Red Bull’s Mark Webber will celebrate his 200th Grand Prix start, when lights go out at the Bahrain Grand Prix this Sunday.
The Aussie made his debut with Minardi at the 2002 Australian Grand Prix, and used the chaos caused by Ralf Schumacher’s aerial display to grab 5th in the slowest car on the grid – joining an exclusive group of drivers who scored points on their F1 debut in the process.
After Minardi, Webber joined Jaguar racing where he stayed until 2004 when the team left the sport, moving to Williams in 2005. His second year at the historic team was nothing short of a farce with eleven retirements from eighteen rounds, nine of them due to mechanical woes. 2007 saw a transition to Red Bull where he is now in his seventh year.
36-year-old Webber will be hoping for a smooth 200th Grand Prix after his turbulent start to the season which saw him suffer mechanical woes in Australia, a team-orders controversy in Malaysia and a loose wheel causing a retirement following on from a failed Qualifying in China.
Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso are the only two other drivers currently racing to have reached the milestone.