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
9) Jenson Button
Oddly, in a season where McLaren gave him a car as lumbering as its immediate predecessor was nimble, Jenson Button delivered a more consistent season for the team. Maybe the MP4-28 was just so bad there was no way for JB to get lost trying to find that magical set-up that would allow him to beat his team mate. The car just couldn't be made any worse. Or maybe the teammate was just easier to beat.
It hasn't been easy for Jenson. Typically charming in interviews even after the very worst result, he looked properly strained this year, even more so than in last year's ‘wilderness period'. And understandably so; you don't sign to drive for McLaren for them to make misjudgements as fundamentally wrong as the thinking that allowed the team to completely throw away the advantage it had with the brilliant MP4-27 in a season where rule stability meant revolution just wasn't required. Button isn't the fastest man on the grid, but he is better than a fourth place in the race and a sixth in qualifying. The MP4-28, meanwhile, wasn't.