61 Facts About Mark Webber

1. In November 2003, Mark Webber organised and competed in a 10-day trek across Tasmania to raise funds for children's cancer research charities.

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2. In 2017 Mark Webber was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to motor sport as a competitor and ambassador, and to the community through fundraising and patronage of a range of medical and youth support organisations.

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3. In July 2015, Mark Webber released his long-awaited autobiography, Aussie Grit.

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4. Mark Webber is a keen fan of motorcycle racing, and has made several trips to the Isle of Man TT Races.

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5. Mark Webber is an avid rugby league football fan, supporting the Canberra Raiders, as well as being a football fan, supporting English Championship club Sunderland.

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6. Mark Webber has won the annual F1 Pro-Am tennis tournament in Barcelona three times and was runner-up to Juan Pablo Montoya in 2003.

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7. Mark Webber lives in the Buckinghamshire village of Aston Clinton with his partner Ann Neal.

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8. On 13 October 2016, Mark Webber announced that he would retire from driving at the end of the 2016 season in order to take up a representative role with Porsche.

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9. Mark Webber scored his thirteenth pole position to equal Jack Brabham's qualifying record for Australian F1 drivers at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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10. Mark Webber finished third in Italy, his fourth podium of the season.

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11. In June 2013, Mark Webber announced that he would be leaving Red Bull at the end of the season, having signed for Porsche to drive their new LMP1 car in 2014 in the FIA World Endurance Championship including the Le Mans 24 hour race.

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12. Mark Webber was retained by Red Bull Racing for 2013, which was to be his last season with the team.

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13. Mark Webber achieved his second win of the season at the British Grand Prix, passing Alonso late in the race.

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14. Mark Webber won the race ahead of Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso, who were second and third, respectively.

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15. On 27 August 2011, it was announced that Mark Webber would remain with Red Bull into the 2012 season, alongside teammate Vettel.

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16. Mark Webber took his only victory of the season at Brazilian Grand Prix, taking the lead from teammate Vettel after he developed a gearbox issue.

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17. Mark Webber claimed pole position in a drying qualifying session at Silverstone, beating Vettel by 0.032 seconds.

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18. Mark Webber started the 2011 season with a fifth-place finish at the Australian Grand Prix, having started from third on the grid, after struggling to keep up with teammate Vettel due to a damaged chassis.

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19. At the 2011 British Grand Prix, Mark Webber was presented with the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy for 2010.

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20. At the European Grand Prix, Mark Webber crashed into the back of Heikki Kovalainen's Lotus, sending the car flying through the air, collecting a track advertising board and landing upside down.

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21. Mark Webber set his first ever fastest lap in Formula One.

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22. On 23 July, Mark Webber signed a new contract committing him to the Red Bull team for the 2010 Formula One season.

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23. Mark Webber moved up to third in the Drivers' Championship after his win, at that time his best position in Formula One, passing Barrichello in the championship standings.

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24. Mark Webber went on to achieve his first Formula One victory despite receiving a drive through penalty early in the race for causing an avoidable collision at the start when he hit the Brawn GP of Rubens Barrichello.

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25. Mark Webber qualified on pole for the first time in Formula One at the Nurburgring for the German Grand Prix.

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26. Mark Webber eventually brought his car home in second position, marking Webber's career-best finish and was the first win for the Red Bull team.

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27. Mark Webber was provisionally placed eighth, but further investigation brought his position up to sixth.

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28. Mark Webber finished the season in 11th place in the Drivers' Championship with a total of 21 points, his most successful season after 2005 at Williams at that point in time.

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29. Mark Webber qualified fifth in front of both BMW Saubers and behind only the Ferraris and McLarens.

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30. Mark Webber stated the British press attacked him for criticising their "golden boy" Hamilton.

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31. Mark Webber finally recorded the second podium of his career at the European Grand Prix after qualifying in 6th position.

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32. Mark Webber finished only 10th in Turkey, where despite running fourth after a first-lap accident, he struggled from then on.

