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 (1%)

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

  1. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 11th October 2011, 3:20

    Button deserve it as he was the best all weekend except for quali but to me Alonso is the most deserving,raced well the car isn’t good but he took that Ferrari a place where it shouldn’t be.I guess race trim Mercedes was a better car then Ferrari this weekend.

  2. UKFan (@) said on 11th October 2011, 3:30

    Apart from the race winner of course. For the second time this season im going to say Alonso Ferrari and Alonso really worked alongside their problems and managed to make the perfect race set up as they stand they couldnt have done better, they knew that the loading of the tyre was the key factor to tyre saving so they went for less downforce and a more conservative qualifying lap. Other teams had concerns about the tyres camber levels were the measure proposed by Red Bull but I guess it wasnt enough they had to pit to early I saw it as necessity

  3. Girts (@girts) said on 11th October 2011, 7:43

    A lot of shout-outs this time.

    D’Ambrosio had another good weekend, outqualified his much more experienced team mate and finished the race just one second behind him. Kovalainen was the best of the ‘new guys’ once again, made an incredible start and kept a bunch of quicker cars behind himself for many laps. Ricciardo keeps steadily improving as well, he outperformed Liuzzi and fought closely with both Virgins over the whole race.

    Force India boys had bad luck. Unsurprisingly, Perez made the 2-stop strategy work brilliantly. Schumacher had another strong race and Rosberg recovered well after starting from the back of the grid. Alonso seemed to get the most out of his car on Sunday but lost out to Massa on Saturday. Vettel clinched the championship in mature and convincing manner.

    Button had a great weekend. He was closer to the pole position than any non-Red Bull driver had been this season. On Sunday, he didn’t let the slightly questionable start incident unbalance himself, pushed when he needed to and drove a superb race. So it’s really hard to decide but Jenson gets my vote for the DotW.

  4. Randy (@randy) said on 11th October 2011, 7:51

    This is extraordinary.

    Jenson is astonishing, his every win this season was a special treat. Japan for his girlfriend, winning his 200th race in Hungary, and Canada – you just need one quote from Wikipedia to sum it up:

    “Button made five pit-stops, had his teammate crash into him, served a drive-through penalty for speeding under the safety car – dropping him to last place – as well as sustaining a puncture from a collision with Alonso, and made 27 on-track passes to win the longest Formula One race in history.”

    That’s something to put in your CV. I started watching F1 because of Jenson, and i am so delighted that i did. What a fantastic carreer.

  5. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 11th October 2011, 8:56

    Vettel was a brilliant driver in Japan, a worthy world champion from the start of the year. Schumacher also did well, proving me wrong about Mercedes’ pace in Spa and Monza alone, I see Schumacher going on to good races next year if he continues.

    But I don’t think there’s any doubt about it on who gets my vote. Button drove an excellent race, calmly driving through to leap Vettel at the pitstops, and clearing off to win the race. I used to only thing Button could win races in the wet, but this proves it. He did what he had to do to keep his championship hopes alive, such a shame that the other part of the plan didn’t quite go his way.

    Also, I noticed something during Qualifying. The top 3 seem to be Vet/But/Ham.. Does this imply that Mclaren have a far better car? Or that Mark Webber is just hopeless this year?

    • KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 11th October 2011, 8:59

      Of course, I forgot Alonso, but he’s been getting 120% out of that Ferrari for most of the year.
      Doesn’t make it any less amazing though..

    • Skett (@skett) said on 11th October 2011, 21:36

      Not sure Mark Webbers hopeless, but I wouldn’t put him up to the standards of the mclaren drivers or vettel.

      I’m pretty sure the red bull has basically been designed around vettel as well which won’t help

  6. I can’t, and don’t want to, see past Jenson Button. A near perfect weekend in a car that can’t compare to the Red Bull.

    Button and Alonso have consistently outdriven their cars and have been my stand out drivers of the season.

    Vettel of course has been faultless all year, so kudos to him!

