Adrian Sutil, Nico Rosberg, Interlagos, 2011

Sutil voted Driver of the Weekend for Brazil

2011 Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Ewa Zaborska

Adrian Sutil, Nico Rosberg, Interlagos, 2011
Sutil passed Rosberg to finish sixth

Adrian Sutil became the ninth different F1 racer to be voted Driver of the Weekend in 2011.

The Force India driver, whose place at the team is under threat, won the poll after finishing a strong sixth at Interlagos.

Race winner Mark Webber only received enough votes to rank fifth.

His team mate Sebastian Vettel tied for second place with Jenson Button, each with less than half of Sutil’s votes.

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

1. Adrian Sutil ?ǣ 38.4%
=2. Sebastian Vettel ?ǣ 14.4%
=2. Jenson Button – 14.4%

Adrian Sutil

Qualifying: 8th
Race: 6th

Sutil continued his run of strong finishes, ending his season on a high ?ǣ with his best personal result of the year.

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 ?ǣ and other potential employers ?ǣ 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.

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.

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

Sutil wins this one easily. Very impressive of late. If he doesn?t have a drive next year it will be a tragedy.

Sebastian Vettel

Qualifying: 1st
Race: 2nd

Vettel beat Nigel Mansell record of pole positions in one season on Saturday with his 15th of the year. He finished a strong second on Sunday despite having to deal with a gearbox problem for most of the race.

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. […]

Vettel focused on what was important, getting the car home, and he still showed reasonable pace.

I voted for Vettel.

His qualifying lap was amazing. It was incredible to see that he was two or three 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 [was] very solid, obviously the gearbox problem probably cost him the victory, but being second is still a very good performance.

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 (…), Vettel just seemed to cruise effortlessly.

It?s the first time I voted 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??.

Jenson Button

Qualifying: 3rd
Race: 3rd

Button beat his team mate in qualifying and was flawless and fast in the race, particularly on the prime tyres. He grabbed third place and became the championship runner-up.

I voted for Button. I was going to vote for Sutil before I thought about it.

He out-qualified Hamilton, on pace. Did well with a car that had a compromised set-up for the soft tyres, (destroying them). Was very quick on the hard tyres.

Forced Alonso to go defensive in turns one and two therefore allowing the run and for DRS to work for him. Closing down Vettel but ran out of laps.

Sewed up 2nd in the drivers championship, was best of the non-Red Bulls which were untouchable again this weekend.

Complete 2011 Driver of the Weekend results

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%)
Abu Dhabi Lewis Hamilton (45.1%) Fernando Alonso (35.1%) Jenson Button (4.9%)
Brazil Adrian Sutil (38.4%) Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button (14.4%)

It was Sutil?s second appearance in the top three of the Driver of the Weekend poll and his first win.

This was the only time this year the winner of the race did not feature among the top three drivers of the weekend.

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