Mark Webber kept a group of schoolkids enthralled today

Local hero Mark Webber kickstarted his Australian Grand Prix duties with a medical check-up, followed by a press conference run by a classroom full of primary school aged children.

Having spent much of last week thrilling Sydney fans at the Top Gear Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park, Webber took a few days R&R before heading down to Melbourne.

As one of the last to arrive in the Australian Grand Prix’s host city, the Australian paid his first visit to Melbourne Sports & Allied Health Clinic for  biomechanical assessment of the leg he broke during the 2008 Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania.

The tests served to help the team better understand his leg’s movement and the ideal training routine for the season ahead.

Webber entertains the next generation of F1 journalistsAfter that, he headed to one of title sponsor Infiniti’s new car dealerships in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton, to field questions from a group of school-aged children, aged between five and seven.

The 35 little ones grilled Webber on a range of topics before presenting him with their own paintings of his Red Bull Racing RB9 racing car – he was happy to autograph each and every one.

“I’ve participated in hundreds of Q&A sessions during my career but this one will definitely stand out in my memory. The kids were great fun and asked some impressive questions,” he said afterwards.

“It’s always good to be back in Melbourne and I’m well prepared for the first race next week. I went for a routine check-up on my leg and my training perfectly reflects the way that I have got myself back to full fitness. As always, I’ll be pushing for a strong result in front of my home fans.”

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.