Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2011:
Red Bull Racing
Red Bull-Renault RB7
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