After a hugely frustrating qualifying session on Saturday, in which a technical problem relegated Mark to 19th on the grid, he drove a fabulous race at the Valencia Street Circuit to finish fourth. He now stands second in the world championship, behind Fernando Alonso.
Despite making a good start, Mark found himself trapped behind compatriot Daniel Ricciardo and he was 22 seconds behind race leader Sebastian Vettel after five laps. A Safety Car on lap 29 closed up the pack and Mark was ninth at the restart. Despite dropping to 13th when he made his second and final pitstop, he rejoined the race right behind Michael Schumacher and the pair then carved their way through the field in the closing laps.
Generally happy with the final result, Mark is now looking forward to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, a race he won in 2010...
"It was a tough weekend until the main race. But I’m very happy with this result. There was a bit of attrition at the front, but we’ll take that. I scored a lot of points and it was a good finish to the weekend.
"If you’d told me on Sunday morning that I would finish fourth, I wouldn’t have believed you because it’s not easy to pass around here. The odds would have been very long.
"After the Safety Car left the track, Michael Schumacher was conserving his tyres at the start of that final stint and I got pretty close to him on a couple of occasions - but he’s not in his first grand prix and it’s not easy to pass into Turn 10.
"I was happy to give the one-stoppers some of their own medicine; in Canada they were picking off people in the closing laps and here it was the two-stoppers picking them off. It was only towards the end of the race that our strategy came into its own. In the middle section of the race, when I was fighting with slower cars and being held up, I wasn’t sure we’d got it right, but we did and it was a great effort by the team.
"Next up is the British Grand Prix and I can't wait. I love Silverstone. It’s a fantastic racetrack, with some really challenging fast corners, and I hope the RB8 is competitive there. I live in the UK, so it’s like a second home race for me, and it’s the home race of the team which is based just down the road in Milton Keynes. I hope we can bring home a good result.
"Also coming up later this year is the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge. When the event kicks off on November 28, we'll be offering prize money for the first time ever.
“Part of our vision for the Challenge is for it to be one of the world’s leading adventure races. We've come a long way already since I started it back in 2006, but now we want to take the next step. The format changes we introduced last year were fantastic and this is another step to increase the competition at the elite end of the field."
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