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