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Top ten F1 Drivers of the Year: 7th

He may have been a title contender in 2010, but Mark Webber was only a threat to Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel ahead of round one in 2011 – which maybe explains why he places only seventh in your F1 Driver of the Year poll
Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2011:
7: Mark Webber

Team: Red Bull Racing
Car: Red Bull-Renault RB7
Races: 19
Wins: 1
Poles: 3
Podiums: 10
Fastest Laps: 7
Championship points: 258
Championship position: 3rd

Out-gunned by Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel all season, Mark Webber only reached the top step of the podium at the final round in Brazil – and even then amid speculation that he had been gifted the win.

The Australian took longer to get to grips with the new Pirelli rubber introduced to F1 for 2011, and that hampered his title challenge from the start. Not on the podium until round three, and then a sporadic visitor, he was playing catch-up from the very beginning.

Often hampered by his starts on race day, Webber often found himself battling the McLarens and Ferraris rather than Vettel, and consequently ended the year 134 points off the lead. Single DNF at Monza was his fault, and he suffered from 'team orders' again at Silverstone, but if luck was out with Red Bull's 'mini KERS' system, it also tended to go the Australian's way rather than his team-mate's.

Despite all that, Webber has re-signed for another year at RBR in 2012, again figuring that the Milton Keynes team provides his best shot at the title, even though Adrian Newey's run of evolutionary designs will have their biggest overhaul for several seasons to cater for the revised rulebook.

F1 Driver of the Year Top 10:
8. Heikki Kovalainen
9. Kamui Kobayashi
10. Adrian Sutil


Related Pictures

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26.11.2011- Qualifying, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
25.11.2011- Friday Practice 2, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
26.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
26.11.2011- Qualifying, Press conference, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7 2nd position
27.11.2011- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 2nd position and Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7 race winner
27.11.2011- Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
27.11.2011- Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7 and Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
27.11.2011- Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7 race winner
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30.04.2017 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB13 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
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30.04.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
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Taipan

December 25, 2011 11:26 AM

I'm not so sure that tyres were Mark's main trouble but I'd like to know what went wrong with his starts. He could easily have picked up an extra 80 + points with some decent starts this year. The highlight of his season were a couple of the ballsiest overtakes of the season.



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