Mark and Felipe,raise your game or else………

2012 is a massive year for Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa with  both men,especially Felipe,fighting to save there F1 careers possibly but certainly to save there drives at two of the top 3 teams.Both men are under pressure after a disappointing 2011 for both of them.

Felipe Massa

Massa is especially under pressure,after his terrible accident in Hungary 2009,he has not been the same driver,he has been destroyed by Alonso in 2010 and 2011 in both Qualifying and Races.The stats below show how much Alonso has dominated at Ferrari.

2010(Races) Alonso 15-4 Massa

2011(Races) Alonso 16-3 Massa

In 2007 and 2008 he could pull out a special lap in Qualifying and control a race,sadly this no longer happens,Hungary 2009 is still in his head in my honest opinion and of course Alonso is a world class driver but only 3 podiums in two years is just not good enough and no podium finish in 2011.

A slight factor also has been the way Fernando is  massively favoured,Massa has been moved out of the way a number of times,Germany 2010 been the biggest one when Massa seem to be heading for his first victory after his accident in Hungary,also been told to move out of the way at Australia and Japan 2011.

However that does not excuse his poor performances,he is lucky to have kept his seat for 2012 and unless he improves 100%,his F1 career will probably be over.I hope he raises his game but I fear he won’t,especially against such a world class teammate.

Mark Webber

After a heartbreaking and narrow championship loss in 2010,Mark Webber had a very average 2011,even though he only retired from one race and despite finishing in the top 5 in every race he finished.The stats tell everything

2010(Races) Vettel 11-7 Webber,(both retired from the Korean GP)

2011(Races) Vettel 16-3 Webber

In 2011 Mark was hammered by Seb.

Seb had massive confidence after his 2010 title win,and cut out the rookie errors of 2010 and then established himself as the team leader as Webber struggled to beat the Mclaren’s and Ferrari’s and really struggled with the Pirelli tyres compared to his teammate and Button.

He could not touch Vettel in Qualifying or the races like he did in 2010.

When Seb did have problems,Germany and Abu Dhabi spring to mind,Webber failed to take full advantage,which he did in 2010 and went back to the pretty average driver of previous years before 2010.

Unless he ups his game this year,once again he will be hammered by Seb and if the championship for the constructors is tight and he is reason they lose it,I think Webber won’t be offered a new deal and will have to find another team but that would be hard considering his age,possibly a swap with Massa?

we shall see how they do in 2012………

What do you think?,Can they step-up or will both Felipe and Mark lose there seats at the end of 2012?

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