2011 half season driver rankings part 2: 15-6

2011 F1 season

Part two of the mid-season driver rankings covers the ten drivers up to sixth place.

Read my verdict, a selection of your comments on each drivers, and share your view on the best drivers of the year so far.

Paul di Resta, Force India, Silverstone, 2011

Paul di Resta, Force India, Silverstone, 2011

15. Paul di Resta

Beat team mate in qualifying 7/9
Beat team mate in race 3/7
Races finished 8/9
Laps spent ahead of team mate 281/509

The reigning DTM champion has made an impressive start to his F1 career: particularly in qualifying, where he has regularly beaten his more experienced team mate.

He scored a point in his first race (aided, admittedly, by the disqualification of the Saubers) and repeated the feat at Malaysia.

Since then he’s missed opportunities to score with a few rookie mistakes, notably at Montreal and Silverstone – though the latter came after a botched pit stop had already ruined his race.

Has come into the sport “cold” and has thoroughly trounced his team-mate in qualifying. Has been unlucky with some over-officious stewarding and perhaps needs to recognise when to pull his nose out. Otherwise he would really be hammering Sutil in the standings too.

Paul di Resta 2011 form guide

14. Nick Heidfeld

Beat team mate in qualifying 3/9
Beat team mate in race 5/7
Races finished 8/9
Laps spent ahead of team mate 236/518

A podium finish in his second start for Renault justified the team’s decision to opt for experience over youth when choosing who to put in Robert Kubica’s sadly vacant seat.

Heidfeld had a public hurry-up from team principal Eric Boullier during the season as he was lagging behind Vitaly Petrov in qualifying.

But he remains as ever a very safe pair of hands in the races. Had it not been for a collision with Kamui Kobayashi in Montreal he’d have scored in the last six races in a row. As it is he’s now moved ahead of Petrov in the points standings.

I was expecting more out of Heidfeld this season, and although he was unlucky at times (Canada), he still hasn’t been consistently stronger than his team mate.

Nick Heidfeld 2011 form guide

Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Montreal, 2011

Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Montreal, 2011

13. Sebastien Buemi

Beat team mate in qualifying 7/9
Beat team mate in race 4/6
Races finished 8/9
Laps spent ahead of team mate 306/459

Buemi ended last year taking a fair beating from Jaime Alguersuari.

He turned the tables at the start of this season, finding speed and durability form the new Pirelli tyres much more quickly than his team mate.

But the balance of power has begun to shift once more and Buemi finds himself under pressure once again as we enter the second half of 2011.

He has been extracting a lot of performance from the Toro Rosso, but Alguersuari is catching up fast. He’s been solid and consistent, and he’d make a good number two at Red Bull if Webber decides to retire. He’s made it into the top ten at qualifying, but he needs to step his game up to stay ahead in the Toro Rosso driver war.

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Istanbul, 2011

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Istanbul, 2011

12. Michael Schumacher

Beat team mate in qualifying 1/9
Beat team mate in race 3/7
Races finished 7/9
Laps spent ahead of team mate 171/463

A new car and a change in tyre supplier has not brought about the instantaneous return to form Schumacher’s legions of fans will have been hoping for after 2010.

There has been discernible improvement, but while Nico Rosberg has reached Q3 at every race, Schumacher has missed out four times.

There have been flashes of the old Schumacher in some races, notably in Canada, where only the impossibility of defending his position against cars with DRS cost him a podium.

But there have been some clumsy mistakes as well – he’s lost the front wing off his car in collisions in Istanbul, Valencia and Silverstone. The comeback is still refusing to come good.

A mixed season. Has had some very poor races such as Turkey, but then again has had some monster performances like at Canada. His results again aren’t reflecting how well he has driven at times. His racecraft is still questionable, but it could simply be that the other drivers aren’t scared of him any more.

Michael Schumacher 2011 form guide

11. Sergio Perez

Beat team mate in qualifying 4/8
Beat team mate in race 2/4
Races finished 5/7
Laps spent ahead of team mate 162/337

Perez was cruelly robbed of points in his first F1 start due to a minor technical infringement by his team. Nonetheless, F1 Fanatic readers voted him Driver of the Weekend.

