We all thought that 2007 was one of the greatest F1 seasons ever and wondered if anything else could beat it. But this year, five drivers were battling for the World Championship. It was one of the best F1 grids in ages, and to see Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button fighting for the title was surreal.
Even the legendary Michael Schumacher, who made a dramatic comeback for newly revived Mercedes GP team after Daimler took over last year’s winners Brawn GP, ensured that the grid had four World Champions starting the races.
Schumacher did not set the world on fire, but he was coming back after three years off and Mercedes just did not have the car that could challenge for podium places on a regular basis, let alone win. But Schumacher's teammate, the young German Nico Rosberg, proved that he had enough talent in him, and with a right car, could be a title contender.
Also Renault, who ended 2009 in a disaster, made a good comeback with Robert Kubica putting in some stellar performances. With an equal in teammate, Renault could have even challenged the Mercedes GP team.
The season saw three rookie teams making its debut. The Malaysian outfit brought back the Lotus name, which is now in all sorts of controversy. The season also saw quite a bit of rookie drivers, with the most impressive being Kamui Kobayashi and Nico Hulkenberg. Though Kobayashi did make his debut last year, this year was his first full season in F1, which would make him a rookie.
Also, F1 saw Russia’s first driver in Vitaly Petrov, who had a roller coaster of a season. But in the end, Petrov had a great final race in which he actually played a part in Vettel easily winning the title.
Let’s go to the awards and see who has done what:
Driver of the Season – Sebastian Vettel
Team of the Season – Red Bull Racing
The Next Big Thing - Kamui Kobayashi
Most Improved Driver – Mark Webber
Most Improved Team – Renault
Race of the Season – Japanese Grand Prix
Best Grand Prix – Italian Grand Prix
Worst Grand Prix – Brazilian Grand Prix
Rookie of the season – Kamui Kobayshi
Most disappointing driver of the Season – Michael Schumacher/Felipe Massa
Most disappointing team of the Season – Williams
Lucky to be in F1 (for the season) - Sakon Yamamoto
Veteran of the Season – Nick Heidfeld
Comeback of the Season – Robert Kubica
Most entertaining driver of the season – Kamui Kobayshi
Most boring driver of the season - Jenson Button
JV of the Season - Rubens Barrichello
(For the driver who talks utter nonsense like how JV used to do it in his racing days)
Whiner of the season - Rubens Barrichello
Most missed Driver – Kimi Räikkönen
Least missed Driver - Luca Badoer