The top 10 F1 drivers of 2013

The top 10 F1 drivers of 2013

In a season that was dominated by Sebastian Vettel setting new standards, the other drivers often battled each other to make an impression. MARK HUGHES assesses the best on the grid

10th Valtteri Bottas

Bottas had terrible tools with which to work in his rookie year, yet he quietly just got on and maximised what he had, waiting for the opportunity of something better to present itself. When that something came - a wet qualifying session at Montreal - he was stunning.

To those who have worked closely with him, his third fastest time in Canada came as no surprise. "He reminds me a lot of Mika Hakkinen," says one who used to work with the double champion. "He has that same intensity, the self-belief and the talent. He is going to be huge."

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