Having counted down the top ten drivers from our F1 poll between Christmas and the start of the new year, it is time to reveal the complete list covering all 25 pilots to have appeared in a grand prix this season.
In all, over 70,000 votes were cast by Crash.net
readers, recognising the efforts put in on the track by including the majority of the biggest names in the top ten. Emphasising heart and determination over everything, you selected Ferrari's Fernando Alonso
as your number one for 2012, while world champion – three
-time world champion – Sebastian Vettel
didn't even make the top three as both Kimi Raikkonen
and Lewis Hamilton
were voted in above him.
Last year's winner, Jenson Button, was this year's fifth ranked choice, putting him ahead of surprise package Nico Hulkenberg
and RBR's Mark Webber, who again finished seventh, for the second time in succession after winning out in 2010. Both Sauber drivers made the top ten, which makes the fact that Kamui Kobayashi
– who appeared in the leading group in 2011 as well – is missing out on a drive for next year all the more perplexing.
Just as Hamilton finished outside the top ten last year, there were a few notable omissions this time around, including Nico Rosberg
and Pastor Maldonado – the Chinese and Spanish GP winners, let's not forget – as well as last year's number four Paul di Resta, and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.
Heikki Kovalainen was the best rated of the 'division three' drivers, ending up above Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, Williams' Bruno Senna and Lotus' Romain Grosjean, the Frenchman no doubt paying for his sometimes erratic displays. Such were HRT's lamentable results, meanwhile, Jerome d'Ambrosio came in ahead of both Pedro de la Rosa
and Narain Karthikeyan despite make a lone appearance as replacement for the suspended Grosjean at Monza…..
So, for the record, here is the complete result for the 2012 poll….. 1. Fernando Alonso
(Scuderia Ferrari) - rated 8.736 2. Kimi Raikkonen
(Lotus F1) - rated 8.527 3. Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes) - rated 7.608 4. Sebastian Vettel
(Red Bull Racing) - rated 7.467 5. Jenson Button
Mercedes) - rated 6.609 6. Nico Hulkenberg
(Sahara Force India
F1) - rated 6.254 7. Mark Webber
(Red Bull Racing) - rated 6.021 8.
Sergio Perez (Sauber F1) - rated 5.875 9. Felipe Massa
(Scuderia Ferrari) - rated 5.597 10. Kamui Kobayashi
(Sauber F1) - rated 5.552 11. Nico Rosberg
(Mercedes AMG Petronas F1) - rated 5.238 12.
Paul di Resta (Sahara Force India
F1) - rated 5.099 13.
Pastor Maldonado (Williams F1) - rated 5.027 14.
Michael Schumacher (Mercedes AMG Petronas F1) - rated 4.893 15. Heikki Kovalainen
(Caterham F1) - rated 4.873 16.
Daniel Ricciardo (Scuderia Toro Rosso) - rated 4.425 17.
Bruno Senna (Williams F1) - rated 4.327 18. Romain Grosjean
(Lotus F1) - rated 4.327 19.
Jean-Eric Vergne (Scuderia Toro Rosso) - rated 4.132 20. Timo Glock
(Marussia F1) - rated 4.055 21.
Vitaly Petrov (Caterham F1) - rated 3.984 22.
Charles Pic (Marussia F1) - rated 3.948 23.
Jerome d'Ambrosio (Lotus F1) - rated 3.627 24. Pedro de la Rosa
(HRT F1) - rated 3.489 25.
Narain Karthikeyan (HRT F1) - rated 2.685 Crash.net F1 Driver of the Year - previous winners:
2011 Jenson Button
2010 Mark Webber
2009 Sebastian Vettel
2008 Sebastian VettelDo you agree with the poll results? If not, why not? Leave your comments below...