Top 10 Drivers of 2010

5 Dec

The drivers that have impressed me most this year:

10. Rubens Barrichello                                                                                                                                                                           Rubens is one of those drivers who always tries his hardest, and that’s why he started his 300th Grand Prix this year (but when exactly is up to discussion). Throughout the whole of the season you could tell just how good the car was by seeing how far off the top he was. He finished 10th in the table, but drove superbly almost managing to up his points up to 654 points -more than 2 a race for his career- he may not have many more seasons in him, but on thing you can count on is that he will stay in the top 10 every year until that happens.

9. Heikki Kovalainen                                                                                                                                                                                     Heikki has been unlucky with his career up to date, moving to McLaren with not enough experience and then being left in the scrapheap after only picking up one win. This year showed why he was at McLaren picking up the best result of the new comers with a 12th at Suzuka. He was always leading -or near there – the rest of the newcomers and has defiantly deserved is seat for next year.

8. Nico Hulkenberg                                                                                                                                                                                        The incredible  Hulk created one of the biggest surprises of the championship by getting pole in Brazil. Sadly despite being arguably the best rookie of the year he couldn’t keep his seat, because he wouldn’t bring in the same money at Maldonado. He picked up 22 points and by the end was looking much more mature than the rookie he was picking up his best result of the year in Hungary (6th) when the car was at it’s best. After his great first season we can only hope he’ll find himself a team for next year with rumours going around he may drive for Force India although that is looking less likely as time goes by, he’s also been linked as a reserve driver for Mercedes.

7. Kamui Kobayashi                                                                                                                                                                                        Made some of the races much  more exciting by his rules on overtaking. You can do it anywhere but mainly where it’s classed as dangerous, had an amazing lap at Valencia where he overtook both Alonso and Buemi in the final lap. Had only raced two races before this season and you could tell by those races that he would achieve great things by frustrating Button on his debut by holding him up and jeopardising his Button’s chances. Will next year have to play the experienced drivers role and we only hope he can. If he keeps up his current form though he may be the first Japanese driver to win a F1 race.

6. Lewis Hamilton                                                                                                                                                                                           Lewis had a much better season compared to last year, but it still wasn’t anywhere near as good as his first two seasons. Although he was still in it to the very end it never looked likely going into Abu Dhabi 24 points down. He led for 4 races on the trot midway through, but after Monza and Singapore he never looked like winning the championship, he had a good charge late on but it was too little to late. Something he can be pleased about though is that if you get the average grid positions he’s third behind the Red Bulls.

5. Nico Rosberg                                                                                                                                                                                               Another strong season from Nico started off with 2 podiums in the first four races, with the other results being 5ths. But this momentum soon ran out and the results started to drop, only getting one more podium in the rest of the season -another 3rd-. He finished two points behind Massa, but he could have beaten him if it weren’t for the double retirements at Japan and Korea both of which he was taken out by another driver. He should be much stronger next season though as of his 16 finishes he only failed to finish in the points once (Catalunya).

4. Mark Webber                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mark’s best season of his career ended on a low, having always been ahead of his team mate from race 10 where (incidentally it was the same race as the team let out Mark was the number two driver) he couldn’t hold the other drivers off and in the end finished 3rd. I don’t think Mark will ever get his chance for the title now, this was his best chance and once he lost the championship lead in Korea -after hitting a wall- he never looked like he would get it and Vettel was thought by the pundits to have the better chance despite being lower in the season. Mark will drive for Red Bull again, but this could be his last season with them as there is a lot of tension between him and Sebastian, and with his age ever increasing and his title hopes diminishing it probably won’t be long till we see a younger driver in his place, possibly  Daniel Ricciardo the young star who beat Vettels pole time at Abu Dhabi in the young driver testing.

3. Sebastian Vettel                                                                                                                                                                                           Despite winning the championship Seb’s points on a graph go up very much like a staircase, marking the inconsistency of  the youngest ever championship winner. Red Bull have now announced that in the future the team will be built around Sebastian, but they will need to hope he can get enough experience to make his driving more consistent, which will be necessary if he and the team are going to win future championships. He led the most number of racing laps in the year -382-, but only led the championship once, right when it was needed.

2. Robert Kubica                                                                                                                                                                                                 After his amazing season in 2008 where he picked up 75 points winning one race and finishing joint 3rd in the drivers standings every knew Robert was going to be amazing. Now with Renault Robert is still proving he’ll go far after qualifying on the front 2 rows for the 3 hardest grand prix circuits, Monza Spa and Suzuka, and would have won at least one of these races if he hadn’t been so unlucky with technical problems (a problem that also hit Red Bull who use renault engines).

1. Fernando Alonso                                                                                                                                                                                           Lets go back in time to Silverstone for the grand prix in 2010, Alonso finishes 14th saying we will win the championship, everyone laughs this driver is almost 50 points behind the leader Hamilton and has only picked up 3 podiums in the first 10 races. Now forward to Germany two weeks later, Fernando is on top of the podium after winning, the press are outraged and call him a cheat Fernando stays calm picking up a 2nd place in Hungary a week later. In fact after Britain Alonso gets 4 firsts one second and two thirds only failing to finish on the podium twice once in Spa and the other in Abu Dhabi, the latter costing him the championship. He was 7 points up going into Abu Dhabi and if it weren’t for a tactical blunder from Ferrari Sebastian Vettel would still be searching for his drivers world championship. If he keeps his form up and gets a competitive car from Ferrai Fernando is going to be the man to  beat next season.


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