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
2) Fernando Alonso
The single most astonishing event in F1 this year was not those blow-outs at Silverstone, that ignored ‘Mutli 21' directive, nor even Lotus telling Räikkonen to ‘get out of the ******* way' in India.
No, shortly after that, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo was asked to assess Fernando Alonso's season. "I'll give him eight of ten," was the response. We can only assume that Luca already knows that he will not have Fernando Alonso in the team in 2015 because we can't think of a less motivating thing for any manager to say, unless of course this was Luca's attempt at motivation?
Or, rather, an attempt to motivate further, as there's no driver on the grid right now who's been obliged to drive equipment of a standard quite so out of whack with the level of talent behind the wheel. For four seasons now, Luca - four seasons! - the designers, engineers, scientists and erodynamicists have not been able to give the best/equal-best/second-best driver on the grid a car in which he can challenge for the championship.
Yet twice Alonso's taken it to the last round, three times he's finished second. But somehow because - and he's only human - he dared to suggest that maybe this state of affairs is less than ideal, he deserves a public rebuke. Not only that, but Ferrari have welshed on the understanding Alonso had - either written or unwritten - that Ferrari is his team, and have signed the very personification of F1 passive aggressive, Kimi Räikkonen, to partner him in 2014.
Fernando only misses out topping of this list because what Vettel achieved in those last nine races deserves recognition. Which brings us neatly to...