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2nd December 2014, 14:07 at 2:07 pm #287944
Hulkenberg did well in 2013, but Gutierrez was also really, really poor which makes it harder to judge. I would like to see Hulkenberg in a better car to see how good he truly is though, he deserves that opportunity. I wasn’t impressed with him in 2010 when I thought Barrichello outperformed him but since then he has done well. I do think he is better than Perez however.2nd December 2014, 10:21 at 10:21 am #287932
@ryanwilliams You know Kobayashi’s brakes failed in Australia, right? Hardly fair to say he binned it.28th November 2014, 18:27 at 6:27 pm #287619
22. Max Chilton Simply is not quick enough.
21. Marcus Ericcson Lucky he has a seat next year having made some truly unacceptable mistakes for the top level of motorsport in the world.
20. Adrian Sutil Not really a has-been, because he has never ever been that good. One half of one of the most uninspiring driver lineups of all time.
19. Esteban Gutierrez Too many mistakes and not enough speed which is not a good combination. Won’t be sorry to see him go, there are better drivers out there.
18. Pastor Maldonado Had horrible reliability, but again made a lot of routine mistakes that you would not expect a driver of his experience (and a race winner too don’t forget!) to be making. Hampered by a poor car, but he’s lucky he comes with plenty of cash as on performance alone I think he’d be struggling for a drive now.
17. Kimi Raikkonen Please James Allison, give Kimi a car with a responsive front end next season! My favourite driver but even I can say his results this year were really poor. Really wasn’t much of a competition against Alonso, which was one of the disappointments of the season. How much longer will he stick it out?
16. Kamui Kobayashi Did a reasonable job given how poor the car was, but didn’t get to see much of his legendary feistiness and overtaking as a result. Sadly I think his time in F1 is now over.
15. Jean-Eric Vergne Not quick enough in qualifying. Sadly with not enough seats on the grid to go around it looks like he’s going to miss out, which is unfortunate because he is a pretty good and reliable driver.
14. Kevin Magnussen Pretty quick but inconsistent and made some rookie errors. Unlike Button, his form seemed to drop off once the silly season for next year started. 5 or 6 races before the end of the season, I would have said give him another go next year but Button’s brilliant form has put a lot of doubt in my mind.
13. Sergio Perez Blows too hot and cold. Pretty average on the whole, apart from the podium in Bahrain. Don’t think Mclaren (or Ferrari) made the wrong decision letting him go.
12. Romain Grosjean Was impressive in the first part of the season but seemed to lose heart as the year went on, due to the ordinary machinery he was driving. That car had no right to qualify 5th in Spain, which was some great driving from Romain and the highlight of his season. Hopefully the Mercedes engine will put them further up the grid next year, he’d really started to get things together at the back end of 2013.
11. Daniil Kyvat Very promising speed, 5th place in qualifying at his home Grand Prix was a highlight. Let down by the reliability of his car a few times, but I think he will do a very good job when he steps up to Red Bull.
10. Jules Bianchi Gets into the top 10 for Monaco alone. Keep fighting Jules.
9. Nico Hulkenberg As ever, quick and consistent with many point scoring finishes. Needs to get into a top seat soon if time is not to pass him by.
8. Sebastian Vettel To finish ahead of his teammate only 3 times was a bit of a shocker for the reigning champion, and his form relative to Ricciardo’s was one of the surprises of the season. Had some reliability issues but even so Ricciardo was generally the quicker of the two. I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt given he has performed well all the way back to 2008, but he really needs to step up next season and adapt to the new regulations if he wants to maintain his standing as one of the best drivers. Given Ferrari’s struggles though, it might be a while before that happens.
7. Felipe Massa I think the points table flattered Bottas a little bit, Massa was closer than it suggests. Was extremely unlucky with incidents (CAN, GBR, GER, AUS) and overall vastly improved over his last few years at Ferrari.
6. Valtteri Bottas Had the second quickest car at a lot of tracks and I can’t help feeling the very best drivers would have gotten more out of it. Scored 6 podiums but also made some mistakes. Still not convinced he has what it takes to be a world champion.
5. Nico Rosberg Had the best car, and some of his pole laps were really superb but the majority of his wins came when Hamilton had issues. Hard to put him any higher when Hamilton was nearly always the quicker driver on Sundays.
4. Jenson Button Very good, solid season from Jenson. His form when it became clear his drive was under threat, inexplicably, was tremendous. Many times he did what Jenson always has done, regularly bringing the car home for strong points. He still has a lot to offer the sport, he’s driving as well as ever.
3. Fernando Alonso Driving a pretty horrible car YET AGAIN he somehow got that Ferrari on the podium twice. Hungary was almost a miracle win, surely that would have one of the worst cars to win a race for a long time. He is rising higher and higher in my all-time greatest drivers list and surely nobody could ever begrudge him another title or two, his performances have been exceptional for over a decade now. He certainly shouldn’t be scrapping for 9th and 10th places.
