The 2010 Formula One Racing season is set to kickoff on Sunday, March 14 and with it comes all the excitement and anticipation of a brand new season of exhilarating open-wheel racing. Formula One racing like every sport has a group of competitors who are amongst the best at what they do and who are considered the favorites to hoist the Formula One World Driver’s Championship trophy at the conclusion of the season. Here are the top-five Formula One drivers for the 2010 season.
1. Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton is a terrific, young British Formula One driver who is signed to McLaren Mercedes. Hamilton made his Formula One debut in the 2007 Australian Grand Prix and recorded his first win at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix. In 2008, at the age of 23 Hamilton became the youngest Formula One driver to ever win a Formula One World Driver’s Championship. In 2009 he finished in fifth place in the overall standings and is poised to do even better in 2010. In 52 career races Hamilton has 11 wins, 27 podium finishes, 17 pole positions and 256 career points. Hamilton should finish the year amongst the top three positions in the final overall standings.
2. Jenson Button
Jensen Button is a British Formula One driver and the 2009 Formula One World Driver’s Champion who races for McLaren Mercedes. Button made his Formula One debut in 2000 at the Australian Grand Prix and won his first race in 2006 at the Hungarian Grand Prix. In his career Button has competed in 172 races and has recorded seven victories, 24 podium finishes, seven pole positions and 327 career points. Button should give Lewis Hamilton, his McLaren Mercedes teammate a run for his money at winning the 2010 Formula One World Driver’s Championship and finish no less than in the top five.
3. Sebastian Vettel
Sebastain Vettel is a German Formula One driver who is signed to Red Bull Racing and was the runner up for the 2009 Formula One World Driver’s Championship. In 2006 Vettel became the youngest Formula One driver (19 years and 53 days) to participate in any Formula One event as he took part in the Friday practice at the Turkish Grand Prix. Vettel made his actual race debut in the 207 United States Grand Prix and recorded his first victory at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. His career resume reads 43 races, five wins, nine podium finishes and five pole positions. Vettel is definitely a threat to win the 2010 Championship and should finish no less than third in the final standings.
4. Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso is a Spanish Formula One driver who races for Ferrari and was the winner of back-to-back Formula One World Driver’s Championships in 2005 and 2006. Alonso is the youngest two-time Formula One champion (won second title at 25 years of age) but finished just ninth in the final standings in 2009. Alonso’s first race was in 2001 at the Australian Grand Prix and his first victory came at the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso has competed in 140 races in his career with 21 victories, 53 podium finishes, 18 pole positions and 577 career points. Alonso will definitely finish in the top five during the upcoming 2010 Formula One season.
5. Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello is a Brazilin Formula One driver who is signed to WilliamsF1 Racing and currently stands in fourth place on the Formula One all-time career points list. Barrichello’s first race came in 1993 at the South African Grand Prix and first his victory came seven years later at the 200 German Grand Prix. Although Barrichello has never won a Formula One World Driver’s Championship he still has a very impressive career resume which includes 288 races, 11 wins, 68 podium finishes, 14 pole positions and 607 career points. Barrichello should have a very excellent chance of finishing the 2010 season in the top five.