Our top ten F1 drivers of 2013
Vettel might have run away with the title, but which drivers impressed TG this season?
Posted: 01 Jan 2014
1) Sebastian Vettel
When, earlier this year we suggested that Sebastian Vettel might be already be well on the way to earning himself the ‘Greatest' moniker (subjectively that is, not statistically, although that too now that seems inevitable) you lot queued around the block to shoot us down.
And yet if you did bother to watch this year (and we understand if you might have found other things to do in the second half of the season) you might have understood what we meant. Yes, the RB9 was the class of the field, but compare what Vettel was able to do with it with Webber, hardly a slouch of a driver.
Fact is, the RB9 is as complex to drive as it is quick, and it took Vettel's prodigious skill to wring the speed out of it: those drives, especially those last nine back-to-back winning drives, all required a subtle, nuanced application of the RB9's strengths. Vettel is the whole picture, fast across a lap and across a race, mentally strong, ruthless when required and dedicated in the way Michael Schumacher taught him to be.
Eddie Irvine mouthed off this week that he believes Vettel needs to ‘do a Schuey' and sign up for a lesser team to prove himself, gently ignoring the fact Red Bull had not won a grand prix when Vettel joined. And he's young, Eddie. Seb has plenty of time still to take the winding road, and we suspect that, by the time he does, he will have nothing left to prove.