My ranking of 2014 F1 drivers

OK, I used F1 Metrics’ rankings, tweaked for what I thought was luck not attributable to each driver:

1. ALONSO – 9.00 (Best driver by far, ultra-adaptable, China, Austria, Hungary all stand out)
2. HAMILTON – 8.25 (Mistakes crept in mid-season, but still a top driver, e.g. long runs vs. Nico)
3. RICCIARDO – 7.75 (Emerged as ‘best of the rest’, surprising many)
4. BOTTAS – 7.50 (Followed by his old sparring partner, Bottas)
8. RAIKKONEN – 7.25 (This may seem odd, but I think both WC drivers really carried Ferrari in 2014)
7. ROSBERG – 7.00 (Had the pace, but was disappointing under pressure)
5. VERGNE – 7.00 (Lost some good results, but showed great wet/racing potential over the season)
6. BUTTON – 6.75 (Maximised his points scoring chances, but Japan in the wet stood out)
12. VETTEL – 6.50 (Unlucky, but the pace was still there on occasion)
10. HULKENBERG – 6.25 (Consistently shining, deserves a move up the grid; kudos for Le Mans)
9. GROSJEAN – 6.25 (Sparks of brilliance; less impressive than 2013, but needs a better car)
xxx BIANCHI – 6.25 (Toughest to rate, only vs. Chilton; matched Kobayashi in a slightly worse car)
11. KVYAT – 6.00 (Great debut year; we’ll see if it was due to a lower weight in 2015)
13. MASSA – 6.00 (Strong resurgence in the second half was a notable end to Massa’s season)
14. KOBAYASHI – 5.75 (Did what he could with a slow car; should move to Haas for 2016)
18. MAGNUSSEN – 5.50 (Many mistakes, potential is there, but went backwards throughout 2014)
17. PEREZ – 5.25 (Too inconsistent, but on his day still shows great tyre preservation)
16. MALDONADO – 5.25 (Same as above, mostly beaten by Grosjean, but occasionally has the pace)
xxx LOTTERER – 5.00 (Impressive in a one off appearance)
15. ERICSSON – 4.75 (Took a while to get up to F1 speed, but might be stronger in 2015)
19. SUTIL – 4.50 (Disappointing year, for Sauber should have scored a few points e.g. USA)
20. GUTIERREZ – 4.00 (Same as above, Monaco was a costly mistake, but has pace on occasion)
xxx CHILTON – 3.75 (Improved since last year, but was still way behind Bianchi)
xxx STEVENS – 3.50 (Gradually got up to F1 pace, should surpass Chilton in 2015)

The bottom five are definitely worth replacing with Vandoorne, Sainz, Merhi, Frijns, Nasr.

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5 thoughts on “My ranking of 2014 F1 drivers

  1. The bottom five are definitely worth replacing with Vandoorne, Sainz, Merhi, Frijns, Nasr.

    Bar the first one, wish come true… 🙂

    This may seem odd, but I think both WC drivers really carried Ferrari in 2014

    According to F1Metrics, Ferrari was the 5th best car in 2014, *behind* the McLaren…

      • 🙂

        I remember you had a very interesting theory on Button & Davidson and their car development skills, but I can’t find it anymore (lost somewhere on TJ13 comments section). Personally I’d love to see it posted at one point, to have it as a reference when I’m mocking Button’s development lead. It sounds like McLaren’s chassis is starting to get pear-shaped over this season, and with Fred and Jense, one can’t help but wonder why… 🙂

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