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Euan’s 2010 F1 Season Review

Posted by Euan on November 19, 2010 | No Comments

Red Bull – 10/10

Red Bull have had a truly triumphant season, deservedly winning both the drivers’ and constructors’ championship. They won through the combination of having two excellent drivers, albeit now almost enemies, and by having the fastest car even with its reliability issues. It is a phenomenal achievement that Red Bull have transformed themselves from a midfield also-ran to a leading F1 team.

Sebastian Vettel – 10/10

Mark Webber – 9/10

McLaren – 8/10

McLaren have enjoyed a reasonably successful year, securing 2nd place in the constructors’ championship. They have developed the car well over the season, with important innovations such as the f-duct. Furthermore, their drivers have got on well despite pre-season speculation on this matter. McLaren though, may still see this season as a missed opportunity to forget the troubles of 2009. With more fortune, Lewis Hamilton certainly would have come closer to or even succeed in winning the world championship.

Lewis Hamilton – 9/10

Jenson Button 8/10

Ferrari – 8/10

Ferrari will be disappointed not to have come away with the drivers’ world championship at Abu Dhabi. Fernando Alonso propelled himself into an excellent position but was unable to make good in the final race. Alonso’s fantastic drives this season though, have only papered over the cracks at Ferrari. Team Principal Stefano Domenicali has been largely incompetent in his management of Ferrari and has only brought the team downward since taking over from Jean Todt in 2007. Although they started with a very good car, Ferrari failed to sufficiently develop the car over the season, and in the latter stages the car was clearly deficient in comparison with Red Bull and McLaren. Felipe Massa has also been a disappointment, with the driver being a shadow of his former self – but he should now be highly motivated to show his quality in 2011.

Fernando Alonso – 10/10

Felipe Massa – 6/10

Mercedes – 7/10

I would expect better next season, maybe a title challenge. Michael Schumacher will certainly give it another year despite being outclassed by his promising team-mate Nico Rosberg throughout the season.

Nico Rosberg – 8/10

Michael Schumacher – 6/10

Renault – 7/10

A promising season, especially from Robert Kubica who is fast becoming a star. Vitaly Petrov has not been great and would be lucky to keep his race seat for next season.

Robert Kubica – 9/10

Vitaly Petrov – 6/10

Williams – 7/10

A solid season, Hulkenburg has been largely underwhelming which has now cost him his seat. Rubens Barrichello maybe getting on in the years but he still consistently shows why he’s a top Formula 1 driver.

Rubens Barrichello – 8/10

Nico Hulkenburg – 6/10

Force India – 6/10

They have not pushed on as much as I thought they would after an impressive finish to the 2009 season. Vitantonio Liuzzi could well be removed to make room from the young British racer Paul Di Resta.

Adrian Sutil – 7/10

Vitantonio Liuzzi – 6/10

Sauber – 7/10

A decent first season without BMW, Koabayashi has been an inspired signing and it will be interesting to see how they progress next year. Nick Heifeld didn’t manage to get a seat for next season at Sauber despite equalling Pedro De La Rosa’s points tally in his short time with them.

Kamui Kobayashi – 7/10

Pedro De La Rosa – 4/10

Nick Heidfeld – 6/10

Torro Rosso – 6/10

A slightly disappointing season, finishing far behind rivals Sauber. Alguesuari and Buemi have started to establish themselves, however.

Sebastien Buemi – 6/10

Jaime Alguesuari – 5/10

Lotus – 7/10

A bright first season in Formula 1, performing far better than the other new teams. Heikki Kovalianen and Jarno Trulli should serve them well in the future.

Heikki Kovalainen – 7/10

Jarno Trulli – 6/10

Virgin F1 – 5/10

A reasonable start, being better than Hispania on a consistent basis. Timo Glock, however, has been slightly below-par.

Timo Glock – 4/10

Lucas Di Grassi – 6/10

Hispania – 4/10

Constantly swapping out drivers has not helped their cause, but they will be happy to have made it through the season without big name backers like Lotus’ Tony Fernades and Virgin’s Richard Branson.

Bruno Senna – 5/10

Karun Chandhok – 4/10

Sakon Yamamoto – 5/10

Christian Klien – 4/10

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