When you make such a list, it's easy to remember the last 3-4 years a lot better than the first few years of the '10's...
This is so true, and it is fairly hard to fight such mental bias. To limit my bias, I first drafted a preliminary list: WDC medals, where ties are solved by first to reach the final count.
1. Hamilton 5 1 0
2. Vettel 4 2 1
3. Rosberg 1 2 0 (In my opinion, a correct location. TBH, if one puts Hamilton to the top, where he belongs in this decade, Rosberg just has to be in the top three.)
4. Alonso 0 3 0 (Unexpectedly, no surprises here. Often close, but no cigar.)
5. Bottas 0 1 1 (This is the first guy who feels out of place, far too high. Mostly because of 2018, and making it only fifth with the team mate winning the title.)
6. Button 0 1 0
7. Webber 0 0 3 (This is also too high a place, in my opinion. Was declining already from the start of the decade. Stupid mistake to lose the title on 2010 by finding the wall in the rain, and then only sixth on 2012 when Vettel took his third title.)
8. Ricciardo 0 0 2
9. Räikkönen 0 0 2
10. Verstappen 0 0 1 (Rising star, but well, some of the others have had full decade to impress, and that just has to also count when scoring a decade and not a single year.)
Hmm... mostly good list, but something seems of. It rewards too much being the weaker driver in the best car. Let me fix this by only score the better driver from each team, and we get medals as follows (mistakes possible, last digit of years in parenthesis):
1. Hamilton 5-0-3 (45789, -, 03)
2. Vettel 4-3-1 (0123, 578, 6)
3. Rosberg 1-0-0 (6, -, -)
4. Alonso 0-3-1 (-, 023, 1)
5. Ricciardo 0-2-1 (-, 46, 7)
6. Verstappen 0-1-1 (-, 9, 8)
7. Button 0-1-0 (-, 1, -)
8. Bottas 0-0-2 (-, -, 45)
9. Räikkönen 0-0-1 (-, -, 2)
10. Leclerc 0-0-1 (-, -, 9)
To me, this seems about right. It heavily penalises a driver for having too good a teammate, but after all, the first goal is to beat your own teammate as if you cannot do it you will never win the title.
The decade was first Vettel's and then Hamilton's. Ranking the whole decade: I would be fine with either order, as for quite a few years the two were only split by the quality of the car. Both lost to their top level teammates twice. Ranking current form, though, just one word, Hamilton.
Rosberg scored on his gamble, by taking one round from the top dog of the decade. (The McLaren in 2011, unfortunately for Button, was not fast enough.)
Alonsos biggest failure was to bet the wrong horse (which did not prance in the 2010s). Similarly, Ricciardo was too late to join the RBR. Verstappen and Leclerc did well, but were only present at top level for a fraction near the end of the decade.
Räikkönen and Bottas, on the other hand, could not beat top level teammates, and only scored early on for the weaker teams with weaker teammates.
Curating the list by hand, my list for the decade is:
Tied places are in alphabetical order, on a purpose. I did not feel there to be enough to properly separate the drivers.
EDIT: Fixed a typo. Also, Rosberg is separated by those in fourth place only by virtue of better success, i.e., luck. But, I think plain success is too important part of greatness to be ignored. And, of course, beating both Hamilton and Schumacher over a reasonably long time window and in the same car... just has to count to something.
Edited by l2k2, 06 December 2019 - 03:38.