It was after a move to the UK in 1995 that Mark Webber’s racing career really started to take off. Having had numerous successes in his native Australia, the confident young driver knew that if he was to realise his F1 dreams, he needed to be closer to the action.
A natural stepping stone was Formula 3000, and in partnership with a fellow Australian and future F1 team owner Paul Stoddart, Mark set about making his own mark in open-wheel championships. His talent was obvious from the start and the cool Australian showed remarkable speed and control, racking up a series of podium finishes and tweaking the interest of F1 alumni at the same time.
Mark’s first foray into F1 came soon after when he made his championship debut with Minardi in 2002, confidently scoring the team’s first points in three years. It was this achievement that led him to the door of the newly rejuvenated Jaguar Racing team, where he proved to be a consistent runner as their lead driver for two years. However, it was after a move to the Red Bull Racing team that Webber took his first F1 win in the 2009 German Grand Prix, having already finished second in China, Turkey and Great Britain.
During his F1 career, Mark achieved nine wins, 36 podiums and 11 pole positions. He was a huge factor in his Red Bull Racing’s four consecutive Constructors’ World Championships. But despite his successes, Mark felt the need for change, and hung up his F1 spurs at the end of the 2013 season.
A final chapter of Mark’s glorious motorsports career was written when he won the 2015 World Endurance Championship in a Porsche 919 Hybrid alongside Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley. The Australian then called time on competitive racing at the conclusion of the 2016 WEC season.Read more