“Particularly interested to hear what you all think about Webber’s decline”
Great post Ben! There are quite a few F1F’s that seem to bag Webber as an “also ran” while forgetting he was the most dominet driver of 2010 but did not win! That happens- ask Massa !
Here are my thoughts: Webber smashed 2010, as did Fernando, and it was only at Abu Dhabi Vettel snuck the title (the only time he lead) and most thought “the young gun has snuck it!!” – little did they (we) know!
Mark Webber was awesome in most of 2010! If he didnt crash in Korea in 2010 he was World Champion. I think Seb lead, Mark crashed then Seb blew the engine?? Either way this was the moment!
Mark was in great form, top car and was confident! When he was pipped and Seb was when things changed!
I remember that Reb Bull elluded that they would make Seb pull over for Mark to win- didnt need to, he was too far back. But for those that now say RBR favour Seb (which they do) this is the moment!!
The team from that point become Seb’s team.
Had Mark become 2010 WDC (still pains me) when Seb dominated 2011 it would have been “passing from old bull to new bull”………….. but its not!! Its Seb has ALWAYS dominated Mark and thats not true (of late he has).
So the consequence Mark, instead of head held high as WDC to pass on to young lad, he has coped it as being a “weaker” driver- pretty unfair! His confidence has dropped (and I pay WAY more attention to Mark as opposed to non-Aussie F1F fans) and it has cost him results.
This year, apart from the multi-21 debactle, he has been too slow. Seb very fast in the same car. So to be honest to answer your question on Mark from 2010???- 2010 beat him and he has not been as good or fast since!! He shows signs of his brilliance and for me a total champion!
As with Gerhard Berger, Mak Webber was born in a time with too many F1 talents- Hamilton, Vettel & Alonson- freaks- for me always a champion!! :)