Had a bad start to the season, but has responded in style. Has taken the car to places it shouldn't be sometimes and has played the points game when he's needed to.
2. M. Webber
Three wins means he has more victories than the other drivers. Has made few mistakes and holds the upper hand against Vettel, despite suggestions that he is the Number 2...
3. R. Kubica
Two podiums in a car that is difficult to judge pace-wise. Hardly makes an error and has only been out of the points twice - neither of which were his fault
4. J. Button
Easily the most intelligent driver on the grid and his decision to move to McLaren looks justified. Doesn't have the dry weather pace to live with Hamilton though, which means that he may be playing No.2 soon
5. S. Vettel
On his day he is unstoppable, but other than that he has squandered a few chances in the best car on the grid. A few times it wasn't his fault, but lost potential wins in China, Silverstone and of course Istanbul. Still a doubt over his overtaking skills
6. F. Alonso
Started the season well with a win, but, despite having an advantage over Massa, he has made mistakes that he simply would not have made in 2005-6. These mistakes have cost him dearly and with an inferior car, making up a 47 point gap will be hard
7. N. Rosberg
Still a difficult driver to judge as he was only slightly quicker than Nakajima but is now much quicker than Schumacher. Three podiums are a deserved reward
8. A Sutil
Has become the driver that many expected he would have been when he joined F1. Sits only a point behind Schumacher and his maturity is one of the suprises of the season
9. R. Barrichello
Has taken 29 of Williams' 31 points and its a case of the old guy beating the young gun. Looks set to stay for 2011
10. K. Kobayashi
Surprised he's so high up? Well, up until Montreal, he would have been well down but two impressive races have turned his season around.
11. M. Schumacher
An interesting case. Has been trounced by Rosberg and he seems a shade of his former self, which has led some to question his dominant era and how good a driver he really is. Struggled with tyres + getting to grips with the regulations. 2011 will be much better - if he sticks with it
12. J. Alguersuari
Drive in Malaysia was stunning, following on from learning from Schumacher in Australia. Also took points in Spain and came close in China. Has retired only once thanks to brake failure and his finishing positions have been good
13. H. Kovalainen
Has spent most of the season on happy pills and he looks much fresher and more comfortable at Lotus than he did at McLaren. Can lead Lotus to the points very soon and restore their former glory
14. F. Massa
It was always going to be hard for Massa, but this year has been a disaster. Take out the 33 points he scored from the first two races and his situation looks worse. Silly mistakes and quali woes have been a feature of his season. Things can only get better, surely?
15. S. Buemi
Had lots of misfortune early in the season as the wheels came off the wagon (literally). Strong showings recently improved his situation, but early season pace wasn't great compared to Jaime.
16. V. Liuzzi
Not a great year so far. A few races to be happy about but he should be higher up. Said that he should be judged by what he did at Silverstone. Pretty sure he'd like to retract those words now.
17. V. Petrov
The best rookie but not by much. Scored points in China but his season has been blighted by pushing too hard and suffered from mechanical failures when running strongly. Has been anonymous recently.
18. N. Hulkenberg
For a driver of Hulkenberg's calibre, much more was expected. However, most of that was down to the car but even so, he has been slower than Rubens for much of the year. But if any of this years rookies will ever win a race, it'll be him
19. T. Glock
Has led the Virgin operation strongly but has been let down by the car too often.
20. K. Chandhok
Nothing was expected of him and was written off before he even started. Has dealt with Senna thanks to being the main beneficiary of new upgrades.
21. J. Trulli
Bore the brunt of Lotus' woes but his heart hasn't always looked in it. An experienced driver like him can help the team learn, but you have to wonder whether he will stay for long, especially if Mike Gascoyne were to go
22. P de La Rosa
Is the only driver not to score a point, bar those driving for a new team. Hasn't even looked like he's deserved anything either. A poor year, has 9 races left before retiring again
23. B. Senna
Much more was expected of him, but he isn't Ayrton, nor will he ever be. Deserves his place in the sport but he does need equal machinery and one that is faster than the HRT
24. L di Grassi
Was never standout in GP2 despite being a top driver and his F1 form has been poor, often being close to the HRT's in qualifying despite a superior car (loosely speaking). Mechanical woes have worsened an already difficult situation
25. S. Yamamoto
Obviously last as he had only one race. Qualified and finished last, but lived with Chandhok's pace for most of the race. Later emerged than Chandhok had a problem so it looked less good. Back to third driver duties for Hockenheim, probably.