Sebastian is magic. When you stop and realize all he has accomplished in his short career, it is amazing all over again. GO SEBASTIAN GO!
Three best drivers in F1 currently, without any doubt and would and have been agreed on by pretty much all of the team bosses and great drivers of the past, and in no particular order.
Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel.
So what do we actually know about who is quicker?
1.) Alonso and Hamilton have raced the same car at the same time and we can make some judgements about that, Hamilton, just beat Alonso for points that season, Hamilton was in his rookie season and Alonso was clearly having issues while at Mclaren, so actually its hard to tell.
2.) Alonso matured significantly when he went to Ferrari and has gone up significantly in my estimations since then.
3.) Hamilton has had temperament issues, however 2012 he hasn;t put a foot wrong on the track and very few faux pas or issues off it.
4.) Seb is really the unknown. His teammate runs him closer than either Hamilton or Alonsos do and we don't really know how much advantage the RB has had for most of the season.
From observation and extrapolation we can conclude the following.
1.) over 1 flying lap, in the same car, Hamiltons raw natural talent would probably mean he was fastest by a small margin.
2.) over a race distance, now Hamilton has matured, assuming they were in the same car, I am far from sure who would win from the three.
3.) Seb is the unknown factor, because he hasn't raced against anyone of very high quality in the same car, its hard to say exactly how good he is. We know he is good, even very good, but how he compares to Hamilton and Alonso is harder to say. If i was a betting man, I suspect he'd be slightly slower in the same car.
So actually its all hypothesis, the only time I'm aware of that Hamilton and Vettel have raced the same car is on Top Gear. Seb heads the times by a fairly small margin 0.7 secs, however his lap was dry, Hamiltons was on a wet oily track and even Stig estimated that slowed him down by at least 2 seconds not by the 7 tenths that Vettel beat him by. In fact if you remove 2 seconds from Hamiltons time, he doesn;t just beat any other driver, he wipes the floor with them.
So what do we really know... Hamilton is naturally ferociously fast and has had temperament issues in the past, Alonso is more of a thinker and more like Prost in that respect, while still very fast. Vettel, might be very quick, but in truth we dont really know how he stacks up, except that he can be very petulant at times.