Mark Webber is set to return to three consecutive tracks where he has taken wins.
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is the scene of two of his wins, one in 2010 and the other in 2012. The following race will be held at the Nurburgring in Germany where the German claimed his first career victory in 2009, while the Hungarian Grand Prix, the race after that again, was the track where Webber stole victory from Sebastian Vettel in 2010.
Silverstone is earmarked as possibly the Australian’s best circuit, having continuously performed strongly there for the last few years. In 2010, the Australian lined up second on the grid behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel – but stormed to victory following a puncture on the sister Red Bull which demoted Vettel to seventh.
In 2011, Mark took pole position before suffering one of his infamous bad starts and subsequently dropping behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who won the race. Webber finished the race third, having been told to ‘maintain the gap’ to Sebastian Vettel in second.
2012 saw him take his own back on Alonso, overtaking the Spaniard into Luffield with five laps to go, having started in second behind the double World Champion.
2009 saw Webber grab pole position at the Nurburgring before clashing with Brawn’s Rubens Barrichello in the race and being awarded a drive through penalty. He overcame all of this to take his first career win. With the German Grand Prix alternated between the Nurburgring and Hockenheim, the next race at the circuit was in 2011. Webber took pole position but dropped back on the Sunday.
As for Hungary, it’s not a traditional stronghold for the Aussie, but it saw him grabbing a fourth season win in 2010 when Vettel was given a drive through penalty and Webber inherited the race lead – and win.
Since the Malaysian Grand Prix, speculation has been rife that Webber was about to bow out of the sport where he would then join Porsche at Le Mans. With the Aussie’s rolling one-year contracts usually decided over the summer break, his performance in the upcoming Grand Prix will hold some serious weight in contract negotiations, and with Webber’s mindset himself as he decides if another year in Formula One is what he wants.