Mark Hughes' top 10 F1 drivers of 2009

Mark Hughes' top 10 F1 drivers of 2009

AUTOSPORT's grand prix editor Mark Hughes has watched every driver closely this year. Who has impressed him most

10. Nico Rosberg

Nico or Nick Heidfeld? A close call. Rosberg gets the nod for a good mix of occasional opportunistic aggression with unerring consistency in bringing the car home in the points. His Keke-echoing style on street tracks made for impressive viewing and speed at Monaco, Valencia and Singapore, and his frequently great reaction to the lights several times brought him finishes beyond his underlying speed. But just what is his level? Was the car flattering the driver or vice versa?

With Kazuki Nakajima in the other car, this wasn't satisfactorily answered and Williams, fairly typically, was beginning to have doubts. It was certainly less than impressed in Malaysia when, after leading the first stint, Nico lost eight seconds to Button in one wet lap. Partly this was because Jenson was so far ahead that he missed the worst of the rain. But not all of it. He would have been second in Singapore but for a careless error as he left the pitlane.

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