2008 Formula 1 – Wolf’s Driver rankings – Part 3 – 10th to 6th

Kimi Raikkonen's last win came way back in April in Spain

Kimi Raikkonen's last win came way back in April in Spain

The 2008 Formula 1 driver rankings continue with part 3 – ranks 10 to 6. I did not have too difficult time to select the five drivers for this post but giving them their ranks was a bit different story. Here is how I settled it:

10th Kimi Raikkonen
Ferrari had bad start to the season in Australia but few races later, after Spanish GP, it looked like Kimi may be the man to beat in 2008. Unfortunately for him, that was the high point of his season. The mid season slump took him out of contention and by the time his form returned all he could do was to support Felipe Massa. He was outqualified by his team mate 12:6 and that says something about the roots of his problems. At the end Raikkonen managed to reclaim the 3rd place in drivers championship but only because the second McLaren driver was nowhere near the top and the BMW Sauber and Kubica lost the plot in the final 2 races. He made my top 10, but only just.

9th Jarno Trulli
This was typical Trulli season. Great qualifying not always followed by great performance on Sunday. Thanks to his qualifying and his ability to keep a train of cars behind him he finished regularly in points. It looks to me that it does not matter what kind of car Trulli has, he always does the same :-) .

8th Mark Webber
Sure bet for top 8 finish in the early stages of the season. He however suffered from the slump of the Red Bull car performance in the later stages of the season and ended the year only 2 points better than Nelson Piquet. His place in my top 10 is result of his dominance over his team mate suggesting that Webber did rather good job with no so good car in hand.

7th Timo Glock
Timo Glock’s famous moment came on that last lap of the last race but that is a topic of another post :-) . This was Glock’s sort of rookie season and he did much better than the other too newcomers – Nakajima and Piquet. I may be placing him a bit too high here but I have my reasons. He improved as the season progressed and in the second half  he even gained upper hand over his experienced team mate (after Hungary he finished only once behind Trulli). And although Trulli outqualified him 14:4 Glock made it to Q3 9 times this season and on another 3 ocassions only just missed out (P11).

6th Nick Heidfeld
Nick Heidfeld was getting lots of stick this season and even Mario Theissen took his time before deciding to keep him for another season. His qualifying woes cost him dearly in races for better part of the season but he still managed 4 podium finishes and 60 points in the championship table. And judging from the fact that the highly rated Robert Kubica ran into same sort of trouble in the final 2 races it looks like the problems might have more to do with the car than with the driver. He was also the Mr. Reliable finishing all 18 races and has one fastest lap to his name (German GP). The main reason why I have him 6th however is that I had no other candidate for this position :-) .

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4 Comments Post a Comment
  1. BenNo Gravatar says:

    I feel the same way about all the points, but would rank the drivers a little differently I guess we have different criterias for what determines a good performance.
    I would probably rate the excuse of someone being a rookie or in a bad car with lower importance.
    I feel that the most important in determining a good driver is his ability to consistantly perform, and so weigh how the driver does compared to his team-mate as very important, and driving skill that has gotten the good car to drive in as very important too.
    Therefore I feel that drivers like Kovalainen, Raikkonen and Webber should rate better than drivrs like Coulthard, Glock and Piquet for example.
    Still I agree that Vettel was so outstanding this year that he deserves to be in the tp 5 despite not finishing there. My rank from 10 to 6 would be.
    10. Glock
    9. Trulli
    8. Heidfeld
    7. Raikkonen
    6. Kubica
    So yes I have Vettel and Webber in top 5 as I think they did outstanding this year in their dominance over team mates and finishing with a lot of points despite being in worse cars than Glock, Piquet and Kovalainen.

  2. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    So your top 5 are Hamilton, Massa, Alonzo, Vettel, and Kubica – I think you nailed that one!

    My guess is that Kubica is P5. You could make a good argument for any of the rest to be the best of the year.

    My call would be:
    5 – Kubica – awesome front half, not a good 2nd half
    4 – Vettel – finished extremely strong, just ok in the first half
    3 – Massa – great drive but probably in the best car, should have won the championship
    2 – Alonzo – clearly got the most of any car all year long, probably the best driver
    1 – Hamilton – won the championship, not much more can be said

  3. blokeNo Gravatar says:

    hard to make the call on Webber. we will see next year how he performs next to Vettel (or how Vettel performs next to him)


2013 Teams and Drivers

Red Bull
1. Sebastian VETTEL
3. Fernando ALONSO
4. Felipe MASSA
5. Jenson BUTTON
6. Sergio PEREZ
8. Romain GROSJEAN
10. Lewis HAMILTON
12. Esteban GUTIEREZ
Force India
14. Paul di RESTA
15. Adrian SUTIL
16. Pastor MALDONADO
17. Valtteri BOTTAS
Toro Rosso
18. Daniel RICCIARDO
19. Jean Eric VERGNE
20. Charles PIC
21. Giedo van der GARDE
24. Jules BIANCHI

2013 F1 Calendar

15-17 March - Australia
22-24 March - Malaysia
12-14 April - China
19-21 April - Bahrain
10-12 May - Spain
23-26 May - Monaco
07-09 June - Canada
28-30 June - Great Britain
5-7 July - Germany
26-28 July - Hungary
23-25 August - Belgium
06-08 September - Italy
20-22 September - Singapore
04-06 October - Korea
11-13 October - Japan
25-27 October - India
01-03 November - Abu Dhabi
15-17 November - USA
22-24 November - Brazil


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