28 November 2011
HAVE YOUR SAY: Who was the nuts in Brazil?
The Brazilian Grand Prix may not have been the best of the season, but who produced a stand-out performance to carry into the winter break?
The 2011 F1 season finally came to a close at the Brazilian Grand Prix, after a nine-month road-trip that took in every continent and a variety of new and old venues.
Once again, the finale wasn't a classic but, even though the forecast rain may have made a difference, it still threw up performances of note, be they from frontrunners, backmarkers or those in the midfield fighting to keep their seats or move to better ones.
As usual, we have selected a handful of drivers who stood out from the crowd at Interlagos, but we want to know who you think deserves their moment in the sun - simply click on the 'Post your comments' link below...
There will be those who point out that the Australian benefited from team-mate Sebastian Vettel's gearbox woe (and more still who will believe that the result was engineered in his favour), but Webber still had to keep his head while out front, and eventually came home almost 17secs clear, with another fastest lap to his name. With Jenson Button passing Fernando Alonso for third on the road, Webber also moved into P3 in the championship.
For the second race in a row, the world champion was denied a chance to add to his haul of eleven victories this season, but showed that he can nurse wounded equipment through the majority of a race - even if he appeared to be trying his best to test it to the limit with a series of fastest laps. Personal comparison to Ayrton Senna may have been a little ambitious, but another impressive showing from the Red Bull man.
An eighth podium in nine races since the Briton's double DNF in mid-season, confirming him as runner-up on the season. Bettered Lewis Hamilton in qualifying, and then made the harder Pirellis work in his favour as he caught and re-passed Fernando Alonso in the closing stages. Had too much to do to catch the ailing Vettel, but posted the second fastest lap of the race.
Still unconfirmed anywhere for 2011, the German did a good job of reminding potential employers of his ability with a fighting drive to sixth in the season finale. Qualified in the top ten, then battled Nico Rosberg's works Mercedes before pulling off a clinical pass into the Senna 'S'. Equalling his best result of the season also lifted Sutil to ninth in the end-of-year standings.
The sentimental choice, as it could be Barrichello's final grand prix. The Brazilian again surpassed his Williams' potential to qualify in twelfth spot, but bogged down at the start owing to the selection of a first gear more suited to expected wet conditions. He then battled back to take 14th at the flag, completing his 50,000th racing mile in F1 in the process.
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