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Mark Webber

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Mark Webber

Australian Formula One driver add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1976.

Countries: Australia (19%), Germany (14%), Spain (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Red Bull Racing, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso

Linked to: Red Bull Racing, Jaguar Racing, Minardi, Arrows Grand Prix International

 

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Mark Webber was born in 1976 add something


1980

His relationship with sport started at a young age, working as a ball boy for premiership winning rugby league team, the Canberra Raiders, during the late 1980s add something


1981

After the Monaco Grand Prix, Webber led the drivers' championship, the first Australian to do so since Alan Jones in 1981 add something


1989

Brendon Hartley - "'Brendon Hartley"' is a New Zealand professional racing driver currently competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Porsche in LMP1-H. On November 21st 2015, he was crowned champion alongside his team mates Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard


1991

Starting out racing motorcycles, Webber moved to four wheels in 1991, taking up karting at the age of 14 add something


1993

He won the New South Wales state championship in 1993, and moved straight into the Australian Formula Ford Championship after his father bought him an ex-Craig Lowndes Van Diemen FF1600 add something


1995

Formula Ford Festival - 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, held at Brands Hatch, where he finished third add something

 

After some racing success in Australia, Webber moved to the United Kingdom in 1995 to further his motorsport career add something

 

Continuing in the series in 1995, Webber scored several victories, including a win in the support race for the at Adelaide add something


1996

During the 1996 British Formula Ford Championship, Webber took four victories on his way to second place overall, finishing his strong season with a win in the Formula Ford Festival add something

 

His results throughout the year saw him voted as Australian motorsport's "Young Achiever" and "International Achiever" of 1996 add something


1997

During the 1997 season, Webber was approached by Mercedes-AMG to compete in a sports car race add something

 

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

 

Without the financial backing he had enjoyed during his time in Formula Ford, Webber and his team struggled to find the money to fund their 1997 championship campaign add something


1998

AMG were suitably impressed with Webber, and he was signed as the official Mercedes works junior driver for the 1998 FIA GT Championship, alongside reigning champion Bernd Schneider add something

 

Franck Montagny - Montagny had a breakthrough year in Formula Three in 1998, including a pole position at the Spa-Francorchamps race ahead of much more experienced drivers including Mark Webber, Luciano Burti, Enrique Bernoldi and Peter Dumbreck


1999

Webber remained with the AMG team for 1999, and was promoted to his own race car for the season add something

 

As a result, Webber got his first taste of a Formula One car, completing a two-day test at Barcelona in December 1999 for the Arrows F1 team add something


2000

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 add something


2001

Contract issues meant that Webber was never able to drive the Arrows A21 car, and rejected a full contract offer for 2001 in July add something

 

The results were good enough to earn him the test driver role with the team for 2001, and he agreed to take on team boss Flavio Briatore as manager in return for finance for a further F3000 season add something

 

Australian Grand Prix - Other prominent names to debut in Melbourne are two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso and one-time champions Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton ; former Australian F1 driver, Mark Webber, made his debut there in 2002


2002

He has won the annual F1 Pro-Am tennis tournament in Barcelona three times and was runner-up to Juan Pablo Montoya in 2003 add something

 

Webber was replaced as test driver for Benetton for 2002 by Fernando Alonso, but Briatore managed to secure Webber a contract to race alongside Alex Yoong in the Stoddart-owned Minardi team, making him the first Australian in Formula One since David Brabham in 1994 add something


2003

Webber's results again earned him plaudits in the press, winning the 2003 "Driver of the Year" award from "Autocar" magazine add something

 

With his new team-mate undecided and going down to a "shootout" between Nick Heidfeld and Pizzonia, Webber hit back at Pizzonia's claims of unfair treatment during 2003, claiming the Brazilian was lying and saying he was a "loser" for believing that there was favouritism towards Webber, comments which led to a reprimand from his new team add something

 

In November 2003, Webber organised and competed in a 10-day trek across Tasmania in an attempt to raise funds for children's cancer research charities add something

 

Andre Lotterer - He was passed up for a race seat in 2003 with Eddie Irvine retiring and Pedro de la Rosa leaving, as the team chose Mark Webber and Antônio Pizzonia instead


2004

Although Wilson scored a point in the United States Grand Prix, Webber had still never been outqualified by a team-mate and, late in the year, Jaguar announced that rookie Christian Klien would team up with Webber for the 2004 season add something

