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#101 f1RacingForever

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 06:49

Goodbye mark. You have provided us with many good memories. Some of them funny like some of your antics in the press conferences which were always entertaining. A good driver that in his day was as good over one lap as anyone and although he may have not won a championship in f1, one may still be within reach in another racing series. Thank you mark webber and best wishes in the future.



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#102 bourbon

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 07:06

Have fun @ Porsche (the greatest road car in the world).  :D  :up:



#103 Henri Greuter

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 07:23

Thanks Mark.
I still regret the outcome of 2010 in those last races....
With you gone I have even less reasons to regret no live coverage on local TV anymore.
Hope that sportcars finally wil bring you what you deserve.


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#104 slideways

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 11:53

I always felt he was kind of like Gerhard Berger in that regard. Never quite shone like the superstar, but looking back, god damn talented.

:up: At home dicing with champions and respected greatly by them. Schumacher, Alonso, Hamilton, Button, Villeneuve et al have raved about Webber's driving at some point or another.

 

 

I will miss his character and personality. He definitely has talent and is quick but was never the complete driver. I admire him coming from Minardi (and started F1 in an relatively high age) an establish himself in F1. In my opinion he has been the most unlucky driver on the grid. And it's sad he never understood the pirelli tyres. I will also remember him for that fantastic overtake in eau rouge on Alonso.

 

Good luck in Porsche, Mark! 

 

Nice comments. I also admire greatly the way he put his head down and worked his way onto and up the grid. These days a sugar daddy writes a cheque, or a top team sponsors someone straight into a leading seat.

 

MW has been one of my favourite drivers and a main ingredient of my interactions on this forum.As an Australian it's been an absolute pleasure to follow a compatriot through the top tier of 4 wheel motorsport. At the end his career, he's been found lacking. He's only the 5th best driver in the world.  :rolleyes:



#105 Sardukar

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 17:40

:up: At home dicing with champions and respected greatly by them. Schumacher, Alonso, Hamilton, Button, Villeneuve et al have raved about Webber's driving at some point or another.

 

 
 

Nice comments. I also admire greatly the way he put his head down and worked his way onto and up the grid. These days a sugar daddy writes a cheque, or a top team sponsors someone straight into a leading seat.

 

MW has been one of my favourite drivers and a main ingredient of my interactions on this forum.As an Australian it's been an absolute pleasure to follow a compatriot through the top tier of 4 wheel motorsport. At the end his career, he's been found lacking. He's only the 5th best driver in the world.  :rolleyes:

 

Yep thats the internet for you, not F1 world champion? MUST BE CRAP!



#106 SonnyViceR

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 17:42

He's only the 5th best driver in the world.  :rolleyes:

 

Only if we are under the illusion - created by F1 propaganda - that there are no better drivers or at least those with equal talent in other series.



#107 joshb

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 18:48

Good luck to Mark at Porsche. 

Just a shame (for him) that a world champion capable driver got paired with Seb the moment he landed in a decent car



#108 fastlegs

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 18:59

I've been a fan of Mark Webber for many years and I'm sad to see him leave F1.  However it would be great if he could win his last race and increase his win column to an even 10.

 

I don't know if Mark ever peruses this forum, but in the event he does, I would like to thank you Mark for all the great memories over the years in F1. I wish you great success in your new racing career.



#109 sennafan24

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 00:54

I always felt he was kind of like Gerhard Berger in that regard. Never quite shone like the superstar, but looking back, god damn talented.

I disagree to a extent, I think Berger at his peak was a tier above Webber.

 

Berger matched Mansell when both were at their peak as teammates at Ferrari in terms of performance (Mansell outscored Berger, as reliability problems led to Berger only finishing 3 races, which he netted a win and 2 second places) ,and was made to look a worse driver than he was at his peak by Senna. A aging Berger was still decent enough to outscore a youngish Alesi in their 2nd year head to head. Berger is what I would call tier a tier 2 driver, on par with Mansell and the aging Piquet, below Senna, Schumi and Prost.

