All the team principals in the paddock have individually voted for their top ten drivers of 2014 in order. After bringing these results together we now have the 'best' drivers of 2014 from ten to one, worst to best. Seventeen drivers attained at least one vote, however only the top ten will be shown.
10. Puccio Giodano
It was another strong season for Puccio Giodano. The young Italian built on from his success of 2013 in the first half of 2014. Unfortunately the end of a season was a nightmare for Rossi as they lost the battle for third in the constructors championship, and nearly fourth. Giodano continues as a highly rated driver, however that first win still alludes him and his 2013 campaign was better then 2014. Giodano will be aiming for a maiden victory in 2015.
9. Elroy Wagner
After losing out to his teammate in 2013, Elroy Wagner returned in 2014 to put one over Jean Mattson. It was a slow start to the year for himself and Team 23 as the car just could not live up to it's 2013 performance. During the second half of the year Wagner somehow found a step in performance and went on to score the majority of the teams points. Wagner made it onto the podium in Belgium with a fantastic drive and properly the most daring overtake the series has even seen. Wagner will be alongside the reining world champion in 2015 at the reigning world champions team. It will be intriguing what Wagner can do.
8. Lewis Ellington
Lewis Ellington was a star performer in 2014. The Englishman raced his Peugeot into the points in the majority of the races after outperforming all his teammates. Ellington claimed victory at the Spanish Grand Prix for the second year in a row, and achieving Meteor/Peugeot's first win. For the third year in a row however Lewis Ellington will be changing teams again, so it will be interesting to see how he fares at Lucas Grand Prix in 2015.
7. Tumo Kinnumen
Arguably the most unlucky driver of 2014. Tumo Kinnumen's qualifying performances were nothing short of incredible, consistently outperforming the car and comprehensively outperforming his teammates. Sadly the reliability of Westwood in 2014 put an early end to many of Kinnumens races. The Finns points tally should have been considerably higher and his championship finishing position doesn't do justice to his overall performance. His highlight of the year was achieving his first podium of his career at the United States Grand Prix. Kinnumens' true test of ability will come in 2015 when he is partnered up with Will Hoskins.
6. Adrien Simon
Speaking of poor luck, Adrien Simons' middle part of the year was just that. Before the 2014 season began many predicted Simon would win the world championship. His performances throughout the season was great but sadly the Frenchman was caught up in too many incidents, many which were not his fault; take Australia for example. A four race non scoring streak basically put an end to his championship hopes and without that may have been in contention in the final race of 2014. Overall it was a solid season for Simon and many believe he still has what it takes to become champion in 2015.
5. Karl Beckenbauer
He started the year off the best way possible, with a win. This performance continued until round five in which he looked to be a red hot favorite to win the title. Sadly from then onwards his performance dropped, and like his teammate was caught up in too many incidents. He returned to form in the last half of the season, at least in qualifying performance. Unfortunately his race starts let him down on many occasions. Karl Beckenbauer was on of the surprise performers in 2014 after sitting out of the final two races in 2013. The German has the speed and can be a force to be reckoned with when on form. 2015 looks set to be a make or break year for Beckenbauers' career at Liverpool.
4. Nathaniel Powers
The 2013 champion couldn't defend his crown in 2014, however had a very respectable season. Nathaniel Powers gave Downton the boost the team needed with podiums, multiple points finishes and brand exposure. He may not have won a race but Powers finished in fifth in the driver championship, just behind both Franklin's and Liverpool's. In 2015 he wont be the reining world champion, but he will continue with Downton in their bid to make it to the front of the grid. The 2013 champion will be eager to return to winning ways in 2015.
3. Nikolai Milkovich
No one would have predicted rookie driver Nkiolai Milkovich to take a win and score multiple podiums in and Ingram twelve months ago. The Russian driver burst on to the scene in 2014, and while the 2014 Ingram was a step above the 2013 Ingram, his performances were spectacular. His obvious highlight of the year was his maiden win in France, however his two podiums in the final leg of the season was special too. Milkovich consistently qualified high up on the grid which allowed him to finish the race in strong positions. Nikolai Milkovich has arrived. Who knows he may accomplish in a years time?
2. Will Hoskins
The British driver missed out on the drivers championship by six points. The start of the year was brilliant, only followed by two non point finishes- two race hes had started on pole position. Throughout the year it seemed that Will Hoskins would win the world championship, however just missed out in the final race of the year in Mexico; after a year long dual with his teammate. Hoskins had a great year and is now the only driver to win three races in succession in the series history. The 2014 runner up will move over to Westwood for 2015 and will only have the title in sight. Will Hoskins will be out to claim what was nearly his in 2014.
1. Enrique Ruiz
He made his debut for Ingram in 2013 and put in some spectacular performances. The hype was strong for the young Brazilian and many expected great things from him in 2014 driving for Franklin. Enrique Ruiz lived up this hype, above an beyond. Ruiz finished on the podium in every race of the season that he finished, he was ultra consistent. His two big mistakes of the year were hitting his teammate in Spain and colliding into the pit lane in Belgium. Apart from that, it isn't hard to see why Ruiz has been voted as the best driver of 2014. Four wins, one pole position, seven fastest laps, thirteen podiums, and the 2014 Formula Virtual World Driver's Championship is why he is sitting hear at number one. He has the team behind him, the fan base, the speed, the consistency, and the outright skill. He will arrive at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix with the number one on his car and the betting odds with him. It was a stunning year overall, and despite the obvious controversy surrounding pit strategies in the final few races of the year; Enrique Ruiz deserved it.