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Insight: How close to Vettel did Webber get during five seasons at Red Bull?
Dec 16, 2013, 2:08 AM

Mark Webber’s decision to quit Formula 1 at the end of this season brought to an end a seven-year association with Red Bull.

Mark Webber’s decision to quit Formula 1 at the end of this season brought to an end a seven-year association with Red Bull.

The Australian partnered Sebastian Vettel for his final five seasons, during which Vettel won the title four times and finished second once. During the same period, Webber managed three third place finishes in the standings, plus a fourth and sixth.

But how close was Webber to his more decorated team-mate?

Overall, Vettel had the edge in qualifying, outperforming Webber 77 times to 22. The German also had the more impressive pole record, with 44 to the Australian’s 13.

When it came to the races, Webber was closer in terms of points finishes, scoring 65 to Vettel’s 80, but he was comfortably beaten in terms of wins, with the German taking 38 to Webber’s nine.

In terms of retirements, they were pretty level over five years, with Vettel suffering nine DNFs to Webber’s 10, but when they did finish, Vettel was in front more often than not, reaching the chequered flag first on 57 occassions to Webber’s 19.

Webber scored around two thirds of Vettel’s total points, the Australian clocking up 947.5 to Vettel’s impressive 1410, and was beaten in each of the five years in the overall drivers’ standings by his younger team-mate.

OVERALL STATS OVER FIVE SEASONS

Qualifying


Faster qualifying time: Vettel 77 / Webber 22


Poles: Vettel 44 / Webber 13


Front rows: Vettel 63 / Webber 34

Races


Wins: Vettel 38 / Webber 9


Podiums: Vettel 61 / Webber 40


Points finishes: Vettel 80 / Webber 65 


DNFs: Vettel 9 / Webber 10

Best race result (inc DNFs): Vettel 66 / Webber 27

Ahead in two-car finish: Vettel 57 / Webber 19

Championship

Points: Vettel 1410 / Webber 947.5

Seasons finished higher in standings: Vettel 5 / Webber 0

Highest championship placing: Vettel 1st (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) / Webber 3rd (2010, 2011, 2013)

Their first season together – 2009 – was actually pretty close when it came to the races, with Vettel edging the wins tally four to two but both drivers scoring the same number of podiums – eight. Vettel edged the points finishes at 12 to 10 with the drivers finishing equal in the head-to-head when they both finished the race at six apiece.

But in qualifying, where Vettel seems to have had the edge, the German was dominant from the start, outqualifying Webber 17 times to two and achieving eight front row grid slots to Webber’s two.

2009 STATS

Qualifying

Faster qualifying time: Vettel 17 / Webber 2


Poles: Vettel 4 / Webber 1


Front rows: Vettel 8 / Webber 2

Races

Wins: Vettel 4 / Webber 2


Podiums: Vettel 8 / Webber 8


Points finishes: Vettel 12 / Webber 10 


DNFs: Vettel 3 / Webber 2

Best race result (inc DNFs): Vettel 8 / Webber 9

Ahead in two-car finish: Vettel 6 / Webber 6

Championship


Points: Vettel 84/ Webber 69.5

Finished higher in standings: Vettel

Championship placing: Vettel 2nd / Webber 4rd

The following season – 2010 – was the one where Webber came closest to winning the championship during his whole career, and that is reflected in the stats.

Webber was much closer in qualifying, with Vettel outqualifying the Australian 12 times to seven and 10 poles to five, but they both managed to start on the front row 13 times.

In the races, Vettel edged the most wins tally with five to Webber’s four, but both drivers scored the same number of podiums – 10. Webber actually beat Vettel in terms of the number of points finishes – 17 to 15, but perhaps crucially, he lost the head-to-head when both drivers finished, with Vettel triumphing 10 times to five.

