Marussia's Max Chilton has been ranked above Fernando Alonso in the 'F1 2013: Alternative driver rankings', published by The Guardian.

Chilton made his debut at the pinnacle of the sport this season, and while the Briton set a new rookie record by finishing every single race, to say he did better than Alonso is controversial to say the least - although that is probably the intention, especially given Fernando finished second in the Drivers' Championship, winning two races and taking nine podiums in total.

Alonso was given 12th spot in the rankings, one position behind Chilton, while Sebastian Vettel was put first - no surprise there - followed by Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg. Chilton's team-mate, Jules Bianchi took P7.

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"A habitual back-marker - but not here - he [Chilton] has finished last on a dozen occasions. His best performance was 14th in Monaco - and even then he was last but one. But this affable Marussia driver also set a rookie record by finishing every race.

"Astonishingly, he was the only driver to do so, and at the end of the season the team wanted to keep him," The Guardian states by way of explanation.