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33. Mark Webber qualified 7th and had a solid race to finish 6th and pick up 3 Championship points.

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34. Mark Webber was awarded the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy in 2006 for his 2005 season.

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35. Mark Webber described the 2005 season as "frustrating" and acknowledged that his reputation had somewhat diminished but opted to stay on with Williams despite an offer from BMW Sauber.

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36. Mark Webber had another poor race in Turkey where he collided with Michael Schumacher after the German changed lines in the braking area, causing extensive damage to both cars.

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37. Mark Webber was granted an early release from his Jaguar contract to be allowed to test with his new team, Williams, over the winter.

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38. Mark Webber suffered two engine failures in practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, the first of which forced Webber to extinguish it himself after being unable to find a track-side marshal willing to help.

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39. Mark Webber continued his good performance in the Saturday session taking a career-best 3rd on the grid, Jaguar Racing's best qualifying performance in their four-year Formula One history.

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40. Mark Webber took provisional pole position in Friday qualifying of the Brazilian Grand Prix, out-qualifying local driver Rubens Barrichello by 0.138 seconds during a rain-affected session.

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41. Mark Webber made his Formula One debut at his home race, the Australian Grand Prix.

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42. Mark Webber joined the championship-winning Super Nova Racing team, and despite winning at Imola, Monaco and Magny-Cours, he finished second overall to British driver Justin Wilson.

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43. Mark Webber was signed as test driver for the Arrows F1 team for 2000, and gained sponsorship from Australian beer company Foster's whilst competing in Formula 3000.

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44. Mark Webber spoke to Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan, who introduced him to fellow Australian Paul Stoddart.

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45. Mark Webber took strong finishes in the Marlboro Masters at Zandvoort and the Macau Grand Prix (4th), both times making his circuit debut.

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46. Mark Webber took a further four podium finishes, including a second place in the support race for the 1997 British Grand Prix, and finished the season in fourth overall.

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47. Mark Webber took victory in just his fourth ever F3 race, at Brands Hatch, leading from start to finish and setting a new lap record in the process.

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48. Two days after his Festival victory Mark Webber completed a successful test for Alan Docking Racing, and was signed by the team to graduate to Formula Three in 1997.

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49. Mark Webber was given a test at Snetterton with the Van Diemen team, and subsequently earned a works drive for the team at the 1995 Formula Ford Festival, at Brands Hatch, where he finished third.

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50. Mark Webber won the New South Wales state championship in 1993, and moved straight to the Australian Formula Ford Championship after his father bought him an ex-Craig Lowndes Van Diemen FF1600.

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51. Mark Webber began his relationship with sport at a young age, working as a ball boy for premiership winning rugby league team, the Canberra Raiders, during the late 1980s.

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52. Mark Webber was born in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, son of Alan Webber, a local motorcycle dealer, and his wife Diane.

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53. On 13 October 2016, Mark Webber announced that he would retire from driving at the end of the 2016 season in order to take up a representative role with Porsche and to focus on media roles with Channel 4's coverage of F1 and WEC.

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54. On 27 June 2013, Mark Webber announced he would be retiring from Formula One at the end of the season.

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55. Mark Webber was a long-term director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, the Formula One drivers' union.

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56. Mark Webber finished the 2010 season in third place having led for a long period, losing out to teammate Sebastian Vettel in the final race of the season.

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57. Mark Webber added ten more podiums in 2010, including victories in Spain, Monaco, Britain and Hungary.

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58. Mark Webber made his Formula One debut in 2002, scoring Minardi's first points in three years at his and Stoddart's home race.

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59. Mark Webber beat future F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso, then 19, in the 2000 International Formula 3000 season.

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60. Mark Webber began a partnership with fellow Australian Paul Stoddart, at that time owner of the European Racing Formula 3000 team, which eventually took them both into Formula One when Stoddart bought the Minardi team.

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61. Mark Webber won nine Formula One Grands Prix and finished third in the championship in 2010, 2011 and 2013, all of which achieved while driving for Red Bull Racing.

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