|THE TOP DRIVERS OF 2011|
|THE TOP RACES OF 2011|
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.
Canada was quite simply breathtaking, and for entertainment value rates right up there with Japan '05 win or Monaco '82. Speaking of which the race at the principality was as closely contested as I have seen on the street circuit and had the potential to be a three-way dice to the flag had it not been red-flagged with six laps to go - robbing us of all the drama. Japan saw Button take an emphatic and beautifully-judged dry win that for me was as good as any I saw this year. Vettel's clever Monza win and Hamilton's victorious Chinese drama-fast also deserve mention.