 

Continuing with Jaguar in 2004, Webber qualified sixth for the first race of the season, the , but faced his second consecutive retirement from his home race, this time due to a gearbox failure add something

 

With Heidfeld injured, Webber's former Jaguar team-mate Antônio Pizzonia stepped into the second Williams seat adding pressure on Webber to perform well given the public argument the pair had towards the end of 2004 add something

 

With Webber's switch from Jaguar to Williams at the end of 2004, the challenge was postponed until 2006, when he was able to secure a three-year deal with the Tasmanian Government to hold the event add something


2005

Expectations were high as Webber's former team boss Paul Stoddart predicted Webber would take his first victory in 2005 while Williams technical director Sam Michael said Webber would eventually win the World Championship with Williams add something

 

Heidfeld was finally announced as Webber's 2005 team-mate at the Williams season launch on 31 January, with Webber admitting he was pleased with the eventual decision add something

 

Meanwhile, reports emerged that Jaguar could not guarantee that they would compete in Formula One for the 2005 season and on 28 July, it was announced that Webber would drive for WilliamsF1 for 2005 and beyond add something

 

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 add something

 

Williams had announced that Jenson Button would drive for the team in 2005 alongside Webber but, after claims that Button was still contracted to BAR, his contract with Williams was overturned add something


2006

His last race for Williams and the final race of 2006 at the ended in disappointment add something

 

The 2006 event was held over six days and covered nearly 600 km add something

 

Webber was awarded the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy in 2006 for his 2005 season add something

 

Webber's team-mate for 2006 would be German Nico Rosberg, becoming the seventh driver to partner Webber since 2002 add something

 

After some speculation of Webber joining the Renault team, which was run by Briatore, it was announced on 7 August 2006 that Webber would join Red Bull Racing for to partner David Coulthard, replacing former Jaguar Racing team mate Christian Klien add something

 

Christian Klien - After an unsuccessful 2006, Klien's old teammate Mark Webber replaced him for the 2007 season, news Klien learned from Webber himself

 

Williams F1 - The 2006 season saw Nico Rosberg replace Nick Heidfeld, who departed for BMW Sauber, while Mark Webber stayed on with the team

 

Christian Klien - In August 2006, it was confirmed that Klien would not stay with the Red Bull team for the upcoming 2007 season, or at least as a race driver, due to Red Bull's signing of Mark Webber

 

Alexander Wurz - It was announced on 3 August 2006 that Wurz would replace Mark Webber as a race driver at Williams for the season

 

David Coulthard - On 7 August 2006, the day after the Hungarian Grand Prix where Coulthard finished 5th, it was announced the he had extended his contract with Red Bull Racing for 2007 and would be teamed up with Mark Webber

 

Red Bull Racing - The team announced on 7 August 2006 that it had signed Mark Webber to drive alongside David Coulthard for the 2007 season, replacing Christian Klien who ended his association with the team


2007

The 2007 Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge was launched at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne when Webber was joined by sports stars and Kylie Minogue, and Hollywood star Anthony Edwards add something

 

The team held an option on his services for 2007 which they chose not to take up on its original terms and although Webber had expressed his desire to stay with the team, Williams offered Webber a considerably smaller salary than had been stipulated in the original contract for the option year add something

 

On 26 January 2007 the new Red Bull RB3 challenger was unveiled in Spain, and Webber drove the car in a shakedown in Barcelona on the same day add something


2008

During the 2008 event, Webber broke his leg when his bike collided with a car add something

 

Webber remained with Red Bull for , where he was joined by Sebastian Vettel after David Coulthard's retirement at the end of 2008 add something

 

Brendon Hartley - In November 2008, it was announced he would be providing cover for Mark Webber, who had broken his leg in a cycling accident, by performing testing duties alongside permanent test driver Sébastien Buemi for Red Bull in the 2008 RB4 F1 car

 

Jaime Alguersuari - He deputised for the injured Mark Webber in the 2008 Race of Champions event at the Wembley Stadium in December 2008


2009

By the end of 2009, Webber had scored eight podiums, including another victory in Brazil add something

 

Until 2009, this was Webber's best start to an F1 season since 2005 with Williams, managing five consecutive points scoring races add something

