Vote for Brazilian GP driver of the weekend

2011 Brazilian Grand Prix

Start, Interlagos, 2011

Start, Interlagos, 2011

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

See below for my pick of the best drivers in the Brazilian 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 Brazilian Grand Prix weekend:

Mark Webber – There’ve been plenty of occasions this year where he wouldn’t have been close enough to Vettel to inherit a win, but he was on better form in Brazil.

Sebastian Vettel – Still finished a solid second despite having to nurse his car home.

Fernando Alonso – Hounded Button early in the race and passed the McLaren, but had to surrender the position later on.

Adrian Sutil – Ended his season in style with an excellent sixth place, passing Rosberg on the way.

Kamui Kobayashi – Didn’t qualify well but took a vital ninth place under pressure to keep Sauber ahead of Toro Rosso in the constructors’ championship.

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 team review
McLaren team review
Ferrari team review
Mercedes team review
Renault team review
Williams team review
Force India team review
Sauber team review
Toro Rosso team review
Lotus team review
HRT team review
Virgin team review

Vote for your driver of the weekend

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

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (14%)
  • Mark Webber (11%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (2%)
  • Jenson Button (14%)
  • Fernando Alonso (11%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (1%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (38%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (4%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (1%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (4%)

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91 comments on Vote for Brazilian GP driver of the weekend

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  1. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 28th November 2011, 17:09

    I’m a massive Webber fan. I’ve had so little to cheer about all year and 2011 has been, overall, perhaps the least enjoyable season I’ve ever watched. Webber’s win yesterday was so great for fans of the driver, but it still didn’t feel right. He didn’t earn it like he should and I dare say he felt the same way to an extent.

    I voted for Vettel. He was the man that took pole position despite putting himself under enormous pressure to beat the record, and he did it convincingly. He made a great start and pulled out an early lead. I was convinced he was going to win the race. When the team said he had a problem – and whether it was genuine or not – it was natural for many (including myself; a Webber fan often blinded by my support) to be sceptical of its existence.

    The only thing I wished for is that Sebastian ignored the team. It would have been fantastic to see a battle for the lead and really, Seb had nothing to lose if his car did fail like Lewis’ did. I was disappointed that he did what he was told, but I’m not blaming him. I just don’t understand why Red Bull didn’t let him race when it would make no difference to them if he finished or not, really.

    Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if it was real or not, because Seb had to slow down and as a result, Mark won. I’d love to vote for Webber – my favourite driver – but I can’t do it if I’m judging the drivers based on who was best.

    • I as well picked Vettel. He was as fast as and sometimes even faster than Webber in the race, with a damaged gearbox which slowed him down a lot at times. His record 15th pole position guaranteed him a privileged position to be voted DOTW, and his race pace just confirmed it in my opinion.

    • bearforce1 (@bearforce1) said on 29th November 2011, 7:41

      Great post @damonsmedley. I didn’t think of it before, but you are right, Webber and Seb should have battled it out. As you say there was nothing to lose and plenty gain.

      Still think this race sums it up, Vettel has gearbox issues (no second gear) and still manages to beat the field bar one guy who he let past. Seems not much can stop Vettel, it has certainly been a stellar year.

    • Skett (@skett) said on 29th November 2011, 11:50

      But Webber did gain, didn’t that race put him ahead of Alonso in the WDC?

      • PaulK (@paulk) said on 29th November 2011, 23:41

        Exactly. Maybe Vettel had nothing to lose, and even Red Bull, with the WCC already secured, had nothing to lose, but Webber wouldn’t be third in the WDC without Vettel’s second place. And considering that Red Bull wanted to make Webber second in the WCD, even the team earned something.

    • Caelap said on 29th November 2011, 22:11

      I have to ask, what do you think the backlash would have been, had Vettel ignored RedBull’s orders, and his gearbox failed. Would that be how he wanted to end the season, and would the vast majority of the press called into question his mentality? It also meant that Webber went up to fourth, so (as also a huge Webber fan) mabye I am just biased. I think the fight would have been good, but a repeat of turkey… Or worse, had Webber lined up the move as the box went (valencia 10) and an accedent occured. My favourite part of the race though was the vettelesque ‘ [sic] we don’t need another fastest lap’. Followed by three in a row.

  2. tflb1 (@) said on 28th November 2011, 17:11

    Sutil for me for being on it all weekend, not making a single mistake and beating a faster Mercedes. He was good in racing with Rosberg too.

