I started my 2008 F1 driver rankings yesterday with Part 1, here comes Part 2 covering the ranks 15 to 11:
15th David Coulthard
DC almost made it to Part 1 but at the end I found him a bit less disappointing than Heikki Kovalainen. Although Coulthard scored the only podium for Red Bull this year he was still clearly outperformed by his team mate. The 2:16 qualifying statistics says it all. Coulthard also got involved in many racing incidents ruining several races for himself and for few other drivers. The way the final race of his F1 careers went pretty much sums up his 2008 season.
14th Sebastien Bourdais
Sebastien Bourdais finally made it to F1 after spending several title winning seasons in the now defunct Champ Car series in the United States. But even he himself knew the transition to F1 won’t be easy. He scored points on his F1 debut in Australia but afterwards it was a long downhill ride accelerated by the introduction of new STR03 car. Towards the end of the season he lifted his game making it to Q3 6 times in last 7 GPs. He however rarely managed to built on that impressive qualifying on the race days. The jury is out now, the interest from other parties in those 2 Toro Rosso seats is rather big …
13th Rubens Barrichello
I should probably rank Barrichello lower but all the lower ranks are occupied already . But he managed to bring a really bad car to the podium (lucky one) and in my opinion he did generally OK this season, better than his team mate.
12th Kazuki Nakajima
He perhaps did better than many would have expected. But after quite impressive early season point scoring performances he faded away, same as the performance of the Williams car. He is OK but I wonder if he would still be with Williams if not for the Toyota engine deal …
11th Nico Rosberg
Not the best car but several Q3 qualifying performances and two podiums including his career best 2nd place finish in Singapore make this Rosberg’s best Formula 1 season so far although he scored less points and finished lower in drivers championship (13th with 17 points) than in 2007 (9th with 20 points). We can expect the “Rosberg to …” rumours and speculations to begin soon as 2009 will likely be his last season with Williams …
How would your 15th to 11th look ?
Stay tuned for the Part 3 (10th – 6th) and Part 4 (top 5).
Photo: Red Bull/GEPA