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Top ten F1 Drivers of the Year: 1st

He had shown glimpses in 2010 of what his move to McLaren may produce, but Jenson Button proved that he was no one-hit wonder as he took control of the team en route to runners-up honours in the 2011 F1 world championship - and top spot in your F1 Driver of the Year poll
Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2011:
1: Jenson Button

Team: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Car: McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26
Races: 19
Wins: 3
Poles: 0
Podiums: 12
Fastest Laps: 3
Championship points: 270
Championship position: 2nd

The closest thing Sebastian Vettel had in terms of a challenger for the title, Jenson Button still finished a distant second in the standings.

That is not to denigrate the Briton's efforts, however, for he still recorded three wins and mounted a strong run of podium finishes in the second half of the season to lift himself above the likes of Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso, both of whom would have been tipped to better Button pre-season.

Moreover, the 2009 world champion – who many believe is now a more rounded performer than when he clinched the title with Brawn - also established himself as McLaren's 'go to' guy by out-performing Lewis Hamilton – the first time the 2008 champion has ever been bettered by a team-mate in F1. While his countryman endured a torrid campaign, beset by problems on- and off-track, Button made the most of his involvement in the design of the 2011 McLaren to show that he could be a contender without the sort of technical advantage he enjoyed two years ago.

His back-to-front success in Canada captured the imagination as well as headlines, especially as his pace in tricky conditions pressured the otherwise unflappable Vettel into a last lap error, but the other victories – in Hungary and Japan – also underlined the 'comfort zone' within which Button is now operating at Woking.

Not always on the pace in qualifying – indeed, he still missed the top ten more than he should have – Button was generally happier on race day, able to make the new-for-2011 Pirelli tyres work in his favour with the smooth driving style that has become his trademark.


F1 Driver of the Year Top 10:
2. Sebastian Vettel
3. Fernando Alonso
4. Paul di Resta
5. Nico Rosberg



Related Pictures

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27.11.2011- Race, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
27.11.2011- Race, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 3rd position
27.11.2011- Race, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
26.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
26.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
25.11.2011- Friday Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
25.11.2011- Friday Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
26.11.2011- Team Picture, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 and Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren
11.11.2011- Friday Practice 1, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05

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Tiksop - Unregistered

December 31, 2011 7:22 AM

Now, I know a lot of people will rubbish this pole. (Lulu fans !!) But don't forget its a pole voted by the public and their interpretation is that Jenson Button achieved and progressed the most throughout the year. I for one am delighted the public have reflected his brilliant year and look forward to 2012. Don't forget McLaren also see something GOOD Hence the long term contract. Watch this space......



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