Your favourite current F1 driver -regardless of performance.

Your favourite current F1 driver -regardless of performance.

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TheDeuce

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3,712 posts

14 months

Monday 2nd December
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ghost83 said:
1. Vettel his years of winding rosberg and Hamilton used to make me chuckle

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Ricciardo

4. Lando Norris


Used to be

1. Jenson button

2. Vettel

3. Lewis
But since jb retired he can’t be included
Vettel is the guy if performance doesn't matter isn't he? His wind up and dirty play antics give the sport some soul. It's a brave TP that gives the guy a seat if they expect reliable results... Nonetheless, it'll be a sad day when he goes. He is one of the last of the breed - a slight ahole-ish yet love-able driver smile

glazbagun

10,108 posts

145 months

Monday 2nd December
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Seb & Lewis for the reasons already mentioned.
The McLaren paring seem to be having a great time and are a breath of fresh air after the negativity of Alonso.

ELUSIVEJIM

7,614 posts

99 months

Monday 2nd December
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Pastor Maldonado.

Delighted to see him in the number 5 Ferrari since Germany 2018. biggrin

AJB88

4,600 posts

119 months

Monday 2nd December
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For me Seb.

I've been a life long Ferrari fan, supporting MS then moved to Massa when MS retired, I remember watching Seb at BMW and Torro Rosso, watched him win his first race with TR and saying future WC. I then relocated to Milton Keynes with Work just as he moved to Red Bull so was support Red Bull as the local team and him as a driver a long with Ferrari and then MS when he came back to Mercedes.

I like the way he keeps himself to himself off the track.

I was super excited when he joined the Scuderia, his years at Ferrari have been annoying to watch though! really cant see him doing anything there next year either.

I really disklike Hamilton, when I say dislike, I will admit hes a quality driver but just don't like him as a person, but saying that, when he joins Ferrari in 2021 suppose I'm going to have to support him as hes at the team I support.

Adrian W

11,341 posts

176 months

Monday 2nd December
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George Russell, just keeps his head down and gets on with it in a poor car, he is quick and has beaten all of the rookie drivers at various times, hopefully he is on a promise from Mercedes.

Steamer

11,395 posts

161 months

Monday 2nd December
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AJB88 said:
I really disklike Hamilton, when I say dislike, I will admit hes a quality driver but just don't like him as a person, but saying that, when he joins Ferrari in 2021 suppose I'm going to have to support him as hes at the team I support.
Pretty much the same for me - anyone in the Ferrari (Massa / MS / Rubens / Kimi / Alonso / Vet.. sometimes its not easy!)

But Lewis - hes awesome in the car.. just never been his fan.

AND.. (Not the right thread I know) These Ferrari rumors are just mind games to mess with a. Vet & LeClerk over the winter.. b. Merc management.

AJB88

4,600 posts

119 months

Monday 2nd December
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Steamer said:
Pretty much the same for me - anyone in the Ferrari (Massa / MS / Rubens / Kimi / Alonso / Vet.. sometimes its not easy!)

But Lewis - hes awesome in the car.. just never been his fan.

AND.. (Not the right thread I know) These Ferrari rumors are just mind games to mess with a. Vet & LeClerk over the winter.. b. Merc management.
I hated Alonso until he joined Ferrari haha.

I reckon they aren't I think Lewis will say to Mercedes next year that he wants to leave at the end of 2020 for Ferrari, hes always said Ferrari is the team he would like to drive for.

Dermot O'Logical

716 posts

77 months

Monday 2nd December
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AJB88 said:
For me Seb.

I've been a life long Ferrari fan, supporting MS then moved to Massa when MS retired, I remember watching Seb at BMW and Torro Rosso, watched him win his first race with TR and saying future WC. I then relocated to Milton Keynes with Work just as he moved to Red Bull so was support Red Bull as the local team and him as a driver a long with Ferrari and then MS when he came back to Mercedes.

I like the way he keeps himself to himself off the track.

I was super excited when he joined the Scuderia, his years at Ferrari have been annoying to watch though! really cant see him doing anything there next year either.

I really disklike Hamilton, when I say dislike, I will admit hes a quality driver but just don't like him as a person, but saying that, when he joins Ferrari in 2021 suppose I'm going to have to support him as hes at the team I support.
Hard to disagree with any of that. Seb just tends to attract the Schumacher haters, but he works hard, and wants nothing more than to win a World Championship at Ferrari.

If Hamilton goes to Ferrari, he'll be vilified by the Italian press, because he's not perceived as being much of a team player, and has rather more of an "arrive and drive" attitude. The team, fans and press adored Schumacher for his commitment and work ethic, which Seb has tried to emulate. Hamilton may be one of the best when he's in the car, but he won't win the Tifosi or press over with his attitude when he's off-duty.

Back to the original question:

1. Seb

2. Charles LeClerc, for stepping into a front-running team, and proving himself to be a race-winner and potential Champion.

3. Kimi. For being Kimi.

LordGrover

31,132 posts

160 months

Monday 2nd December
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Carlos Sainz (Jr) deserves a mention too, his pairing with Lando was inspired. They appear to get on well despite being each others greatest competition.

AJB88

4,600 posts

119 months

Monday 2nd December
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Dermot O'Logical said:
Hard to disagree with any of that. Seb just tends to attract the Schumacher haters, but he works hard, and wants nothing more than to win a World Championship at Ferrari.

If Hamilton goes to Ferrari, he'll be vilified by the Italian press, because he's not perceived as being much of a team player, and has rather more of an "arrive and drive" attitude. The team, fans and press adored Schumacher for his commitment and work ethic, which Seb has tried to emulate. Hamilton may be one of the best when he's in the car, but he won't win the Tifosi or press over with his attitude when he's off-duty.

