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

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  1. SilverArrowStefBill (@silverarrowstefbill) said on 17th December 2011, 23:25

    In my opinion Vettel was the best one to be the champion because he had the best (far away) car from every one, including Webber. But in my opinion the best driver was Hamilton because he has a car which was more close to Ferrari than Red Bull, and he is the only one who fights really hard with all his “weapons”. He beats Button in allmost all poles. Also Button in every GP the only thing he does is that “he has a problem”. Hamilton, on the other hand, try to win with everything that he got. More driving than speaking. And don’t forget his personal problems.

    • dam00r (@dam00r) said on 18th December 2011, 13:11

      agree. It’s only Hamilton who has challenged Vettel in a much superior car than him in Qualifying.

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 18th December 2011, 16:24

        @dam00r – While he did take 1 pole, don’t kid yourself that the Mclaren was so poor in qualifying. It was capable of a lot more from both drivers.

        • dam00r (@dam00r) said on 18th December 2011, 16:27

          No it wasn’t. Why was the RBR 1.5s faster in qualifying than any other teams? Because it is a much better car.. and Hamilton has driven the wheels off the McLaren. If he would’ve done that with the RBR, it would’ve been 1.7s faster..

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 18th December 2011, 21:00

            @dam00r – Where and when did you get that figure of 1.5 seconds? A desperate attempt to make the Mclaren and Ferrari drivers look better? Red Bull did not have such an advantage over Mclaren at any race this season. Hamilton too often made mistakes in qualifying (Hungaroring, Monza, Abu Dhabi) and did not maximise its potential. In short, he did well in Korea, but Lewis Hamilton wasn’t good enough.

          • dam00r (@dam00r) said on 18th December 2011, 21:19

            Melbourne: Vettel q3 time: 1:23.529 Hamilton: 1:24.307
            Catalunya: Webber pole(vettel 2nd): 1:20.981 Hamilton 3rd with: 1:21.961

            and on other circuits RBR was consistently 0.5s faster in Q3 than the next team for third position.. 0.5s is HUUUUUUUUUUUUUGEEEEEEE in just one lap..

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 18th December 2011, 21:40

            @dam00r – Yet there were numerous weekends where car performance was a lot closer than the 0.5 you’ve changed your number to, and you’ll still see Vettel (and only Vettel’s RBR) getting ahead of Mclaren and making the difference. Like in Malaysia, Monaco, Hungary, India and Abu Dhabi.

            Even in Monza where Vettel went 0.5 quicker in Q3, he was 0.2 ahead after the initial run, but extended that to 0.5 on the faster track, and with Hamilton and Button making mistakes on their final runs. LH also threw away what should have been pole in Hungary.

            Hamilton put in a great lap in Korea, as well as Germany. He qualified well over the season, beating Button 13-6. But past seasons of his, like his first two saw him qualify far better.

  2. There is no real debate as to the driver of the year and that’s Vettel. A prime example of a driver, team and car in perfect harmony. Being the only driver on the grid to query Pirelli about the tyres shows his dedication to be the best.

    His sheer consistency in performances if you look at the whole course of the season has been unrivalled. The way he pulls that crucial gap at the start of the race is something I believe not many other drivers could have done.

    Who honestly would believe he (or anyone else) would go on to set new records in terms of pole positions as well as coming close statistically to the breathtaking dominance of Schumacher’s 2002 and 2004 seasons in a car much less dominant than those, which I never thought would be rivalled.

    And one thing not many people mention was that he still had great motivation despite wrapping up the title so early on, unlike Schumi and gifting Barrichello a few wins.

  3. Fanques (@pablofanques) said on 20th December 2011, 14:17

    The real value of the Ferrari in 2011 was displayed by Massa. Everything was far too easy for Vettel who was capable of a brilliant move only at Monza over Alonso in a 3sec xlap slower car. Button drove brilliantly and Hamilton is what it is: talent of a giant, personality of a kid. Nigel Nancy.

    Alonso was stellar and Button impeccable. These two were the best F1 drivers of 2011.

    • themagicofspeed (@) said on 20th December 2011, 19:50

      I agree. In terms of absoloute talent, Button and Alonso will be remembered long after Vettel has been forgotten about.

      Button, in my opinion, has really stepped up this year, it’s been better than his 2009 season because for the 2nd half of 2009, he was crud, nothing at all special. The first half of that season, taking 6 wins, saved his bacon later on.

      This year JB has hit the very top, and become one of the finest F1 drivers in history, as justified by some amazing drives this year. Him and Alonso are in a league of their own at the very top, with Vettel and Hamilton below – talented yes, fast – unquestionably – but not F1 legends.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 21st December 2011, 19:13

      @pablofanques

      The real value of the Ferrari in 2011 was displayed by Massa.

      Then the real value of the Red Bull was displayed by Webber.

      • Fanques (@pablofanques) said on 4th January 2012, 13:39

        Hey David, let’s put it this way. Do you truly believe the level of effort Alonso had to put into his Ferrari to get what he got out of it in 2011 was comparable to Vettel and his Red Bull? We still need to see how Vettel performs in an average car whereas we know already Alonso would be able to grab a decent place on the grid with any piece of machinery available. And this by the way goes for Hamilton too who has had the luxury so far to drive only for a top F1 team.
        ..and we all know that Webber this year was just too bad to be true (and personally I am pretty certain there is a lot of politics behind his poor display in 2011)..if the true value of Red Bull was displayed by Webber than Vettel should also be able to walk on water and restore sight to a blind man

  4. antonyob (@antonyob) said on 20th December 2011, 15:35

    you must know Lewis then cos surely no one thinks they can know a personality from tv interviews?

    Has he a short temper or lots of patience? is he extrovert or introvert? does he like tv and a glass of wine or dinner partys? please.im sure your dying to tell us

  5. themagicofspeed (@) said on 20th December 2011, 19:44

    Alonso, because he has dragged a dog of a racecar to acheive the best result he could, taking the car to (and beyond) the limits of it’s potential. That must be a lot harder than driving the best car on the grid to win after win after win, just turning up, getting pole, winning and going home. Vettel has had an easy year, compared to Alonso who has spent the entire season fighting an abysmal car but still getting the max out of it. As much as i’d like to see him #1, Im not dissapointed with him because he got the maximum out of the machinery given to him.

    And ‘lol’ for the people who voted for Massa, Chandhok and Karthikeyan..

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 21st December 2011, 19:11

      It depends on what you do with your car. Vettel got the most out of his, Alonso got the most out of his.

      Reducing 11 wins to “just turning up, getting pole, winning and going home” is ludicrous.

      • themagicofspeed (@) said on 23rd December 2011, 22:49

        But thats basically what he did, 12 times. It got monotonous after maybe the 5th time. Some races this year I saw P1,2,3 and Quali results were Vettel P1 all the way, and didnt bother watching the race. I have better things to do, when Ferrari starts to win again I will watch every race.

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 23rd December 2011, 23:16

          Just because it was monotonous to you doesn’t mean it was “easy” for him. He won to the extent that you find it boring and can’t be bothered to tune in. I can understand you not liking that, but it also surrenders your right to say anyone was better than him in 2011.

  6. TheJudge (@thejudge) said on 22nd December 2011, 0:55

    Jenson is the man of 2011,no doubt .

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