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Crash.net F1 Driver of the Year vote: 4th

You voted Sebastian Vettel into 4th place in Crash.net's F1 Driver of the Year poll!
Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2012:
4: Sebastian Vettel

Birthplace: Heppenheim, Germany
Birthdate: July 3, 1987
Team: Red Bull Racing
Car: Red Bull-Renault RB8
2012 starts: 20
Wins: 5
Poles: 6
Podiums: 10
Fastest laps: 6
Championship points: 281
Championship position: 1st
Crash.net F1 Driver of 2011 position: 2nd

It was three titles in three years for Sebastian Vettel, but the German was made to work hard for his hat-trick – and even that effort wasn't enough to raise him higher than fourth in the Crash.net readers' opinion.

Losing the blown diffuser technology that helped make it nigh on invincible in 2011, Red Bull was just one of several frontrunners in 2012, and Vettel didn't stand on the top step of the podium until round four in Bahrain. Robbed of victory number two in Valencia, he then had to wait until the season-ending 'flyaways' to return to winning ways, but a four-race sweep from Singapore to India put him in control of the title fight, taking advantage of Fernando Alonso's first lap exit in Japan to slash the Spaniard's points lead before assuming top spot in Yeongam.

Alternators caused Vettel's two DNFs, the second costing him a podium finish at Monza, while a clash with Narain Karthikeyan in Malaysia caused him to miss out on points in round two, and prompted the memorable 'cucumber' insult directed at the Indian. Vettel, however, disproved the 'can't overtake' myth that surrounds him by coming from the back in both Abu Dhabi – following a miscalculation on fuel that stranded him on track in qualifying - and Brazil, where he was spun around on lap one, to secure the results he needed for title number three.

The 'clarification' sought by Ferrari into one of his passing moves at Interlagos washed over the German, who remained confident that he had seen the green flag that legitimised his move on Jean-Eric Vergne, and never doubted that the crown would remain firmly on his head.

The youngest to achieve a championship hat-trick, Vettel finds himself in illustrious company by winning three straight, joining Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher in a club of three, and other icons such as Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda and Sir Jack Brabham as three-time champions.

Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2012 results so far:
5. Jenson Button
6. Nico Hulkenberg
7. Mark Webber
8. Sergio Perez
9. Felipe Massa
10. Kamui Kobayashi

Related Pictures

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22.04.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
22.04.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 race winner
24.06.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 retires from the race
09.09.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 retires from the race
23.09.2012 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
23.09.2012 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
07.10.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
14.10.2012- Race, Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
28.10.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 race winner
25.11.2012- Race, Crash, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW34
25.11.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 World Champion 2012
27.11.2015 - Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
27.11.2015 - Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
27.11.2015 - Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB11
27.11.2015 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
27.11.2015 - Free Practice 2, Max Verstappen (NED) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10
27.11.2015 - Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-30
27.11.2015 - Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06

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December 28, 2012 8:49 AM

The guy is the youngest triple title winner and dealt with all sorts of adversity during the year to narrowly win the title and he is 4th? It sounds like running down the car's performance constantly instead of taking responsibility for your own performance means more. I hope Kimi is at least second. He drove the 4th fastest car to 3rd in the championship when is no mean feat. No doubt Lewis will second to Alonso though.

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