“We’ll get what we deserve. No more, no less. No one’s interested in the shopping list of excuses of why it’s not going to happen for you. You’ve just got to go out and do it.”
A nine-time Grand Prix winner and FIA World Endurance Champion, Mark Webber is one of motorsport’s most popular and high-profile stars who despite the glamorous trappings and lifestyle of F1 has stayed true to his laid-back Aussie roots and traditions. His no-nonsense, straight-talking personality combined with his strong sense of sportsmanship and fair play have endeared him to fans the world over.
After a successful run in karting and Formula Ford in Australia, Mark moved to the UK, where he competed in British Formula Ford, Formula 3, Sports-cars and then Formula 3000, where his good results landed him a F1 test drive with Benetton.
Mark made his F1 debut with Minardi in 2002, where he managed to grab fifth place, scoring the team’s first points in three years.
His ability to push a car beyond its limits opened the door for him to sign with Jaguar Racing and subsequently Williams F1. After moving to Red Bull Racing in 2007, Mark took his first F1 win in the 2009 German Grand Prix.
During his 12 year F1 career, Mark notched up 215 races, nine victories and an impressive tally of 42 podium finishes, 13 pole positions and 19 fastest laps. He also helped Red Bull racing to four consecutive Constructors’ World Championships.
At the end of 2013, Mark retired from F1 and after re-joined sports-car racing as part of Porsche’s return to the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2014.
Mark and his teammates together amassed, over three seasons, 14 podiums, including 8 victories and helped Porsche win the World Manufacturers Title twice. They were the World Drivers’ Champions in 2015, making Mark the first Aussie FIA World Champion since 1980.
Mark is well known for his high level of physical fitness and as a true lover of the great outdoors environment, and can often be found cycling the French Alps, hiking or mountain biking in either the Chilterns countryside or in the rugged Colorado landscape, and enjoying the surf and national parks of Queensland, Australia. The more challenging the environment, the better!
One of Mark’s great passions is seeing people push their limits and setting goals outside of their comfort zones and in 2003 he launched the Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge. The seventh cycle of the gruelling charitable adventure race took place in the rugged Australian island state in December 2013 and is currently taking a sabbatical to develop the concept further. The Challenge is now recognised as one of the most premium multi-discipline adventure races in the world.
Mark entered the world of punditry in 2014 with Network Ten in Australia, and in 2016 joined the Channel 4 commentary team.
In January 2017, Mark was named as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Honours list. The proud Aussie received his country’s highest national honour 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.’