Seriously, I think we indeed need to define, what we mean with top tier. Let's take Grosjean. People are not in agreement what they mean if they include him in this list. Some say he is good, some say unproven. Now, seriously, I don't think Grosjean is your Vettel or Alonso, who writes himself into the history books.
But this string of consecutive podiums is not too dissimilar to what Button did in 2004 in the BAR throughout the season. Lots of podiums in what was a very good, solid and fast car. Now, many people think Button is your Tier 2. But where is the line between Tier 1 or Tier 2? I don't like those tiers actually, because you can't fix groups, but if we try to define a tier 2, then tier 2 can also win a championship. And Button is a member of WDC group. Button is not an all-time-legend though, but he is your championship contender, semi-regular race winner and a top team driver for many years.
Are we looking for all-time-legends in this thread or just drivers, who can be frontrunners, get podiums and wins and simply be a significant force in F1 for years to come? I think we don't have legends here in this poll, but potentially a few drivers, who can generally be a serious force/competitor at the front of the field. And in Grosjean's case we can say that not only he CAN be, but he already IS a frontrunner, among frontrunners. Because a string of podiums is a serious statement. It is not like a driver needs to prove himself, he has proven himself already with strong results. Those second and third places are not too dissimilar to what Barrichello was doing in the Ferrari for many years.
Edited by sopa, 17 November 2013 - 22:51.