2010 has been an incredible season for Mark, and in his just-released book, Up Front, he gives us the real story straight from the driver’s seat.
Accompanied by dynamic colour photographs that take you to the very centre of the action, Mark recaps his pivotal 2009 season, then takes us on a journey through the highs, lows and controversies of every race in 2010.
A brilliant insight into the excitement and drama of Formula One, each chapter of the book was written right after the race in question – offering the reader a raw take on events through the eyes of a man in the thick of a fight for the championship.
An ideal gift for any F1 fan, the book is available online from Pan Macmillan.
Mark Webber – Up Front has been released to great acclaim by sports writers and book critics around the world. Read some reviews below, and be sure to tell us what you think of the book once you’ve read it, by leaving your own comments.
Hi there Serena – we’re afraid that Mark’s book Up Front is currently sold old and unfortunately it’s unlikely to be re-printed or translated. You may be able to track down a second-hand copy if you’re lucky!
I’m a biggest fan of Mark and I would like to buy this book…but I’m italian!
How can I find this book online and order from the net??
Please help me!
Good play, yesterday as everyday … but … I’m sorry …
If the finish line was after your pit, why you didn’t make the last pit stop during the last lap? May be that the laws say other things, isn’t that the necessary is to do a change without specify how many laps you have to do?
Hai again and … have a nice trip to Brasil and for the next year hoping to have all !!!!
May I know where to get this book ? I can’t find it elsewhere online.
Great Book, love the quality, top class effort. Mine has Seb’s autograph as Mark wouldn’t come over to sign for the fans that day at the GP. I asked Seb to sign it, he said “Better ask him if it’s Ok” Then he laughed and signed it.
Love the book, great pressie from the wife!
My sister bought a copy of this book for me when she was in Australia and it’s so amazing to read about Mark’s point of view when it’s only possible for me to watch TV and read articles in newspapers and stuff..
Thank you for sharing these experiences with us, Mark!
And now let’s kick damn vettel’s ass!
Congratulations Mark !!! At the moment thar Robert is out off race in this season, my heart is with You. Your position in Red Bull is not so easy. Everybory see this.
So your success is stronger than enybody else. Kipp this hardness for young people, to shaw them good example.
I was and I’m your fan.
Good luck – crossed fingers. Jerry.
this book is really amazing… Now i can understand, that this is hard work.. i´m from germany and everybody say to me that i should be a seb fan but i´m to 100% Webber fan !!! sorry for my bad english
Hi there – at this stage it’s looking unlikely that Mark’s book Up Front is going to be re-printed or translated. If that should change, we’ll certainly announce it on markwebber.com.
Hi Mark, i´m looking forward for your Book, but i can´t find this in german translate. When your book is being translated into German. I’m waiting eagerly to ….
For the great race that you show us, I want to congratulate you, it’s always a blast to see live you can. All the best for the next race greetz, Mike.
I’m sick of hearing the German anthem, come on mark, you show them how it’s done
Mark, My wife bought your book for as a present and we have both enjoyed reading your story and comparing notes with each other. I have followed your F1 career with great interest, from spectating at your first F1 race at Albert Park 2002, spectating at the Monaco race in 2005 when you got your first F1 podium and the last race we attended in Singapore 2009. Your a great sportsman and we wish you success. Thanks for sharing and the great read.
Win the next race mark…
Mark, I you congratulation for the 3. places in Montreal.
Well done Mark Webber, lets go to the next step – win one again in Circuit de Catalunya/Barcelona, good luck!!!
Stunning book from probably the best driver in F1! Makes a very pleasant change to have someone “down to earth” racing instead of the other “Superstar” Prima Donnas
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not finished yet,i was abit dissapionted it was a sticker signed and not the book itself!it is still a great read but i also feel there is more to be said about the team aswell,a grreat insight to a drivers season though,best of luck this year mark
Globe and Mail Update
Published on Monday, Feb. 07, 2011 2:21PM EST
Formula One driver Mark Webber made headlines when his book, released late last year, revealed that he raced the final four grand prix with a broken shoulder.
But there’s much more to Up Front: 2010 — A Season to Remember than the injury Webber hid from the world – and even his team – as he fought for a world championship.
In fact, F1 should encourage all its stars to follow the Red Bull driver’s lead and also offer open and forthcoming insiders’ views of the season, which would give fans a greater understanding of the sport. The photography in the pages also increases to its appeal, with great behind-the-scenes images that add another dimension to the overall package.
Unfortunately, the book isn’t available in stores outside Australia yet, and must be ordered directly from the publisher, Macmillan Australia, once it prints more copies. The first run sold out quickly.
