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 (0%)

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91 comments on Vote for Brazilian GP driver of the weekend

  1. snowman (@snowman) said on 28th November 2011, 18:03

    Sutil wins this one easily. Very impressive of late. If he doesn’t have a drive next year it will be a tragedy.

  2. Girts (@girts) said on 28th November 2011, 18:04

    I’m voting for Webber. He obviously profitted from Vettel’s technical trouble but that doesn’t lower the worth of his performance. This was certainly Mark’s best weekend of the year, he qualified right behind Seb, managed to maintain his position after the 1st lap despite starting from the dirty side of the grid, took his chance and had a significant margin over his closest non-RBR rival (Button) at the finish line.

  3. celeste (@celeste) said on 28th November 2011, 18:14

    Vettel, because he is a great actor… lol kidding

    Because his lap in Q3 was amazing, he used a Mastell moustache and he took a photo with Neymar!!!

  4. sozavele (@formula-1) said on 28th November 2011, 18:23

    Can we all stop this slang ie COTD and DOTW it is really getting on my wick!

  5. George (@george) said on 28th November 2011, 18:26

    Sutil, easily for me, a performance that encapsulates the second half of his season. I really hope he has a seat for next year.

  6. Alex (@smallvizier) said on 28th November 2011, 18:35

    I voted for Jenson.

    In qualifying, he outpaced Lewis, a qualifying specialist.

    In the race, the Ferraris were faster than the McLarens – so much so that Lewis was running behind Massa. Yet Jenson won his intense, race-long duel with Alonso, and was the fastest non-Red-Bull.

    Of course he did get overtaken, by Alonso. His explanation tells you exactly why he has taken 2nd in the championship this year. There was debris on the apex, so holding his line could have put him out of the race. But he had faith that if he let Alonso by, he could still beat him over the race distance.

    Button was right. He placed the smart game, but also raced his socks off. So: my driver of the week.

    • Lewis was running behind Massa with a gear box problem at the time…

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 29th November 2011, 11:20

      On a facebook poll I saw Button getting the big majority of votes and I couldn’t make out exactly why he was so far ahead of the others. Thanks @alex for giving me an insight into how he got there. Still don’t agree though.

      As others said, Vettel was very good all weekend again, though with a technical issue, but the only thing he could have done better is be smarter with the gears when told about his problem.

      Webber finally put himself in a position to be there to capitalise when Vettel got that problem and made the most of it, getting his first win of the season. Not a bad job.

      Alonso was maybe faster than Button on the softer tyre when he made that great overtake on Button, and Button may have helped him there, but he was, as usual, slow on the harder one, when Button took the position back. He once again got the best out of that car.

      Sutil and Rosberg drove very well without flaws after their good qualifying – Sutil in particular, and it’s right he should win this driver of the weekend.

      Kobayashi did well too. Even Petrov salvaging a point to make sure his team stayed ahead of FI.

      Hamilton drove great considering he was apparently hampered by a gearbox giving up since before the first pitstop, but of course, he didn’t show enough to feature in this poll for me since he indeed also was outqualified by his teammate.

      Massa drove a pretty good race after a disappointing qualifying, though he’d be a place lower if Hamilton had finished.

      Button indeed yielded to Alonso, quite possible the smart move and part of playing the long game. As you say, “why he is 2nd in the WDC” – but not first, I could unkindly add.
      That would be unfair since his car was slower than the Red Bull all through the season.

      But this race shows where he (and/or the car) lost the WDC this year: He was too slow initially, ending up behind Alonso, left himself with too much to do when he was finally cleared to go after Vettel and had to settle for 3rd. At other occasions this year he got it very right, but not this race, this weekend.

      I ended up voting for Webber finally again getting it right here, as Sutil is already well under way to winning this driver of the weekend poll.

  7. This one goes to Vettel.
    That Q3 lap was amazing, he made a great start and kept pulling away from Webber until his gearbox issue.
    Also for his very intelligent move, telling his engineer to inform Webber that he would let him through as soon as possible.
    It might robbed us of what could have been an exciting battle, but that battle was only going to go one way, and it would be stupid to put up a fight.
    Vettel focused on what was important, getting the car home, and he still showed reasonable pace.

    Honourable mentions for Webber as well.
    I would like to give Webber half a vote or something like that, for having his best performance this year at the final race, with a good start and he did what he had to do. But ultimately he was gifted the win by Vettel’s gearbox issue, and he was unable to put up a real fight in qualifying as well.

  8. RumFRESH (@rumfresh) said on 28th November 2011, 18:53

    With the championship pretty much decided, Adrian Sutil had the most pressure placed on him this weekend and delivered when it mattered. Driver of the weekend, no doubt.

  9. sozavele (@formula-1) said on 28th November 2011, 19:01

    Adriana by far, he is still a rubbish driver, hate him shame he gets a drive if he does, does not deserve it, give it to somebody worthy like D’ambrosio, Sutil look foward to an early retirement.

  10. Alonso gets my vote for being the only really exciting driver to watch.

  11. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 28th November 2011, 19:29

    Vettel for me. Seeing as though it was driver of the weekend and not the race. Truly amazing qualifying lap and great performance in the race. Shame he couldn’t get the win to round of the season for him as he is just on another level.

  12. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 28th November 2011, 20:29

    I voted for Alonso because he excelled in a car which he could barely set up during a rag-tagged Friday. He beat Felipe and Lewis and lost out to Button because his car behaved quite badly on the harder compound.

    But above all for the probably pass of the year (or at least a serious contender). Although Button did brought up the debris issue which is by no means negligible. (But then again, Alonso’s cold tyres could just as well made up as an excuse for that magnificient move of Webber on Alonso in the Eau Rouge.)

    And only then I considered Vettel – and now I think probably he should have got my vote, if there really was a gearbox problem. Then this 2nd place finish is a heroic – really like Senna’s win here in 1991, or Schumacher’s 2nd place in Spain, in 1994.

    It’s kind of funny all these comparisons: yound, German and lethal like Schumacher, pole strike rate like Senna, and now this…

    I think Vettel was the Driver of the Weekend.

  13. Vettel. Mark may have won but Vettel outclassed him this weekend again.

  14. Veggen (@veggen) said on 28th November 2011, 21:17

    Kobayashi. Most places gained and his result secured saubers championship position. Very solid drive, but mostly outside the cameras unfortunately.
    Sutil gets a pat om the back as well.

  15. I will give it to Sutil. He has been under real pressure the last half of the season and has really stepped up. He has been better than Di Resta this season, and in my view Di Resta has been more impressive than Hulkenberg was for Williams so I would keep the two of them for 2012.

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