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A profile of Red Bull Formula 1 driver Mark Webber

Mark Webber
Webber has struggled to match Red Bull team-mate Vettel in 2011


"Mark Webber has had a very frustrating and disappointing 2011 season, which was tempered only by a late win in Brazil.

"The Australian generally struggled for a little race pace, he suggests that the change to Pirelli tyres has not gelled well with his driving style.

"Also with the reintroduction of the Kers power-boost system and therefore less weight ballast to play with, his own height and weight is a penalty.

"This lacklustre season compared with his flying team-mate's results will make for a long winter and eager anticipation of the new season.

"He needs a very strong 2012 to keep Red Bull happy."


Name three attributes an F1 driver must have

Conditioning, composure and confidence.

What is the hardest thing about being an F1 driver?

Constant travel.

Formula 1 is not just about the car because…

... it needs to be controlled precisely by a driver, in all conditions.

If I was in charge of Formula 1 I would…

... return more classic tracks to the calendar.

If I could drive in any era of Formula 1 it would be…

The late Eighties.

Who is your best friend among the drivers?

Jonny Kane (Le Mans driver).

Which F1 driver tells the worst jokes?

The Germans except Sebastian Vettel, who's actually very funny.

Describe yourself in a few words.

Impatient, demanding and down-to-earth.

Do you excel at any other sports?

I don't excel at any sport in particular but enjoy having a crack at all of them.

What car(s) other than an F1 car do you drive?

A Porsche 911 Turbo, a Nissan Navara, and a Renault Laguna Wagon.

What is your favourite song and what does it remind you of?

I don't have one favourite song, but I like Pink, Oasis, U2 etc.

What's the last book that you read?

'First into Action' - a book about the Special Boat Service.

What three words would you use to describe what it's like to be a Formula 1 driver?
Exhilarating, concentration - you need a lot of that - breathtaking.

What is the biggest perk of the job?
The worst part of the job are the hotels and the best bit is racing each other.

How would you like to be remembered as an F1 driver?
As someone who was quick and always gave his best.

What is your most embarrassing sporting moment?
It has to be crashing off my mountain bike and breaking my leg in my own adventure race in 2008!

Ayrton Senna or Alain Prost?

Spa or Monaco?

Previous teams: Minardi, Jaguar and Williams
Nationality: Australian
Born: 27/08/1976, Queanbeyan
Grand Prix debut: Australia 2002

If you weren't an F1 driver what would you be?

A firefighter.

Who is the greatest sportsman of all time?
You have to look at what [Muhammad] Ali did. He was an unbelievable sportsman and an unbelievably powerful person, more outside the ring than in it.

He was just a phenomenal person. There was no media then in comparison to now and so to be as big as he was, I can't see anyone matching what Ali was.

What would be your perfect day off?
Train before breakfast then have a nice shower, nice brekkie, watch Australia playing some sort of sport on TV for most of the day, a bit of Xbox and then a nice meal with (partner) Anne.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Oman and Australia.

Apart from a house what is the most expensive thing that you own?

What is your favourite item of clothing?
A cashmere jumper which Flavio (Briatore, his manager) bought me last Christmas.

Which famous person - dead or alive - would you like to have dinner with and why?
Hitler - I'd ask him why.

Tell us something about yourself that most F1 fans might not know
I don't own a (hair) brush - and haven't done for 10 years.

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