  3. Estesark (@estesark) said on 28th November 2011, 17:13

    I’m giving my vote to Adrian Sutil. Considering he knew it could have been his last race for Force India, he showed his team – and other potential employers – what he has to offer them by delivering his equal-best result of the season. A great drive under pressure. Nico Rosberg provided the highlight of the race when he took his position back from Sutil, but Sutil finished the job a lap later and then pulled away from the Mercedes driver.

    I’m still not sure Sutil will be at Force India next year, but it’s unthinkable that he won’t be driving for somebody.

  4. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 28th November 2011, 17:14

    I’ll vote for Mark. Yes, he inherited the win, but he was on it all weekend, and his last 3 laps were the fastest of the race.

    You have to be there to receive the gifts others give you, and Mark was there.

  5. zippyone (@zippyone) said on 28th November 2011, 17:18

    Sutil for me, excellent drive with great re-overtake on Rosberg promoting him to 9th this season. Hope he can stay with FI next season.

    It was great to see Webber win and I would have voted for him if he had not been “handed” the win by Vettle’s gearbox problem. I doubt he could have beat Seb otherwise.

  6. Eggry (@eggry) said on 28th November 2011, 17:26

    Sutil. Definitely.

  7. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 28th November 2011, 17:32

    Sutil no question. Vettel probably second. Then Alonso.

  8. Tango (@tango) said on 28th November 2011, 17:38

    Vettel’s pole lap was superb. We were lucky on eurosport to see it from A to Z, and it was flawless. Where you just felt the other cars were suffering and fighting not to lose speed (a strange feeling you find only on old circuits), Vettel just seemed to cruise effortlessly. It’s the first time I vote for him this year (I am the first not to know why) but after that lap, it just felt like : “Ah, well, I guess that’s why he is a double world champion”.

    Alonso and Sutil were great too.

  9. vickyy (@vickyy) said on 28th November 2011, 17:38

    I would be disappointed if Sutil wont get DOTW

  10. Sutil without a doubt….I cannot vote for RB drivers, let us have fair play,clean sport,an even playing field.
    Adrian Sutil drove a great race.(very sorry MSC,you will always be our favourite here come h*ll or high water)

  11. I don’t really think any of the drivers from the top teams are deserving of the vote. In my opinion, Webber only won because of Vettel’s gearbox problem, Button, Alonso and Hamilton never challenged the Red Bulls, and I don’t think I need to explain Massa. I think Vettel performed best out of all of them, but we never saw his true race pace, so it’s hard to vote for him. Vettel did have a great qualifying lap, but it’s in the race where it matters.

    For me it was between Adrian Sutil and Kamui Kobayashi. Kobayashi did a great job after what looked to be a bad weekend for Sauber. However Sutil gets my vote as on a normal day, he shouldn’t have beaten Mercedes. However in Brazil he was superb, his drive was worth a grand prix victory in its own right. If that was his last race for Force India, he has left in the mightiest of ways.

  12. slowhand (@slowhand) said on 28th November 2011, 17:55

    sometimes there is no “driver of the race” This was one of those times.

  13. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 28th November 2011, 17:56

    Tough one. Can’t really vote for Vettel after his problems. Webber got the win gifted to him, even though he was closer to Vettel than usually. Alonso and Button didn’t do anything spectacular. Hamilton had troubles. Rosberg was nowhere, Schumacher had pace but lost a lap due to that puncture. Don’t remember much of the Saubers or Toro Rossos. Barrichello got a horrible start. Kovalainen did his usual stuff, but it wasn’t that special anymore.

    After some thinking, I can’t vote for anyone but Sutil.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th November 2011, 21:02

      Yeah @kaIIe, I just came to the same conclusion.

      A lot of guys did pretty solidly here, and I somhow find myself not really liking Sutil (failing to deliver more after Kimi punted him out of a great result in Monaco years back?), but there really was no other driver doing an outstanding weekend here.

    • Jacob Larsson (@) said on 29th November 2011, 6:39

      Agree. The only one that really stood out this weekend was Sutil.

  14. speedster (@speedster) said on 28th November 2011, 18:00

    For me sutil. He drove brilliantly and won the battle against rosberg which surely proved to be a f1 worthy. I want hulkenberg in and di resta out in force india.

  15. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 28th November 2011, 18:01

    Voted Vettel; Fastest in FP3, qualifying and the first couple of laps in the race when his car was still in good shape. Would’ve won for sure in normal conditions.

    kudos to Sutil for his great drive in the Force India.

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