birth : 27 August 1976
Birthplace : Queanbeyan
Marital status : Single
Height : 185 cm
Weight : 75 kg
Wins : 0
Points scored : 2
Number of GP : 16
Pole Position : 0
Podiums : 0
First GP : 2002 (Melbourne)
Best result : 5
P R O F I L E
Mark Webber breaks into formula1 this season, courtesy
of the Minardi team, after two years acting as a test
driver for Benetton.
The Australian had been confirmed for a third year's
testing with the team (now owned by Renault), but it was
announced late last year that up-and-coming star and
Flavio Briatore protégé Fernando Alonso would be
taking on this role.
Webber, who also has his business affairs managed by
Briatore, then became the hot favourite for Minardi's
final seat and it is fitting that he makes his debut in
the sport with an Australian-owned team. The first
anitpodean to do so since Tim Schenken in 1971.
Prior to this, Webber had been making his name in
Sportscars and was particularly well known for Mercedes'
difficult attempt at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1999, when
their cars flipped at high speed several times.
Webber's car somersaulted twice, before team mate Peter
Dumbrek literally took off and flew out of the circuit
to land in the surrounding forest. Luckily both drivers
The 25-year-old has become a familiar face in the
paddock, after several seasons attending races both on
behalf of Benetton and in an attempt to secure his entry
into the upper echelon of open-wheel motor racing.
In 2001, Webber scored wins at Imola, Monaco and Magny Cours and finished runner-up in the F3000 series while, in between races, he tested extensively for the Benetton Renault F1 team and contributed towards the team's end-of-season performance boost. Webber completed the long haul to Formula One in 2002 when he joined the Minardi team. In his debut race in front of home fans, Mark drove the PS02 to fifth place and two points. The crowd went wild and it was a moment the young Aussie will never forget.
Sadly, no further points were forthcoming in 2002, however he put in a brilliant performance at the Monaco GP, one that didn't go unnoticed, especially by team bosses at Jaguar Racing. They soon signed Mark up for 2003 where he will partner Antonio Pizzonia.
C A R E E
R H I G H L I G H T S
16th with 2 Points
International F3000 Championship (Super Nova
Racing) - second overall, three wins (Imola,
Monaco, Magny Cours) Benetton Renault Sport F1
team - official test and reserve driver.
FIA International F3000 Championship (Eurobet
Arrows F3000 team) - third overall, two fastest
laps, three podium finishes, including maiden
F3000 win, at Silverstone Three-day evaluation
test at Estoril with Benetton F1 team
Le Mans 24-Hour race - member of the official
Mercedes AMG sports car teamTested for European
Formula Racing F3000 and Arrows F1 teams
GT Championship (works Mercedes Junior Team,
partnered Bernd Schneider) - Championship
runner-up, five wins
British Formula 3 Championship - fourth (Alan
Docking Racing)<br. Marlboro Masters F3 (Zandvoort,
Netherlands) - third Macau F3 Grand Prix -
fourth<br> Tested for Mercedes AMG sports
car team (FIA GT Championship)
Formula Ford Championship - runner-up Duckhams
Formula Ford Festival - winner
Formula Ford Championship - fourth Duckhams
Formula Ford Festival (UK) - third, international
Formula Ford Championship -single-seater racing
years karting in Australia