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Raikkonen- You know before he retired I thought he was 'ok'/a very good driver. No fan-fare, just gets on with it.
In the Lotus - tbh its not a bloody great car, hes showing just what a bloody capable driver he is. For me, hes one of the greats now- he may never win seven titles (or even three) but his talent puts him on par with Schummacher and definitely alongside Mika.
I think he's up there with Hamilton and Alonso and maybe Kubica for being able to wring that extra little bit out of the car. Even compared to Vettel, I think those drivers have a very slight edge in terms of sheer pace.
Take a look at Hamilton's laps on Top Gear. The way he gets the car turned in with a really delicate touch of oversteer is sublime. Compare to Vettel who although does a mighty lap, seems to be slightly working against the car.
Where Vettel shines though is consistency and focus over the race distance. He gets the fastest lap quite often, so clearly very fast with a light car, but it's hard to tell quite how much of that is down to the car being excellent (and designed around him?).