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GPToday.net's 2019 F1 driver rankings - #11 - Sebastian Vettel

  • Published on 13 Dec 2019 13:30
  • comments 12
  • By: Harry Mattocks

Going into the 2019 season, all eyes were on the battle between Ferrari teammates Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. The last time Vettel came up against a young, up and coming teammate, it was Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull in 2014.

Vettel himself will have been hoping for a better season than he had in 2018, after a pretty horrible end to that season with numerous incidents. However, things did not go his way in 2019 either, with the German suffering what has to be one of, if not his worst seasons to date.

In 2018, he was criticised for his on track mistakes but many expected these to stop as the new season began. However, after making mistakes in Bahrain, Canada, Great Britain, Italy and Brazil further questions were raised. This discussion went as far to suggest the four-time world champion could be in danger of losing his seat at the Scuderia.

Vettel has the advantage of experience over Leclerc, and after pre-season testing it looked as if Ferrari were the team to beat. This turned out to not be the case, with Mercedes winning the first eight races and Ferrari not winning any until after the summer break.

It can be argued that Vettel was robbed of a victory in Canada, where he was given a five-second penalty for what seemed to be a minor offence. In the end however, it was yet again his own mistake that cost him in the race.
 

  Sebastian Vettel Charles Leclerc
Qualifying head-to-head 9 12
Race head-to-head 11 9
Average qualifying gap +0.144 -0.144

 

Qualifying, a session in which Vettel has historically been very strong, did not go the way that he would have hoped for either this season. Vettel was beaten by Leclerc, only qualifying on pole twice compared to seven for the Monégasque.

2020 will be a crucial season for Vettel, as questions have already been raised over his position in the team. He needs to stop making the needless mistakes during races, especially when going wheel to wheel with other drivers. I get the feeling that is he suffers another season like 2019, then he will not be a Ferrari driver for much longer.

Vettel's best moment of 2019: Pole in Canada and Japan

Vettel does not have many standout moments to choose from this year, but his pole laps in both Canada and Japan were very impressive. He put his car on pole when it looked like Mercedes had the fastest car, and comfortably beat his teammate on both occasions. There is an honourable mention for his performance at his home race in Germany, where after being unable to take part in qualifying he cut through the field to finish second in a hectic race.

Vettel's worst moment of 2019: Throwing it away in Monza

If there is ever a place where you hope for a good race as a Ferrari driver, it has to be at the home of the Tifosi at Monza. A good race is the exact opposite of what Vettel had, as a spin at the Ascari chicane put him out of contention in the race. To add the cherry to the top of the cake, when re-joining the track Vettel crashed into the racing point in what looked like a rookie mistake.

Race Ratings

AUS

BAH

CHN

AZE

SPA

MON

CAN

7.0

5.5

7.5

7.0

7.0

7.5

9.5

 

FRA

AUT

GBR

GER

HUN

BEL

ITA

6.5

8.0

4.0

9.0

8.5

6.5

4.5

 

SIN

RUS

JPN

MEX

USA

BRA

ABU

9.5

9.5

8.5

9.0

N/A

7.5

7.0

 

Driver Rankings

#20 - Robert Kubica

#19 - Antonio Giovinazzi

#18 - Pierre Gasly

#17 - Romain Grosjean

#16 - Lance Stroll

#15 - Kevin Magnussen

#14 - Kimi Raikkonen

#13 - Daniil Kvyat

#12 - Nico Hulkenberg 

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  • Mansell

    Posts: 104

    Russel in the top ten for getting beaten on points by a one armed man.....

    What a joke

    • + 1
    • Dec 13 2019 - 14:13
    • Watch my previous post. Russell reaced no one. He just outqualified rider #20 from this ranking. He failed to score that legendary point. What an absurd. Poor Robert. Williams totally destroyed his return by promoting Russell. Ludicrous.

      • + 0
      • Dec 13 2019 - 17:20
    • He might aswell have raced noone, Kubica offered about as much challenge for him. :/

      • + 0
      • Dec 13 2019 - 20:59
  • Again toss. Vettel is still top 10 IMO.

    • + 0
    • Dec 13 2019 - 14:26
    • Just curious: you do know that April 1st is a year away, yes? Or has someone sneakily changed in the calendar so I lost out on me birthday?

      • + 0
      • Dec 13 2019 - 15:50
  • How did they arrive at this ranking? Is there a scientific, logical methodology followed ( apart from the scant details in the article) ? or just decided based on the emotions, and pulled it out of the behinds?

    • + 1
    • Dec 13 2019 - 22:20
    • Mansell

      Posts: 104

      Rate its going I doubt Hamilton will be no1, be some bs reason why its russel or vet

      • + 0
      • Dec 14 2019 - 00:37
  • xoya

    Posts: 582

    Well deserved for Vettel. He drove like an amateur this season.

    • + 0
    • Dec 14 2019 - 07:54
  • Seb, No. 11 !!!!!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!!
    (And again) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!!!

    OK! Now we are waiting for British Drivers ranked ALL No. 1 !!!!!!!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!!!

    You, BrExitidiots.....

    • + 1
    • Dec 14 2019 - 09:34
    • Fair enough, but this isn't Sky. GPt is of dutch origin. :)

      • + 0
      • Dec 14 2019 - 10:20
    • @calle.itw Never mind the Dutch origin. I am still waiting for the British drivers.
      Or, since they are Durch, should I wair for a 1++++ ranking for Max????

      • + 1
      • Dec 14 2019 - 10:41
    • The latter is more likely, methinks.

      • + 0
      • Dec 14 2019 - 11:23

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