WEBBER WEAVES A TANGLED TALE
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.