 

Webber set his first ever fastest lap in Formula One. On 21 September 2009 the FIA banned Webber's manager, Flavio Briatore, from all FIA related activities and announced that it would not renew the superlicence for any driver managed or otherwise associated with Briatore add something

 

Christian Horner - The team finished a strong second in the 2009 constructors' championship with drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finishing second and fourth respectively in the drivers' title race


2010

In 2010, Webber continued to race with Red Bull add something

 

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 add something

 

In June 2010, Red Bull Racing announced that Webber had signed a one-year extension to his contract, meaning that he will remain with the team for the season add something

 

On 1 December 2010, it was announced that the Challenge would return in 2011 add something

 

Fernando Alonso - Alonso took Ferrari's first pole since the Singapore Grand Prix of 2010 at the next round hosted at the historic Silverstone circuit in Great Britain, just edging out Red Bull driver, Mark Webber in a severely rain hit session

 

Red Bull Racing - For the 2010 season, the team retained both Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, with Renault remaining the engine supplier


2011

At the 2011 British Grand Prix, Webber was presented with the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy for 2010 add something

 

Tourism Tasmania, Mark Webber Challenge Management and Octagon Australia will partner to bring the Challenge back for 2011, 2012 and 2013 add something

 

On 27 August 2011, it was announced that Webber would remain with Red Bull into the 2012 season, alongside team-mate Vettel add something

 

Fernando Alonso - Alonso finished third in the putting him into the lead of the Drivers' Championship this season ahead of Sebastian Vettel, the 2011 champion, and Vettel's team-mate at Red Bull, Mark Webber, who won at Monaco

 

Mitch Evans - Evans was signed to race in the 2011 GP3 Series in Europe by the MW Arden team which is co-owned by Christian Horner , and Red Bull driver Mark Webber

 

Simon Trummer - He moved to MW Arden for the 2011 campaign


2012

On Saturday 2 June 2012, he was a guest at the Superbike TT, and was on hand to congratulate his close friend John McGuinness as he secured victory, and his 18th Isle of Man TT triumph add something

 

Red Bull Racing - As with 2012, Webber was signed on a single year contract while Vettel continues to honour his current multi-year agreement

 

Fernando Alonso - At the next round at Silverstone, Alonso took Ferrari's first pole since 2010, edging out Red Bull driver Mark Webber in a rain-hit session

 

Red Bull Racing - For the 2012 season, Red Bull retained the duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber from the previous three years

 

Sebastian Vettel - Vettel remained at Red Bull for the 2012 season, and was again partnered by Mark Webber

 

Kimi Raikkonen - On 4 November 2012, Räikkönen won his first race for the Lotus F1 team at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after a good start from fourth saw him take Pastor Maldonado and Mark Webber at the first corner


2013

Following the victory, Webber signed a one-year contract extension with Red Bull, for the 2013 season add something

 

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 add something

 

Red Bull Racing - In Australia, the first race of the season, Vettel placed the new RB9 on pole position but struggled in the race finishing in 3rd place behind title rivals of 2012, Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso whilst team mate Webber finished in sixth place

 

Daniil Kvyat - Kvyat has spent 2013 competing in the GP3 Series with MW Arden and the European Formula 3 championship with Carlin Motorsport

 

Daniel Ricciardo - On 2 September 2013 Ricciardo was revealed as the replacement for Mark Webber at Infiniti Red Bull Racing live on the Austrian television channel Servus TV


2014

Daniel Ricciardo - After Mark Webber announced his retirement from Formula 1, Ricciardo was confirmed as his replacement at Infiniti Red Bull Racing for 2014

 

Red Bull Racing - It was announced before the Italian Grand Prix that Daniel Ricciardo, the Toro Rosso driver, would replace Webber for the 2014 season, ending talk of Lotus' Kimi Räikkönen taking Webber's seat


2015

In July 2015, Mark Webber released his long-awaited autobiography, "Aussie Grit" add something

 

Brendon Hartley - He won the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, alongside his teammates Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard, and currently leads the 2017 FIA World Endurance Champioship alongside Bernhard and Earl Bamber

 

Matthew White (journalist) - It was announced that he would host tens V8 supercars coverage in 2015 alongside Mark Webber


2016

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


2017

On Australia Day 2017 Webber received the Order Of Australia medal add something