Mark Webber finally reached the top step of the podium in 2011 with his triumph in the Brazilian Grand Prix, but elsewhere in the field, there were a number of impressive performances. So who was your driver of the day?
Started his weekend in style by topping first practice on Friday. Lost out to Red Bull team-mate Vettel in qualifying but was encouraged by his pace. Made a clean start, maintaining his second position but gradually dropped back from Vettel in the opening stint. Started to catch his team-mate again when Vettel developed a gearbox problem and took the lead when the German moved over on lap 29. From then on, controlled the race comfortably at the front to secure his first win of the season and seventh of his career. Finished third in the drivers’ standings.
Admitted he wasn’t completely happy with the car after Friday practice but delivered a sensational lap on Saturday to become the first man to score 15 pole positions in a single season. Was the only man to get into the 1m 11s on Saturday. Made a clean start and pulled away from team-mate Webber in the first stint, but was forced to short shift in second and third gears as he developed a gearbox problem. Let Webber past but managed the problem until the end of the race to finish second. Vettel has finished in the top three in all but two races this season.
Made a solid start on Friday and scored his best qualifying position in Brazil by finishing third fastest. Struggled for pace on the soft compound and lost out to Alonso on lap 12. Switched to the medium compound for the next two stints which helped him catch and pass Alonso for the final podium spot with nine laps to go. Finished second in the drivers’ championship and became the first team-mate to beat Hamilton.
Got away cleanly at the start from fifth before putting a sensational move on Button around the outside of Turn Five on lap. Spent much of the race in third place but Ferrari’s problems with the harder compound continued and Button easily past the Spaniard in the final stint. Finished fourth in the drivers’ standings having finished in the top four in the final 12 races.
Entered the weekend with speculation rife over his future at Force India but kept his head down to out-qualify team-mate Di Resta to start eighth. Drove brilliantly to fight his way through the field, including a good move on Rosberg, to finish 10 seconds ahead of the Mercedes. Lapped at the same pace as Massa in the final stint and his points ensure the team finished sixth in the constructors’ standings, missing out on fifth to Renault by just four points.
Struggled for pace in qualifying and was disappointed to start 16th. Made a good start, climbing four places to 12th and showed solid pace from then on. Benefitted from Schumacher and Senna’s collision and Hamilton’s retirement to rise into the points. His ninth place and two points ensured Sauber held on to seventh in the constructors’ standings.