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Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton have dominated Formula One in recent years. We want to know who you think is F1's best driver? Or is the car all that matters?
Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are the star drivers of their generation. Vettel is four times Formula One World Champion, but his critics say that his success is due only to his vastly superior Red Bull car, rather than his skills as a driver. These drivers are building one of the most interesting rivalries in the history of motor sports.
With new regulations in place in 2014, Red Bull's dominance has been broken by Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton.
Best F1 driver
- Lewis Hamilton is the 2014 and 2015 Formula One champion, a title he also won in 2008. Since his first season, he surprised everyone by breaking or tying some impressive records. He is the youngest driver to ever lead the World Championship, at the age of 22. He is also tied with Jacques Villeneuve for the record of most victories in a debut year (4). In addition, he is a very regular driver, since he has won at least one race every season since his debut. He has driven for McLaren and is currently driving for Mercedes.
- Sebastian Vettel was able to win the championship four times in a row between 2010 and 2013 with Red Bull Racing. He is one of only four drivers to have won at least four drivers' titles (Michael Schumacher has seven titles, Juan Manuel Fangio has five and Alain Prost has four). He has been driving for Sauber, Toro Rosso, Red Bull and is now driving for Ferrari.
- Fernando Alonso is the oldest driver of the three, and his last World Championship is almost 10 years old (he won in 2005 and 2006). Nevertheless, many observers and other drivers have often praised him for his driving skills and blamed bad luck and wrong decisions while picking a new team as the main reasons for him not to have more titles. He was also able to reach the second spot three times (in 2010, 2012 and 2013). Alonso has driven for Minardi, Renault, McLaren, Renault (a second time), Ferrari and McLaren again. Do not forget Alonso ended the reign of all time legend Michael Schumacher.
- Other drivers: Nico Rosberg, the son of the former world Champion Keke Rosberg, has started the current season in the best possible way. He has won the four first races and of course he is leading the current title race, ahead of his team mate and 2015 champion, Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg finished second the last two seasons. Jenson Button is an experienced British racer and one of the five F1 Word Champions in active. He outscored Hamilton over the three seasons the were team-mates. Daniel Ricciardo, is a young Australian racer who presented his credentials in 2014, getting 3 victories and finishing ahead of the former champion Sebastian Vettel. 2015 was not a good year for him, but he is currently ranked 4th in the F1 championship. Is there any other driver who you think is as good as those above? Which one?
Hamilton vs Vettel vs Alonso
Formula One has provided us with some of the most fierce and iconic sporting rivalries. For instance, Prost vs Senna, Lauda vs Hunt and Mansell vs Piquet. In the last few years, Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel have been competing for the F1 championship. Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso first clashed in 2007 while they were both driving for McLaren. The both ended the year tied in points but lost the title race to Kimi Raikkonen who ended up winning the championship with his Ferrari. Later, for a few years, the fight for the championship was between Sebastian Vettel, driving Red Bull, and Fernando Alonso, with his Ferrari. Alonso was not lucky in Ferrari but had even worse luck in McLaren. He has been out of the title race for the last few years. Although many blame his cars and still consider him an extraordinary driver. After Vettel's hegemonic years, Hamilton and Rosberg have emerge as the most successful drivers.
Here are some statistics about the three drivers (updated before season 2016):
|Lewis Hamilton||Sebastian Vettel||Fernando Alonso|
|Birth date||7 January 1985||3 July 1987||29 july 1981|
Is Vettel overrated despite his many wins? Would Fernando Alonso dominate F1, if only he had access to a better car? Does Lewis Hamilton's success elevate him to the status of an all-time great of Formula One? Or do the changing fortunes of these drivers just mean that success in Formula One all about the car and not the driver?
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Best F1 driver: Vettel, Alonso or Hamilton?
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