Start, Suzuka, 2011

Vote for your Japanese Grand Prix driver of the weekend

2011 Japanese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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%)

Total Voters: 533

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  1. 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.

  2. Easy:

    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!

    1. My only disagreement there is Perez, he’s been good but I’d have to go with Diresta!

  3. 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!

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

    It’s too obvious.

  5. 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?

  6. Talk about most voters being biased…

    When Vettel performed like this numerous times through the season he barely got voted into the top three. But now Button was “dominating” and “superb”?
    What’s even funnier is thar when Vettel was actually dominating (cause Button was far from dominant) Turkey and Valencia nobody considered him.

    I guess it’s like Brundle and Coulthard said after Singapore. Whose the best besides Vettel because people expect him to dominate.

    Seriously though, Button wasn’t dominant or superb. He didn’t even have to fight for his victory…
    Alonso, Schumacher and Perez clearly did a much better job all weekend.

    1. “Seriously though, Button wasn’t dominant or superb. He didn’t even have to fight for his victory…”

      Sounds like dominant to me.

      1. I meant he didn’t need to overtake anyone. If he had overtaken Vettel on track it would have been something else entirely. Now, he won it because Red Bull took too much time in the pits.

        But still, not having to fight for the victory and pole is something we’ve seen 6 or 7 times this year from Vettel. Why didn’t Vettel get 300+ votes then?
        Why is it Vettel can only become DotW after dropping back at the start and fighting his way through when Button can become DotW by only staying out of trouble and without dominating any session?

        Seems like a lot of voters don’t want to vote for Vettel because he’s Vettel.

    2. Vettel had a huge car advantage in Turkey and Valencia though, although Button had the quicker car in Japan, it was touch and go. Jenson is clearly driving beautifully right now, and has been since Canada. That cannot be taken away from him.

      I do agree at times Vettel has been under-valued in this poll, but the two examples you quoted were probably poor ones. The one Vettel deserved above all others (Monza) he achieved, however.

      1. Those two are examples of actual dominance.
        Button is getting a ridiculous amount of votes because of “dominance”.
        Where was that dominance at Suzuka?
        He lost pole to a slower car, stayed out of trouble and managed to stay ahead of a Ferrari by only 1.1 seconds.

        How on earth is that dominance?

        Furthermore, Vettel didn’t have a huge car advantage in Turkey and Valencia because in both races Webber was fighting with Alonso for second. The Red Bull was probably the faster car but it wasn’t a huge advantage.
        More than McLaren’s advantage over the rest at Suzuka? Probably yes. But those races Vettel actually did what Button should have done at Suzuka. Claim pole and dominate Sunday. Button didn’t.

        As much as I like Button (most easy going, sympathetic guy on the grid imo) and as surprised as I am for the fact that he’s showing Hamilton a thing or two about racing I cannot justify him being DotW this time.

  7. Own up, which jokers gave more votes to Hamilton than Vettel! Im a bit Lewis fan, but he had surely the worst performance of his career while Vettel showed maturity to close out the championship! Vettels lap in quali was worth a few votes on its own, but I went for Button. Superb on Sunday and above his usual standard on Saturday too.

  8. Button had a good weekend but I don’t think it was as good as some seem to judging by the comments.

    For me setting the quickest times in practice mean very little especially if the driver doesn’t perform in qualifying or the race. Button performed in the race but he should have got pole also.

    The driver who impressed me most was Perez, so that is who I voted for.

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