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The principle of Occam's Razor states that, all things being equal, the simplest explanation is usually the right one. So it stands to reason that the driver who wins the championship must be the best, right? Well, that's assuming all things are equal, and of course in reality they seldom are.

After a hard-fought season, Autosport magazine asked each of the team principals in Formula One to anonymously rank who they thought was the best driver, awarding race points to their top ten choices. The result? Sebastian Vettel came out on top, nine points ahead of world champion Jenson Button. In other words, if all things actually were equal, those in the know would have placed Vettel as champion in Button's stead.

For his part, Vettel – who came second in this year's standings and, it should be noted, secured the Nations' Cup at the Race of Champions alongside Michael Schumacher – was pleased with the vote of confidence. But he's determined to take the fight back to the track for next season, which is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet.

So do you think the bosses are right? We've placed a little poll of our own after the jump, and invite you to place your own vote.

[Source: Autosport]
Who was the best driver of the 2009 Formula One World Championship?
Jenson Button 195 (11.4%)
Sebastian Vettel 639 (37.2%)
Rubens Barrichello 71 (4.1%)
Mark Webber 89 (5.2%)
Lewis Hamilton 235 (13.7%)
Kimi R�ikk�nen 126 (7.3%)
Nico Rosberg 12 (0.7%)
Jarno Trulli 3 (0.2%)
Fernando Alonso 63 (3.7%)
Timo Glock 4 (0.2%)
Felipe Massa 35 (2.0%)
Heikki Kovalainen 2 (0.1%)
Nick Heidfeld 8 (0.5%)
Robert Kubica 39 (2.3%)
Giancarlo Fisichella 6 (0.3%)
S�bastien Buemi 1 (0.1%)
Adrian Sutil 8 (0.5%)
Kamui Kobayashi 97 (5.6%)
S�bastien Bourdais 5 (0.3%)
Kazuki Nakajima 7 (0.4%)
Nelson Piquet, Jr. 11 (0.6%)
Vitantonio Liuzzi 3 (0.2%)
Romain Grosjean 1 (0.1%)
Jaime Alguersuari 3 (0.2%)
Luca Badoer 54 (3.1%)

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I voted for Piquet jr. to spice up the results a little.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hamilton first, Vettel second. IMO they're both great drivers, but I think Lewis was just dealt a bad hand this season.
        • 5 Years Ago
        14% for Hmilton ? i guess there are a lot of Brits here. Vettel's Renault engine broke down A LOT , he could have won the championship easily if the engine was halfway decent. Vettel was by far the best driver in 2009.
        • 5 Years Ago
        not really, his driving was solid and near the end of the year things got a lot better for him.
        Next year watch out!
        • 5 Years Ago


        Well, I'm latino, and I think Hamilton was the best (even if by a slim margin).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think Vettel is the most talented driver, followed by Hamilton (if he keeps his blody attitude in check), and Alonso.

      PS: ALBGunner04, not a great day for the gunners yesterday against Sunderland, need to win that kind of matches if we want to win the league..........
      I hope the absence of RVP won't reduce our chances to win the title.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All ones and 2 votes for Vettel. I thought Button was a great match with Brawn and voted for him personally. With that said, I never figured out how to watch it online in the US...
        • 5 Years Ago
        First, Vettel was great but he crashed out or made mistakes FAR too often to get the nod. Button was exceptional, not only in speed but in consistency. THAT makes a champion, though Vettel will get there.

        Second, if you want to get F1 online, here's what you do:

        - Download Vuze, the torrent sharing application (I use a Mac and it's good). Torrents are "seed" files that let you download bits of the content from different users.

        - In Vuze, search "F1", "2009" and whatever Grand Prix you want. Select the race and it downloads in 30-90 minutes, depending on conditions. The BBC F1 coverage is AWESOME compared to SpeedTV, which is now totally unwatchable.

        - DO NOT use this to download movies (or music), please! A lot of regular people in the entertainment industry lose their jobs when you do and, c'mon, movies are cheap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hamilton had the championship if he had the car underneath him the whole season. Once the nurburgring updates were out he immediately turned his spot into a podium. He caught a few bad breaks after mid season, like when Weber punctured his tire on the opening lap but he was the single highest point scorer for the second half of the season.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well they shouldn't even race next season, then. We'll just have "those in the know" tell us how they think it would have turned out.

      This is dumb.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess nobody remembers Kobayashi - he drove like a mad man (Nakajima) - only with out the mistakes. Super assertive, fearless, and aggressive - and no big fumbles and not pissing anyone off.

      AND he was a rookie! Now THATS impressive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ohh I'm sure he pissed off Button and Nakajima... I absolutly love his agressive style and I feel like hes a great driver, but he weaves in the breaking zones which causes accidents. There is no mistaking that he forced Kazuki into the wall in Sao Paulo. Button was complaining about him mid race for his weaving. You're allowed to make one movement in braking zones but any more than that is illegal.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The only reason I didn't vote for Kobayashi was because he only drove 2 races, although he drove brilliantly in only his second outing.

        Ok, THAT, and I wanted to vote for Badoer....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow 36 people voted for vettle. he is a good driver but the best of 2009. dont see it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      jajajaja, I guess the poll speak for itself...Vettel was the best driver of 2009 in anyway you look at it. Eventhough his car was one of the faster in the field his engines were not reliable and managed to finish the second half of the season with less engines than anyone else. I just hope he keep his feet on the ground as time passes and dont let F1 and fame change him...kudos to you Vettel
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who the heck voted for Badoer!??
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously.. it's BEST not WORST !!

        p.s i voted kobayashi.. cuz he's insane
        • 5 Years Ago
        Way to not take the poll seriously, people!

        He has more votes than Alonso and Massa.... *facepalm*
        • 5 Years Ago
        I did...lol!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think those votes were firmly tongue-in -cheek :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      right now, 4 people voted Badoer just for kicks.

      • 5 Years Ago
      i voted for Hamilton..his performance and statistics this season speaks for itself. I really look forward to Hamilton and Senna to go head to head....honestly though next season if going to be amazing everyone is going to have at least one heavy hitter driver on their team.

      Also I was curious to know if Michael Schumacher does come back..I really wonder if it's because of Ayrton's nephew, Bruno.
      “if you think I'm good then wait until you see my nephew Bruno”-Ayrton Senna

      I will always be a Lewis Hamilton/McLaren fan, but come next year It's USF1 all the way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol at all the votes for Luca
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