Start, Interlagos, 2011

Vote for Brazilian GP driver of the weekend

2011 Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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%)

Total Voters: 416

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  1. 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.

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

    2. 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.

      1. Eh, that was @smallvizier I guess – the name/accountname difference sometimes makes me trip. And sorry for that long post!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. I’m trying very hard to understand this comment, but alas I can’t figure it out.

      1. Rubbish driver?? mate is he the driver of the weekend ,i guess sixth place finish feels like podium to him. He is under pressure from the team,but even with this performance doesn’t necessarily guarantee him a drive in force india next season

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    1. I almost went with Alonso and his overtake on JB was the pass of the year for me.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Sutil deserves it but I gave it to Button…only driver who could challenge RBR’S if only had a better soft tyre setup.

    1. Indeed. Plus Jenson out-qualified Hamilton – he had a great weekend… but having said that he shouldn’t have got done by Alonso like that though, even if there was debris on the track.

    2. Button, seriously? He had the sort of solid race that has deservedly given him 2nd this year, but hardly anything special. Even without a better soft tyre set up I doubt the mclarens would have challenged the bulls, see the fact he struggled to catc h Vettel with an ailing gearbox and equivalent tyres in the final stint. He delivered the car to where it should have finished, no more no less.

  12. I’m going to buck the trend and vote Kobayashi. The way his season has gone since Germany, I would have expected him to make almost no progress, but he beat the Torro Rossos in a straight fight in a car which has really slipped back, and secured a vital 7th for Sauber.

    Sutil came really close too and it’ll be a travesty for him not to be on the grid next year. He’s found a new level this season, and I hope he gets a strong car wherever he goes, whether that’s at Williams or wherever. Failing that, he would be an asset to a leading sportscar team like Audi or Peugot, or in DTM.

  13. I voted for Vettel.
    His qualifying lap was amazing.
    It was incredible to see that he was 2 or 3 tenths faster than his previous time, and as he was climbing up the hill everyone knew that he was going to be on pole. And in moments like that one you can’t help thinking how good he is, especially in qualifying.

    His race has been very solid, obviously the gearbox problem probably costed him the victory, but being second is still a very good performance.

    I wanted to give my vote also to Sutil and D’Ambrosio. Adrian had an impressive weekend, it shows how much he improved in the second half of the season. Jerome did a very good job, too. He was faster than Timo in qualifying and he had a solid race. Obviously it is difficult to judge how well a driver is doing if he is fighting for the last places, but I think it’s right to give Jerome some credit, especially now that he hasn’t got a seat for next year.

  14. Thing is, I don’t see Di Resta ever doing what Sutil did this weekend.

    FI could do a lot worse than Sutil and The Hulk.

    1. Di Resta had a similar weekend at Singapore.

      1. Yeah good point. I seem to remember it having a lot to do with the hard tyre choice though, not taking anything away from Di Resta as do do it at that track is especially impressive.

        He’s kind of faded of late though, I hope he can get back on it next year.

      2. What was the strategy for Di Resta this weekend?

        If I recall correctly, Di Resta had the strategy advantage at Singapore.

        When they’re on the same strategy Sutil mostly comes out on top.

        1. @john-h , @f1fannl Yeah, although I think Di Resta did very well at Singapore, he did have a better tyre strategy.

          Sutil does usually come out on top, and it’s pretty harsh that he’s always seen as under pressure for his seat when he’s beaten his teammate.

  15. Sutil shades it for me. Under pressure to perform (what a nice problem FI have, if there was ever a case for 3 car teams….) and he delievered in both sessions.
    Vettel did a superb pole lap and probably would’ve won but for his problem, Webber was strong enough to pick up the pieces (good weekend for him), Alonso did a good job too and a mega pass.
    Kobayashi did great getting the Sauber up the order in the race.
    But I voted Sutil- he and Kovalainen may even be the most consistant drivers outside Button/Vettel/Alonso

  16. Frantic looking for the “none of the above” button, can’t find it. Webbo wins only because his team mate gifts it, whether a real problem or not, it’s still a gift. Button wins only because xxxxxxx Ferrari can’t get heat into their bloody tires, that’s all, nothing fancy to look at, move along. Vettel, fantastic job with, what? Hamilton blows up. Alonso does his normal pulling Ferrari along for a ride it’s not designed for, but he’s done this every race.
    Seriously, I vote for “no man”.

  17. Amazing the amount of posters who consider the guys in the top teams ‘unworthy’. Do you know why they’re there? Because in the years they’ve had at F1, they’ve been able to prove that they’re deserving of a drive in a fast car. Don’t disregard them simply because their machinery is superior. Do you honestly think Vettel’s stunning pole lap isn’t worthy of consideration, or his ability to adapt to a gearbox issue? Maybe Webber’s consistency through the race? Button’s newfound ability to make that McLaren look extremely quick, or Alonso’s stunning drives which push that Ferrari to places it shouldn’t be?
    Sutil was excellent for FI, no doubt, but any of the top 5 could do the same and possibly better. That’s why they’re in faster cars.
    DOTW goes to Vettel, again. I can only vote for Webber if he takes a win against his teammate in equal circumstances.

  18. Tough to choose as all have performed well in this race but for his start & pass over Button I have to vote Alonso.

  19. Maybe Vijay Mallya see’s this poll and decides to retain Sutil!

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