I know exactly what you mean, and I understand about the majority opinion. And I have my own view on who the top 3 drivers are. I also have a view on the top 2, the top 4 and the top 5. I also know who I would pick if I was running my own team.
The subtleties are in the question which is asked, and the person who is being asked. Ask most fans and pundits who the best three drivers are, and I do not think many people would be surprised by the results. Ask a TP who they would most like driving for them, I think the answers may vary a little more. Ask punters who the best team would be, and it would likely be at odds with the TP view.
I am just not really sure why it seems to end up as a top 3? why not a top 2? or a top 4? is it simply because there is a group of three who are inseperable at the top? I would suggest so, with opinion as to the best being up in the air,
Sorry for the pointless ramble.