|Aussie Grit, by Mark Webber|
|© 2015 MacMillan Australia, ISBN 9781743517710 (Hardcover)|
In the ultra-competitive world of Formula 1, only the best make it to the top and the greats only get to hang around for a long time.
Mark Webber is one of the few drivers to truly understand this. Over a 12-year F1 career, the Australian noticed up nine race wins and 42 podium finishes, while being touted as the country’s greatest prospect since Alan Jones.
The road to, in, and after Formula 1 has its own incredible twists and turns, and for the first time, Mark tells his story in this explosive look behind the paddock gates.
With the same matter-of-fact delivery which earned him countless fans around the world, Mark details the highs and lows of an incredible career-to-date, detailing his personal struggles and triumphs, and giving us an insight into a very private life played out on a very public stage.
Of course, the juiciest sections are those covering his time at Red Bull Racing as teammate to Sebastian Vettel, where the pair had a number of falling-outs thanks – in no small part – to the team’s hamfisted management of the issues at play.
There were other incredible insights, such as how poorly he was treated by Mercedes in the aftermath of his two aerial accidents at the 1999 Le Mans 24 Hours, as well as fascinating look at the betrayal he felt when he was duped into supporting disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.
This is a truly fascinating account of a life in the fastest cockpit on four wheels and the inspiring, no-punches-pulled story of a man who reignited the passion for millions of Formula 1 fans.
Aussie Grit is currently available at all major book resellers. Our review copy was kindly provided to us by Pan MacMillan Australia.