 

I would not put Webber at the same tier as Berger, the are plenty of other drivers like Irvine and JPM, who came as close as Webber did to winning a WDC, but did not. Webber caught Seb very young, and whilst he was still at his peak, 2009-2010 make Webber look better than he actually was, the more Seb evolved, the more it showed that Webber was not actually that good. Webber was washed up by mid 2012, still a decent qualifier, but a lot to be desired elsewhere. The teammate head to heads resembled Schumi vs Patrese in 1993 at times between him and Seb. 

 

It is again very hard to measure drivers from different era's, but I do rate Berger as being better in his era, than Webber was in his era.

 

I say Webber is tier 3, below tier 2 which would include Rosberg, Jenson and depending on your preference Lewis/Kimi. Probably on par all time with the likes of Irvine, and if I am being generous D.C and Rubens.


Edited by sennafan24, 23 November 2013 - 00:55.


#110 sennafan24

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 01:04

Anyway, I have never been a fan, but Webber has provided us with some great moments over the years. So for that, I say thanks

 

Good luck to him in the future. My parents have always liked him for some strange reason.


Edited by sennafan24, 23 November 2013 - 01:05.


#111 garagetinkerer

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 04:19

Have fun @ Porsche (the greatest road car in the world).  :D  :up:

So you're of the May and Hammond disposition?


Edited by garagetinkerer, 23 November 2013 - 04:20.


#112 bourbon

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 06:17

So you're of the May and Hammond disposition?

 

:D  And they love a laugh to boot.  So I would have to say that's a definite YES. 



#113 stulbenis

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 09:17

See you at Le Mans mate,thanks for fantastic moments

#114 Black Widow

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 10:46

I have cut and pasted this post from another forum, with all due respect to the original poster, I think this sums up Mark Webber perfectly.

 

 

So who is the Mark Webber guy anyway?

Well a couple of years ago my kids contacted “all” of the F1 drivers asking for a signed photo for their Dad as they wanted to chear him up after aclong and very painful divorce.

Yes I received a photo from most of the F1 grid’s PR departments along with the appropriate laser printed signature. But guess what,
? one letter was different, yes it had the requested signed photo but this time it wasn’t just a laser signature it simply read “Sorry to hear about your troubles Mate, keep your chin up, you’ve very luck to have such great kids, Best regards Mark”.

Says it all about Mark Webber and a hell of a lot about the other drivers.

Thanks Mark, your a Gentleman in my book, thekids and I will miss your presence in Formula 1.

Mike, Sam, Jess and Natasha


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 10:59

Wish you all the best in your future adventures, and we thank you for the great times you've showed us. 

 

(PS. Is there some special annotation on his car prepared by his crew? like a good-by message on his RB9 or something? I didn't see it in the quali...and I definitely didn't see the white livery with which Coulthard was saluted).



#116 RosannaG

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 11:03

Mark's message to the fans

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=Pml6LzTmKWE



#117 goingthedistance

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 12:11

A shame that Autosport have not run any proper farewell articles to Mark. Even Massa got one and he is just switching teams.

#118 SonnyViceR

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 12:25

A shame that Autosport have not run any proper farewell articles to Mark. Even Massa got one and he is just switching teams.

 

So is Mark.


Edited by SonnyViceR, 24 November 2013 - 12:26.


#119 goingthedistance

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 12:32

So is Mark.


Nope, he's switching categories.

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#120 Risil

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 12:59

Been a fan since as a sleepy 11-year-old I disobeyed a rare direct order from parents not to watch the 2002 Australian Grand Prix live. He was a bit unusual for an up-and-coming talent then and he's a bit unusual for a top-level racing driver now. One of the few sportsmen in a grid full of superstars and wannabes.

 

I'll make sure I get down to Silverstone next year for the 6 hour.


Edited by Risil, 24 November 2013 - 12:59.


#121 Alx09

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 13:42

Mark has grown to be one of my favourite drivers. Thanks Mark, I wish you all the best for the future!



#122 jonpollak

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 14:44

I'm sure pulling for Mark today...

Jp



#123 sennafan24

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 15:04

I have cut and pasted this post from another forum, with all due respect to the original poster, I think this sums up Mark Webber perfectly.

