F1 Fanatic guest writer Journeyer concludes his lok at Mark Webber’s F1 career so far.
If there’s one thing Mark Webber is known for, it’s fighting through adversity. He had to go through a lot of it to get to the top. Before he could win, he had to face a lot more of it.
2005: Mark expected his move to Williams-BMW to mark the start of his run as a championship contender. But he ran into two big issues. First, the Williams car simply didn’t look quick enough to win races. Second, his teammate Nick Heidfeld was beating him. Webberscored his debut podium at Monaco that year, finishing third, but even then Heidfeld beat him by finishing second.
2006: By now, Williams was just one of the teams in the midfield. Now running Cosworth power instead of BMW, the team struggled for pace. Mark here is making a pass in the midfield, but he didn’t score any points there. In fact, he only made it to the finish seven times, scoring on just three occasions.
2007: After being unable to work out terms with Williams, Webber switched teams again. He found a place at his old Jaguar team, now owned and run by Red Bull. Just like 2006, he only scored thrice, but he did grab a podium at the Nurburgring. He also had a shot at winning at Fuji when he was running second, but that ended in disaster when third-placed Sebastian Vettel in the Toro Rosso crashed into him during the safety car period. Webber was furious.
2008: No podiums that season, but he was finishing more often and scoring points more consistently. Still, Webber was as racy as ever, trying to overtake Lewis Hamilton here at Monza.
2009: Webber has been a revelation this year. The new rules have allowed designer Adrian Newey to shine, and the car has been very good. Many were expecting the Australian to be crushed by new team mate Vettel, but he’s proved to be more consistent than ‘Der Seb’. It was looking good for Webber, and his first win at the Nurburgring just made it look even better. The video’s not the best in quality, but I just had to show the outpouring of emotions he felt after the race. It was truly incredible.
So what does the future hold for Mark Webber? Never mind the future, he’ll be focusing on the present and winning the championship this year. With a contract renewal with Red Bull looking likely, it seems that Webber has finally shaken off all those years of bad luck and adversity. But the best may yet be to come.