckless, especially when wheel to wheel in Bahrain and Monaco but the strong end to the season (5th at India and 19th-6th at Brazil) showed that he maybe deserved another season with McLaren.

    11. Ricciardo – Had a tendency to reach Q3 but then fade in the races but did comprehensively beat his team mate throughout the season and earned himself a Red Bull seat. Little more he could’ve done considering the car.

    12. Massa – Was often close to Alonso in qualifying but was rarely able to get anywhere near him in the races. Perhaps Ferrari should have dropped him a few seasons ago but it was still sad to see him loose a potential podium in his final race for them.

    13. di Resta – Was having quiet a strong season up until the tyre change which seemed to hurt Force India more than any of the other teams. The string of retirements from Spa to Korea showed a loss in form but still managed to get a few points after.

    14. Bottas – Did well to out qualify more experienced Maldonado (who is no slouch) over the season though his race pace was a bit lacking compared to his teammate. Excellent qualifying in Canada and the good weekend at Austin showed that he can be capable of delivering, even in a poor car.

    15. Bianchi – Just looses out to Bottas as rookie of the year in my opinion. Despite that he more or less single-handedly carried Marrusia to 10th in the constructors but considering who he had as a team mate, it’s still quiet difficult to say how good he really is.

    16. Sutil – Compared to his last full season in 2011, it was a rather subpar season for Sutil. A strong opening race along with a great drive at Monaco were the main highlights. Consistent but not spectacular.

    17. Vergne – Only 3 points finishes compared to his teammates 7 showed why he was never really in contention for the Red Bull drive. The main positives were the 2 consecutive point scores in Monaco and Canada where he put in an excellent performance in the latter. However I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s out of F1 by the time we reach the mid season break next year.

    18. Gutiérrez – Facing up against Nico Hulkenberg was never going an easy challenge but I expected more from someone who’s proven himself in Gp3 and Gp2. Began to find some pace towards the end of the season (including a decent drive in Japan) but it’s hard to find any other positives.

    19. Pic – Totally anonymous all season and despite being out qualified by his rookie teammate over the season made up for it in the races. Considering his equipment, I doubt he could have done any better.

    20. Maldonado – The highs of 2012 probably feel like a long time ago for Pastor. Falling out with the team and being beaten by his rookie teammate sum up his disappointing season. However he was involved in a lot less incidents which is perhaps a positive he can take away to Lotus where he can hopefully reignite some of his 2012 form.

    21. van der Garde – Managed to out qualify his teammate throughout the season but perhaps got a little lucky with the conditions in Monaco and Spa. Overall a decent rookies season but his race pace was rather poor compared to that of Pic.

    22. Kovalainen – It’s easy to see why Lotus chose him as Kimi’s replacement as he was a safe pair of hands. Credit to him for admitting his poor pace was his fault but considering he took 0 points from his 2 outings, I would preferred Lotus to take a gamble on Valsecchi

    23. Chilton- Finishing all of the races was a decent achievement but it was a bit of a joke to see him struggling to keep up with the Caterhams and his teammate. He could still go back to junior formulas and pull a Grosjean but I highly doubt it.

    #245408
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    Best Driver: Bottas
    Worst Driver: No one really
    Best Team: Red Bull
    Worst Team: Force India
    Best Overtake: Bottas on Gutierrez
    Funniest moment: The fact I had nothing better to do on a Sunday afternoon.
    Most Surprising Result: Bottas in the points
    Least Surprising Result: Vettel winning
    Special Mention to: Vettel, Grosjean, Hulk
    Race Rating: 2/10

    #244932
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    Absolute joke if they get rid of Perez. They’ve hardly given him the car to perform in, it’s his first year in a top team and apart from the first two races and Monaco, he hasn’t actually been that bad.

    #244480
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    Best Driver: Vettel or Rosberg
    Worst Driver: dunno…Button?
    Best Team: Red Bull
    Worst Team: Toro Rosso
    Best Overtake: Hulkenberg on the Toro Rossos
    Funniest moment: Vettels radio message at the end
    Most Surprising Result: Hamilton being nowhere compared to Rosberg
    Least Surprising Result: Alonso climbing up the field
    Special Mention to: di Resta
    Race Rating: Crap/10

    #243886
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    Wishful thinking more than anything, though it wouldn’t surprise me if Ferrari end up making donkey of a car.

    Alonso
    Vettel
    Raikkonen

    Ferrari
    Mercedes
    Red Bull

    #242782
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    Worst has to be those Santander turds that appear in every race that they sponsor, though I have been seeing less of them lately.

    Another awful design has to be the Eni ones that the gave out at Hungary a few years ago.

    Can you imagine putting so much hard work into taking a race victory and the trophy you have to remember it is just a companies logo.

    #241919
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    Doesn’t appear nowhere near as bad as some twitter users are making out but I guess it can’t be changed now.

    #241415
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    Best Driver: Vettel
    Worst Driver: di Resta
    Best Team: Red Bull
    Worst Team: Williams
    Best Overtake: Raikkonen on Button
    Funniest moment: Grosjean’s ‘no’ when told to box
    Most Surprising Result: Gutierrez doing something
    Least Surprising Result: Alonso ending up on the podium
    Special Mention to: Alonso, Raikkonen, Hulkenberg
    Race Rating: 6/10

    #241427
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    Best Driver: Hulkenberg
    Worst Driver: di Resta
    Best Team: Red Bull
    Worst Team: Force India
    Best Overtake: Alonso on Webber
    Funniest moment: Alonso taking a selfie on the podium
    Most Surprising Result: Hulkenberg
    Least Surprising Result: Vettel winning
    Special Mention to: Vettel
    Race Rating: 5/10

    #241361
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    Let’s be honest, while the message certainly comes across as a bit rude its not the first time that a driver has vented his frustration at his team. It does seem to be a heat of the moment reaction.

    However I don’t like how he’s not trying to pussyfoot around the whole thing and pretend it never happened with his ‘I’m happy with qualifying’ tweets and his praising of Massa to SkySports. He’s trying to mend the situation by ignoring it. He has every right to be angry, but then to pretend he wasn’t is very silly and makes him look even worse.

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