Our top ten F1 drivers of 2013
Vettel might have run away with the title, but which drivers impressed TG this season?
Posted: 01 Jan 2014
8) Mark Webber
Webber drove superbly this year when his RB9 allowed him to (he scored five fastest laps against Vettel's seven) but he was also obliterated by his team mate where it mattered; no wins against 13, two poles against nine. Webber, as easy-going a driver as we're ever likely to see in F1, even admitted towards the end of the summer that he had scaled back the training, recognising that he simply no longer had the pace he used to. That's quite a thing for a driver to admit, but he didn't really need to tell us.
There were moments - that astonishing pole lap in Abu Dhabi for example - but generally you could see that neither his right boot nor heart was in the fight. If it had been, then maybe we would have seen more of an attempt to master the Red Bull's exhaust-blowing system in the way Vettel clearly did. The pace was in the car, but without the motivation it wasn't quite there in the driver.