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Top ten F1 Drivers of the Year: 4th

Thought Kobayashi and Kovalainen were surprise inclusions in these results? Rookie Paul di Resta's impressive debut season may not have been enough to overcome Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil on points, but was sufficiently impressive to land fourth spot in your F1 Driver of the Year poll

Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2011:
4: Paul di Resta

Team: Force India F1
Car: Force India-Mercedes VJM04
Races: 19
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Podiums: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Championship points: 27
Championship position: 13th

2010 DTM champion Paul di Resta finally got his full-time F1 break with Force India, and showed what an advantage a year of running in Friday free practice could offer.

Remaining with the Silverstone-based team for his graduation, the Scot started strongly, with points in his first two outings, but then found himself dicing for anywhere between ninth and 14th as Force India, Sauber and Toro Rosso went at it.

Despite that, he matched experienced team-mate Adrian Sutil in qualifying and scored just 15 points fewer than the German in an assured debut campaign for the latest Briton to make the top flight. His best result came in Singapore, where he finished sixth, and he backed that up with seventh in Hungary and eighth in Italy in a strong late-season spell. Made the top ten shoot-out on several occasions, and only lost the qualifying battle to Sutil when the German snatched the better grid slot at the Interlagos finale.

Despite suggestions that he was being groomed to replace Michael Schumacher at Mercedes, di Resta will remain with Force India, alongside Nico Hulkenberg, in 2012, when he will be charged with at least keeping the team in sixth place in the F1 pecking order.

F1 Driver of the Year Top 10:
5. Nico Rosberg
6. Michael Schumacher
7. Mark Webber
8. Heikki Kovalainen
9. Kamui Kobayashi
10. Adrian Sutil

Related Pictures

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27.11.2011- Race, Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04
26.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04
24.11.2011- Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04
25.11.2011- Friday Practice 2, Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04
25.11.2011- Friday Practice 1, Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04
Paul di Resta (GBR), Force India F1 Team
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Vin - Unregistered

December 28, 2011 9:31 AM

Nonsense, absolute nonsense. Sutil 10th in the poll despite having 42 points & finishing 9th in the championship. Di Resta 4th in the poll despite having 27 points & finishing 13th in the Championship. In the same freaking car. Your bias is showing!


December 28, 2011 9:26 AM

Brave move Crash! It would have been easier just to fix the result and include JB, FA, SV and Lulu in the top four because the level of whining at whoever is left out will be off the scale! Di Resta's had a really good rookie season but no way was he the 4th best driver of the year.

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