Since then he’s continued to exploit the Sauber C30’s low tyre wear to make inroads into the points. Last weekend he scored his best result so far, seventh, by keeping his pit stops to a minimum.

His start to the season was disrupted by that nasty shunt at Monaco. He had the sense to step down in Canada when he still wasn’t fit enough, and has got back on form since then.

It’s not been all plain sailing: he collected two penalties for collisions in Shanghai. That aside he’s made an excellent start to his F1 career.

It’s difficult not to like this guy – he made everyone smile with his 7th place debut finish, and although outclassed by Kobayashi in the succeeding races, his finding his feet again after his Monaco crash, including a 7th place finish at his first Silverstone visit.

Sergio Perez 2011 form guide

Timo Glock, Virgin, Monaco, 2011

Timo Glock, Virgin, Monaco, 2011

10. Timo Glock

Beat team mate in qualifying 7/9
Beat team mate in race 3/5
Races finished 6/9
Laps spent ahead of team mate 326/411

Who knows at what point Timo Glock realised the second all-CFD Virgin Racing car wasn’t going to be any better than the first one. Probably at some point during those first laps with the car at Jerez.

Faced with another long season plugging away at the back of the field, Glock is resigned to making the most out of what he’s got.

He was ecstatic with his Monaco qualifying lap, even if he wasn’t able to overhaul either of the Lotuses on that occasion. At Silverstone he was keeping Jarno Trulli behind when the Lotus dropped out.

He’s got to be on the list of any front-running team with a vacancy for 2012.

Another season as a backmarker, surely not something a driver of his talent deserves. Hopefully the team improves or he moves to a better one, as he’s clearly talented and it would be great to see him driving a good car (again).

Timo Glock 2011 form guide

9. Heikki Kovalainen

Beat team mate in qualifying 8/9
Beat team mate in race 2/4
Races finished 5/9
Laps spent ahead of team mate 193/369

Another driver who deserves better machinery than he has at his disposal.

Kovalainen has been little troubled by his team mate so far this year and has grabbed opportunities to move the T128 up the order – such as his appearance in Q2 at Silverstone.

Quietly doing the job at Lotus and has been the one to take the opportunity of getting into Q2 when it comes up. It seems like he genuinely cares about making Lotus better and it doesn’t matter to him that he’s at the back, so long as he’s racing. Heikki is fast becoming one of my favourite drivers.

Heikki Kovalainen 2011 form guide

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Valencia, 2011

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Valencia, 2011

8. Kamui Kobayashi

Beat team mate in qualifying 5/9
Beat team mate in race 3/5
Races finished 7/9
Laps spent ahead of team mate 245/407

No longer the upstart rookie, Kobayashi has been thrust into the role of team leader at Sauber – and he’s responded to the challenge very well.

Six points finishes in nine races only tell part of the story. An assault from Schumacher in Silverstone and the team’s disqualification in Melbourne likely cost him two more.

Best of all, he hasn’t lost his capacity for gutsy, crowd-pleasing overtaking moves – he’s still a joy to watch.

Has driven very well in a Sauber that’s much improved over last year’s. Probably the most consistent driver who doesn’t have a top-tier car.

Kamui Kobayashi 2011 form guide

7. Felipe Massa

Beat team mate in qualifying 0/9
Beat team mate in race 2/6
Races finished 7/9
Laps spent ahead of team mate 116/463

Massa took a fair kicking from Fernando Alonso last year, and it’s to his credit that he’s picked himself up after it.

Buoyed by a change of tyres for 2011, he is performing noticeably better.

The qualifying scoreline still makes for painful reading but Massa has been within hundredths of Alonso at some races. He made a habit of jumping his team mate at the start earlier in the year, too.

He had a particularly good run in China, passing Lewis Hamilton early on and finishing in front of Alonso, albeit in sixth place.

Despite claims Massa’s season is looking better than 2010, he is always the last of the top three teams. He has showed some good performances in qualifying almost matching Alonso like in Canada, and beat him in Malaysia and China, but he has yet to finish higher than fifth. After nine races, three podiums a win by his team mate, podiums should be in reach for the Brazilian.

Felipe Massa 2011 form guide

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2011

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2011

6. Mark Webber

Beat team mate in qualifying 2/9
Beat team mate in race 0/9
Races finished 9/9
Laps spent ahead of team mate 6/551

Webber badly needed to put one over Sebastian Vettel at Silverstone, so no wonder he ignored the team’s demand for him to back off.

