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Top ten F1 Drivers of the Year vote: 1st - Kimi Raikkonen

It only required 17 races, one win, a string of second places and the odd choice comment or two to see you vote Kimi Raikkonen into top spot in the 2013 F1 Driver of the Year poll...
Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2013:
1: Kimi Raikkonen
Team: Lotus
Races: 17
Wins: 1
Podiums: 8
Best Finish: 1st
Poles: 0
Fastest Laps: 2
Points: 183
Championship Position: 5th

2012 Driver of the Year position: 2nd

Having returned to the top step of the podium in Abu Dhabi in 2012, Kimi Raikkonen would have come into 2013 looking to take the fight to Red Bull and Ferrari, and winning the season-opener in Australia would have done little to temper that ambition.

Success in Melbourne, however, had as much to do with Lotus' ability to manage its tyre wear as outright performance, and Raikkonen, while a podium threat more often than not, wouldn't return to top spot through the remaining 18 rounds.

The Finn made a habit of finishing second, doing so six times in his seven other podiums, putting together a hat-trick between China and Spain, then going back-to-back in Germany and Hungary before the summer break.

Although he again finished as runner-up in Korea, the effect of not having been paid by Lotus was beginning to take its effect and, having backed down on a threat not to race in Abu Dhabi – where, ironically, he was a first lap retirement after having to start at the back following a qualifying DQ – the flaring of a old back injury precluded appearances in the final two races of the season, dropping Raikkonen from third to fifth in the final standings.

Well before that, the 2007 world champion had been confirmed as a Ferrari driver for 2014, returning him to the team that guided him to his title as a potent team-mate to Fernando Alonso...

The Finn had been linked with a possible move to Red Bull prior to his decision to return to Maranello, and the severing of ties with Lotus will comes as a blow to the Enstone team's ambitions. How Raikkonen fares against - and with - the previously Alonso-centric Ferrari set-up remains to be seen and could be a potentially divisive sub-plot for the year ahead.


Crash.net's 2013 F1 Driver of the Year – top ten to date:

2.Fernando Alonso
3.Sebastian Vettel
4.Nico Hulkenberg
5. Romain Grosjean
6. Nico Rosberg
7. Mark Webber
8. Lewis Hamilton
9. Valtteri Bottas
10. Daniel Ricciardo




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02.11.2013- Qualifying: Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 E21 - helmet. 07.02.2013.
25.10.2013- Free Practice 2: Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
25.10.2013- Free Practice 2: Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
13.10.2013- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, The red flag and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T

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pengmalups

December 31, 2013 9:48 AM
Last Edited 254 days ago

Guys. This is a poll wherein each driver would be evaluated between 1 to 10. You would have to evaluate each and one of them until you are finished. It just so happened that Kimi scored more points than others. This is not a survey where they ask you who is your driver of the year and you only have to choose one. Let's just respect the scores given by people.

powertrain

December 31, 2013 10:04 AM

There's more to being No 1 F1 Driver of the year than a tally. ................................................................................................................. Could not put it any better. specially when you consider the tools that driver had compared to his rivals. Unfortunetly some have a 1 dimensional thought process and feel because a driver scores more points than his rivals makes him the best , i could understand if this was Tennis,Darts or sprinting where each sports person relies solely on there own ability. As we have seen F1 is a team sport and we have seen this season Car engineering as been key in Red Bulls Racing's dominants. As for Kimi well we have had another driver who won best driver of the year on another site which I found surprising and now Kimi being voted No1 on hear not so surprising as he is the most liked F1 driver around. Sky sports has just had a live interview regards Michael and new scans has shown a slight improvement . All our pr



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