on November 21, 2013 Off the track news with 11 comments

I didn’t drive a race car of any description after Le Mans. I used to go and train in the Jordan Grand Prix gym in the hope that I might bump into someone/anyone.

Racing with Arrows in 2000, thanks to EJ’s introduction to Stoddy (Right).

Racing with Arrows in 2000, thanks to EJ’s introduction to Stoddy (Right) when I was on the sidelines.

Trevor Foster, the then team managing director told me that Riccardo Zonta (who had been a Mercedes team-mate in ’98) was on his way to winning the F3000 title was the up-coming man which of course only made me all the more ambitious! Eddie Jordan was more positive and introduced me to Paul Stoddart.



  • jonathan
    on November 21, 2013 Reply

    No doubt you did it tough Mark, just to even be in F1 for 13 seasons is incredible story of determination.
    you have many admirers including myself that have huge amounts of respect of your character.
    thanks for being a role model.

  • Soames
    on November 21, 2013 Reply

    I am not surprised to see you finish with F1 this year Mark.

    F1 will be a worse place without you, but I thank you for your time in this great sport. A true gent and great Aussie bloke.

    All the best with Porsche, I will be keeping tabs on your progress.

  • Richard P.
    on November 21, 2013 Reply

    Huge amount of respect for you persistence and drive to stay in the top flight. You have achieved what many dream about but few can really ever understand. Now it’s another chapter and another amazing opportunity with another great team. Looking forward to watching how it develops!

  • Tiernan Rhodes
    on November 21, 2013 Reply

    It’s been a pleasure watching you in f1 and you’ll be missed but it’s the best time to leave. Il be tuning in to the WEC now as well. All the best for the future fella.

  • Mike Birks
    on November 21, 2013 Reply

    Thank you Mark – your ability is beyond question, your forthright nature has been an inspiration and the esteem in which you are held by your peers is amazing. One more win will send your myriad of fans worldwide ballistic – good luck and best wishes

  • Jason Matthews
    on November 21, 2013 Reply

    My wife loved watching you in F1 over the years. My hearts with Porsche as I see yours is. Welcome home mate. Hope to meet you in person some day. Cheers from Los Angeles mate!

  • David
    on November 22, 2013 Reply

    Just to say Mark , all the very best for the future , much admiration for your results and conduct in F1 , you will be missed I promise you .

  • Laurence
    on November 22, 2013 Reply

    Followed your career from that Formula Ford race back in 1995 at Sandown in the wet, where you just blitzed the field and won by what seemed like half a lap. Its been great watching you progress from there to the champion you have become. Thanks for flying the Australian flag for us back home. Have a great final grand prix and all the best for yur new ride at Porsche.

  • Herman
    on November 22, 2013 Reply

    Mark.Thank you for all those years in F1. It was A pleasure watching u drive. All the best for your time with Porsche.

  • John Ballantyne
    on November 23, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for re-setting the behavior standards for Formula 1

  • jeremy barnes
    on November 25, 2013 Reply

    Congratulations on competing at the highest level with skill, determination and total class.More importantly you are an extraordinary ambassador for Australia and a bloody nice bloke! Good luck with Porsche. Thanks mate.

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