AUTOSPORT.com's F1 season poll

It's that time of the year for AUTOSPORT's own to vote on the best driver and the most memorable grand prix of the year. Twelve voters took part this season. Each selected five drivers and three races, awarding the best driver five points, all the way down to one point for the driver in fifth place. The best race was awarded three points, all the way down to one point for the race in third place. Collecting together everyone's votes accumulated a list of the top drivers and top races of 2011, as well as the memorable events of the season. Here are the results and the voters' reasoning...

Simon Strang (SS)

1. Vettel; 2. Button; 3. Alonso; 4 Hamilton; 5 Rosberg

Vettel was stunning this year. Mika Hakkinen told me in an interview for this website near the start of this campaign that Vettel, 'would have the advantage of knowing' and boy did he use it to devastating effect in the defence of his title. Those who have watched Button closely know how great he can be – this year a blend of maturity and intelligence spiced with ruthless speed saw him produce two of the best wins of his career in Canada and Japan. Alonso was utterly relentless, while Hamilton was genius at times, disappointing at others. Rosberg kept Mercedes in the money seats all year long while Heikki Kovalainen also deserves a mention for an outstanding season.

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