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30th November 2016, 18:23 at 6:23 pmParticipant
From back to front:
23)Haryanto-has no place on the F1 grid on merit
21)Kvyat-just a terrible season overall. Lucky to have another chance
20)Palmer-improved in the second half of the season, but all in all I don’t feel he deserved another season
19)Nasr-disappointing season after a good 2015. Certainly capable of more, but will he have another chance?
18)Ericsson-improved since 2015, and impressed on a couple of occasions, but nevertheless his place is secure only because of the funding and I don’t see a path up the grid for him.
17)Massa-I really wanted to rank him higher but I can’t. Was a shadow of his former self most of the season.
16)Magnussen-didn’t blow Palmer into the weeds as he should’ve done. Certainly Haas is his last chance to impress.
15)Wehrlein-wasn’t as dominant as predicted against Haryanto. And didn’t destroy mid-season entree Ocon either. Must do more if he wants to land in a top seat one day.
14)Button-unlike 2015, was nowhere near Alonso’s pace. Probably the right time to retire.
13)Ocon-raw talent unquestionable, but will have to dig deep to impress against Perez next season.
12)Grosjean-did a great job for a new team, but constant whining on the radio is probably not the way to deal with problems.
11)Vettel-I know it’s controversial to leave him out of the top 10, but he was not himself frequently this season, so many mistakes, a loss to KR in the qualifying battle. Not his season.
10)Hulkenberg-maintained qualifying edge over Perez, however the deficit to Perez in the results has widened and not all of it was bad luck. Probably needed a change of scenery, and a last chance at greatness at Renault.
9)Bottas-good season for Bottas against a backdrop of a fading team-mate and a fading car competitiveness. Must shake off the good but not great moniker if he’s to move up. Rosberg did so, but can he?
8)Raikkonen-despite improvement this season I still believe Kimi is capable of more and has to be more aggressive with his approach both on and off the track.
7)Perez-great at tire management and maximizing his opportunities. He lacks however that last edge of raw speed needed to ascend to true greatness.
6)Alonso-a great season that proved he’s still as fast as ever. Deserves to get his third WDC before he heads off to WEC, but there are no such concepts in sport.
5)Sainz-Proved beyond any doubt that he’s a star of the future. Has all the ingredients to be WDC. He might not be as good ultimately as Verstappen but he’s very close.
4)Rosberg-a worthy WDC, however 3 drivers did better than him this season. His resilience in fighting more talented drivers, proves to all who doubted it, that with hard work you can raise above your limitations.It’s as good an inspiration as any in sport and in life in general.
3)Verstappen-Exceptional driving talent, but is neither a complete package nor a true sportsman yet.
2)Hamilton-one of the all time greats, had a great season overall, but had some mistakes and some misfortune that cost him dearly. Had he been on form of the last 4 races all season he would be champion comfortably. That’s why he’s only at 2nd position.
1)Ricciardo-best overall driver of the season. Has no real weaknesses in his game(apart from a occasional bad start and that disgusting “shoey” thing). Great qualifier, great in battle, great in tire management. A perfect example of a modern F1 driver. If the RBR has a good car next season, anyone who wants to become WDC will have to dig very deep to beat the “honey badger” first.
15th August 2016, 2:48 at 2:48 amParticipant
22) Haryanto-people make a fuss he’s out-qualified Wehrlein a few times. I’m not impressed. He’s vastly more experienced on most of the tracks, so that helps to string a qualy lap together. But he’s been smashed by PW in the races. Clearly not F1 material
21) Palmer- has been underwhelming in 9 of the 12 GP’s so far. Not as bad as Haryanto at least
20) Ericsson-Started the season well. Then returned to his usual form
19) Kvyat-He’s a much better driver than this ranking. But if he can’t keep his head together under pressure then he’s clearly not a future WDC and RBR made the right decision
18) Nasr- Despite big improvement since changing chassis I’m disappointed with Nasr. Especially because, in opposition to many here, I rate him very highly and since long before he reached F1. FN needs to get his act together and destroy Ericsson consistently. Otherwise the unjust pay driver moniker will stick with him forever
17) Gutierrez-I’ve ranked him above more talented drivers simply because he’s performing much closer to his full potential than them. The sooner he realizes that his ambitions are too high and moves to a category where he can be top level, the better for him. In F1 he’s running out of talent
16) Massa-time for Felipe to leave, unless he raises his level considerably in H2 2016
15) Magnussen-has mostly driven well, and beaten Palmer comfortably. But that was expected of him. Needs to raise his level even higher in H2 to be sure of being retained
14) Wehrelein- an uneven performance, but that’s to be expected of an even very talented rookie. Will be out to much sterner test against Ocon
13) Grosjean- was out-qualified too many times by talent-limited Guti. Has driven exceptionally well at times, but has to understand that whining on the radio is not the way to move team forward. If anything it might be a reason enough to discourage a top team from hiring him
12) Hulkenberg- not enough from one of the most talented drivers in the world. Despite re-establishing his qualifying domination of Perez, he must do more in the races when it counts. Otherwise he’ll be remembered in a F1 as the 2010’s version of Jarno Trulli and that would be a travesty(Trulli is underrated anyway but his level should be no match for the Hulk)
11) Button-still very much deserves to be on the grid, unlike Massa. whether he’ll want to continue in the midfield mostly after 2016 that’s the question
10) Raikkonen-on pure talent much higher than p10. But pure talent is far from enough. His lack of adaptability to everything(from cars characteristics to ruthless Verstappen tactics) is infuriating and a waste
9) Bottas-has coped with the decline in Williams’ performance much better than Massa and beat him comfortably both in qualy and in races. Still somehow underrated but IMO ready for next step
8) Perez-Overrated. A driver of very high highs but also very low lows. In other words, not a top level team driver
7) Vettel- As was proven sporadically even in his WDC years, conclusively in 2014, and yet again now, he can’t drive at his best when he’s frustrated. He begins to make mistakes, and suddenly the adbantage he enjoyed over his team-mate when he was in high spirits evaporates. Needs to address this mental flaw to become a truly complete driver
6) Rosberg-has inherent weaknesses as a driver I’ve noticed in 2006 already and still has them, especially in mixed conditions and in wheel to wheel combat. He will, therefore, never be a true top level F1 driver even if he wins a WDC but rather a step below the true greats
5) Alonso-still a top performer in pretty much every situation, an all time great, no doubt. But as always, his barbs toward his own team are counter-productive and show that his still hasn’t managed to cure his one off-track flaw that has prevented him from winning more than 2 WDC so far, which his talent deserves
4) Sainz-very nearly as good as Verstappen. Which means he’s an exceptional talent and a potential WDC. Extracted 100% of STR performance nearly everywhere
3) Verstappen-what more can be said about him? Once a generation talent. I just wish he would stop marring his brilliance with dirtyness and replace it with fairiness
2) Hamilton-IMO took the title of the most complete F1 driver from Alonso. Now has the mental toughness to complement his always-freakish speed. His return from being so far back to lead the WDC is ample proof of that
1) Ricciardo-gone are the days when DR was more often than not faster than JEV in qualy only to be more often than not slower than him in the races. Since 2014 he’s come up in leaps and bounds. Just absolutely unbelievable drivers with only strengths and no noticeable weaknesses
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