Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2012: 7: Mark Webber Birthplace:
Queanbeyan, Australia Birthdate:
August 27, 1976 Team: Red Bull
Red Bull-Renault RB8 2012 starts:
4 Fastest laps:
1 Championship points:
179 Championship position:
6th Crash.net F1 Driver of 2011 position:
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 Perez9. Felipe Massa10. Kamui Kobayashi