With the Abu Dhabi race at the Yas Marina concluded, it's that time of year when the Formula One season is reviewed, evaluated, and discussed.
It's been a major year for F1 with new rule changes and various scandals in the sport, from Lewis Hamilton's "lie-gate" to the Renault scandal.
Also, there was much talk midway through the season of F1 having a major split, with all but two of the teams wanting to switch to their own FOTA series, which could have resulted in F1, as we know it, dying.
After reviewing the top five drivers of the season standings, next are the drivers who round out the top 10.
Starting with Kimi Raikonnen and ending with Timo Glock, these are the drivers who could be relied on by their teams to put in good performances more often than not.
This was a mixed year for Kimi. Sadly, at the end of the season, there were more negatives than positives being spoken about the Finn.
At the start of the year, Kimi wasn't helped by a dire Ferrari and seemingly put in some "lazy" performances.
He drove well at Monaco to finish behind the Brawns on the podium and then went missing for a couple of races.
He suddenly came back to light when the Ferrari hit form and put some pride back into the team after Felipe Massa's injury with four straight podium finishes that were brilliantly driven.
His drive at Spa was particularly memorable.
Whether he'll still be around for 2010 is probably 60/40 at the moment.
If he is in a seat next year, it's likely he'll partner Lewis Hamilton at McLaren, which will hopefully keep him motivated for another year or so.
Although he finished seventh in the overall standings, his best in the sport, it could be argued it was another frustrating year for Nico personally.
He was a regular points finisher, keeping Williams happy for the majority of the season. His best performance of the year came in Germany when he finished fourth ahead of Jenson Button.
At times, though, he was outpaced by Kazuki Nakajima and made the odd mistake, like in Singapore, when he buggered up his pit exit, causing him to serve a drive-through penalty.
He looked odds-on for a podium in that race, which was a blow to him and the team.
It's rumoured that he's off to Brawn for next season, where he will have to cope with having Button as a teammate and the added pressure of winning a race.
Trulli had another good year at Toyota. Although it's expected he will leave the team as they look to refresh as a team, he put in some memorable performances.
Three podiums and a pole were well deserved. Trulli showed his spirit even on days when the car wasn't working for him in midseason.
He still had his fair share of scraps and the occasional showing of the "Trulli Train."
He'll be 35 when next season starts, and it would be foolish if one of the new teams doesn't offer him a drive next year.
His only blemish this year was his row with Sutil during and after the race at Brazil, in which he blamed Adrian Sutil for the crash when he was the one at fault, in my opinion.
He's rumoured to be interested in the new USF1 outfit.
2009 was very much a year of waiting for Alonso, a year in which the end of the season saw the worst secret in F1 come out—that Fernando would be driving for Ferrari in 2010.
Alonso's year was one that he tried to get the best out of the car.
He was robbed of at least a podium place in Hungary when his wheel wasn't put on during the pit stop, forcing him to retire, much to the anger of his team.
He put in a good performance in Singapore to finish third days after the race-fixing scandal from last year had come out.
He is the most complete driver in the sport and is probably the pre-winter favourite for the title next year.
Another good year for Glock, who showed that he will be around in F1 for at least another six to seven years.
He started the season well, finishing fourth in Melbourne before suffering in the rain in Malaysia when the race was stopped with him running second.
That second due to count-back became third, and we'll never know if he could have won that race—though I suspect he'd have given it a good shot.
He drove well in Singapore to finish second before his year was ended with a shunt in Quali at Suzuka.
It's rumoured that he is off to Renault next year to partner Robert Kubica. But why would Toyota want to move him on when a driver pairing of Glock and Kamui Kobayashi would work well?