Mid Season Driver Rankings

Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport has come out with its markings out of ten for each driver in the 2012 season.  James Allen reposted and I think its worth a moment and a few thoughts of my own.

Heres the rundown:

10 – Alonso
8.5 – Hamilton
8 – Raikkonen
7 – Webber, Vettel, Rosberg, Grosjean
6.5 – Di Resta, Maldonado
6 – Schumacher, Perez, Kobayashi, Hulkenberg, Kovalainen, Glock, De la Rosa, Pic, Petrov
5.5 – Senna
5 – Button, Vergne, Ricciardo, Karthikeyan
4.5 Massa

Highlights obviously are Alonso, Hamilton and Raikkonen, while the lowlights, for me, are Button and Massa.

One important thing, though, is to try to discern how these rankings are influenced by car performance over driver performance.  For McLaren and Ferrari, where their two drivers are separated by quite a bit, it is clearly an indictment on driver performance.  Button and Massa have certainly been disappointments this year, but the situation at Toro Rosso is much harder to understand.

It is clear that the Toro Rosso car is completely off the pace and not getting better any time soon.  That being said, how much of that is down to the fact that there are two rookie drivers?  How much of Toro Rosso can be put down to a very risky choice made by Helmut Marko and how much should be laid at the feet of Ricciardo and Vergne?  It is true neither have stepped up, but neither really knows how to step up.

I was also surprised to see Maldonado as high as he is.  I respect his win in Spain.  I know he has definite talent.  The fact of the matter, though, is that the talent is unrefined and tempered by bouts of pure idiocy and recklessness.  You have to wonder how much money Maldonado’s crashes have cost Williams, even just in terms of having to build replacement parts.

Overall, though, a very interesting analysis in the midst of the F1 midseason break.

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