9. Fernando Alonso - 7.22
It has been a long time since we were able to see Alonso display his skills at the front of a race, but he keeps delivering performances to suggest he remains one of the best out there. In another uncompetitive McLaren, his year got off to a bad start with the huge crash in Melbourne and cracked ribs forcing him out of Bahrain. However, when the car is slightly competitive, Alonso tends to outperform it. Sixth in Russia was followed two races later by an excellent fifth in Monaco, and then came four seventh-place finishes of which Belgium was the obvious highlight starting from 22nd. Again excelled in Austin to take another fifth place, and beating the Williams of Massa to tenth in the standings was some achievement.