The Red Bull duo are the only drivers to have completed every racing lap this year – and Webber was ahead for just six of them.

True, he’s had some problems with KERS during the year, but this alone isn’t enough to explain the gap to his team mate – Vettel has not been immune to similar problems.

Early in the year Webber was having a much harder time with the new tyres than his team mate – wearing them out more quickly and not getting the same performance out of them. He’s made significant progress in that regard since then.

China was his stand-out performance of the first half of the year. Left 18th on the grid after failing to get through Q1 on hard tyres without KERS, he raced through the field to an excellent third place.

Some good drives, but he has the same car as the champion and is 80 points behind him. Amazing in China though.

Mark Webber 2011 form guide

The third and final part will be published on Tuesday.

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152 comments on 2011 half season driver rankings part 2: 15-6

  1. sumedh said on 17th July 2011, 11:28

    Can’t believe Webber is that high up. He should be behind Heikki, Massa, Kobayashi, Glock at the very least. What has he done to be ahead of all these drivers.

    The Red Bull is easily the fastest car whatever be the rules on the blown diffuser. He has seemed powerless while chasing Vettel or while defending from Alonso. Even if one removes Vettel from the race results of every race, Webber is going to win only one of the nine races.

    At least Massa can argue that his strategy and pitstops have been badly managed, what defence does Webber have?

  2. John H said on 17th July 2011, 11:29

    Agree with all of this except Massa… how he’s ranked 7th out of 26 drivers for this half of the season I cannot fathom, but so pleased Glock and Kovalainen are getting the credit they deserve. :)

  3. debaser91 said on 17th July 2011, 11:38

    I like these rankings. Webber is a difficult one to place because he is being comprehensively beaten by Vettel but is still second in the championship. Think I would put him behind Kobayashi.

    Would have Petrov and Algersuari higher from yesterday and Schumacher, Glock and Buemi lower.

    5. Rosberg
    4. Hamilton
    3. Button
    2. Alonso
    1. Vettel

    I would put Button in front of Hamilton because Lewis is capable of better results in that car but hasn’t achieved them because of his own errors. Button is definitely the slower of the two but Hamilton has made too many mistakes so far.

  4. Fixy (@fixy) said on 17th July 2011, 11:43

    7. Felipe Massa

    In 2010 his half-season ranking was 9th, so perhaps he really is stronger this year. The last few races have been the opposite of the first ones for him, and hopefully he’ll have a good end to the season, better than 2010 where he was ranked 16th.

    Despite claims Massa’s season is looking better than 2010, he is always the last of the top three teams. He has showed some good performances in qualifying almost matching Alonso like in Canada, and beat him in Malaysia and China, but he has yet to finish higher than fifth. After nine races, three podiums a win by his team mate, podiums should be in reach for the Brazilian.

    Apart from a typo (“three podiums a win” which should be “three podiums and a win”) I’m happy to have my first mention in an article, and fittingly for my favourite driver!

    • Congrats Fixy :) I really believe Massa has upped his game since last year too.

      • Fixy (@fixy) said on 17th July 2011, 13:55

        I thought 2010 was better for Massa, at least in the first half, but in both occasions after some good race he had some horrible ones. Also, this year the Ferrari is further from the Red Bull so it’s more understandable why he has not had podiums, but Alonso has and so should he. In 2010 he had two podiums in the first two races and also led the championship for one race. This year he’s 6th from the beginning rather than having some good performances and then bad ones, so he’s more consistent but still average.

        • I just feel that Massa’s been closer to Alonso this year and the first rule is beat your team mate :P He looks more lively and likely to do something while last year I mostly thought he was out of his depth. His results and qualifying on paper may be worse than 2010 but strangely, I feel more confident in him. Perhaps I’m just insane. :P

    • ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 17th July 2011, 13:09

      Yes, and if only he had optimal strategies and pitstops, he’d almost certainly have had at least a few more Top 5 results.

      Webber’s luck finally turned around in 2010 after so many years of bad luck, so you’d think it’d be Massa’s turn next, who’s probably one of the few other drivers apart from Webber to have a tendency for a lot of bad luck.

