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Top ten F1 Drivers of the Year vote: 7th - Mark Webber

Winless his final season may have been, but Mark Webber leaves F1 with another seventh place in the Driver of the Year poll based on his battling performances and willingness to speak as he finds...
Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2013:
7: Mark Webber

Team: Red Bull Racing
Races: 19
Wins: 0
Podiums: 8
Best Finish: 2nd
Poles: 2
Fastest Laps: 5
Points: 199
Championship Position: 3rd

2012 Driver of the Year position: 7th

Mark Webber's final F1 campaign ended without a win, but with a fighting performance in Brazil that underlined all his abilities as a racer.

The Australian announced his retirement ahead of the British Grand Prix – following sustained rumours that he was in talks to spearhead Porsche's nascent sportscar return – and appeared to race with a little more freedom from there on in.

Unfortunately, he ran into a team-mate in inspired form, and with an RB9 that, on tyres that better suited its development, proved a better tool for Sebastian Vettel than it did for himself. An earlier run-in with the German possibly denied Webber his only realistic chance of victory, the Australian having led from the front at Sepang only to be undone in the 'Multi21' affair.

A couple of late season poles – in Japan and Abu Dhabi – were not capitalised upon, but four podiums in the final five races, interrupted by a DNF in India, were enough to catapult Webber from fifth to third in the overall standings.

Forthright and honest as usual, the veteran's attempts to show the human side of F1 resulted in admonishment for hitching a ride home with Fernando Alonso in Singapore, but he still dared to complete his farewell lap sans helmet, at Interlagos. He will be missed in more ways than one...


Crash.net's 2013 F1 Driver of the Year – top ten to date:

8. Lewis Hamilton
9. Valtteri Bottas
10. Daniel Ricciardo


Related Pictures

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22.11.2013- Free Practice 1, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
05.07.2013- Free Practice 1, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
13.10.2013- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
12.10.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014-  Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10 with a fan
12.10.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014- Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10 pitstop
12.10.2014- Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014-   Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014- Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10 and Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
12.10.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014- Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014- Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014- Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10

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JohnMarston

December 26, 2013 3:25 AM

mrfill: @shannon Webber had 4 seasons driving a v10 with no drs or kers (2002-5) ending up 16th, 10th 13th and 10th. Not quite overwhelming.
In a Minardi and a Jag, not exactly front running teams we're they..

Shannon

December 25, 2013 12:03 PM

Put Webber and vettel in v10 cars with groved tires over a season without kers or drs b/s and I think mark would have his way with seb. Seb is obviously better with these types of cars but that doesn't mean he is a better racer p In everything. I like them both but I really believe back when f1 cars were cars built for men and scary to drive mark would have the edge imo. And as for the bad starts, before these new tyres (Pirelli) and kers marks starts were never this consistently bad, not the best bit definitely not like the last 3 years.



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