Again not a fan, but that was a lovely gesture  :up:



#124 Tenmantaylor

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 15:09

Mark has become a legend in F1. It's such a shame he couldn't get over the line in 2010 before Seb got his form on. Some amazing wins, drives and moves from him but perhaps most for his character. A true straight shooter the likes of which we won't see again in F1. Feels like the end of an era in this respect more than him being on the grid.



#125 Nonesuch

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 15:10

I have cut and pasted this post from another forum, with all due respect to the original poster, I think this sums up Mark Webber perfectly.

 

Thanks for sharing that story. :up:



#126 Tenmantaylor

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 15:21

:up: To RB playing Waltzing Matilda over the PA in the pit garage for Mark  :lol:



#127 krapmeister

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 15:25

:up: To RB playing Waltzing Matilda over the PA in the pit garage for Mark  :lol:

 

Yeah but it was the Rolf Harris rendition - probably not the best choice of singer atm... :p



#128 alpinesmuggler

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 15:28

Oh man, I just shed a tear watching Mark's retrospective on the BBC.

 

I hope it's Multi21 today, even it's like Austria '02. I'll be watching the WEC with increased interest next year, thanks to quality drivers like Mark and Seb Buemi.



#129 krapmeister

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 15:32

Been a crazy ride these last 12 years Mark - hope you have a great final race and I look forward to seeing you wringing the neck of that Porsche next year :up:



#130 mnmracer

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 17:02

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#131 Diablobb81

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 17:40

Thanks. :clap: :clap: :clap:



#132 Sammyosammy

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 17:40

Congrats Mark! Was nice having you in the sport :up:



#133 Farhannn15

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 17:42

Mark Webber what a LAD

#134 slmk

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 17:45

One of the last drivers of the "no bullshit" era...



#135 Brother Fox

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 17:52

Phew! I was fearful of an anticlimactic DNF.
Glad he got to see it out on the podium

#136 ATM

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 17:57

Very nice touch as a goodbye to fans...riding without a helmet, I would have not expected that one. Good race Mark, and good luck. 



#137 JtP1

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 18:03

Congratulations. just think, Retirement on Sunday and you can't get to sit down with some tinnies and watch the cricket on Monday.



#138 mardmarium

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 18:04

Thanks to Mark Webber, I will miss him in F1 and I wish him the best in his future projects. I will remember his last moments on the track, the man inside the helmet, I like that.



#139 JLF1

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 18:09

Thank you Mark #MadeMyMark 

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#140 DILLIGAF

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 18:09

Well done Mark! May have been a WDC if not for coming up against a once in a lifetime freak in Sebastian. All the best at Porsche mate.

#141 LoudHoward

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 18:16

Great finish to a great career, glad the race went so well and there were a couple of final battles with Fernando, even if he didn't make it too hard for you ;)

 

The helmet-less lap and the stack on the podium, another couple iconic moments to add to the vault! Love it!



#142 2150

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 18:17

A good last race!



#143 KavB

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 18:18

Great finish to a good career. Really enjoyed him driving without his helmet!  Such a shame he didn't get one final win this season but at least he had some solid podiums. I look forward to see how he does next year at Porsche. 



#144 X61

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 18:47

Goodbye Mark Webber, enjoy your new Porsche.

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#145 Group B

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 18:50

Loved the lid removal :up:



#146 InSearchOfThe

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 18:51

MW has always been a class act. Congrats on a great F1 career. Good luck with Porsche.



#147 P123

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 18:53

That's the right way to bow out of F1.  Podium place, fastest lap and securing 3rd in the WDC. Hopefully more success ahead for him.



#148 kimister

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 18:57

MARK, thank you  :up: :up:  :up:  :up:  :up:  :up:   and this was funny  :lol:   

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By the way, ıt was cool when he took off his helmet; feeling the wind in a F1 car  :up:​  



#149 jstrains

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 18:59

If Seb had let him pass, I am sure he would be remembered for that gesture more than his another "record" :mad:


Edited by jstrains, 24 November 2013 - 18:59.


#150 MonacoMaster

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 19:05

Goodbye Mark Webber, enjoy your new Porsche.

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http://www.youtube.c...h?v=nJRDOWOhoHA  :up: