Of course you are allowed to change your opinion, at least make it clear you are though. The way you did it just made you seem like you were arguing the same point with different wording to get around it. I don't really have a definitive list of driver skill ratings, because its such a difficult thing to judge and analyse. However, I do have a rough basis of where drivers rank: Best of the best: Clark, Fangio, Stewart, Prost, Senna, Schumacher, etc Current greats: Alonso, Hamilton, pre-2008 Raikkonen Very good drivers who are lacking something, be it team leadership, wet weather driving, motivation, qualifying pace, etc: D.Hill, Button, Barrichello, Massa, Sato, Panis, Glock, Brundle, Montoya Just plain good drivers, drivers who have good moments but too many bad ones: Fisichella, Trulli, Heidfeld, Sutil, Coulthard, J.Villenueve, Frentzen. Bad drivers who maybe didn't get a fair shot but we will probably never know: Badoer, Piquet.Jr, Bourdais, M.Andretti Truly horrible drivers who didn't deserve their F1 drives: Lavaggi, Ide Then there are drivers who are difficult to rank like Jean Alesi, Andrea de Cesaris and so on. Most world champions are best of the best or very good category (Jacques was before he left Williams). Most runners up champions are very good category if not best of the best. Most race winners are at least plain good. There are examples like Panis who only won one race and Brundle who never won a race who I rate a little higher than others because of specific efforts within seasons that for whatever reason are forgotten and they didn't have a chance to replicate. Just as much as there are examples like Frentzen who I don't rate very highly even though they displayed some talent a fair few times because they just lacked that little extra for me in various seasons. In all of this, Massa can put a car on pole, he can make strategies work, he can overtake when he needs to, he can deal with championship pressure and he can lead a team. So he has to be at least in the very good category.