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Published by Christine

The 2014 pre-season is rapidly rolling into action and that can mean only one thing - it's time for the return of Christine's Rankings!

As the most in-depth and accurate global ranking driver system ever produced by me, this year's Formula One drivers will be judged on their photography skills, cooking habits, fashion sense, charity work, video appearances and much, much more. The nineteen-race season will decide who is the fastest driver in the best car, but my rankings are about something quite different. I want to know who is the nicest, funniest, fan-friendliest driver.

Christine's Rankings enters its fifth year in 2014, having crowned four separate champions and travelled the rollercoaster of each season with the full roster of drivers. Featuring every name on the pre-season entry list, plus anyone who participates in a race weekend session throughout the year, there have been many names and faces vying for the title of Rankings Champion. We have yet to see a repeat winner, proving the rankings are unpredictable and ever-changing.

Rankings champions to date
YearChampionTotal pointsWinning margin
2010Timo Glock751
2011Heikki Kovalainen745
2012Jenson Button762
2013Lewis Hamilton582

Things got very competitive last year, and I was even more discerning than usual.

Everyday people

Drivers must fight harder for points, and in 2014, the stakes continue to rise. There are new faces entering the fray, as Daniil Kvyat, Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen all make their driver rankings debut this year. We also witness the return of Kamui Kobayashi, who featured in the 2010 Christine's Rankings championship. The Japanese driver started that season well but stopped interacting after a short while. Eventually, it emerged that he had lost his phone. He finished the year in 19th place.

Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen
The returning champ vs. upstart rookie at McLarenCredit: McLaren Mercedes

Take me higher

Points gains and loses will be posted throughout the week, with a chart round-up released every Tuesday detailing the previous seven days of points and position changes. There can be positive or negative movement at any stage, and with so many drivers adapting to new teams and new surroundings, there is likely to be a great mixture of highs and lows as the season unfolds.

Although the rankings bear my name and I have the final say on who scores, I couldn't do it without your incredible help. If you spot the drivers doing pointsworthy things, tweeting, facebooking, youtubing, any other verb that shouldn't exist, it's your duty to let me know.

You can submit suggestions via the handy form on the dedicated Christine's Rankings page, you can email them to me, or tweet @f1rankings potential candidates for consideration.

May the most interesting driver win.

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