Posted by: jkirkby8712 | November 15, 2010

Mark Webber didn’t make it!

It was Mark Webber’s ‘team mate’, Sebastian Vettel who eventually came from behind them all, to get up and win the last race for the year in the Abu Dhabi F1Grand Prix, and in so doing, take the lead in the 2010 World Driving Championship,  for the first time this year – at the time when it counted!  Unfortunately, Australia’s big hope, Mark Webber could only manage 8th position, and he ended up finishing 3rd in the Championship outcome.

As described in one article this morning,  ‘Mark Webber was always going to struggle to win the Formula One Championship with his impressive form turning sour at the back end of the year.  Webber led the series midway through the season until losing it to Fernando Alonso when he committed an unforced error and crashed out of the recent Korean Grand Prix. He made up a little ground on the Ferrari driver with second place in Brazil in the penultimate round, but the bad luck which has haunted him throughout his career, returned with a vengeance. Webber trailed Alonso by eight points heading into the season finale in Abu Dhabi but virtually surrendered when he could find no qualifying pace and found himself fifth on the grid for the start of Sunday’s race. Then, on lap eight, Webber ran wide on turn 19 and smacked a safety barrier, forcing him into the pits. He lost precious time as did Alonso, who was called in too early by Ferrari, leaving Vettel to stretch his lead over the pair and take the front running in the championship’.

Despite that, he had a great year in which he won four grand Prix races, and at one stage as indicated, lead the series. This was after years of bad luck plagued by poor performing cars, accidents and mishaps, and if he maintains his current form, the future looks promising.

Mark Webber

‘Mark Webber refused to wallow in his own misery and preferred to celebrate his Red Bull team’s double title triumph after he finished a disappointing eighth in Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 34-year-old Australian, who went into the race as one of four drivers with a chance to lift the drivers’ championship, congratulated his close rival and team-mate German Sebastian Vettel on winning the title. “I fully congratulate Seb on the world championship,” he said. “It didn’t turn out and it’s a shame. There’s good time to reflect in the next few weeks and to look at the highs and the lows, but that’s the way sport is sometimes’ [from the ‘Age’ newspaper].


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