Nine-Time Formula One Grand Prix Winner
Nine-times Formula 1 Grand Prix winner and 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion Mark Webber is one of motorsport’s most recognised stars and today remains fully active in the sport as both a brand ambassador and broadcaster.
Perhaps best known for his twelve-year Formula 1 career, Mark retired from F1 at the end of 2013. During that time he notched up 215 races, nine victories – most notably becoming a double winner of both the prestigious Monaco and British Grands Prix – and accumulated an impressive tally of 42 podium finishes, 13 pole positions and 19 fastest laps.
As one half of the all-conquering Red Bull Racing team between 2010 and 2013, the Australian finished third in the World Drivers’ Championship three times, including in his final season. Together with team mate Sebastian Vettel they won the Formula 1 World Championship for Constructors across four consecutive seasons.
Not quite ready to give up competitive racing upon his retirement from F1, Mark began an exciting new chapter in his illustrious career when he turned to sports car racing at the beginning of 2014. Manufacturing giant Porsche were returning to the sport and Mark joined team mates Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley in their 919 Hybrid LMP1 car for three very successful seasons in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Together the trio amassed fourteen podiums, eight of them wins, and finished second in the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hour race, Porsche scoring an historic 1-2 finish. They were crowned World Drivers’ Champions the same year. In 2017 Mark extended his relationship with Porsche, becoming a global brand ambassador for the famous sports car brand.
Always keen on outdoor pursuits and wanting to give back to his home country, Mark launched the Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge in the F1 off-season of 2003. The seventh cycle of the gruelling charitable adventure race took place in December 2013 and the event has raised over $1.5 million AUD for charities in Australia.
Since stepping away from Formula 1, Mark has had the opportunity to delve into the world of sports broadcasting. Knowledgeable and quick-witted, Mark has teamed up with national broadcaster Channel Ten for their Australian Grand Prix coverage since 2014. In 2022 Mark is enjoying his sixth year as part of Channel 4’s F1 commentary team for its UK terrestrial broadcast coverage, presenting alongside David Coulthard and host Steve Jones.
In the 2017 Australia Day Honours list, Mark received his country’s highest national honour – becoming an Officer of the Order of Australia – for ‘distinguished service to motor sport as a competitor and ambassador, and to the community through fundraising and patronage of a range of medical and youth support organisations.’