The 2011 drivers’ championship-deciding race did not produce the surprise we saw last year.
Sebastian Vettel clinched his second drivers’ crown with ease at Suzuka.
Nonetheless the race wasn’t without its moments and was rated a respectable 7.5, the ninth-highest score of the season. Here’s what F1 Fanatic readers had to say about it.
David A focused on those drivers that impressed him most:
It was Jenson Button’s best overall weekend this season, pretty much flawless today and only denied a first McLaren pole by qualifying-king Vettel. Alonso superbly fought to the end, proving like Vettel, why he?óÔé¼Ôäós such a worthy double champion.
The two Mercedes and Sergio Perez were the other stand-outs. Michael Schumacher beat Felipe Massa?óÔé¼Ôäós Ferrari, when seventh should have been the best possible result. Nico Rosberg took a well deserved point from 23rd, while Perez got his head down and got a great result despite the attention on his team mate.
Honourable mention to Adrian Sutil for his overtakes, almost made me wish the points went down to 11th!
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Josh however, was disappointed to see the race-winning move made in the pit-lane:
Jenson got ahead through the stops and so he passes Vettel in the pits. He wins. How on earth is that exciting?
Electrolite praised Button?óÔé¼Ôäós impressive improvements:
2011 has been the year, if any, where Button has proved he has the raw pace as well as the mind and measure. He?óÔé¼Ôäós become a very, very complete driver.
JerseyF1 was pleased with stewards?óÔé¼Ôäó restrained decisions:
I think that the stewarding was good ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ generally the stewards this year seem to be too happy to give out penalties and fail to understand that sometimes in F1 cars are going to come together, drivers make mistakes, and drivers don?óÔé¼Ôäót want to lose places.
I think a more hands off approach that lets the drivers get on with it is the best way.
It doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót matter how good the race is if it?óÔé¼Ôäós not shown on screen. Some felt that the Japanese director could have done a better job:
Good race but I gave it a 6 for the dreadful TV production. Missed 60% of the action..
It wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót one of those all time great races, and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm inclined to blame the Japanese TV director for that to an extent.
The safety car came out during the middle of the race and James_mc felt it was unnecessary on this occasion:
The best races are the ones which you don?óÔé¼Ôäót want to end and I certainly felt that today. Even though it didn?óÔé¼Ôäót have a significant negative impact on the race, I felt the safety car was a bit unnecessary and smelled strongly of “improving the show”.
There were conflicting opinions regarding the remaining races of the season. While some looked forward to exciting racing, others will miss the tension provided by the championship race:
Fair play and congratulations to Vettel on winning the championship, at least we don?óÔé¼Ôäót have to sit through the feigned tension now and we can just watch some nice exhibition races.
The race itself was very good ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ but part of the enjoyment factor of a race is what is riding on it, and how the events in a race have consequences in the championship.
However it was never in doubt in my mind that Vettel was going to come out world champion today. For which he thoroughly deserves.
How do think the Japanese Grand Prix compared to other races this season? Have your say in the comments.
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