|Born||27 August 1976 in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height/Weight||183cms and 76kgs|
|Resides||Buckinghamshire, UK with long term partner Ann, two dogs Simba and Shadow, cat Kiska and assorted other animals!|
|Interests||Outdoor pursuits, watching sport live and from the armchair, flying helicopters|
SPIRIT. FOCUS. ABILITY. TENACITY. AUSSIE GRIT.
After a successful run in karting and Formula Ford in his native Australia, Mark knew that if he wanted to realise his dream of F1 he had to leave his home soil and move to the UK.
He competed in British Formula Ford, Formula 3, Sportscars and then Formula 3000 where his good results and pace landed him an F1 test drive with Benetton.
Mark made his F1 debut with Minardi, which was owned by fellow Australian Paul Stoddart, in 2002, where in a race full of attrition he managed to hang on in there and grabbed fifth place at the flag 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 the newly rejuvenated Jaguar Racing team and subsequently WilliamsF1. After moving to Red Bull Racing in 2007, Mark took his first F1 win in the 2009 German Grand Prix, which he described as the proudest moment of his career.
Throughout his 12 years in F1, Mark achieved nine wins, 42 podiums, 13 pole positions, 19 fastest laps and also helped Red Bull Racing to four consecutive Constructors’ World Championships.
At the end of 2013 Mark hung up his F1 boots and after a 15 year hiatus, rejoined sports car racing as part of Porsche’s return to the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2014.
In his début WEC race with Porsche, Mark and his teammates finished third at Silverstone. Two months later at the prestigious Le Mans 24 hour race, Mark’s #20 919 Hybrid car was in the lead and challenging for the win against long-standing contenders Audi and Toyota, before having to retire due to a power train problem. During the course of the season Mark, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley notched up a further two podiums in Japan and Bahrain. With a total of five podiums and a win across both cars in their first year back, Porsche’s return to the LMP1 class has certainly been a success.
The 2015 season started off with a tough race and a retirement at Silverstone, but with a third place finish in Spa, the writing was on the wall for more success to come. At the 24 hour race of Le Mans, Porsche wrote history by clinching their 17th overall victory with Mark and his teammates securing a second place to complete the double podium.
After Le Mans Mark, Timo and Brendon took their first WEC race victory at the Nürburgring and they then went on to win three more back-to-back races in Austin, Fuji and Shanghai where Porsche also secured the manufacturers’ title.
In a nail biting season finale which brought six hours of fighting and managing an ill car, Mark, Timo and Brendon crossed the finish line in fifth place, but it was enough to win the World Championship title and for Mark to become the first Aussie FIA World Champion since Alan Jones in 1980.
A SPORTS LOVER THROUGH AND THROUGH
Mark is well known for his high level of physical fitness and as a true lover of the great outdoors environment. Mark will often be found cycling the French Alps in the European summer, hiking or mountain biking in the Chilterns countryside while he’s in the UK 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.
Looking to the future and new challenges, the less time-consuming environment of the World Endurance Championship is enabling Mark to pursue more of his adventure-based goals.
In 2014 Mark took on the legendary Leadville Trail 100 MTB – a one hundred mile mountain bike race across the high-altitude, extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies, starting at 10,152 feet and climbing to 12,424 feet. He finished the race in 8 hours 31 minutes 56 seconds – happy and sore!
With his competitive nature fired up, Mark returned to the legendary “Race Across The Sky” 100-mile MTB ride at Leadville in 2015, beating his previous time by 7 mins 28s.
At the end of 2015 Mark’s long anticipated autobiography ‘Aussie Grit’ was published. A project that started back in 2009 it was a true trip down memory lane to bring Mark’s journey together. ‘Aussie Grit’ covers everything from his early days at home in Queanbeyan, through to his ultimate success as a Grand Prix winner and global sports personality via the many highs and lows along the way. Mark’s story has since become an international best-seller.