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Best and Worst of 2002
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Following a month of voting for the Best and Worst of the 2002 season, the results have been finalised and most of them were not surprising. Here is a rundown:
Driver - Michael Schumacher: The first of several 'expected' results. A
driver who manages to finish in every race on the podium has to be the best.
Driver - Alex Yoong: The first of many in the Worst categories for Yoong.
Best Qualifier - Juan Pablo Montoya: 7 Poles (5 of which in a row) and not in a red car and none for your team-mate has to be a great achievement. Juan Pablo Montoya won 60.61% of the vote with Michael Schumacher in second with 28.45%.
Qualifier - Alex Yoong: Already 2 awards for Yoong. Qualifying is what
rattled Yoong, he just couldn't do it. And with Webber as your team-mate, well
Team - Ferrari: Scored as many points as all the other teams combined.
Worst Team - Arrows: This one was a little closer. Arrows actually did reasonably well when they made it onto the track, however they missed a lot of races due to financial problems. Arrows won 42% of the vote with Minardi in second with 18.53%, well you need to have a good budget to be in F1. BAR was third with 16.06% of the vote, 4 years on and they are still claiming next year ... and Jaguar was 4th with 14.82%, early in the season they were really bad.
Improved Driver - Kimi Raikkonen: He impressed in his first season at
Sauber in 2001 and he impressed even more this year at McLaren. He
out-qualified David Coulthard in the team and almost won a race.
Improved Driver - Alex Yoong: The third 'worst' award for Yoong. However
this was the closest category of all. Alex Yoong won 18.75% of the vote, he
had some racing experience at a number of races yet he couldn't even get close
to Webber the 'real' rookie.
Improved Team - Renault: They were the only team (alongside Ferrari) to achieve
their stated goals. Finishing the 2001 season in 7th, they aimed for 4th and
they got it scoring more the double the points scored by Sauber in 5th.
Improved Team - BAR: From finishing 5th in 2000 to 6th in 2001 to 8th in
2002, they have to be a strong candidate for least improved. They say next
year's car will be good, we'll they've said that every year.
Rookie - Mark Webber: Out-qualifying Alex Yoong wasn't too difficult but
the margin by which Webber did it was astonishing. It will be interesting to
watch Webber and Pizzonia head to head in the Jaguar.
Rookie - Alex Yoong: The final award goes to Yoong bringing his tally to 4
awards. Alex Yoong raced for 3 races in 2001 yet despite his gained experience
from those races he still achieved the worst record of all the drivers this
season in qualifying compared to their team-mate (refer to the Quali-flyer
section for detailed analysis!).
We would like to thank all of those who participated in this Poll and keep an eye for the next poll prior to the start of the 2003 season to give your predictions for the new season.
Voter's Comments - Top 5 in each category
I feel guilty rating some as "worst" in a
category, knowing how good all of the drivers are. Relatively speaking,
though, I'll stand by my choices. Driver Getting Less of a Chance Than He
Deserves is Massa - Doug G - USA
Great to see Mark Webber finally make the step up and hopefully Jaguar can
provide a Sauber like car for 2003.
Let's see how the new rules affect next season's races - Cooky -
MS Rules! - Arun - India
Fairly cut and dry as to who the best driver and team were
for this season (unfortunately).
I think Takuma Sato was very disappointing considering how
comprehensive his wins were in the last year or so in other classes - David
B - Australia
Best - anticipation of a new season Worst - the season - Stewart
M - Australia
Anyone who says that the 2002 season was boring is woefully
ignorant of sports. No one whines about Tiger Woods being too good because
it's silly and stupid. The fact that Ferrari and Michael Schumacher are so far
ahead of the other teams is the reason they deserve every trophy they get.
It's the other teams' fault for failing to challenge the Ferrari dominance. I
give Ferrari every ounce of credit for being the #1 Formula One team, by FAR.
The real shame of the sport is the lack of fire, effort, and talent seen from
the other teams. If we saw that, maybe Ferrari would have a run for their
money. But if no one steps up to challenge the Scuderia, it will be everyone's
fault but Ferrari's - Kevin - USA
I like Michael Schumacher because he had usually done all
podiums in 2002 season with eleven wins, five second places and one third! And
he had taken several pole and he hadn't any retirements and fourth place or
Expecting better competition to Ferrari/Schumi - A Rojas
Ferrari was amazing, untouchable on the top. BAR was the
biggest failure, if it was not for their luck at the British GP when the rain
worked so well in their favour, they would have ended the season with 2
points. Considering their driver line-up and their budget this is more than a
failure. Jordan was with a significantly smaller budget and with practically
only one driver this season and they managed to outperform BAR on so many
occasions and they finished two places ahead. BAR at the end even fall behind
the Jaguars - Galin R - Bulgaria
What about best team principal, director or designer?
Salo drove flawlessly in a sub-par car for an over-funded,
underachieving, and unappreciative team. He will be dearly missed.
This was a boring season always with Ferrari and Schumacher
winning leaving the others far behind. Coulthard has to improve otherwise he
will be beaten by Kimi. Ralf and Montoya they are both great drives but with
I think the worst team award has to go to Arrows - so many
Ferrari, Ferrari, Ferrari... that was 2002. Everything else
was mediocre or bad in comparison. There's not much else to say really. I've
always been a Ferrari fan, but for the first time I wish that the other teams
come closer to Ferrari, just to keep the beauty of this sport alive.
