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%)

Total Voters: 416

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91 comments on Vote for Brazilian GP driver of the weekend

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

    • John H (@john-h) said on 28th November 2011, 22:15

      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.

    • Tom (@newdecade) said on 30th November 2011, 11:32

      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.

  2. Lin1876 (@lin1876) said on 28th November 2011, 21:53

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. John H (@john-h) said on 28th November 2011, 22:13

    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.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 28th November 2011, 22:27

      Di Resta had a similar weekend at Singapore.

      • John H (@john-h) said on 28th November 2011, 23:44

        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.

      • F1fanNL (@) said on 29th November 2011, 11:42

        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.

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 30th November 2011, 4:26

          @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.

  5. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 28th November 2011, 22:43

    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

  6. STSCM (@stscm) said on 28th November 2011, 23:45

    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”.

  7. Dragon (@dragon) said on 29th November 2011, 0:42

    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.

  8. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 29th November 2011, 2:51

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

  9. Shomir (@shomir) said on 29th November 2011, 3:11

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

  10. I like to see sutil and hulkenberg driving for force india Paul……. naaaaa re

  11. uan (@uan) said on 29th November 2011, 5:43

    Vettel could practically retire DOTW for this year and certainly would be deserving this weekend. Sutil, with the pressure he’s been under, stepped up his game in qualifying and the race and appears destined to win the honors this time. He certainly be worthy holder of DOTW.

    I decided to vote for another driver that I thought came through with a real strong performance this weekend when he really needed to: Bruno Senna. Out qualified his teammate and got that Renault into Q3 (no easy task). In the race he was running strong until the coming together with MSC and the penalty seemed a bit harsh. Without the drive thru and the gearbox problems he subsequently had, I think he was on pace for a points finish which would have been a great way to end the year for him.

  12. GameR_K (@gamer_k) said on 29th November 2011, 6:54

    Went for VET. Great lap and had to nurse the car to the chequered flag. Also good job by WEB, the difference in Q3 said he was doing lot better, but still couldn’t beat VET.
    Contrary to last race when HAM was gifted the win and went on to get DOTW, this week the trend seems to have lost track. Poor WEB.

  13. Copersucar (@copersucar) said on 29th November 2011, 11:00

    Tempted to vote for Massa for his brave, unnerving defence. Not sure how much it contributed to the gearbox breakdown but probably it did. Totally exhilarating to watch the DNF, the season ends in a high note for me.

  14. F1fanNL (@) said on 29th November 2011, 11:36

    Sutil for me with Vettel and Alonso 2nd and 3rd.

    Sutil’s 6th place was the most impressive race of this week and his qualifying was just as impressive as Vettel.

    I’d like to give an honourable mention to Schumacher too. His pace was superb.
    I know he was out of sync but he was capable of the same pace as Alonso and the McLarens. He had to let them through at first because he was a lap down but then was perfectly capable to follow them around the track.
    I’m sure that, if he not had that puncture, he could have challenged Massa for 5th.

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