Back to the original question:

1. Seb

2. Charles LeClerc, for stepping into a front-running team, and proving himself to be a race-winner and potential Champion.

3. Kimi. For being Kimi.
Tifosi will hate him (Lewis) till he wins that long awaited WDC.

I was out in Maranello earlier in the year spoke to a few locals in the bars and they pretty much said that, suppose it sums me up as well.

I really want to see Mick Schumacher do better in F2 next season and come to Ferrari eventually.

Gary29

2,523 posts

47 months

Monday 2nd December
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Adrian W said:
George Russell, just keeps his head down and gets on with it in a poor car, he is quick and has beaten all of the rookie drivers at various times, hopefully he is on a promise from Mercedes.
It must be sickening for him and a real test of his patience to see all 'the others' getting all the column inches and press attention when he knows he is equally as fast, if not faster than them. All the casual F1 fans thinking he's slow because he's always at the back of the grid. I really do hope he gets his chance in some decent machinery in the very near future.


ELUSIVEJIM

7,614 posts

99 months

Monday 2nd December
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Gary29 said:
It must be sickening for him and a real test of his patience to see all 'the others' getting all the column inches and press attention when he knows he is equally as fast, if not faster than them. All the casual F1 fans thinking he's slow because he's always at the back of the grid. I really do hope he gets his chance in some decent machinery in the very near future.
When you have outperformed your teammate all year yet he manages to score one point and beat you it must be pretty hard to take.

The records will show Kubica beat his teammate when we all know he was well beaten.

Kubica has been nowhere this season which was hard to watch at times. Was this due to his own issues or because Russell was just so much fast?

It will be interesting to see how Russell gets on with his new teammate. If he beats him as well then he must surely be moving up the grid in 2021.

If Hamilton was to move to Ferrari in 2021 I would not be surprised to see two free seats at Mercedes.

Adrian W

11,341 posts

176 months

Monday 2nd December
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ELUSIVEJIM said:
When you have outperformed your teammate all year yet he manages to score one point and beat you it must be pretty hard to take.

The records will show Kubica beat his teammate when we all know he was well beaten.

Kubica has been nowhere this season which was hard to watch at times. Was this due to his own issues or because Russell was just so much fast?

It will be interesting to see how Russell gets on with his new teammate. If he beats him as well then he must surely be moving up the grid in 2021.

If Hamilton was to move to Ferrari in 2021 I would not be surprised to see two free seats at Mercedes.
He will make Latifi look as slow as he really is!

ELUSIVEJIM

7,614 posts

99 months

Monday 2nd December
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Adrian W said:
He will make Latifi look as slow as he really is!
Just noticed that he has been promoted.

If he does the same to Latifi then surely he will be replacing Bottas at Mercedes in 2021?


thegreenhell

6,288 posts

167 months

Monday 2nd December
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I've always tended to be a supporter of teams rather than individual drivers. Saying that, I always thought Button was a decent chap and tended to look out for him on track.

Of the current crop, Dan Ricciardo seems a likeable fellow, as much as it pains me to admit that about an Australian sportsman. I don't really know much about the young'uns because I don't follow the social medias or tend to watch the endless drivel that passes for Sky's pre and post race coverage.

Some Gump

11,141 posts

134 months

Monday 2nd December
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Norris, leclerk, riciardo.

All look like a great laugh and are yet to act like dicks.

Sainz, hulk - far less entertaining but seem like nice people.

HardtopManual

1,260 posts

114 months

Monday 2nd December
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Magnussen for being a bit dirty in the car and a bit of a wind-up merchant out of it. His episode of Beyond The Grid showed him to be incredibly grateful and humble about the opportunities he has been given in a way you wouldn't expect given that he's the son of a F1 driver.

Vettel when he's on good form, although I'm struggling to remember when that last was...

LeClerc's maturity is remarkable and he has carried himself immensely well this year - he seems way ahead of Max in this regard, despite Max having been in the sport far longer and being in a more relaxed team, with barely any competition from his teammates.

Norris is amusing but I can't warm to him. Can't put my finger on why. I'm sure he's gutted.

I have huge respect for Hamilton's ability and achievement but, every time I feel fandom sneaking up on me, he does something (off-track) that puts me off him. Again, I'm sure he cries himself to sleep at night over this. I felt the same about Vettel during his time at Red Bull, but for things he did on-track.

Danny Ric does indeed seem to be always up for a laugh, if you have the sense of humour of a 12 year old. I don't find the word "dildo", all on its own, in the least bit amusing, and I'm barely any older than him. Maybe I'm old before my time?

...and they're all quite capable of whinging, even St. Raikkonen of Gelato.

I suppose if you want to be amused, watch a comedian.

Duns

81 posts

13 months

Tuesday
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Verstappen for driving style. Bit slidey in qualifying. Goes round the outside, wet or dry.


Edited by Duns on Tuesday 3rd December 02:08

Mr Tidy

9,730 posts

75 months

Tuesday
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It has to be LH for me - he pushes hard all the time but never resorts to the dirty tactics in the way that AS, MS, NS and SV have done when they don't get their own way.

But only one of them has been more successful with WDC titles (for now).

I just hope he manages to get to 8!






paua

1,391 posts

91 months

Tuesday
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Duns said:
Verstappen for driving style. Bit slidey in qualifying. Goes round the outside, wet or dry.


Edited by Duns on Tuesday 3rd December 01:19
Has he changed team to (Malcom, Buffalo girls) McLaren ? wink