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Mark Webber

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Mark Webber
Car number 9
Team Williams-Cosworth
Races 69
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2002 Australian Grand Prix
First win
Last season 2005
Last position 10th (34 pts)


Mark Alan Webber (born August 27, 1976) is an Australian Formula One driver.

He was born in Queanbeyan, New South Wales and currently lives in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England with his girlfriend/manager, Ann Neal. With wins in the 1996 Formula Ford festival and the 2001 Monaco F3000 race to his credit, Webber signed with Mercedes and made his Formula One debut in Melbourne with Minardi in 2002, finishing with a 5th place result. He has had several top 5 performances in the one-lap qualifying throughout the 2003 season.

Webber started his relationship with sport young. He spent time as a child as a ball-boy for the premiership winning rugby league team, the Canberra Raiders, of the late 1980s. Like most Formula One drivers, Mark Webber's journey to the pinnacle of the sport began in karting. Various wins at Australian state level prompted a move into Formula Ford, where Webber scored several victories, including a win in the Formula Ford support race at the final Adelaide Grand Prix in 1995 and third in the 1995 Duckhams Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch on his international racing debut.

His potential apparent, Webber was quickly snapped up by the world's leading Formula Ford manufacturer, Van Diemen, to race in the 1996 British Formula Ford Championship – but not before he won the Formula Holden support race at the inaugural Melbourne Grand Prix.

Webber's first year of European racing was successful. He finished second in the British Formula Ford Championship with four wins and ended the season by winning the prestigious Duckhams Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, joining the likes of Johnny Herbert, Eddie Irvine, Jan Magnussen and Jenson Button in the winners' circle.

Days after his Festival victory, Webber completed a successful test with the Alan Docking Formula Three racing team and was asked to spearhead the team for the 1997 season. He won his fourth ever F3 race at Brands Hatch on his way to fourth in the championship. He also finished third in the annual Marlboro Masters at Zandvoort and fourth in the category's other blue ribbon event, the Macau F3 Grand Prix.

His Formula Three successes preceded a drive for AMG in the 1998 FIA GT Championship; Webber partnering reigning GT world champion Bernd Schneider in the #1 AMG Mercedes CLK GTR to five victories, losing out in the championship by just eight seconds after a thrilling final round at Laguna Seca in California.

Remaining with the AMG Mercedes sports car team, Webber began the 1999 season with number one driver status and his own car. The team's race programme for the year was severely reduced, however, before the season started when the FIA GT Championship was cancelled through lack of entries, leaving Mercedes to concentrate their efforts into a five race programme, including the 24 hours of Le Mans and selected rounds of the American Le Mans series. But the programme collapsed in spectacular fashion when Webber's CLR became airborne during Thursday's practice session at Le Mans, somersaulting several times before coming to rest.

A new car was built in time for Saturday's race but on Webber's first lap out of the pits in the morning warm-up session, exactly the same thing happened again—this time in full view of TV cameras, drivers and spectators. Webber was again fortunate to escape unharmed but five hours into the race, his team-mate, Peter Dumbreck, experienced an identical flip and Mercedes withdrew its remaining car immediately. The rest of the year's programme was shelved and the cars were never raced again.

In the wake of his Le Mans experience, Webber pushed hard for a return to single-seater racing, parting company with AMG and Mercedes. An introduction to fellow Australian Paul Stoddart by Eddie Jordan heralded a drive for European Formula Racing in the F3000 Championship. Despite his inexperience, Webber quickly surged into an unexpected early lead in the championship before eventually finishing third—the highest placed rookie in the 2000 series.

Mark Webber driving for the Jaguar Formula One team

After declining a contract with the Arrows team in July '00, Webber completed a three-day F1 test for Benetton at Estoril, topping the times ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralf Schumacher. His impressive performances for Benetton secured Webber the role of official test and reserve driver for 2001, a year that also saw him finish runner-up in the 2001 FIA International Formula 3000 Championship for Supernova.

With a move up to Formula One firmly in his sights, Webber's management successfully negotiated a drive with Paul Stoddart's KL Minardi Asiatech team for 2002. It proved to be a breakthrough year, Webber arguably proving to be the best of this season's four rookie drivers despite his underpowered car.

On his Grand Prix debut on home soil in Melbourne, Webber finished a fantastic fifth giving the Italian minnows their first championship points since 1999. In doing so, he become only the fourth Australian driver to ever score world championship points. He also comprehensively outqualified team-mates Alex Yoong and Anthony Davidson in every race of the season.

In 2003, Webber was the lead driver for the revitalised Jaguar Racing. Webber was remarkable in his first season with the team, scoring 17 of their 18 points, and placing 10th in the Drivers' Championship, outscoring his teammates in both seasons.

Webber made a great start to his 2004 F1 season, qualifying 6th and 2nd respectively in the first two races, though he was unable to finish either, and his awful start in Malaysia proved typical. At the middle of the season it was announced that Ford were selling the team and that Webber would be moving to Williams-BMW after which he made little impression and managed to end his final race with Jaguar by colliding with his own team mate Christian Klien

Webber joined the Williams-BMW team for 2005. Originally paired to drive with Jenson Button his final team mate, determined under a controversial shootout with eventual test driver Antônio Pizzonia, was the German Nick Heidfeld. Webber achieved his first F1 podium by finishing third at the 2005 Monaco Grand Prix., although Heidfeld was second in that race, and in the 2005 European Grand Prix, in which Mark crashed on the first lap, and is ahead in the championship. With the announcement that BMW and Williams are to part company Webber's future success is unclear.

Qualifying at Imola for the Williams-BMW Formula One team during the 2005 season

Season by season results

after season end


Complete Formula One results

Yr Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Team
2002 Mina AUS
5
MAS
ret
BRA
11
SMR
11
ESP
dns
AUT
12
MON
11
CAN
11
EUR
15
GBR
ret
FRA
8
DEU
ret
HUN
16
BEL
ret
ITA
ret
USA
ret
JPN
10
    Mina
2003 Jagu AUS
ret
MAS
ret
BRA
9
SMR
ret
ESP
7
AUT
7
MON
ret
CAN
7
EUR
6
FRA
6
GBR
14
DEU
11
HUN
6
ITA
7
USA
ret
JPN
11
      Jagu
2004 Jagu AUS
ret
MAS
ret
BAH
8
SMR
13
ESP
12
MON
ret
EUR
7
CAN
ret
USA
ret
FRA
9
GBR
8
DEU
6
HUN
10
BEL
ret
ITA
9
CHN
10
JPN
ret
BRA
ret
  Jagu
2005 Will AUS
5
MAS
ret
BAH
6
SMR
7
ESP
6
MON
3
EUR
ret
CAN
5
USA
ret
FRA
12
GBR
11
DEU
ret
HUN
7
TUR
ret
ITA
14
BEL
4
BRA
ret
JPN
4
CHN
7
Will

See also

  • Mark Webber is also the name of a guitarist in the pop band Pulp, and a handsome young actor from Philadelphia who was featured in "Snow Day" and "Bomb the System" and co-starred in "Broken Flowers."

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