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Top ten F1 Drivers of the Year vote: 6th - Nico Rosberg

Capable of holding his own against new team-mate Lewis Hamilton not only confirmed Nico Rosberg's performances against predecessor Michael Schumacher, but earned him sixth spot in the 2013 Driver of the Year poll...
Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2013:
6: Nico Rosberg
Team: Mercedes AMG Petronas
Races: 19
Wins: 2
Podiums: 4
Best Finish: 1st
Poles: 3
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 171
Championship Position: 6th

2012 Driver of the Year position: 11th

Ninth overall the previous season, Nico Rosberg established himself as a genuine contender in 2013, adding two victories to the one he took in China in 2012, and claiming three pole positions as Mercedes took the qualifying fight to Red Bull in the early part of the season.

The German's victories came in contrasting fashion, dominating Monaco from start to finish, adding the win to pole, while inheriting Silverstone from the luckless Vettel when the Red Bull driver ground to a halt while apparently cruising to the flag.

While Vettel proved unstoppable in the second half of the year, it was frequently Rosberg that led the Mercedes resistance, finishing on the podium in India and Abu Dhabi while team-mate Lewis Hamilton struggled to breach the top six.

Both Mercedes drivers had been involved in the contentious Pirelli tyre test that followed the Spanish Grand Prix, and were denied the chance to test the revised rubber introduced following the dramatic incidents at Silverstone, potentially setting them on the back foot for the second half of the year.

Despite that, however, continued development of the W04, even though the sport's technical blueprint changes for 2014, ensured that Mercedes was able to fend off both Ferrari and Lotus to end the year as runner-up to Red Bull in the onstructors' championship.

The pairing of Rosberg and Hamilton remains intact for 2014 and, if Mercedes can weather the departure of Ross Brawn, should be contenders once again.


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

7. Mark Webber
8. Lewis Hamilton
9. Valtteri Bottas
10. Daniel Ricciardo



Related Pictures

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23.11.2013- Free Practice 3, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
04.10.2013- Free Practice 1: Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
05.09.2013- Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05

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Taipan

December 26, 2013 2:04 PM

You have to wonder why Merc are willing to pay Lulu far more than Nico, without the breakdowns and team orders Nico would easily have been ahead in the championship and was clearly the better of the two in the second half of the season. Then you have to consider the level of embarrassment that having Lulu brings to the team, not to mention the sulks, strops and persistent threat of a diva style melt down at any moment. Nico gets his head down and keeps his mouth shut and performs just as well if not better without any of the draw backs.



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