Mark Webber names Sebastian Vettel the best in F1 and Pastor Maldonado the worst

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Mark Webber believes his ex-Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel is the best driver in Formula One and Renault's Pastor Maldonado is the worst.

Webber spent five years as Vettel's team-mate at Red Bull and was beaten each season by the four-time world champion. He believes Vettel, current champion Lewis Hamilton and McLaren's Fernando Alonso are the best three drivers in F1 today, but named Vettel as the best all-rounder.

"If you're talking Formula One, the good boys always find themselves at the front and the good guys always find themselves in the best cars," Webber was quoted by Wheels Magazine. "Lewis has always been an incredibly fast, naturally gifted guy in all conditions and he's very, very insensitive to tracks and to light rain and drizzle. It's these sorts of things that makes the calibre of a very, very fast and phenomenal driver.

"Someone like Seb, he's very good at the resources, at pulling the whole team together and getting everything around him and filling in his weaknesses. He's exceptional on that front. Fernando, I wouldn't say he's running out of puff, but his motivation I think at the moment is challenged for sure.

"But those three [Vettel, Hamilton and Alonso] are on a very, very, high level. And if I had to pick one, I'd probably pick Sebastian, in terms of pulling the whole juggernaut together and getting the whole team going, which I think he will do at Ferrari shortly.

"He's notoriously consistent and unfortunately I was on the receiving end of a lot of that, but he's pretty handy. Lewis has a little bit more of that mind-management challenge, whereas Sebastian is true to form in the Germanic fashion of that delivery."

Asked who the worst driver in F1 is, Webber replied: "Probably Maldonado. He's out of his depth and just shouldn't be there. He's making up the numbers basically."