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
4) Nico Rosberg
Nico two positions ahead of Lewis? Yup, and not just because we want to give you something other than your family with which to get cross with this Christmas.
Fourth place for Nico here is not just for keeping up by Lewis Hamilton this year, and therefore obliging us to completely reconsider how fast Michael Schumacher really was on his comeback. For the last four seasons, despite being cast as Number Two to an almost humiliating extent, Nico has so flatly refused to act like one, taking the team's first pole, first win and doing the same again this season.
And all with considerable grace and charm. Vettel aside, there's no driver on the grid who wears their talent so lightly; it must be something in the wasser. Historically we are so used to seeing talents explode on the F1 scene and continue to burn bright throughout their careers (Vettel, Hamilton, Schumacher, Senna...), that perhaps we forget it's possible that talents may be grown and nurtured inside the hothouse of F1.
We've have seen that this year with Grosjean and, over the last few seasons, Rosberg: it's a shame McLaren didn't give Perez that chance. Certainly Lewis has underperformed this year and we expect he'll bounce back, but Rosberg has, more often than not, over-performed.