Aussie Grit

There will be ‘car­nage’, Mark Web­ber warned ahead of the re­lease of his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Aussie Grit, and in typ­i­cal style the straight-talk­ing Aus­tralian wasn’t over­stat­ing things. The story of Web­ber’s ca­reer makes for a grip­ping yarn, and this book is a b


Had Mark Web­ber won the World Driv­ers’ Cham­pi­onship in 2010, he would have re­tired from F1 there and then. That’s one of many rev­e­la­tions in Web­ber’s just-re­leased au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Aussie Grit.

He may be only 18 months out of F1, but Web­ber is re­fresh­ingly can­did about so many of the many tur­bu­lent events that took place over the course of his 12 years as a grand prix driver.

The book be­gins with an end­ing – the in­fa­mous ‘Multi 21’ af­fair in which Red Bull team-mate Se­bas­tian Vet­tel ig­nored a team or­der to hold sta­tion be­hind Web­ber in the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix. Multi 21 was, Web­ber writes, ‘the fi­nal nail in the cof­fin of my re­la­tion­ship with Red Bull Rac­ing at man­age­ment level… just one flash­point in a se­quence that be­gan as far back as Is­tan­bul in 2010. It was an im­por­tant stage on my jour­ney, but it’s not the whole story.’

That’s in the first two pages. From there, Web­ber doesn’t hold back.

Not sur­pris­ingly, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Web­ber and Vet­tel is cen­tral. As with most re­la­tion­ships, this one has its com­plex­i­ties, and

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