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Crash.net Top Ten F1 2009 Drivers: Number 1

Sebastian Vettel wins fan vote to find the top driver from the 2009 F1 season.

He may only have been able to secure second spot in the official Formula One standings in 2009, but something about Sebastian Vettel prompted Crash.net readers to vote him in as the best driver in this year's field.

After a slow start, when he failed to score in either Australia or Malaysia, the young German - embarking on his first full season with a front-running team thanks to Adrian Newey's success with the RB5 - hit back with victory in tricky conditions in China and second place in Bahrain to get his pursuit of Jenson Button underway in earnest.

Thereafter, however, it was a case of what might have been for Vettel, whose speed was never in question after topping the pole and fastest lap counts. Luck and racecraft occasionally deserted him and, having refused to yield to the faster Robert Kubica when battling over second in Melbourne - with the result that neither scored after contact - Vettel then crashed out of a top eight spot in Monaco and made a mistake that handed Button the ten points in Turkey.

Although he made some amends by winning four races in total - adding Britain, Japan and Abu Dhabi to China - and taking four other podium finishes, he ultimately fell eleven points shy of matching Button's total. However, with the continuity of staying with Red Bull Racing in 2010, despite the interest of Mercedes, and another front-running combination likely from Newey's pen, many are making Vettel the early favourite for the next F1 crown.


Statistics in 2009:

Championship finish: 2nd

Starts: 17

Victories: 4

Pole positions: 4

Fastest laps: 3

Podiums: 8 (including wins)

Points: 84

Points finishes: 12

Top ten grid positions: 16



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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull RB5 Gets Pole, British F1, Silverstone, 19th-21st, June, 2009
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H.
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Pierre Gasly (FRA), Red Bull Racing 
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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H.
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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H.
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Pierre Gasly (FRA) Red Bull Racing RB13 Test Driver.
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Pierre Gasly (FRA) Red Bull Racing RB13 Test Driver.
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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari 
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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari 
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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H.
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Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13.
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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari 
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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari 
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Esteban - Unregistered

December 18, 2009 4:59 PM

Fairly ridiculous that Vettel is ahead of JB, but then again truly great performances are seldom recognised. Vettel is bloody quick when he wants to be, but is very inconsistent, and should probably be behind Hamilton as well (who was also quick and inconsistent, but did so in a worse car). A future WDC? Maybe, but not unless he grows up a bit.

simon - Unregistered

December 18, 2009 7:49 PM

first half of the season,Button had the best car and took advantage to win 6 races,Vettel had the best car second half of the season and was out scored by Hamilton,,,,Button did many overtaking moves,,Vettel did no over taking moves,so i dont know how he is number 1,,please someone explain to me



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