Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2011:
Heikki Kovalainen may have finished behind Team Lotus team-mate Jarno Trulli in the 2011 drivers' championship, but only because the Italian had two 13th places to his one.
On the whole, the Finn was 'the man' at Lotus, winning the qualifying battle 16-2 and generally being the faster of the two on raceday too. He regularly impressed with some strong starts that had him punching above the T128's weight, but also made it out of Q1 when the opportunity arose. Although the car was generally pushed back down the order, Kovalainen recorded a best result of 13th at Monza and also had a brace of 14ths from Monaco and India.
Despite having resurrected the reputation he forged in GP2 with two strong seasons at Team Lotus, Kovalainen has already pledged his immediate future to the ambitious squad, which will be rebranded as Caterham F1 in 202, but it is clear that bigger fish may again be eyeing his talents.
F1 Driver of the Year Top 10:
9. Kamui Kobayashi
10. Adrian Sutil