WEB­BER WEAVES A TAN­GLED TALE

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FOR a ma­jor pur­chase such as a new car, a cool­ing-off pe­riod is stan­dard stuff. But did you know they also have them in For­mula One?

That’s the rea­son it’s taken Mark Web­ber more than a year to get his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Aussie Grit, into print.

He had a 12-month cool­ing-off pe­riod writ­ten into his con­tract with Red Bull Rac­ing, cov­er­ing any neg­a­tive com­ments he might want to make about the team. And there are a few, not just about for­mer team­mate Se­bas­tian Vet­tel, who robbed him of more than one vic­tory.

“If I was un­happy with any­one, it was with the Red Bull Rac­ing Rac­ing man­age­ment,” he writes. There is much more about team bosses Hel­mut Marko and Chris­tian Horner.

But, sur­pris­ingly, Web­ber de­liv­ers his strong­est kicks to another of his F1 teams, Wil­liams.

“They were still liv­ing off their past suc­cesses. To be walk­ing into that fac­tory af­ter Jaguar was like walk­ing into a morgue,” he says.

The Web­ber story is a fa­mil­iar one for any motorsport fan in Aus­tralia but this book wraps it up and puts it into per­spec­tive. He cov­ers ev­ery­thing from his Quean­beyan child­hood to the F1 vic­to­ries at its most pres­ti­gious race, Monaco, and last year’s move to Le Mans with Porsche.

There are some great sto­ries and in­sights on the climb to his own Ever­est, from crash­ing a Mercedes-Benz road car to his per­sonal as­sess­ment that he was not quite as good as Vet­tel.

“We’ll get what we de­serve. No more, no less. No one’s in­ter­ested in the shop­ping list of ex­cuses why it’s not go­ing to hap­pen for you,” he says.

But there are times when it feels as if Web­ber is ei­ther un­will­ing or un­able to un­cork the real depth of his feel­ings. He’s al­ways been a con­trolled bloke so that should not sur­prise and only peo­ple who have been rel­a­tively close to him will no­tice the dif­fer­ence. Aussie Grit, Macmil­lan Aus­tralia, $39.95.

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