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Crash.net F1 Driver of the Year vote: 7th

You voted Mark Webber into 7th place in Crash.net's F1 Driver of the Year poll!
Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2012:
7: Mark Webber

Birthplace: Queanbeyan, Australia
Birthdate: August 27, 1976
Team: Red Bull Racing
Car: Red Bull-Renault RB8
2012 starts: 20
Wins: 2
Poles: 2
Podiums: 4
Fastest laps: 1
Championship points: 179
Championship position: 6th
Crash.net F1 Driver of 2011 position: 7th

Mark Webber once again found himself in the shadow of Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel by season's end, but the points table fails to tell the story of a better year for the Australian.

After a 2011 campaign that saw him take a lone win at the final round – and that with the hint of collusion from apparent gearbox gremlins on the sister car – Webber produced a far more competitive showing in 2012, aided by Pirelli tyres that he felt more at home with.

Four straight fourth place finishes to open the season proved a little frustrating, but Webber eventually broke through with victory in Monaco, and added a second win at Silverstone for good measure, all the while swapping championship positions with Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and the two McLarens. Silverstone was to be something of a watershed, however, and Webber struggled through the rest of the European campaign, effectively dropping himself out of title contention.

An upgrade to the RB8 for Singapore saw the entire Red Bull package improve, to the point where Vettel launched his assault on top spot with four straight wins. Although unable to match his team-mate, Webber produced back-to-back podiums in Korea and India to help consolidate RBR's position at the top of the constructors'' table, but his run-in was still disappointing as his side of the garage again seemed to attract most of the bad luck that was going around.

DNFs in Abu Dhabi and the USA dropped Webber back into the clutches of the McLaren drivers, but he continued to fight to the end, refusing to make life easy for Vettel at Interlagos, despite the German's title ambitions being on the line.

The pair will continue to do battle in 2013, as Webber, who eventually ended the year sixth overall, pocketed yet another one-year contract extension in order to try and fulfil his own championship desire.

Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2012 results so far:
8. Sergio Perez
9. Felipe Massa
10. Kamui Kobayashi

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Josh - Unregistered

December 25, 2012 11:56 AM

"if I also was an australian I would be mightily embarassed of him" I think you'll be hard pressed to find many Aussie F1 fans who are "embarrassed" of Mark. He's a race winner, and at some points in his career has been a title contender. We waited a long time to see our flag rise above the top step of the podium and Mark's shown that he's got the stuff by winning numerous times. I'm proud of him. I'd wager almost every Aussie F1 fan is also proud of him. He's a good driver and a good bloke. What more could you ask for.

Irving Drut - Unregistered

December 25, 2012 11:32 AM

I am an Australian and am proud of Mark. He doesn't get the drive just because he brings money, or sucks good c*ck, he earns it.If he is only eights in your wonderful top ten then there must be a lot of under achievers above him. Crash's top ten is about as usefull as an ashtray on a motorbike,with all the fanboys out bending over hoping to get what they want.

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