The book begins with the bike versus SUV accident during the 2008 Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge, a crash that threatened to end Webber’s career. Instead, the Australian not only returned to his car for pre-season testing just 81 days after breaking his leg so badly it required surgery and a pin to fix, but he also had the best season in his eight years in F1.
While the book offers a short summary of 2009 and his first victories in F1, Up Front is really about 2010. Webber goes through season race-by-race, recounting the ups and downs of the year and bringing something new to the table from every grand prix. One highly-publicized revelation was his late season biking accident prior to the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Webber flipped over a friend who had crashed in front of him and suffered a hairline fracture in his shoulder. It was the first time he was on a mountain bike since the accident in 2008.
The book’s real value is Webber’s honesty. It does not shy away from the controversial moments that punctuated the year and strained the relationship between Webber and teammate Sebastian Vettel as the pair battled for the world title. After a slow start, Webber led the points standings for most of the second half but saw the title slip away in the final few races and he finished third. Vettel took the championship by four points over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, while Webber was 14 back.
Webber also doesn’t take himself too seriously at times, something that is often lacking in the snooty F1 paddock. But most of all, it is refreshing to see an F1 driver be frank about the unseen friction inside the garage.
The first major speed bump came in Turkey, where Vettel crashed into Webber’s car trying to overtake his teammate while the Red Bulls were running 1-2. Vettel retired while Webber continued after changing the damaged nose of his car and emerging from the pitlane in third. He finished the race on the podium, but incident “marked the beginning of a building tension within the team.”
The crash sparked a huge controversy in the press, something Webber feels the team’s inexperience fuelled as it tried to smooth things over. After the race, Red Bull sent out a press release titled “Shit Happens” which included a photo of its two racers shrugging and smiling at each other.
“It was a soft attempt to prove we were getting on, which obviously we weren’t because we had to be told to stand closer,” he says.
“It’s important to keep things in perspective. I guess it’s easy for me to sit here and say that because I wasn’t in Seb’s shoes. If he had continued and I had retired, I don’t know how I would have responded.”
The second controversy arose a month later at the British Grand Prix when Webber had a new specification front wing taken from his car and given to Vettel after his teammate’s failed and broke. The young German got the faster wing for qualifying and the race, a decision that didn’t sit well with Webber.
“It was the first time that the team had ever been in the position where they had two drivers and one part: A unique situation, and one that was handled ‘interestingly’ from my perspective,” he offers.
“Maybe I lost out on Saturday because everyone thought Seb couldn’t handle it if he didn’t get the new front wing. Imagine what it might have been if it had been him in my place they might have had a full-scale meltdown on their hands. So perhaps it was easier to say: ‘Let’s do it to Mark. He’s stronger, he’ll be fine, he’ll get on with it, he always does.’ Well, yes, I will, but don’t test it too far guys.”
In the race, Vettel started on pole but lost the lead in the first corner to Webber and then got a flat after contact with another car. Webber went on to win, while Vettel finished seventh. The Australian made his feelings clear about the team’s decision over the radio as crossed the finish line: “Not bad for a No. 2 driver.”
While he didn’t win the world title, Webber’s personal highlight of the season was his triumph in Monaco, where he became the first Australian to win on the tight and twisty street circuit since Jack Brabham took the victory in 1959.
The charm of the book comes through again in his frank description of the events at the official party long after the race was over.
“I was one of the guests of honour at the royal palace. Naturally, I didn’t have a suit to wear so it was the usual Webber jeans and casual top,” he explains.
“Just my luck another of the knights of motor racing, Sir Jackie Stewart — a three time winner of the Monaco Grand Prix — was on my table and he gave me hell! It was a small price to pay at the end of the greatest day of my life.”
Not a big reader but my partner bought it for me and could not put it down till finished. Great insights, written in a way that captivated and gave the feeling of being on the Red Bull team along side Mark for the Journey (a dream come true). Can’t wait to see 2011 unfold, hoping to be there in Melbourne. Good Luck!!
Fantastic read! Couldn’t put the book down until finished. Don’t worry, Mark. The best driver is not always the champion, but since you’ve proven you’re the best driver when given the right machinery here’s to you in 2011.
Great book. I found it hard to put down. Actually, I read it in a day and a half. (only because I had to work) I loved the concept of race to race and I loved the honesty. Great job and fantastic photo’s.
Sprint into print
MARK Webbers sensational run through the grand prix season is tracked in his first book, Up Front, which is being rushed into print before Christmas. Ghost-written by Fl veteran Stuart Sykes, the Webber book is the latest in a growing library of Australian motorsport titles and is published by MacMillan with a price of $39.99.
In this lavishly illustrated book, Formula One driver Mark Webber takes you through each race of 2010, making it the essential book this Christmas for his growing army of fans.
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