Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit

Vettel voted Driver of the Weekend for third time

2011 Indian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Ewa Zaborska

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit
Vettel had a perfect race in India

Sebastian Vettel was voted the Driver of the Weekend for the Indian Grand Prix by F1 Fanatic readers.

He garnered almost half of the votes and won the poll for the third time this season.

Jenson Button was runner-up with just nine votes more than third-placed Michael Schumacher.

Driver of the Indian Grand Prix Weekend poll ?ǣ top three

1. Sebastian Vettel ?ǣ 47.5%
2. Jenson Button ?ǣ 13.5%
3. Michael Schumacher ?ǣ 11.6%

Sebastian Vettel

Qualifying: 1st
Race: 1st

Vettel dominated the Indian Grand Prix sealing it with his first ever perfect result: pole position, race victory, fastest lap and leading every lap of the race. For many F1 Fanatics, this left them no choice but to vote for the world champion:

Vettel. No one else had a weekend that was particularly great, and Vettel was just in control from start to finish. The ‘Grand Chelem’ was just the icing on the cake.

Quite apart from his race win, Vettel also produced yet another last-gasp improvement in qualifying.

It?s so easy to head out for a second time desperate to go faster; push too hard; and then return to the pits having made a mistake. But with Hamilton quite close behind his previous time, Vettel would have felt under pressure, and once again he pulled it off with several tenths? improvement. […]

Ultimately Vettel reigned supreme, in the same car that looked average in Webber’s hands.

Has to be Vettel. Flawless performance yet again.

What I find incredible is that unlike many dominant champions, who tend to do all their winning at the start of the year and then tail off for whatever reason, Vettel is just as enthused and as dominant now as he was at the start of the year. A remarkable season.
Dan Thorn

Alain voted for Vettel, but also acknowledged the performance of another driver:

My vote goes to Sebastian, he (once again) had a perfect race, it’s simply amazing to see how he makes the difference in the first laps with a frightening pace and then he controls the situation perfectly well.

I would like to mention Michael’s race too, with a great start and a good pace, he had a perfect strategic vision of the race so he chose the perfect moment to overtake Nico Rosberg in the pits.

Jenson Button

Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Buddh International Circuit, 2011
Button was best of the rest

Qualifying: 5th*
Race: 2nd

*Promoted to 4th after Lewis Hamilton’s penalty.

Despite starting from the dirty side of the track, Button delivered strong opening laps, climbing to second – position he kept until the chequered flag.

It was a close one between Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel for me. But I gave it to Jenson simply because he outpaced Lewis Hamilton by around a second a lap, which is good by anyone?s standards and further cements him as equally as good, if not better.

Jenson was more impressive to me because of a great start, because he made the overtake of Webber look easy (and safe), and because he drove faster than Hamilton.

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Buddh International Circuit, 2011
Another strong start helped Schumacher to fifth

Qualifying: 12th*
Race: 5th

*Promoted to 11th after Vitaly Petrov’s penalty.

On Saturday, Schumacher missed out Q3 by two-hundredths of a second, but he made a good start to recover some positions. He later produced a solid performance to overtake his team mate in the pits and grab fifth place.

Saved his KERS until the long back straight which allowed him to make up three places [at the start].

He managed his tyres well in the middle stint, which helped him stay out longer and jump team mate.

2011 Driver of the Weekend results so far

First Second Third
Australia Sergio Perez (36.3%) Vitaly Petrov (32.5%) Sebastian Vettel (12.0%)
Malaysia Nick Heidfeld (38.4%) Sebastian Vettel (16.0%) Jenson Button (12.1%)
China Mark Webber (47.8%) Lewis Hamilton (42.4%) Felipe Massa (2.5%)
Turkey Fernando Alonso (37.8%) Kamui Kobayashi (25.8%) Sebastian Vettel (22.1%)
Spain Lewis Hamilton (39.6%) Sebastian Vettel (23.9%) Fernando Alonso (13.3%)
Monaco Jenson Button (33.1%) Fernando Alonso (18.8%) Sebastian Vettel (17.0%)
Canada Jenson Button (61.0%) Michael Schumacher (27.8%) Sebastian Vettel (2.2%)
Europe Fernando Alonso (32.6%) Sebastian Vettel (27.6%) Jaime Alguersuari (25.7%)
Britain Fernando Alonso (53.0%) Lewis Hamilton (22.3%) Mark Webber (8.0%)
Germany Lewis Hamilton (76.6%) Adrian Sutil (9.8%) Fernando Alonso (5.6%)
Hungary Jenson Button (50.7%) Paul di Resta (14.4%) Lewis Hamilton (11.8%)
Belgium Michael Schumacher (45.1%) Jenson Button (28.2%) Sebastian Vettel (14.7%)
Italy Sebastian Vettel (38.2%) Michael Schumacher (29.6%) Jenson Button (18.2%)
Singapore Sebastian Vettel (41.8%) Paul di Resta (30.9%) Jenson Button (15.6%)
Japan Jenson Button (67.3%) Fernando Alonso (13.3%) Michael Schumacher (6.3%)
Korea Lewis Hamilton (36.4%) Jaime Alguersuari (22.6%) Sebastian Vettel (22.2%)
India Sebastian Vettel (47.5%) Jenson Button (13.5%) Michael Schumacher (11.6%)

Vettel continues his impressive run of top-three finishes in the poll having been there 12 times this season.

Both Button and Schumacher are also frequent guests in the top three – Button has been there nine times and Schumacher five.

Do you agree with the results so far this season? Post your comments below.

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