  5. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 17th July 2011, 12:00

    I think that Rosberg’s already too high. His qualifying has been good this year, but his racing has generally been average.

    It seems that he generally goes backwards in the first few laps, and then often gets stuck in the midfield. However, to his credit, the car’s race pace is poor, and he hasn’t been involved in the incidents that Schumacher has.

    It seems Schumacher’s improved more than Rosberg from 2010 to 2011, and that really isn’t a good sign for Nico.

    • Ral said on 17th July 2011, 12:34

      To be fair to Rosberg, I think all that does is show that Schumacher had more room for improvement compared to last season. Which we all knew he had.

      I’ve mentioned this on the forum, but Peter Windsor did an interview with Ross Brawn in which (for the first time ever for me) Ross gives plain praise and admits Rosberg is just getting more out of the car than Schumacher is.

      “First, Nico is doing a fantastic job,” he replies. “He’s set a very high reference for Michael to match and beat. And we’ve not done a great car this year, as I say. We’re struggling a bit with the rear tyres, we’re struggling with rear tyre consistency, we’re having to look at how we set the car up to look after that situation. Whether this moves more towards Michael than Nico – or vice versa – I don’t know.
      I persist: why the speed differential? From where does it mostly come?

      “That’s a very good question!” says Ross ruefully. “Michael pores over the data trying work out where Nico’s speed comes from. They both apex the corner at similar speeds, so it’s the way you enter and exit that chips away at those hundredths of a second that accumulate into a gain. You couldn’t pick a spot or an aspect of a corner and say ‘Nico brakes better than Michael’ or is ‘better in traction’; he just puts a corner together a little bit better than Michael in terms of braking and turning-in. And that’s a reflection on how good Nico is. He has progressed over the last few years. The reason we asked him to join the team is that we were all impressed with him at Williams but he was a little less consistent there at times. But here he has been really consistent and has fitted in well.”

      • Robbie said on 18th July 2011, 14:34

        Agree completely Ral…MS had more room for improvement over last season…and isn’t it fascinating how we have gone from Brawn saying MS will be 2010 WDC, to him saying NR has ‘set a very high reference for Michael to match and beat’…unprecedented in MS’s F1 career. Night and day different to how he has had it throughout his F1 career previous to his return.

        Put another way…anyone who might have said a year and a half ago that by mid-2011 NR would still be leading MS in points would have been laughed off this site…

        And here NR sits best of the rest…with MS as a teammate…

        Huge kudos to NR. Huge feather in his cap. Many drivers were glad to see MS return so they could have an opportunity to race against a 7-time WDC and try to beat him…NR is in the heart of that, and dealing with it just fine. Way to go NR.

        • Mgn said on 20th July 2011, 18:28

          But Michael is in his 40s and not in his prime Yet Schu race pace in couple of races has been better than Nico, i don’t think NR will be fully proud of himself by outscoring 40s Michael rather than Michael at his prime. Nico is a very good driver but i don’t think he will be put on the legendary list the like of Senna, Schumacher, Prost etc. If Michael decided to retire and Mercedes does sign Di Resta as Nico teammate, i think Di Resta going to make Nico looks overrated.
          And Brawn also said that Michael is still the icon at MGP:
          “it’s the first complete car he’s designed. So I think it’s pretty impressive but it’s not where we want to be. John’s next car will for sure be a lot better. So we’re a team in transition but a team that for me is transitioning in a very upward direction. And Michael is helping us achieve that, helping us build the team.

          “Michael is very involved with visiting the factory, with working with the engineers, with helping them understand where we’ve got to focus. And because he’s got such charisma everyone listens! Nico Rosberg is also very effective in this role but of course Michael is this iconic character and when he comes to the factory people listen. He does present things in a way that forces people to challenge him. He doesn’t just want to say ‘do this, this and this’; he wants people to challenge him and to understand why. It’s rare for him to say ‘look, you must change this because I think it will solve the problem’. He presents the problem and then debates with the engineers about how the problem could be solved. He doesn’t have many pre-conceived ideas about how things should be. He has a good, open mind. He provokes debate, provokes discussion. He’s very good in this respect.”

