Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2013:
Mercedes AMG Petronas
2012 Driver of the Year position:
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.
's 2013 F1 Driver of the Year – top ten to date:
7. Mark Webber
8. Lewis Hamilton
9. Valtteri Bottas
10. Daniel Ricciardo