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F1 Driver of the Year: 10th

Counting down the top ten F1 Drivers of the 2016 season as voted for by Crash.net readers...
10th – Sebastian Vettel
Average poll score out of ten: 6.2
Team: Scuderia Ferrari
Car: SF16-T
Wins: 0
Podiums: 7
Poles: 0
Fastest Laps: 3
Best Finish 2nd
Championship points: 212
Championship position: 4th out of 24

Last year you voted Sebastian Vettel as your F1 Driver of the Year but his tumble to tenth place in this year's poll is representative of a 2016 campaign that never quite shone as brightly as many had hoped or expected.

Indeed, though fourth overall for the four-time world champion still represents a solid return for both himself and Ferrari in isolation, the team's failure to maintain the race winning form of 2015 ultimately wrote the headline of its end-of-season summary.

Starting the year with lofty aspirations having proven more than a thorn in Mercedes' side during 2015, though Vettel began well with eye-catching turns in Australia, China and Canada, niggling issues – some self-inflicted, some strategic – stymied Ferrari's potential at its most convincing moments.

However, by the time Ferrari had perfected its race craft, the car's development was plateauing, James Allison had exited the team and Red Bull was now manoeuvring itself as Mercedes' closest rival.

As such, Vettel would spend the second-half of the season chasing podiums rather than topping then, often finding himself on the periphery of the lead fights without quite having the car capable of getting involved in them.

Qualifying – often one of the key weapons in Vettel's armoury – was a particular let down in 2016, the German out performed by Kimi Raikkonen 10-11 on a Saturday. Often leaving him on the back foot coming into the races, the fact Vettel was overtaken just once all season* is a measure of the forward momentum he had to take into the races on several occasions.

There were clumsy errors too, not least in China, Malaysia and Mexico, while his acid tongue – not least Mexico – didn't endear him to rivals at times either.

Nevertheless, on his day – or at least on Ferrari's day -, Vettel could take the fight to Mercedes on pure pace and it is plausible to imagine he could have won in Australia and Canada were it not for the benefit of hindsight in Ferrari's strategy choices…


Sebastian Vettel in the Crash.net F1 Driver of the Year
Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2015: 1st
Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2014: 13th
Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2013: 3rd
Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2012: 4th
Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2011: 2nd
Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2010: 4th



Do you agree with the poll results? Have your say in the comments section below...

About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Drivers' World Championship standings, the F1 Driver of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, driving style, experience, progress and personality just as much as race results.

Over 70,000 votes were cast for the 2016 Crash.net F1 Driver of the Year poll, where viewers awarded each of this year's full-time participants.



Related Pictures

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13.05.2016 - Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
28.05.2017 - Race, 3rd place Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner
28.05.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner
28.05.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner and 2nd place Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
28.05.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
28.05.2017 - Race, Riccardo Adami (ITA) Ferrari Race Engineer, 2nd place Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner and 3rd place Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.05.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner
28.05.2017 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
28.05.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
28.05.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
28.05.2017 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.05.2017 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
28.05.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
28.05.2017 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
28.05.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
28.05.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H, Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA, Chase Carey (USA) Formula One Group Chairman, Charlene Wittstock Princess of Monaco and S.A.S. Prince Albert II
28.05.2017 - Race, 2nd place Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Charlene Wittstock Princess of Monaco
28.05.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner

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