Ok, the 2000's. It might surprise most people but the 2000's have 4 of the top 8 closest seasons in F1 history.
Here's my usual breakdown:-
2000 - Ferrari finally win again after a 21 year absence. Schumacher started well and finished well. Hakkinen had a flutter with the championship, while Coulthard also won races. Barrichello had a famous debut win in Germany.
2001 - Schumacher dominated this season. Hakkinen was off the boil and Coulthard wasn't up to the challenge. Williams were more improved and started to win races again.
2002 - Total Ferrari domination. This season is up there with 1992 for its banality. In fact Montoya finished 3rd in the championship with no wins.
2003 - Opposing the previous season this championship had some defining moments and was rather exciting. There were 8 different winners this year, with Fisichella, Raikkonen and Alonso scoring debut wins. Both Raikkonen and Montoya had shots at taking the title, but both slipped at the final hurdle to hand Michael his 4th straight championship.
2004 - Another banal year as Schumacher and Ferrari dominate again. Trulli did break Michael's streak with his debut and only Grand Prix victory. Button 3rd without a win.
2005 - Our first non-Schumacher title this decade as Alonso and Renault win. Raikkonen once again the bridesmaid. Michelin tyres make the difference as Schumacher's only win the infamous US Grand Prix.
2006 - Alonso v Schumacher this year, with the Spaniard getting the upper hand. Button gets his debut win. McLaren struggle to make an impact this season.
2007 - Hamilton's amazing debut season. Championship goes down to the wire with 3 drivers finishing within 1 point. The final race is the decider. Added to that is the inter-team rivalry of Lewis and Fernando, and the spygate affair. If anything is a negative it's that there was only 4 different winners this season.
2008 - Hamilton snatches victory from Massa at the last corner of the whole season. This might seem miraculous, but the whole season was mistake after mistake by the two top contenders. However we did see debut wins for Kubica, Kovalainen and Vettel. Alonso takes two victories in an uncompetitive car.
2009 - This is the bizarre season to end all bizarre seasons. Honda, hopeless the previous season are gone, and Brawn saves the team only for them to dominate. Button wins the first 6 of 7 races, but doesn't win again thereafter. In fact he was only on the podium twice more. Webber gets a debut victory as Red Bull start to look strong.
2010 - Half way through the season, Hamilton, Button and McLaren led the championship. Then Webber took the lead for Red Bull, then Alonso for Ferrai. Vettel usurped them all to snatch victory and the championship in the final race of the season. Only 5 different winners, but the season had 3 different teams competing for the title.
2011 - Vettel dominates. However the racing was close and exciting at times. Tight battle for second in the championship. No debut winners.
Ok, easy start is to remove 2002 and 2004. Then perhaps 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2011. 2000 gone, 2006 gone. I'm going to remove 2008 for the hopeless battle for the championship, despite the amazing finale. Ok we're left with 2003, 2007 and 2010 for the podium. All 3 have a valid shot for the title and it's a tough one to separate them. Here we go.... 2007 is 3rd.... 2003 is 2nd.... and 2010 is the winner!!
It's a close call as both 2003 and 2010 have similar qualities. Both had 3 different teams vying for the championship.
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