2010 STATS

Qualifying

Faster qualifying time: Vettel 12 / Webber 7


Poles: Vettel 10 / Webber 5


Front rows: Vettel 13 / Webber 13

Races

Wins: Vettel 5 / Webber 4


Podiums: Vettel 10 / Webber 10


Points finishes: Vettel 15 / Webber 17

DNFs: Vettel 3 / Webber 2

Best race result (inc DNFs): Vettel 11 / Webber 7

Ahead in two-car finish: Vettel 10 / Webber 5

Championship


Points: Vettel 256/ Webber 242

Finished higher in standings: Vettel

Championship placing: Vettel 1st / Webber 3rd

Vettel was the stronger qualifier once more in 2011, outqualifying Webber 16 times to three and scoring 15 poles to the Australian’s three.

In the races, he comfortably topped the win tally with 11 victories to Webber’s one, but they were level on points finishes with 18 apiece thanks to the ultra-reliable Red Bull. Vettel thrashed Webber in the head-to-head when both cars finished, triumphing 15 times to two.

2011 STATS

Qualifying


Faster qualifying time: Vettel 16 / Webber 3

Poles: Vettel 15 / Webber 3


Front rows: Vettel 18 / Webber 8

Races


Wins: Vettel 11 / Webber 1


Podiums: Vettel 17 / Webber 10


Points finishes: Vettel 18 / Webber 18 


DNFs: Vettel 1 / Webber 1

Best race result (inc DNFs): Vettel 16 / Webber 3

Ahead in two-car finish: Vettel 15 / Webber 2

Championship


Points: Vettel 392/ Webber 258

Finished higher in standings: Vettel

Championship placing: Vettel 1st / Webber 3rd

In terms of championship position, 2012 was Webber’s more disappointing year as the Australian finished sixth in the standings’ as Vettel went on to win his third title.

In qualifying, it was closer, with Vettel just edging Webber 12 to eight. In the races, the gap was slightly wider, with Vettel finishing ahead of Webber 11 times to six when both finished. They were close again on points finishes, with Vettel ahead 17 to 15, but crucially Vettel had more wins – five to two – and more podiums – 10 to four.

2012 STATS

Qualifying


Faster qualifying time: Vettel 12 / Webber 8


Poles: Vettel 6 / Webber 2


Front rows: Vettel 9 / Webber 6

Races


Wins: Vettel 5 / Webber 2


Podiums: Vettel 10 / Webber 4


Points finishes: Vettel 17 / Webber 15 


DNFs: Vettel 1 / Webber 2

Best race result (inc DNFs): Vettel 13 / Webber 7

Ahead in two-car finish: Vettel 11 / Webber 6

Championship


Points: Vettel 281/ Webber 179

Finished higher in standings: Vettel

Championship placing: Vettel 1st / Webber 6th

In Webber’s final season, Vettel had the edge in every department. In qualifying, he comfortably outpaced his team-mate 15 times to two, with the German claiming nine poles to Webber’s two – which came during a purple patch for the Australian in the final few races.

In the races, Vettel was brilliant, securing a record-equalling 13 wins as Webber – who had the win pinched off him by Vettel in Malaysia - failed to climb aboard the top step.

Vettel had double the number of podiums at 16 to Webber’s eight, and finished ahead every time both drivers finished a race (15 in total). That was the German’s most convincing performance in a season during their partnership.

As a result, Vettel finished with nearly double the number of points as Webber, who had more retirements in 2013, clocking up three to Vettel’s one.

2013 STATS

Qualifying


Faster qualifying time: Vettel 15 / Webber 2


Poles: Vettel 9 / Webber 2


Front rows: Vettel 15 / Webber 5

Races


Wins: Vettel 13 / Webber 0


Podiums: Vettel 16 / Webber 8


Points finishes: Vettel 18 / Webber 15 


DNFs: Vettel 1 / Webber 3

Best race result (inc DNFs): Vettel 18 / Webber 1

Ahead in two-car finish: Vettel 15 / Webber 0

Championship


Points: Vettel 397/ Webber 199

Finished higher in standings: Vettel

Championship placing: Vettel 1st / Webber 3rd
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