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Top ten F1 Drivers of the Year: 2nd

He might have had few obstacles standing in his way as he clinched a second straight F1 world title in 2011, but Sebastian Vettel clearly lacked a little something as you voted him only number two in your F1 Driver of the Year poll
Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2011:
2: Sebastian Vettel

Team: Red Bull Racing
Car: Red Bull-Renault RB7
Races: 19
Wins: 11
Poles: 15
Podiums: 17
Fastest Laps: 3
Championship points: 392
Championship position: 1st

To borrow one of Murray Walker's favourite adjectives, 2011 was nothing short of 'superlative' for Sebastian Vettel who, coming off the back of his surprise 2010 title, romped through the season with seemingly little in the way of opposition.

Breaking records – Nigel Mansell's previous marks for laps led and pole positions in a single year – along the way, the German proved to be the king of qualifying and, when he didn't finish first, generally joined the winner on the podium. What was more remarkable, however, was that he did it with a car that was far from unbeatable, underlining the talent behind the wheel.

With none of the 2010 errors to speak of, Vettel's worst result was fourth on home soil, while his sole DNF, in Abu Dhabi, was not of his making. Indeed, when he did err, it tended to be in Friday free practice and, even if he lacked the running the two 90-minute sessions would have afforded him, Vettel still tended to be at the top of the timesheets at the end of qualifying. Once there, he proved extremely hard to beat on race day, even he was ultimately denied a shot at the record for the number of victories in a single season as both Abu Dhabi and Brazil – where he suffered a gearbox glitch that, despite gifting team-mate Mark Webber top spot, was not enough to prevent him from setting fastest laps before the end of the race.

He also went some way to laying to rest accusations that he could not 'race', which had been raised after his involvement in accidents while trying to come through the pack in 2011. However, after putting two wheels on the grass to snatch the lead from Fernando Alonso at Monza, and braving it around the outside of Nico Rosberg at Spa – as well as pulling countless clean passes on lesser rivals – the German did a lot to erase the blot on his copybook.

The raised finger salute and personal comparisons to Ayrton Senna grated, but Vettel still proved to be one of the most amenable drivers in the paddock, and will start 2012 as favourite to complete a title hat-trick.

F1 Driver of the Year Top 10:
3. Fernando Alonso
4. Paul di Resta
5. Nico Rosberg
6. Michael Schumacher

Related Pictures

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27.11.2011- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
26.11.2011- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
24.11.2011- Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
25.11.2011- Friday Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
27.11.2011- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 2nd position
26.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
12.10.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
12.10.2014- Race, the start
12.10.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014- Vitaly Mutko (RUS) Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation
12.10.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
12.10.2014- Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 in the press conference after the race
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 celebrates Manufactor title of Mercedes with the team
12.10.2014- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
12.10.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
12.10.2014-  Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10 with a fan
12.10.2014- Fabiana Flosi (BRA)

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Vin - Unregistered

December 30, 2011 9:16 AM

It's hard to believe how delusional and nationalistic Crash fans are. This poll really is meaningless now. One of the all-time dominant seasons in a car that is better but not miles better, and he gets second in the poll. Anyone with any sort of understanding of the sport acknowledges without question that Seb was the best this year. Button was good, no question, but not that good. And Di Resta 4th? Hamilton not placed (I assume) despite finishing not that far behind his teammate, who it looks like will come 1st. (If Hamilton is first and Button not there it makes it even crazier) or even Button & Hamilton joint first. Your bias is showing!

Wiki - Unregistered

December 30, 2011 9:15 AM

Led the championship from start to finish, showed he could overtake, defend, as well perform in both qualifying and the race. He also was able to take care of the Pirellis and unlike last season he didn't make contact with other cars. Most importantly, he outqualified his established teammate 16-3 and beat him on raceday 17-2. What more did he have to do? I think people believed that Webber underperformed rather than Vettel overperformed but even if Vettel wins every race next year, most people will just say it is down to the car.

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