As you all know, Mark Webber has decided to leave the Infinity Red Bull Racing team for 2014 to move to Porsche. I decided to pay tribute to Mark’s years in the sport by analysing his best 10 races of his Formula One career to date. All I want to say is a big thank you to Mark for making the last few years for me amazing and great especially as a McLaren fan by providing some great wins and memories for me as an F1 fan.
It has been very hard to even judge the best ten races Mark has done. But I have managed painfully to do it. The countdown begins now in ascending order…
10. Spanish Grand Prix 2010
Superb win for Mark. A brilliant and dominant race. Mark at his absolute best. A cracking race win for him!
9. British Grand Prix 2010
Mark wins his first British Grand Prix in a dominant display in front of the British crowd. We all remember this race when Vettel attempted to force Mark off the track on the approach to Corpse corner, but Mark held on and Vettel made contact with Hamilton. This was his third victory this season and what a drive. [No video avaliable]
8. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2013
Mark took Pole Position away from Vettel with an amazing lap time. I could not believe it. Mark showed all the skill, determination, speed and commitment to produce one of the best Pole Positions I have ever seen him do. And he drove solidly to claim second place in the race! [No video avaliable]
7. Monaco Grand Prix 2010
Great drive from Mark to win the Monaco Grand Prix since Sir Jack Brabham since 1959. And it was all the sweeter when Mark took the lead of the Driver’s Championship of that year.
6. Monaco Grand Prix 2012
Mark’s second victory at Monaco was amazing. This victory created a new record for the sport as there had never been six different winners of the opening Grand Prix of the season. He also became the first multiple Australian Grand Prix driver to win multiple victories of the circuit. Well deserved.
5. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2009
Mark battled his way to second place in the race and holding off an attack from newly crowned World Champion Jenson Button in the final lap. Mark once again showing the ‘aussie grit’ and determination that we all know and love. [No video avaliable]
4. Brazilian Grand Prix 2009
The second win of Mark Webber’s career. The opening lap was separated by three different incidents. The first was Kovalainen making contact with Vettel coming out of the Senna ‘S’. The second took place two corners later with Sutil trying to pass Trulli out of the fifth corner. Both cars were eliminated. The third took place in the pit lane Kovalainen was released from his pit box with the fuel hose still attached to the car, took it with him and a spray of fuel. Luckily no one was hurt, the Brawn mechanics got the fuel tank release off his car. Barrichello led the first part of the race. Mark Webber took the lead as Barrichello struggled with the pace and took the win. Also, Jenson Button was declared the World Champion and Brawn GP. But Mark fully deserved this victory!
3. British Grand Prix 2012
Mark wins the race ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. Just a brilliant drive from Mark to take away victory from Alonso in the latter stages of the race! His second race win at Silverstone. And what a win! [No Video was avaliable]
2. Australian Grand Prix 2002
This of course is Mark Webber’s debut race in Formula One. Mark was driving for the Minardi team on a three race initial contract. He qualified 18th and was 1.4 seconds ahead of Yoong. Mark managed to bring the car home in fifth place and become the fourth Australian Grand Prix driver to score World Championship points and the first points for Marc Gene since 1999.
And Finally 1. German Grand Prix 2009
Mark’s first Formula One win. I have never wanted any other driver to win so badly. Mark finally tasted victory after 130 race wait which is the longest any driver in the sport has taken to score his first win. And what a win! Mark Webber had finally entered the winning circle.
I wish Mark every success in the future. He will be missed by everyone in the paddock and it has been a privilege to seen him drove and mature into what I think is one of the most respected and well loved drivers by the paddock and fans of the sport.