          • Robbie said on 21st July 2011, 14:35

            Ok but I think you are conveniently downgrading MS in defence of him…nobody put a gun to MS’s head to return and obviously he thought he could come back and compete, so he’s fair game as far as I’m concerned. In spite of his age, most people thought he would be on form in no time last year and Brawn even had him as 2010 WDC. And while I agree NR is nowhere near the legendary category (few are), you are putting MS there but at the same time saying it is no big deal and that NR should feel less pride in besting MS due to MS’s age. I think NR is probably feeling huge pride in how he is dealing with a legend as a teammate who is back with his main man Ross Brawn who was so instrumental in so much of MS’s success.

            I think it is inevitable that MS is using his experience at the factory…he has that experience so of course he is going to offer it when the end game is to make himself faster on the track ie. I doubt his main focus is to provoke debate and discussion on car solutions so that NR can go faster…unfortunately for him it is still not enough and for every input at the factory he and NR make NR is fine with it and keeping pace just nicely…it’s like he was never phazed by having MS as a teammate.

        • Mgn said on 21st July 2011, 17:31

          I think not downgrading, even at his 40s he still could pace Nico in some occasions. Lewis one of that excited about Schumi return also said that Schumi not at his best. So i don’t think NR would feel huge pride on outscoring Michael last year. And to developed a team it took years like Michael at Ferrari, yes it is part of Ross too on Ferrari success but Michael played the biggest part and many expert believe on that. it is your doubt about that but i tend to and i believe many more listen to Ross quotes as he knows better on that.

  6. Mads (@mads) said on 17th July 2011, 12:19

    I think Glock is a little overrated. But i really disagree with Webber and Massa being so high up. Massa has been “good” compared to what he did last year, but he is still not doing well. I think he is just not as bad as last year. I know it is tough, and i really like the guy, but his performance is really disappointing.
    Webber have been totally left in the dust by Vettel, yes Vettel has grown to incredible heights and he is really doing well and it is no surprise that he can’t match him, but his starts have just been incredibly bad. Really really bad. When Vettel generally have had very good starts, so it don’t seem to be a problem with the car.
    When he has a team mate who is able to not finish below 2nd i think it is in fact very poor that he has only just overtaken JB in the points.
    To be unable to match his team mate is one thing, but to be doing worse then other drivers who is in generally slower cars is just not worthy of a 6th place.

    • Anders said on 17th July 2011, 12:37

      I think Glock is highly underrated, It is quite unfair to have a clear picture of his talent in the Virgin car.

      I think he should be higher up, maybe 7th or 6th

      • ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 17th July 2011, 13:11

        No, I don’t think so.

        Glock has done a decent job, but he lost motivation a bit early in the year and was regularly getting beaten by D’Ambrosio even, around the Chinese GP period.

      • Mads (@mads) said on 17th July 2011, 13:46

        Yeah it is very hard, but sometimes they look better then they are because of their situation.
        It is not like Timo has totally embarrassed D’Ambrosio who is just a rookie, so i think 10th is too high up in the rankings in my opinion.

    • F1 98 said on 17th July 2011, 20:23

      Glock is overrated he is good but not
      Top 10 worthy him and sutil should switch spots

  7. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 17th July 2011, 12:50

    I was going to put Heikki 9th if I’d done a Top 10, so it’s great to see my quote was used as well!

    • Congrats :) Heikki’s impressed me more this year. I thought after a while at the back his chin would drop but if anything he’s performing even better than last year.

      • Sorry for double post but the funny thing is back in his Mclaren days I doubt I’d have put him as high as 9th in either season. I hope he doesn’t turn into a Fisichella where he can be superb in bad/average cars but fail to deliver in good ones.

        • Soumya said on 18th July 2011, 17:37

          Yeah,i definitely think he deserves a better drive. Maybe not a Red Bull,since he was a flop in Macca,but definitely a Williams or a renault(hope he replaces the bloody Petrov,i dont like ppl like him or Maldonado who are in mid-grid teams only because of their pockets,while better drivers,fail to make the grid at all,or like Kovy or Glock,are further down the field in worse cars.

  8. sumedh said on 17th July 2011, 13:10

    Order from 1 to 5
    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Button
    4. Hamilton
    5. Rosberg

    2,3,4 is debatable. I will definitely put Alonso above Hamilton. But should Button be better than Hamilton, I would say so, but it is debatable. Between Button and Alonso, I am inclined to rule in favor of Alonso.

