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GP2 Driver of the Year vote: Full results

As expected, Romain Grosjean came out top in your ballots for the GP2 Driver of the Year 2011. But what were the surprises? Who's missing from the top ten run down?
That's it, here's your 2011 GP2 Driver of the Year vote results in full, with the final averaged ratings (out of ten) for the top ten:

The top ten
1. Romain Grosjean (DAMS) - rated 8.2
2. Jules Bianchi (Lotus ART) - rated 7.4
3. Esteban Gutiérrez (Lotus ART) - rated 7.0
4. Luca Filippi (Super Nova, Coloni) - rated 6.9
5. Charles Pic (Barwa Addax) - rated 6.6
6. Marcus Ericsson (iSport International) - rated 6.5
7. Sam Bird (iSport International) - rated 6.4
8. Giedo Van Der Garde (Barwa Addax) - rated 5.8
9. Tom Dillmann (iSport International) - rated 5.7
10. Luiz Razia (Caterham Team AirAsia) - rated 5.5

The rest of the field
11. James Calado (Lotus ART)
12. Christian Vietoris (Racing Engineering)
13. Stefano Coletti (Trident Racing, Scuderia Coloni)
14. Fabio Leimer (Rapax, Racing Engineering)
15. Dani Clos (Racing Engineering, Rapax)
16. Davide Valsecchi (Caterham Team AirAsia)
17. Alvaro Parente (Racing Engineering, Carlin)
18. Josef Kral (Arden International)
19. Jolyon Palmer (Arden International, Barwa Addax)
20. Michael Herck (Scuderia Coloni)

Thanks to everyone who voted - we were surprised and delighted to receive literally thousands of ballots for the GP2 Driver of the Year, which demonstrates just how much interest there really is in the feeder series and the F1 stars of tomorrow.

And GP2 certainly proved its worth again this year in this regard by sending Romain Grosjean and Charles Pic straight into F1 seats - and we wouldn't be surprised if a few of the other drivers like Jules Bianchi, Marcus Ericsson or James Calado didn't join them there before too long, either. And you'll have seen them in GP2 long before the F1 teams took notice of them.

But it was always destined to be Grosjean who came out top in the readers' poll by a huge margin, surely? The story of GP2 in 2011 was surely all about Grosjean's attempt to rebuild his career and maybe even pull off the impossible dream of returning to F1 - and that's just what he achieved, with a mightily impressive season to claim the titles in both the GP2 Asia and GP2 European Series. Romain is a well deserved winner all round.

We here at had thought that Luca Filippi would also rate highly - perhaps not quite strongly enough to overturn Grosjean at the top, but surely enough to give him a run for his money? But no: instead, it turns out that voters have a definite soft spot for the Lotus ART duo. Jules Bianchi we can understand - when his season finally kicked into gear at Silverstone after a troubled first half to the year, he was genuinely outstanding. But if we're honest, we are struggling a little to see why Esteban Gutiérrez finished as high as he did on the evidence of this season. That's not to say that we doubt his promise and would certainly be amazed if he were not on an F1 starting grid in the next couple of years.

While Gutiérrez comfortably made it into the top ten, there were other equally genuine faces of the future just missing out. GP2 Final sprint race winner James Calado failed to get into the top ten by the narrowest of margins to Luiz Razia, while Fabio Leimer also missed out despite showing with his post-season testing form and his GP2 Final feature race win that he could be a real star of 2012, too.

Our nomination for the most overlooked driver of the year is Stefano Coletti, the 22-year-old from Monaco driving for Trident Racing. During the season he claimed three wins (that's as many as Luca Filippi) starting with the sprint race at Abu Dhabi in GP2 Asia and then following it up with wins at Turkey and Hungary. Considering he missed out on the final three races after sustaining back injuries in a crash with Mikhail Aleshin at a drenched Spa, that's not bad going. And what about Christian Vietoris, who also claimed three wins during the year (and a second place at Silverstone) despite having to sit out two rounds with concussion after-effects from a high-speed crash at Turkey? That sort of effort surely deserves some recognition as well.

We were curious, too, as to why Jolyon Palmer is quite so frowned upon by the voters. What's the poor guy done so wrong? He was way behind Josef Kral in the final scores. Okay, he wasn't hugely impressive during the season proper, but once he got some decent equipment he showed his developing expertise and talent with a comprehensive third place in the GP2 Final feature and a fourth place in the next day's sprint race - so much so that he's just been snapped up by iSport for 2012. Let's see if that improves his standing with the voters next year!

But it's easy to nominate people who were left out - harder to see who they could have legitimately bumped out of the voters' top ten. That surely speaks volumes as to how competitive the series currently is and the quality of the field in 2011.

Let's hope it's as equally as strong again in GP2 next year!

Related Pictures

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James Calado (GBR, Lotus ART) celebrates his GP2 Final sprint race victory on the podium with Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) and Tom Dillmann (FRA, iSport International). [Photo credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) celebrates his victory on the podium. Nurburgring sprint race - July 2011. [Photo credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) celebrates his fifth feature race win of the season on the podium with Charles Pic (FRA, Barwa Addax Team) and Luiz Razia (BRA, Team AirAsia at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. July 2011. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Sprint race winner Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) out on track at the Nurburgring during a gloomy July, 2011. [Photo credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) leads the field into turn one on the opening lap of the race t the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. July 2011. [Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.]
Stefano Coletti (MON, Trident Racing) caused a red flag in the qualifying session as a result of a collision with Fabio Leimer. 2011 GP2 Series. Round 3. Monte Carlo, Monaco. 26th May 2011. Thursday Qualifying. [Picture credit: Charles Coates/GP2 Media Service.]
Five of the top drivers in the GP2 Championship in June 2011: Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams), Sam Bird (GBR, iSport International), Charles Pic (FRA, Barwa Addax Team), Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Team AirAsia) and Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Barwa Addax Team) photographed in Valencia [Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
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Sense - Unregistered

December 26, 2011 11:57 PM

"We were curious, too, as to why Jolyon Palmer is quite so frowned upon by the voters. What's the poor guy done so wrong?" -- Erm, he was 28th in the championship and we voted him 19th. Was this article written by "Dr. Jonathan"?

Eder Lozada - Unregistered

December 29, 2011 7:20 AM

Gutierrez maybe don't have the best season, but he made a regular rockie season, because he impress a lot in Valencia and Hungary, he is a very talented young driver who dominate the 2010 GP3 series, and be sure to see hin in the battle for the championship

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