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F1 2010 half-term rankings

Following on from our Crash.net F1 2010 mid-term report, here we place the drivers in a mid-season pecking order - and determine which team has the strongest line-up based on the evidence so far...
Off the back of the half-term report published at the end of last week, here at Crash.net we have compiled for you a mid-season F1 2010 driver rankings table now that the sport is on its annual August break – and some of the positions may surprise...

For starters, despite not being in contention for the crown, Renault's Robert Kubica has emerged as the star of the class, thanks to his commendable consistency and impeccable form this year to-date in taking his car to places it truthfully has no right to be.

Title duellists Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel similarly score highly, with fellow protagonists and former F1 World Champions Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso a little further down the order, behind impressive star turns from Nico Rosberg in an underperforming Mercedes and Heikki Kovalainen for newcomer Lotus Racing.

And for arguably the greatest surprise of all, take a look at who is all the way down in 20th place...

1. Robert Kubica – Renault F1: A+
2. Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes: A
3. Mark Webber – Red Bull Racing: A
4. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull Racing: A-
5. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes Grand Prix: B+
6. Heikki Kovalainen – Lotus Racing: B+
7. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes: B+
8. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari: B+
9. Rubens Barrichello – Williams F1: B+
10. Adrian Sutil – Force India F1: B
11. Timo Glock – Virgin Racing: B
12. Kamui Kobayashi – Sauber: B-
13. Jarno Trulli – Lotus Racing: B-
14. Vitaly Petrov – Renault F1: C+
15. Bruno Senna – Hispania Racing: C+
16. Karun Chandhok – Hispania Racing: C+
17. Felipe Massa – Ferrari: C+
18. Nico Hülkenberg – Williams F1: C+
19. Vitantonio Liuzzi – Force India F1: C
20. Michael Schumacher – Mercedes Grand Prix: C
21. Jaime Alguersuari – Scuderia Toro Rosso: C
22. Pedro de la Rosa – Sauber: C
23. Sébastien Buemi – Scuderia Toro Rosso: C-
24. Lucas Di Grassi – Virgin Racing: C-
25. Sakon Yamamoto – Hispania Racing: D

By the same token, by adding together the above positions of team-mates, we can conclude a mid-season pecking order for the teams based upon the strength of their driver line-ups (the lower the score the better the ranking):

1. Red Bull Racing: 7
2. McLaren-Mercedes: 9
3. Renault F1: 15
4. Lotus Racing: 19
5. Ferrari: 25
6. Mercedes Grand Prix: 25
7. Williams F1: 27
8. Force India F1: 29
9. Hispania Racing: 31
10. Sauber: 34
11. Virgin Racing: 35
12. Scuderia Toro Rosso: 44

Do you agree? Do you disagree? Make sure to have your say in our comments section by following the link below. Meanwhile, to read the mid-season reports in full, click here and here.
by Russell Atkins

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MotorHead - Unregistered

August 14, 2010 11:57 AM

I certainly wouldn't rank Button and especially Alonso that high up. I think it's safe to say both of them have left a lot to desire this season. On the other hand, I felt you were a bit hard on Massa. He IS the 2nd driver at Ferrari (let's be fair and remember who is Banco Santander's golden boy). It's not easy being the test driver for Alonso. As for Kovalainen, hard to say as it's unknown to what the brand new Lotus can really do. But, I feel he has been very consistent compared to many others. As for Schumi, 20th? A bit harsh, I would say. He's not the demonic roadrunner he once was but all things considered, I think he's doing well, well enough to be about 10th in the ranking.

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