F1 » F1 Driver of the Year vote: 1st

You voted Fernando Alonso into 1st place in Crash.net's F1 Driver of the Year poll!

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January 01, 2013 3:17 PM

Congrats Cubik. :)

Rob I couldn't put Maldonado in my top 10 for that reason, showed flashes of being very good but too inconsistent and too many c**k ups.
Grosjean was similar but for me he showed enough talent to get into the lower end of the top 10.

san - Unregistered

January 01, 2013 3:29 PM


your point of view is always used by those who cannot accept the facts and those in denial of the truth
yes true stirling moss was a good driver but did not have the car but it does not make him a wdc, lewis performed well but let down by his team it does not make him wdc, fernando did drive well + he had lots of luck on his side but did not have the midas touch to be no1 or wdc. vettel also had his ups and downs too but made it happen its his quality/skill we should respect & accept he is the no1 driver and wdc
its shame to try and overshadow a champions achievements with pointless polls and alternative views to try and argue who is the no1 driver when its very clear that vettel is no1

jim crint - Unregistered

January 01, 2013 3:35 PM

Alonso was the driver of the year, no question. And a more worthy WC winner than Vettel in my book, but the history of F1 is littered with those.

People claiming he's been a failure at Ferrari because he hasn't won a title in 3 years are just pathetic fanboys who haven't got the first clue about F1.

chris smith - Unregistered

January 02, 2013 12:41 AM

driving for a team with 400 million budget and coming second is no big deal. If he had done it with Sauber or williams he would have been a worthy first. He hasnt been a champion for 6 years now coming second only makes you the best of the rest but not the champ. Without Briatore'e help in 2005 and 2006 and all the illegal modifications maybe he would have never been a champion. Lets face it, we all know how ethical the previous renault team was....

F1 - Unregistered

January 02, 2013 10:43 AM

Richard, I absolutely agree. Number of titles is an important factor, but it doesn't show the full picture. It's the easiest way to evaluate drivers according to the number of titles they won, but our world is much more complicated than that. Schumacher won much more titles than anyone else, but many consider Senna, Fangio or Prost as better drivers. Andretti and Mansell won the title only once, but they are F1 legends. Jaques Villeneuve was both an F1 and Indycar champion, but I have never seen anyone considering him as better than his father Gilles who has won nothing but few races in F1.

F1 - Unregistered

January 02, 2013 10:49 AM


Many drivers in 05 had Michelin, not only Alonso. But in 2010-2012 no one but Red Bull had Newey. Moreover, we can't compare the importance of tyres and a whole car. As far as I know, car contributes to about 60-70% of success, but tyres not. That is why telling that Red Bull's success is due to Newey is more relevant than Renault's down to Michelin.


January 02, 2013 12:37 PM

Di Montezemolo, 65, said 31-year-old Spaniard Alonso, who narrowly lost out to Red Bull's Vettel in this year's championship despite having an inferior car, was a powerful mix of the good qualities of two great Ferrari champions - Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher.
"Niki was very intelligent in the race and the first driver to be closer to the team, details, working even in the night," he said.
"Michael was, for me, a war machine in the race because he was in condition to do 60 laps like qualifying.
"Fernando is a good mix between the two. He is very intelligent. He knows when to push, how to save the tyres, when to attack, super intelligent and super quick, too.
"It is difficult to make comparisons (across different eras) but he is right at the top. But I'm very happy with Fernando. He is a key member of the team."
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