Formula 1 2009 Drivers: The Nearly Men

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Formula 1 2009 Drivers: The Nearly Men

With the Abu Dhabi race at the Yas Marina concluded, it's that time of year when the Formula 1 season is reviewed, evaluated, and discussed.

It's been a major year for F1 with new rule changes, various scandals in the sport from Lewis Hamilton's "lie-gate" in Melbourne to the Renault scandal involving Briatore, Symonds, and Piquet.

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.

Here are the "Nearly Men" of this year's championship. From Massa to Fiscihella, these are the guys who just failed to finish in the top ten in the standings for a variety of reasons.

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