I've maintained this for as long as they've been team-mates; I think Webber is as good as Vettel, and can be as quick, but he isn't a super-human, meaning that he too, needs a handful of good races on the trot, that allows him to build on having beaten his team-mate. He hasn't really had these, mainly due to bad luck I'd say.
What frustrates me, is seeing how Vettel has been able to really flourish with a car tuned 100% to his liking, but Webber has not been treated to this, either by chance or because the championship has taken a twist at the wrong moment for him, meaning the eggs are put in Vettel's basket.
(It was the same with DC - he was flying high one or two weekends, only to suffer a mech. DNF while in the lead the following race, or sometimes not really being in the frame at all.)
I hope '13 is the year where things just fall into Webber's lap.
I have another way of looking at it,over the years that they have been teammates Seb has earned the No 1 status in the team.Here is what i think:-
In terms of pace I believe they are similar and experience wise Webber has Seb covered on that one.(I dont recall Mark whining on the radio or or being petulant and I think that comes with experience)
The difference comes in the attitude of both drivers and this is where Seb has the measure of Mark.Seb has that bit more desire,that bit more hunger,that bit more determination.When the chips are down in Redbull Seb has always been there to pick them up.In 2010 when they needed a perfect four races to win the championship, who raised his game?2012 the same,Adrian Newey unlocked the RB9's perfomance,Seb grabbed the chance and never let go.2011 they were both given a beast,who masstered it better?We hear of stories of the kid working through the night to perfect the car,how come there are no stories about Mark concerning this?He has been a terrible starter for some time now but he never seems to improve,why?
I like Mark,Ausies are among my favourite people and he seems like a great guy to have around but surely as a team boss you will look over the last five years and the numbers dont lie,Seb is the guy to back when you want a championship.He may be terribly annoying in some of his antics but just like Alonso he has that bit extra of what it takes to win that Mark just doesnt have," period.Thats why i think he deserves the No 1 status.