  9. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 17th July 2011, 13:43

    I actually grimmaced when I read: “Massa: Beat team mate in qualifying 0/9″ and “Webber: Beat team mate in race 0/9.”

    It doesn’t make pretty reading does it…

    • ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 17th July 2011, 14:38

      And that’s not even Webber’s most damning statistic

      Laps spent ahead of team mate 6/551

      • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 17th July 2011, 18:38

        I thought it was bad enough I mentioned 0/9!

        • HoHum (@hohum) said on 17th July 2011, 20:55

          Actually 6 out of 551 is a higher ration than 0 out of 9. but reflects team tactics. Why not look at places gained during the races? If this was your criteria Webber would be far better than Vettel for the season so far. Somebody else will have to work out how this would look for all drivers.

          • HoHum (@hohum) said on 17th July 2011, 20:56

            RATIO not ration.

          • Tim said on 17th July 2011, 21:39

            Why not look at places gained during the races?

            It’s an interesting statistic, but it only really tells you who qualified below the potential of their machinery.

            It also provides an artificially negative picture of drivers who manage to drag a decent time from their car in qualifying but will inevitably fall back in the race.

          • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 18th July 2011, 5:04

            It also provides an artificially negative picture of drivers who manage to drag a decent time from their car in qualifying but will inevitably fall back in the race.

            Exactly. I have my doubts about Vettel’s ability to overtake but its not exactly a bad thing if you stick it on pole, lead into the first corner, lead every lap and end up winning the race.

          • HoHum (@hohum) said on 18th July 2011, 13:04

            Just saying you can bend statistics any way you want, in the end it is all subjective. Also most of Webbers career he has been ” managing to drag a decent time in qualifying from a car that inevitably fell back in the race” rating Webber based purely on his performance against Vettel does him a disservice .Name your candidate to have done better in Marks place.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 18th July 2011, 21:27

            Just saying you can bend statistics any way you want, in the end it is all subjective.

            You can bend them. But in the vast majority of ways of bending them, Vettel comes out on top (by far).

            Also most of Webbers career he has been ” managing to drag a decent time in qualifying from a car that inevitably fell back in the race” rating Webber based purely on his performance against Vettel does him a disservice

            He did do well at Jaguar, but judging him based on his RB efforts isn’t doing him a disservice unless he turns it around. Fisichella, Kovalainen, Barrichello are more examples of drivers who did well in midfield but will be remembered for not delivering in the best cars.

            Name your candidate to have done better in Marks place.

            We can never truly know the answer, but this isn’t about who could have done better in his place. It’s either about Webber underperforming or Vettel overperforming.

  10. f1geordie said on 17th July 2011, 13:46

    Surely Paul di Resta needs to be moved up?!

  11. Michaeljs317 (@mclaren-fan-17) said on 17th July 2011, 14:11

    This comment is slightly out of place but the first driver rankings article stops abruptly in the middle of the section about Pastor Maldonado, and it also doesn’t let me comment, I’ve tried refreshing the page and have tried using multiple browsers, but I still have the same problem.

  12. Marco said on 17th July 2011, 14:38

    Season 2011: (after 9 races)
    Some race statistics from 2011:

    The best SINGLE performance of a driver: (in terms of an average race position)

    01. Sebastian Vettel – 1,017 – Turkish GP + European GP
    02. Lewis Hamilton – 1,948 – Australian GP
    03. Fernando Alonso – 2,230 – British GP
    04. Jenson Button – 2,243 – Monaco GP
    05. Mark Webber – 2,543 – European GP
    06. Nico Rosberg – 3,339 – Chinese GP
    07. Vitaly Petrov – 3,517 – Australian GP
    08. Felipe Massa – 3,839 – Chinese GP
    09. Nick Heidfeld – 4,321 – Malaysian GP
    10. Kamui Kobayashi – 4,414 – Canadian GP
    11. Michael Schumacher – 6,338 – Spanish GP
    12. Adrian Sutil – 7,389 – Monaco GP
    13. Pastor Maldonado – 7,547 – Monaco GP
    14. Paul Di Resta – 9,089 – Chinese GP
    15. Sergio Pérez – 9,096 – British GP
    16. Sébastien Buemi – 9,672 – Turkish GP
    17. Rubens Barrichello – 10,181 – Monaco GP
    18. Jaime Alguersuari – 10,232 – European GP
    19. Jarno Trulli – 15,855 – Monaco GP
    20. Heikki Kovalainen – 16,105 – Australian GP
    21. Timo Glock – 16,797 – Canadian GP
    22. Jeróme D Ambrosio – 17,925 – Australian GP
    23. Vitantonio Liuzzi – 18,652 – Canadian GP
    24. Narain Karthikeyan – 19,173 – Canadian GP

