Vote for your Japanese Grand Prix driver of the weekend

2011 Japanese Grand Prix

Start, Suzuka, 2011

Start, Suzuka, 2011

Who was the most impressive driver throughout the Japanese Grand Prix weekend?

See below for my pick of the best drivers in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Review each driver’s race weekend in detail below and vote for who you thought was the most impressive driver.

For your consideration

Here are some of the drivers who impressed me during the Japanese Grand Prix weekend:

Jenson Button – Quick from the word go, thoroughly deserved victory.

Fernando Alonso – Just keeps on wringing the maximum out of the Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher – Good effort to bring the Mercedes home in front of one of the Ferraris.

Sergio Perez – Another very strong performance, bouncing back from a technical problem in qualifying to score points despite being ill.

Vitaly Petrov – Managed his opening stints on medium tyres well, then battled his way into the points at the end.

Compare all the drivers

Review what happened to each driver over the race weekend and compare their performances with their team mates using the links below:

Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
McLaren: Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari: Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
Mercedes: Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher
Renault: Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov
Williams: Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado
Force India: Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta
Sauber: Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez
Toro Rosso: Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari
Lotus: Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen
HRT: Daniel Ricciardo and Vitantonio Liuzzi
Virgin: Timo Glock and Jerome d’Ambrosio

Vote for your driver of the weekend

Which driver impressed you the most throughout the Japanese Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

Who was the best driver of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (2%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (2%)
  • Jenson Button (67%)
  • Fernando Alonso (13%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (6%)
  • Nico Rosberg (1%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (5%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (1%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (3%)

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91 comments on Vote for your Japanese Grand Prix driver of the weekend

  1. MGriffin90 (@mgriffin90) said on 10th October 2011, 21:08

    Button, easily. With topping every practice, winning the race AND setting the fastest lap, that’s plain astonishing at a track I really thought Red Bull would walk to the win. Stunning performance. If he’d got pole, he would’ve had the perfect weekend, and they don’t happen very often at all.

  2. Mike the bike Schumacher (@mike-the-bike-schumacher) said on 10th October 2011, 21:13

    One of Button’s best performances. Making Hamilton look so second hand now. Especially liked Button celebrating with the Japanese fans.

  3. George (@george) said on 10th October 2011, 21:16

    I went for Button, I think he had the fastest car so no surprise he won, but he made the most of it, and qualifying was the only slip-up of the weekend.

    Second would be Alonso for his stealthy performance in the race (hardly saw him for the whole weekend), and third Perez with another solid drive up the field. Also an honourable mention for Sutil who was fast all weekend but it just didn’t come together for him.

  4. JB without a doubt. Did the job all weekend. He felt that Seb was unfair at the start but didn’t lose his head but instead calmly and strongly took the win. That said, Alonso was my driver of the day. The Ferrari is still the 3rd fastest car imo and he just picked off everyone who made mistakes. His pace was very strong at times too. It’s only being outqualified that loses him my vote as DOTW.

  5. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 10th October 2011, 21:33

    DOTW has definitely got to be Jenson,Quick all round,His amazing ability of conserving the tyres with his Precision enabled to win the race.Ignoring the fact Seb got pole by the tiniest of margins,Jenson has more or less dominated a race weekend in my opinion for the first time since Monaco 2009 & also outperforming Lewis for the first time since being at McLaren.

    This is psychologically a massive & possibly even a turning point for him,maybe this might be the story from now on,Lewis will definitely pick himself up for certain but maybe the No.1 at McLaren wouuld be a different driver to the one everyone is used to seeing.

  6. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 10th October 2011, 21:36

    DOTW has definitely got to be Jenson,Quick all round,His amazing ability of conserving the tyres with his Precision enabled him to win the race.Ignoring the fact Seb got pole by the tiniest of margins,Jenson has more or less dominated a race weekend in my opinion for the first time since Monaco 2009 & also outperforming Lewis for the first time since being at McLaren.

    This is psychologically a massive weekend & possibly even a turning point for him,maybe this might be the story from now on,Lewis will definitely pick himself up for certain but maybe the No.1 at McLaren would be a different driver to the one everyone is used to seeing.

    Apologies for Duplicate Posts,This is slightly modified

  7. Hairs (@hairs) said on 10th October 2011, 21:55

    Easily Button, he’s going to walk away with this one and deserves it too.

    Having said that, why is everyone voting for Button’s “dominating” weekend, when nobody voted Vettel in on his equally dominating weekends at the start of the year? Simple: Nobody likes the idea that it’s more down to the car than the driver, and the RB was so crushingly peerless at the start of the year that Vettel’s success was as much “Don’t make a balls of it” (which is harder than it looks) than dictating the pace through talent.

  8. Mr draw said on 10th October 2011, 22:08

    A difficult decision. Perez or Alonso. Probably Alonso.

  9. pSynrg (@psynrg) said on 10th October 2011, 22:16

    JB – easy peasy!

