Vote for the best F1 driver of 2011

2011 F1 season review

Drivers, Melbourne, 2011

Drivers, Melbourne, 2011

Who was the best F1 driver of 2011?

You’ve seen F1 Fanatic’s pick of the best drivers of the year, now it’s your turn.

Cast your vote for the driver who impressed you the most in 2011 and have your say in the comments:

Who was the best F1 driver of 2011?

  • Sebastian Vettel (44%)
  • Mark Webber (1%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (4%)
  • Jenson Button (28%)
  • Fernando Alonso (16%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (1%)
  • Nico Rosberg (1%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (1%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (2%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (0%)
  • Karun Chandhok (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (2%)

Total Voters: 569

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131 comments on Vote for the best F1 driver of 2011

  1. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 16th December 2011, 13:03

    Can we have another vote – for the second best driver of 2011?

    The % scores in this vote will give some idea, but it’d be interesting to see who’s rated as next best by all the people who voted for Vettel. It should be close between Button and Alonso, with one or two others in there too. A few people will think Vettel was second best…

  2. SimBri (@f1addict) said on 16th December 2011, 13:07

    I voted for JB. Of course if you’re looking at pure stats this is a pointless poll, as there isn’t any question that Vettel shouldn’t get it, so for it to make any sense I think you have to interpret the question as meaning favourite as well. I don’t particularly dislike Sebastian, it’s just that when I feel excited about an upcoming race it’s never because I’m so keen to see what he’s going to do.

  3. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 16th December 2011, 13:17

    Vettel was, hands down, the best driver this year. Makes it all the more surprising that I voted for Button :)

  4. Dragon (@dragon) said on 16th December 2011, 13:26

    Best: Vettel
    Worst: Trulli
    Disappointment: Webber
    Surprise package: Perez
    Underdog: Kovalainen

  5. antonyob (@antonyob) said on 16th December 2011, 13:27

    By any measure Vettel gave us a stunning show of intelligence, speed and bravery. Not to mention consistency, single mindedness and political astuteness.

    The only complete driver in f1 (bar Alonso) he out performed the car, good though it was and even finally nailed the only doubt held over him re overtaking. Im struggling to think of a better all round driver in the 33years i’ve watched F1. . Pretty much now flawless.

    ah hold on, i’ve thought of something, i heard him play guitar at Silverstone and it wasnt music to my ears.

  6. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 16th December 2011, 14:14

    Sebastian Vettel for me, but I also think Button & Webber for some fantastic racing deserve the second & third spot for me.

  7. The Last Pope (@the-last-pope) said on 16th December 2011, 14:21

    This is such a difficult thing to gauge. I voted Button because he was the only one of the best 3 (Vettel, Alonso and Button) to have beaten a very equal team mate. Vettel had by far the best car and was unchallenged almost the whole season because Webber couldn’t get the tyres to work for him, and Massa was a pawn for Alonso so it is hard to tell how quick the Ferrari would be in someone elses equal hands.

    Its a really close thing though.

    • Mike (@mike) said on 17th December 2011, 5:22

      Vettel had by far the best car

      He had the best car. But several times during the year the Mclaren drivers made mistakes giving pole to Vettel, Even though they had the pace. And the Mclaren was strong in most races, especially as the fuel came down.

      I think Vettel is being under appreciated to be honest.

      I’m not really a fan. But I think he worked a lot harder than people give him credit for.

      If Vettel and been as inconsistent as the Mclaren drivers, we’d all be saying how great Button and Hamilton were to beat him.

      They for the most part did good jobs as well. But Vettel was close to flawless.

    • Gagnon (@johnniewalker) said on 17th December 2011, 17:14

      it is hard to tell how quick the Ferrari would be in someone elses equal hands.

      If my mind is right, Massa was faster then kimi in 2008, and when he got his accident in 2009, he had more points than him. So im not sure another teammate versus alonso could beat him. Massa is not that worst……. stop bashing him he did some good performance in the past, I hope next year hes back at 100%.

  8. slowhand (@slowhand) said on 16th December 2011, 14:48

    Kovalainen – he did so much with so little. Sometimes points don’t tell the full story.

  9. A shame that we cannot vote 25-18…-1 cause voting for the best driver has just an answer or two, but we are interrested about how people place the second, the third…
    but the blog is already incredibly great…

  10. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 16th December 2011, 15:13

    Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso obviously deserve a mention here, but it can’t be anything less than Sebastian Vettel as the top driver of 2011. He was sensational.

  11. EternalRookie said on 16th December 2011, 15:15

    I’m not sure that Seb Vettel was better than Nico Rosberg or Nano Alonso. All three got 100% from their car (and Kovalainen wasn’t far behind in that respect). Of course the Vettel/RB7 combo was miles ahead of the rest, but we are trying to subjectively deduct the car factor.
    But for me the driver of the season was Felipe Massa, the one who did the most to keep the loathsome one at bay.

  12. antonyob (@antonyob) said on 16th December 2011, 15:30

    hahaha Massa!!! that is funny, thankyou, best laugh of the day.

    btw- 2 things, its not a personality contest and you didnt actually vote.

  13. This is the problem with polls like this, people simply vote for their favourite. Vettel should win by an absolute landslide after the season he’s just had but as I vote he’s only 25 votes in front of Button.

  14. james gardner said on 16th December 2011, 16:09

    Narain Karthikeyan (1 Votes)

    DId his mum vote?

  15. antonyob (@antonyob) said on 16th December 2011, 16:14

    or worse, they vote for a driver who stopped a driver they didnt like! its like saying Basle are the best football team cos they stopped man utd from qualifying for the champs league.

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