    All 9 race performances counted together, resulting to a one average racing position:

    01. Sebastian Vettel – 1,354
    02. Fernando Alonso – 3,898
    03. Lewis Hamilton – 4,292
    04. Jenson Button – 5,130
    05. Mark Webber – 5,219
    06. Felipe Massa – 5,976
    07. Nico Rosberg – 8,164
    08. Vitaly Petrov – 9,057
    09. Nick Heidfeld – 10,007
    10. Kamui Kobayashi – 10,449
    11. Paul Di Resta – 11,648
    12. Adrian Sutil – 11,674
    13. Michael Schumacher – 11,869
    14. Sébastien Buemi – 12,868
    15. Sergio Pérez – 13,073
    16. Jaime Alguersuari – 13,343
    17. Rubens Barrichello – 14,723
    18. Pastor Maldonado – 14,996
    19. Heikki Kovalainen – 17,921
    20. Jarno Trulli – 18,016
    21. Timo Glock – 19,068
    22. Jeróme D Ambrosio – 19,957
    23. Vitantonio Liuzzi – 20,823
    24. Narain Karthikeyan – 21,840


    Pedro De La Rosa – 13,485
    Daniel Ricciardo – 20,959

    The RACE battles between teammates (from closest to the farthest):

    01. Paul Di Resta vs. Adrian Sutil – difference 0,026 of a position
    02. Heikki Kovalainen vs. Jarno Trulli – difference 0,095 of a position
    03. Rubens Barrichello vs. Pastor Maldonado – difference 0,273 of a position
    04. Sébastien Buemi vs. Jaime Alguersuari – difference 0,475 of a position
    05. Lewis Hamilton vs. Jenson Button – difference 0,838 of a position
    06. Timo Glock vs. Jeróme D Ambrosio – difference 0,889 of a position
    07. Vitaly Petrov vs. Nick Heidfeld – difference 0,950 of a position
    08. Vitantonio Liuzzi vs. Narain Karthikeyan – difference 1,017 position
    09. Fernando Alonso vs. Felipe Massa – difference 2,078 positions
    10. Kamui Kobayashi vs. Sergio Pérez – difference 2,624 positions
    11. Nico Rosberg vs. Michael Schumacher – difference 3,705 positions
    12. Sebastian Vettel vs. Mark Webber – difference 3,865 positions

    So the best drivers of 2011 so far (looking at the performance of car, only race counted)

    01. Fernando Alonso
    02. Kamui Kobayashi
    03. Nico Rosberg
    04. Sébastien Buemi
    05. Sebastian Vettel
    06. Lewis Hamilton
    07. Paul Di Resta
    08. Rubens Barrichello
    09. Heikki Kovalainen
    10. Timo Glock
    11. Vitantonio Liuzzi
    12. Jenson Button
    13. Felipe Massa
    14. Vitaly Petrov
    15. Adrian Sutil
    16. Jaime Alguersuari
    17. Pastor Maldonado
    18. Jarno Trulli
    19. Jeróme D Ambrosio
    20. Narain Karthikeyan
    21. Nick Heidfeld
    22. Sergio Pérez
    23. Mark Webber
    24. Michael Schumacher

    The best driver rankings will off course change race after race… :)

    • Mads (@mads) said on 17th July 2011, 15:01

      How do Vettel end up 5th?
      Can you explain how you count up the scores, since i can’t really see the logic.
      Vettel is on top in all your stats except the second to last one, where of cause he is the lowest, but that can only be a good thing, so i don’t see why being on top in every statistic will put him 5th.