Saludos David - Spain
I think the best driver and qualifier are pretty much
self-evident, as well as the best team. Kimi is THE one to watch. Once he got
a decent car this year, he was the only one to seriously challenge Michael in
France. If not for a little oil, who knows?
Not far from what the results showed at the end of the
season - Andre - Brazil
Well I have to say that Ferrari has done a fantastic job
they really deserve it, and congratulate Michael Schumacher for winning his
fifth driver championship title. On the other hand, it is sad that Eddie
Irvine is leaving Jaguar. Lets hope that he will still be driving for 2003 - Shawn
C - Singapore
Ferrari deserved everything they earned. Unfortunately this
year really shows that unless a team has a major manufacturer behind it there
is really no hope of attaining the podium. With the changes to the points the
minor teams will still be desperately racing for a meagre few points however
it will not change the positions up-front - Steven P - Australia
Eddie Irvine and Jaguar rock!!!!!!!! Eddie's performance at
Monza was spectacular. With his car, it was incredible to see him qualify
fifth and finish third. His practice times were outstanding in Belgium, he was
only beaten by the unbeatable Michael. Jaguar was only to be let down by a
change in track temperatures. I was appalled at Jaguar's decision to let him
go for '03. I hope that he and Giancarlo make up Jordan's line up next season
- Ben A - USA
2002 has given F1 fans a great exhibition of cars, but other
than that and the overwhelming dominance of Ferrari, the season has often
been....just boring - Sukhaloka M - India
I think Coulthard has done a excellent job in a car that is
nothing compared to that of the Ferrari. The only man to beat the F2002 to a
win I have to say is a good effort. Even though his qualifying performance has
been below standards, his race results have shown why he is one of the best
drivers out there - Sam - Australia
I am a Ferrari and Michael Schumacher fan but I hope next
season does not have the same team orders from Ferrari to try and help him to
win the championship. He is good to win enough without team orders. Also why
not encourage the other teams to improve to the standard Ferrari has attained
instead of coming up with ways to slow the best down?... After all this is
supposed to be the epitome of motor sport. - Chris - New Zealand
Michael was supreme as usual, however I had to think hard
about the best qualifier as Montoya was brilliant in qualifying. I stuck with
Michael because he is more consistent, if he is not on pole he is usually
second and I think Williams had a great car in qualifying anyway. Yoong is
totally out of his depth and wouldn't be driving if he didn't have money. BAR
are a waste of space and money with Jaguar not far behind. It is time for Max
Mosley to pull out of Formula 1.The guy lacks vision and has run out of ideas.
Until he faces the reality that the cars are the problem not the rules nothing
will change. The lot of changes on for 2003 are tinkering at the edges at best
and will do nothing to address the issue which is overtaking and on track
racing. People will accept a manufacture dominance if they're seeing racing on
I picked BAR as the least improved team and worst,
considering the financial resources available, they should have been able to
do a lot better than they have. Honda win the award for the most disappointing
engine manufacturer - Paul S - Canada
2002 was a blast already looking forward to 2003. Are you
guys going to change 6 n pole to 8 n pole? keep up the good work and we will
see you in the paddocks - Jammys - Canada
Its been an eventful season, but not always for the right
reasons. I must admit I've cringed a bit as well, especially at Ferrari's
antics. I think from last year to this year Jenson Button is most improved
driver (otherwise it would have to be Raikkonen) and despite everyone hailing
Mark Webber, Felipe Massa, for me was the best Rookie - Linda - United
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|Best Driver||%||Worst Driver||%||Best Qualifier||%||Worst Qualifier||%|
|M Schumacher||75.54||A Yoong||71.74||JP Montoya||60.61||A Yoong||85.77|
|M Webber||6.19||P de la Rosa||7.42||M Schumacher||28.45||D Coulthard||3.73|
|J Montoya||6.13||T Sato||3.71||K Raikkonen||4.95||R Schumacher||2.49|
|K Raikkonen||3.72||J Villeneuve||2.47||M Webber||2.47||T Sato||2.42|
|D Coulthard||2.48||J Montoya||2.41||J Trulli||1.24||O Panis||1.24|
|Best Team||%||Worst Team||%||Best Rookie||%||Worst Rookie||%|
|Ferrari||90.29||Arrows||42.00||M Webber||66.67||A Yoong||77.83|
|Williams||3.71||Minardi||18.53||F Massa||22.22||T Sato||9.88|
|McLaren||2.47||BAR||16.06||T Sato||7.41||A McNish||7.41|
|Minardi||1.24||Jaguar||14.82||A McNish||3.70||F Massa||2.47|
|Most Improved Team||%||Least Improved Team||%||Most Improved Driver||%||Least Improved Driver||%|
|Renault||50.74||BAR||24.72||K Raikkonen||34.85||A Yoong||18.75|
|Williams||9.90||McLaren||19.78||R Barrichello||22.40||D Coulthard||16.25|
|Toyota||8.66||Jaguar||14.83||J Button||9.96||R Schumacher||13.75|
|Minardi||8.60||Arrows||11.12||G Fisichella||7.47||P de la Rosa||8.75|
|Minardi||8.54||Williams||7.42||M Webber||7.41||E Irvine||8.69|
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