    It’s time for Lewis to take stock and simply allow Jenson to be team leader. Jenson is really proving that his experience and maturity are getting the job done. Now brimming with confidence he also has the speed. Lewis has truly met his match.

    Lewis must learn from this – his raw talent, undoubtable speed and passing skills are no match for the technical excellence of Red Bull + Sebastian Vettel. Jenson on the other hand has played a crafty game. Probably the best race craft of the season if not tied with Alonso.

    If Lewis does this – much like he managed in 2009 with the sub-standard MP4-24 – he will learn so much more instead of scrapping over team leader status. Let Jenson soak up the pressure on that one :)

    Oh and Lewis, you need your coach, manager, Dad…

  10. RumFRESH (@rumfresh) said on 10th October 2011, 23:00

    Driver of the race would be very difficult to pick, but driver of the weekend is no doubt – Jenson Button.

  11. Jarred Walmsley (@jarred-walmsley) said on 10th October 2011, 23:26

    Has to be Jenson, no one else had the level of domination he displayed this weekend, I think this shows that he can drive the car well and is actually a top class driver proving that 2009 wasn’t just a fluke for having the best car.

  12. tmax (@tmax) said on 10th October 2011, 23:28

    Button’s drive this year reminds me of 2004 championship where he was a very regular visitor to the podium apart from the man himself. In fact he made it 10 times to the Podium without a win. He was very consistent that year. If not for the very strong Ferrari he would have been a strong title contender in 2004 for the WDC. But then alas everything vanished for 4 years until Brawn found the magic car.

    I hope this year does not end as 2004 for Jenson with a sudden loss of form the following year. Either way he drove a good race this time denying Seb of the magic weekend. I strongly believe next year will be a great comeback year for Lewis.

  13. Rocky (@rocky) said on 10th October 2011, 23:36

    Lewis Hamilton’s team mate old what’s his name

  14. F1fanNL (@) said on 11th October 2011, 2:02

    I’m gonna give it to Alonso.

    Button had a solid race but he should have been on pole with the fastest car over a single lap.
    I don’t care what drivers do in practice sessions because that’s always irrelevant with different teams testing different things and different fuel loads. The only thing you can say about the practice sessions is Vettel made a mistake in P1.
    The only reason Button won is because McLaren didn’t put enough fuel in his car, allowing him to run with less weight than he normally would have and because Red Bull had absolutely horrible pitstops with Vettel (4.6, 3.9 en 3.7??! Where did the low 3 second or high 2 second pitstops go that Red Bull were so notorious for in previous races…).
    Alonso may have been beaten by Massa in Q3 but his pace was incredible.
    The way I see it Alonso set his car up perfectly for the race. And although that probably cost him a grid slot it enabled him to keep up with 2 faster cars and ultimately pip Vettel when his team did another cautious pitstop.

    Button should have been on pole and got the victory handed to him by Red Bull, Vettel made a mistake in P1 while dreaming about title #2 but Alonso made the best of his weekend by far.

    And this is coming from someone who doesn’t like Alonso one bit.

    • F1fanNL (@) said on 11th October 2011, 2:13

      BTW,

      About that fuel strategy McLaren used. Wasn’t there a rule that said each driver should be able to drive back to park fermĂ© AND have enough fuel in the car? They weren’t happy when Hamilton stopped on track after taking pole at Gilles Villeneuve in 2010 so why do they allow Button to cross the line, park his car and bugger off to the podium without a peep?

      Furthermore, what would McLaren have done if there hadn’t been a SC. They would have looked like total morons if Button had to retire from the lead or concede his place to Alonso and Vettel with 2 or 3 laps to go. Is it worth that much to try and beat Vettel?

      It does put Hamilton shunting Massa in a different light though… Singapore 08 anyone? ;)

      • coefficient (@coefficient) said on 11th October 2011, 10:03

        I think it was the noble thing to do. It would have been crass to waltz around on a victory lap trying to steal Vettel’s moment having won the championship. Also, 2KG of fuel is more than enough to complete the slowing down lap. They only use 3 ish kgs at race race speed.

        You wouldn’t want to finish the race with much more than 2 KG of fuel on board as that would mean you’d been carrying unnecessary weight around throughout the race. Also, it wasn’t just Jenson that had the Safety car to contend with, everybody did so everybody was able to lean out the fuel mixture for a few laps to save some fuel for a last hurrah at the end of the race which is what happened. I doubt any car had more than 2 KG of fuel left at then end of the race, Kravitz means well but he does tend to overly dramatise the very ordinary.

  15. Steven (@modtl) said on 11th October 2011, 2:15

    Jenson Button – without a shadow of a doubt. To be fastest in all three practice sessions, be 0.009 off pole and win the race on a track that suits Red Bull and that Vettel loves shows Jenson’s class. If McLaren build a car next year to rival Red Bull from the off, Jenson will be one to watch definitely

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