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 (0%)

Total Voters: 569

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131 comments on Vote for the best F1 driver of 2011

  1. Vettel of course. Red Bull gave him the fastest car, and unlike 2010, he really did take advantage of having the fastest car this year.

  2. Has to be Vettel for me.

    The Red Bull may have been the best car but Vettel has just put in an amazing year which no one else came close to.

  3. Couldn’t note vote for Vettel. Though about Heikki and Button but couldn’t reason voting for them instead of Vettel when I only had one vote.

  4. Butch27 (@butch27) said on 16th December 2011, 17:27

    I voted for Vettel but Button still impressed me!

  5. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 16th December 2011, 17:28

    I just couldn’t decide between Button, Alonso and Vettel.

    All 3 of them did an excellent season. They’ve extracted the maximum of their cars, they’ve beaten their teammates quite often during the races, they might have done a couple of mistakes, but none really serious. They also managed to win races while the odds were against them (like Button in Canada, Alonso in Silverstone, Vettel in Monza). They really are the 3 top drivers of the season.

    As I couldn’t choose between them, I decided to make a choice a bit irrational : I voted Nico Rosberg. I’m sure Alonso, Vettel and Button will have a lot of votes, while Rosberg did also a strong season, but didn’t have as much coverage as he deserved.

  6. Gotta love the trolls that voted for Chandhok and Karthikeyan! No, wait…

  7. Adam1 (@adam1) said on 16th December 2011, 18:34

    While its very easy to say that Vettel had the best car out there, its about car AND driver…if you put my gran in a red bull could she win the drivers world championship?! NO!
    Webber has had the same equiptment and been completely dominated as well. The only explaination is a truly sublime season by a promising young driver. He made several big mistakes (mostly in overtaking) last year, but has learnt from them and had a flawless year this year. His only mistakes this year have only affected him!
    Best overtake of the year in my opinion against Alonso on the grass at Curva Grande!

    • Thecollaroyboys (@thecollaroyboys) said on 17th December 2011, 20:34

      Correct. I’ve got a very similar guitar to Jimmy Page – do I sound remotely like him? No chance.

      • Null-A said on 3rd April 2012, 19:15

        While I agree with you that with the same guitar you would not sound nearly as good as Jimmy Page, I dont see why that invalidates that if Jimmy Page would try to play guitar with a broken guitar it would sound bad no matter how good Jimy Page is. So this whole argument is faulty logic. Vettel had the best car and it influence the outcome, to could measure the quality of the driver you have to make comparisons between drivers with the same tools, and Alonso has been the one that has manage to excel more with the faulty tool he had.

  8. Easy. Vettel. He’s the only one where there is no reason to explain the vote and that’s why I voted for him

  9. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 16th December 2011, 22:01

    Vettel – Combined Red Bull’s dominant aerodynamic package with his brilliance in Qualifying;Pulled it out of the bag when he needed to 99% of the time to fend off challenges from McLaren,Webber & Alonso.You wouldnt certainly be able to touch him with a great strategy behind him,Dry race & himself in his common position from the start; Pole Position!!!

  10. runforitscooby (@runforitscooby) said on 16th December 2011, 22:22

    Nice to see that Sebastien Buemi’s ,Karun Chandhok’s and Narain Karthikeyan’s mothers have signed up to F1 Fanatic.

  11. tandrews (@tomand95) said on 16th December 2011, 22:29

    Even though Jenson had a fantastic year and Fernando showed his talent in an under performing car, what more could Seb have done to deserve driver of the year?

    • what more could Seb have done to deserve driver of the year?

      That’s a familiar-sounding question — similar ones have been asked during Driver of the Weekend polls it seemed Vettel should have run away with but didn’t. And it seems the reasons for Vettel having only 44% of the votes right now are similar, as well!

  12. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 16th December 2011, 23:22

    Vettel. Give me a reason why I shouldn’t have voted for him?

  13. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 16th December 2011, 23:34

    I’m noticing a trend here.

    When someone votes for a driver that’s not Vettel, they immediately set out to justify why they didn’t vote Vettel before giving the reason for their preferred driver.

  14. F1fanNL (@) said on 17th December 2011, 1:52


    His worst races were the Nurburgring for 4th and Suzuka for 3rd. In Germany he couldn’t deliver. That’s one race he was ‘off form’. He was practically unbeatable in qualifying and managed to make the RB7 look almost as dominant as the F2002 in the races. On top of that he made Webber seem average.
    Vettel has only made a few mistakes and most of those few mistakes he made when it didn’t matter too much.

    Button had poor races in Australia, China, Turkey and Valencia.
    He has also had more poor qualifying sessions than good ones, each of which was paired with his famous “I wasn’t happy with the balance of the car.” or “I had no grip.” tag lines. He’s beaten Hamilton both in points and in race pace this year which is a great feat but there were numerous occasions where everybody thought Button could have done better.

    Alonso was 2nd best for me this year. He performed like Vettel, always at the top of his game every session of every race. There really wasn’t much between Vettel and Alonso this year. What made me vote for Vettel was the fact that Vettel was even more dominant over Webber than Alonso was over Massa.

    Vettel beat Webber 16-3 in quali
    15-2 in races (in which they both finished) (88.2% strike rate)
    and Vettel lead Webber for 918 out of 1030 laps (89.1%)

    Alonso was just a tad less dominant.
    15-4 in quali
    13-2 in races (86.7% strike rate)
    and 847 out of 1016 in front of Massa. (83.4%)

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