    Another mention to Michael Schumacher, who has been quietly collecting points and is far closer to Rosberg on points this year.

  7. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 11th October 2011, 9:26

    One of the easiest driver of the weekend polls purely because Button was stunning all weekend. Fastest in all three practice sessions, just 0.009 behind Vettel in qualifying and a superb race win. Button is really showing his worth this season and that he deserves his place in the upper reaches of F1.

    He has shown extreme maturity and Sunday’s race was a perfect example of this. The start could have ruined his race but he showed how he can be calm within the cockpit and deliver the lap times when it counted. To win at Suzuka which many believe to be Vettel’s track was extremely impressive.

    An honourable mention must go to Alonso as beating Vettel is something to savour this year it seems.

  8. Mads (@mads) said on 11th October 2011, 9:53

    Vettel was clearly bringing the 2nd fastest car on pole, while neither Button or Hamilton (though partly due to not getting his final run in), so for saturday he was the best by quite a large margin.
    Alonso was the best on race day, I think. He was getting that Ferrari up into 2nd despite being in the 3rd fastest car.
    Button though, was in my opinion not the best in any of the sessions (those that matters at least), but unlike Vettel, who didn’t really have a very good race, and Alonso who had a terrible qualifying, Button didn’t have a bad session he was in true Button style, consistent. So as for driver of the weekend it just has to be him.

  9. Bigbadderboom (@bigbadderboom) said on 11th October 2011, 10:59

    JB, no contest, great race craft, excellent race management, and pushed the car only when he felt he needed to. HAM should be looking over the garage and taking note of the benefits bought be being calm and considered about how you go about your business. JB’s maturity buying him many friends and much support. HAM take note!!!

  10. Brian Johnson (@brian-johnson) said on 11th October 2011, 12:21

    Hell Yeah!!! Jenson was simply fantastic all weekend,great job,i really hope Mclaren can have a fantastic car from the beginning of next season.The Red Bull are going to see silver and red in front of them the whole season :D

  11. The Limit said on 11th October 2011, 14:36

    Easy choice, Jenson Button! The start impressed me. Despite the fact that Vettel put Jenson onto the grass, the McLaren driver kept his composure well and that must be hard to do under such circumstances. Button has really shown a side to his talent that we never saw when he drove at BAR or later Honda as it became known. Few notice you when you are constantly mid-pack, when finishing in the points was considered a great result.
    Now that Jenson is at a front running team, in a car very capable and second only to the Red Bull, the guy seems to have a newfound confidence about him. A far cry from the end of the 2008 season when it looked for all the world that his career was over, following the sudden collapse of the Honda F1 team.
    I remember in 2007, when the British press were all praising Lewis Hamilton poor old Button seldom was mentioned, everything was negative. The car he was driving wasn’t fit for delivering milk nevermind a title, and there was Lewis, in his first season driving for McLaren and competing for a championship. And all Button had to show for seven years of hard graft was one grands prix win. So I am happy for him that the worm has turned, and that the biter has been well and truly bitten.

  12. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 11th October 2011, 15:35


    Button is the driver of the weekend,
    Vettel is driver of the year,
    Perez is becoming the rookie of the year (but I’m not decided on that one),
    and Schumacher is the Comebackman of the year – boy did he beat Massa again or what? Like bad old days for Massa!

  13. mole (@mole) said on 11th October 2011, 20:23

    I almost voted for Vettel for his gag along the lines of “there can’t be that many Virgins in F1″ on the f1 forum.

    However, seriously, it has to be Button!

  14. JohnBt (@johnbt) said on 12th October 2011, 0:54

    J E N S O N B U T T O N !

    It’s too obvious.

  15. Pink Peril (@pink-peril) said on 12th October 2011, 11:33

    It was a toss up between Button & Alonso, but in the end I went with Button. He didn’t put a foot wrong all weekend, and rained on Vettel’s parade so what else could you ask for?

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