Mark Webber

Mark Alan Webber is a former Australian racing driver. He competed in Formula One with Minardi and Jaguar, Williams and Red Bull.

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Mark Alan Webber is a former Australian professional racing driver born on 27 August 1976 to middle-class parents, motorcycle dealer and petrol station owner Alan Webber and his wife Diane, in the small New South Wales town of Queanbeyan. Webber has an elder sister, Leanne. He was educated at the nearby Isabella Street Primary School and Karabar High School (KHS). Webber represented KHS in athletics and rugby league and did Australian rules football, cricket and swimming after his mother encouraged him to get involved in as many sports as possible.

At age 13, he was a ball boy for the rugby league team Canberra Raiders for a year and earned money delivering pizzas in the Canberra and Queanbeyan areas in his late schooling years. Webber also worked as an apprentice plumber and woodcutter. Mark competed in Formula One from 2002 to 2013 with Minardi and Jaguar, Williams and Red Bull. He left F1 after 2013 and moved to the WEC, sharing a Porsche 919 Hybrid with Bernhard and Hartley in the fully-professional Le Mans Prototype 1 class from the 2014 to 2016 seasons.

Mark Webber before F1

Webber began driving motorbikes on weekends from about age four or five on his maternal grandfather’s 2,500-acre farm. Webber was not encouraged to seriously take up motorcycling by his father, because he sponsored some local children who were injured in motorbike accidents. At about 12 or 13, he switched to karting, buying a go-kart from a school friend’s father. He developed himself at a local indoor go-kart center near his home. Webber received a second-hand worn out go-kart from his father in 1990 and drove it about once a month at the Canberra Go-Kart Club and in meetings in and around Canberra.

Webber began karting at age 12 or 13 and achieved early success, winning regional championships before progressing to car racing in the Australian Formula Ford Championship and the British Formula 3 Championship. He competed for two years opposite Bernd Schneider in the FIA GT Championship with the AMG Mercedes team, finishing runner-up in the 1998 season with five wins in ten races before finishing second in the 2001 International Formula 3000 Championship driving for Super Nova Racing.

F1 Debut and Team

Webber made his F1 test debut with the Arrows team in a two-day session organized by Stoddart at the Circuit de Catalunya in December 1999. Plans to drive the Arrows A21 car at Silverstone in July 2000 was cancelled, when he and Stoddart rejected a binding contract for 2001 from team owner Tom Walkinshaw. Webber received a three-day evaluation test at Estoril two months later following talks with Benetton. Webber made his F1 debut with the Minardi team in the 2002 season and finished fifth in his first race, the Australian Grand Prix. Ron Walker and telecommunications company Telstra successfully lobbied for Webber to replace Fernando Alonso at Minardi for the first three races of the 2002 season.

Formula 1 Career Stats


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Mark Webber Net Worth

According to sources, Mark Webber Net Worth is estimated around $15 million. He competed in Formula One (F1) from 2002 to 2013 and the FIA World Endurance Championship between 2014 and 2016. He is a champion of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) for Porsche with German Timo Bernhard and New Zealander Brendon Hartley. Most of his wealth has come from motorsport racing and endorsements.

Who is Mark Webber’s Wife

Ann Neal is the wife of Mark Webber. Ann Neal (born in 1954) is an Australian Retired Manager, and Celebrity Wife from Australia. Gradually, she is best known as Mark Webber’s Spouse. They have often been criticized due to their age difference of about 23 years. In fact, Ann is 68 years old and Mark’ age is 46 years old as of 2022. They share a daughter with Ann named Bodhi Rain Webber. Mark also has a step son Issac.

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