2. Daniel Ricciardo Outstanding season. Vettel had reliability problems, but even so Ricciardo was faster than a 4x world champion at most of the tracks. Started as he meant to go on with the (unfortunately stripped) 2nd place in Australia, and he just went from strength to strength. 3 brilliant wins, and some of his overtaking was just incredible, the one on Vettel at Monza in particular. He surpassed everyone’s expectations this season, but now the pressure will be on him to lead the team and challenge for world titles. By the looks of things, he will take all that in his stride.
1. Lewis Hamilton I would rate this as Hamilton’s strongest season, and put him at number 1 over Ricciardo for one simple reason. Since the first wheel was turned and it became clear that Mercedes had a dominant car all the pressure and all the expectation has been on Hamilton, as the supposed “star” in the team to dominate and win the world title. And he delivered, pure and simple. He kept focused even in the face of setbacks, 3 times coming back from more than a race win’s deficit, dealing with the Monaco and Spa situations very well and ending up with more than double the wins of his teammate, showing exceptional maturity in his driving. Made a few mistakes in qualifying which he needs to cut out, but his race craft and wheel to wheel racing was exemplary.23rd November 2014, 20:10 at 8:10 pm #287006
There are precedents in MotoGP, Valentino Rossi has won 9 world titles and only ever raced with number 46. He used to put number 1 on his leathers. Marquez used 93 this season as defending champion as well.22nd November 2014, 11:20 at 11:20 am #286632
2nd November – World Superbike Championship – Sylvain Guintoli – Losail, Qatar – Round 12 of 12 – Race 24 of 2414th November 2014, 17:02 at 5:02 pm #285601
@ibrahim I wasn’t born until 91 but I love this era of motorcycle racing, so much skill and daring to ride these bikes the way they did. The whole race is on Youtube actually, I only posted the final part! For me the most fun I ever had watching motorsport was Rossi-Lorenzo Catalunya 09.
There were actually a couple of documentaries on British TV about this era of motorcycle racing recently, the program was aptly named “The Unrideables” lol. The first program was about Kenny Roberts Sr, Freddie Spencer, Mamola and Eddie Lawson, and the second one (Unrideables 2) was about the Rainey Schwantz rivalry, beginning back in the AMA and the subsequent events leading up to when Wayne Rainey got paralysed. If you can find them online I really do recommend watching them. There is a new one due to come out soon about Mick Doohan, I hope it won’t only focus on when he won his titles but also how he came back from his horrific accident at Assen in 92.14th November 2014, 16:20 at 4:20 pm #285590
Final one for now. Most controversial ending to a BTCC season ever. Added bonus of Murray Walker commentating.14th November 2014, 16:19 at 4:19 pm #285589
Schwantz-Rainey at the old Hockenheim on 500cc two strokes that were unbelievably difficult to ride.14th November 2014, 16:15 at 4:15 pm #285587
Nigel Mansell may have moaned a lot, but he also had some balls!30th October 2014, 15:10 at 3:10 pm #281396
No love for bikes?
12th October – Moto GP – Marc Marquez – Motegi, Japan, Round 15 of 18
19th October – British Superbikes – Shane Byrne – Brands Hatch GP, UK – Round 12 of 12, Race 25 of 26
26th October – Moto2 – Tito Rabat – Sepang, Malaysia, Round 17 of 18
Moto3 and WSB will be wrapped up soon. Also:
12th October – British Touring Car Championship – Colin Turkington – Brands Hatch GP, UK – Round 10 of 10, Race 28 of 3014th December 2013, 21:55 at 9:55 pm #247193
@kaiie I don’t know about the zeroes at the start, they allow them in Moto Gp. Andrea Dovizioso for example raced with 04 last year so maybe it will be the same with F1.10th December 2013, 22:58 at 10:58 pm #247050
To be honest I think Alonso did a really good job in 07. Childish tantrums aside, there was absolutely nothing wrong with his driving that year. Even if Hamilton was a rookie, time has proven that he was no ordinary rookie in terms of his ability as a racing driver, so it is not like it is something to be ashamed to be matched by such a good driver as Hamilton.
Lewis was also probably the best prepared rookie in F1 history, he had loads of mileage under his belt from testing, simulator work, he knew the team inside out and crucially he didn’t have to unlearn Michelin tyres, which Alonso and also Raikkonen had to deal with at the start of 2007. Alonso came in to a new car, having to switch to Bridgestones from Michelin, and was quick and able to win races almost straight away. That was pretty impressive. Alonso might have been the reigning double champion but in my view he was also at somewhat of a disadvantage by joining a new team, with new tyres to deal with. Hamilton obviously did great to hit the ground running like he did but he had a lot of things in his favour that year.5th December 2013, 21:00 at 9:00 pm #245885
Can only concur that the FIA should do nothing to level the playing field. It’s up to the other teams to improve, not for the FIA to introduce things that would handicap Red Bull.2nd December 2013, 15:20 at 3:20 pm #246665
Bottas because he didn’t win GP2. The other three won GP2 in consecutive years, Hulk (09), Maldonado (10) and Grosjean (11).1st December 2013, 21:59 at 9:59 pm #246641
Ok I’ll say Grosjean is the odd one out as Hamilton, Rosberg and Webber each won their first race from pole position.