      • Marco said on 17th July 2011, 15:23

        Ferrari has generally only 3th best car this year (standings), so that s places 5 and 6… But Alonso is an excellent 2nd in the “all races counted statistics”, so he is much higher then he should be… That s why he is in 1st place… On other hand Webber is massively underperforming with a best car on grid, being only 5th in “all races counted statistics”… That s why he is almost last overall… It will change for sure as many drivers upped their performances (ALG, PÉR, SUT) and some others who are the moment high will probably fade…

        • Mads (@mads) said on 17th July 2011, 16:35

          But i still don’t see how that can move Vettel to 5th? He might have the fastest car, but by how much? In the races it has usually only been the 2nd fastest car.
          What is your formula for calculating the statistics into a final score?

    • John H said on 17th July 2011, 20:03

      Just what does Vettel have to do to claim number 1 spot in your rankings? Or is it actually impossible for him to do so because of his car?

    • bill said on 19th July 2011, 2:47

      Schumacher last, Of course he is, Its a british site

  13. UKfanatic (@) said on 17th July 2011, 15:00

    Buemi wanst taking any beating last year, he simply had much more technical problems, if you watched his races very closely you should have seen it

    • Marco said on 17th July 2011, 15:17

      Good joke! ;) The one who suffered with bad luck last year was Alguersuari… You should watch Spanish, Singapore and Korean races again where he lost 10 possible points… Not to mention the unfair penalty in Belgium, where he was demoted from 10th place… Buemi is only moaning again, but the truth is he had no problems in Valencia or Canada last year… And his “bad luck” resulted in benefiting from Schumachers penalty in Monaco to take another point… At Monza he just wasn t quick enough to maintain the position ahead of Barrichello after pitstops… And in other GPs, he wasn t able to reach the top 10… And about this year, he should be very happy with the “3 given” points in Australia, where the Saubers were disqualifyied… The situation is getting back to the second half of 2010 and Buemi is searching for excuses, again…

      • Last year in Spain Jaime was a bit crazy when he barged into a backmarker. Buemi also had absolutely rotten luck at the beginning of the season where he was taken out constantly on the first lap but at least he got to lead at Canada.

        For the last few races it did seem that Buemi was under pressure and his team mate was turning the tables though but Buemi once again has taken control early on. I always felt Jaime had potential but I must admit I’ve lost a lot of faith and during their time together Buemi has been the better of the pair.

        • Marco said on 17th July 2011, 16:56

          One user here wrote the possible reason why it is all happening with the Toro Rosso drivers… It seems that Alguersuari just needs time to get use to the technical things and changes, maybe because of less experience? But after understanding the problems it looks like he has the ability to bounce back and recover… It happened last year and it looks to me it can happen again…
          And then it is up to Buemi how he will handle the pressure, but he was struggling with it last year making mistakes in races and losing ground in qualifying…

          • You could be right Marco and maybe it does take Jaime a little while longer to adjust. I’m actually really enjoying watching their battle because although I feel Buemi is stronger I really don’t have any clue how it’ll end up.

  14. Damon said on 17th July 2011, 15:35

    Keith, I thought Petrov hasn’t appeared in the classification yet, because – as I just realized – the previous article cuts off at no. 20.

    Could you please look into this?

  15. kateafan said on 17th July 2011, 15:35

    I’m not going to give a shopping list of excuses for Webber, seeing as he hasn’t done but the KERS issue is the least of it; he’s lost at least 3 whole sessions due to mechanical failures and most of all a car that’s had 3 different chassis changes compared to his team mate who’s never had to change from day one.
    Clearly qualifying has been a problem and at Silverstone we got to see openly the management’s true colours.

    • I know Mark’s had some bad luck but the problem for me is when Seb bins in in practice (his own daft fault) but then takes the pole and win (such as Turkey and almost the win in Canada) it just feels like nothing can touch him.

      I’m glad Mark seems to be getting to grips with the Pirelli tyres and I think his season is just going to get better and better hopefully but even with his bad luck before his lack of pace such as in China qualifying just couldn’t be dressed up for me.

      Thanks Kate for the info about thw chassis changes too as I never knew that.

      • kateafan said on 17th July 2011, 17:12

        Thanks Steph, that’s why I mentioned the chassis’ as I didn’t think it had been widely publicised.
        An insider on the RBR community was going to explain before the site was taken down.

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