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Congratulations Lewis Hamilton, 2010 World Drivers Champion!

As the chequered flag waves in Abu Dhabi (yawn) at the end of this year, Lewis Hamilton will be crowned world champion. I am predicting this even though I dislike him immensely.

Why I am tipping Lewis is because I opened Microsoft Excel this morning and had a little fun, working on a chart to predict the outcome of the 2010 championship. I scored the drivers based on the following criteria:
1. Their general track record, consistency and achievements.
2. Likewise, the track record, consistency and achievements of their 2010 team.
3. How they performed, as a driver, in 2009.
4. How their current team performed in 2009.
5. My own personal opinion of how talented the driver in question is.

Here are the results that I ended up with, which are in direct defiance of my desire to see Michael Schumacher clinch the title this year.

1. Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes)
2. Fernando Alonso (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro)
3. Jenson Button (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes)
4. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing)
5. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes GP Petronas)
6. Felipe Massa (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro)
7. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP Petronas)
8. Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing)
9. Rubens Barrichello (AT&T Williams)
10. Robert Kubica (Renault F1 Team)
11. Jarno Trulli (Lotus F1 Racing)
12. Nico Hulkenburg (AT&T Williams)
13. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)
14. Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus F1 Racing)
15. Renault Driver 2 (Renault F1 Team)
16. Adrian Sutil (Force India F1 Team)
17. Pedro de la Rosa (Sauber)
18. Timo Glock (Virgin Racing)
19. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India F1 Team)
20. Lucas di Grassi (Virgin Racing)
21. Sebastien Buemi (Scuderia Toro Rosso)
22. Jaime Alguersuari (Scuderia Toro Rosso)
23. Jose Maria Lopez (USF1 Team)
24. USF1 Driver 2 (USF1 Team)
25. Bruno Senna (Campos Meta 1)
26. Campos Driver 2 (Campos Meta 1)

I placed the yet-to-be-named second Renault driver in 15th, feeling that they won’t be as good as Kubica but should be able to handle Force Indias and Virgins. The second USF1 driver is 24th, because I feel that they will be inferior to the questionable Jose Maria Lopez. I put both Campos drivers at the bottom (despite Bruno Senna ending up with enough points to be in the 16th to 20th range) because I simply don’t think that Campos will get very far this season, meaning I feel that the team will drop out.

Of course, this little “2010 standings” list means absolutely nothing and I just did it for fun, but do you know what? I am definitely going to be digging this blog post up in November to see how my “predictions” compare to the real final standings.

(This is what happens when a fiercely loving fan of the sport gets bored in the off season, by the way.)

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