Mark Webber

Mark Alan Webber is a professional motorsport racer from Australia and he is currently plying his trade for the constructors’ champions Red Bull racing in the Formula 1 circuit. He was born on the 27th of August, 1976 in a simple family where his father was a motorcycle dealer and his mother was just a simple housewife. Webber was interested in sports from his very childhood and he used to spend his afternoons as a ball boy for the Canberra Raiders that was the champion rugby team of the Australian premiership at that time. However, it was in motorsport that his heart truly lay and he has also listed the names of former Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost and Grand Prix motorcycle winner Kevin Schwantz as his idols. Webber started out his racing career with motorcycles and it was not until quite late in 1991, when he was 14 years old that he shifted to four wheels and go karts. He was crowned the champion in New South Wales State Championship in 1993 and from there, he moved up to the Australian Formula Ford championship. He finished in the 14th overall position in his first season and in his next season, he was able to achieve fourth position overall after a few podium finishes on the way.

Mark Alan Webber met championship coordinator Ann Neal during this time and she secured a seven year sponsorship deal with Australian Yellow Pages for him and became Webber’s manager as well. Webber moved to England and raced at the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and in 1996, at the British Formula Ford Championship as well. In 1997, he moved up to Formula Three but due to financial restraints, he almost had to quit midway through the season before he got significant held from Australian rugby legend David Campese. Mark Alan Webber signed for Minardi in the 2002 season and made his first foray into Formula 1bewfore switching to the Ford owned Jaguar in before the start of the 2003 season, where he stayed till the end of the 2004 season. He raced for the Williams team for the 2005 and 2006 seasons before joining his current team Red Bull Racing before the start of the 2007 season. It was with Red Bull Racing that Mark Alan Webber was able to achieve his dream of standing at the top of the podium and all 6 of his victories have come with Red Bull Racing.

Now, a Tracks only P1 by McLaren!

McLaren is said to be planning something further special for its wonder car P1. Rumours are going around that McLaren is set to produce a tracks only version the amazing supercar. With a horsepower in excess of 900 and a mind boggling acceleration rate, the P1 mean machine is any car enthusiast’s dream car. It is sure to be on anyone’s list of supercars. And as if that was not enough, McLaren is said to be contemplation the option of producing a more advanced version of it.

The car, right now being called P1 Track, will have a more advanced version of the twin turbo V 8 that is of 3.8 litres in the current version and also a more potent version of electric motor combo engine that produces 903 horsepower in the current one. There will most probably also be an aerodynamic mode for more efficient handling and a more glamorous interior that will include much more than a seat, safety equipment and other things that are required for the car to complete a circle on the track in as less time as possible (since it is a tracks only car).

The car, however, will be available for sale only to the owners of the current P1. McLaren is rumoured to have contacted all the people owning the P1 to get an idea of the interest they have in the advanced version. An unnamed McLaren insider has been quoted as saying that the car is definitely on the cards and it will have more power, body and torque. The current version has only 375 models and the planned one is said to be having a less than three digit number and the production will start only after all the current owners have expressed their desires of buying it. The ones interested will get professional training in driving the car and also what all can be done with it! Not only this, the affluent few will also get an access to special tracks for it! Lucky, is a small word for them.

Mark Webber

Mark Webber was born in New South Wales. He started off as a motorcycle racer and then shifted base to four wheelers in 1991. He took up karting at the age of 14. After winning the New South Wales National Championship in 1993 he moved straight to the Australian Formula Ford Championship. He worked as a driving instructor at Sydney’s Oran Park raceway between races. However he managed to finish 14th overall in his rookie year. In 1995 he scored several victories including the support race for Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide. Securing the fourth position and co-ordinating with Ann Neal fetched him a seven-year sponsorship with the Australian Yellow Pages.

In spite of the financial crisis faced by Mark Webber and his team in 1997 Championship Campaign he managed to take victory in his fourth ever Formula Three race. He even managed to set a new lap record while leading all the way from the beginning till the finish. During this very year he was approached by Mercedes-AMG to complete in a sports car race and he was signed as the official Mercedes works junior driver for the 1998 FIA GT championship along with Bernd Schneider. He remained with them till 1999 when he was promoted to his own race car for the season. However the glory was short lived after he flipped twice on the Mulsanne straight during the 1999 24 hours of Le Men’s race practice.

Mark Webber’s introduction to the Formula One world was through Paul Stoddart, who gave the former completed a two day test at Barcelona in December 1999 for the arrows F1 team. In 2000 he was signed as a test driver by the same. The same year he was sponsored by Foster’s in the formula 3000 races. Mark Webber made his formula one debut at the Australian grand prix in 2000.