Posts Tagged ‘Australia’s Own Mark Webber’

I first said this four or so years ago, but could the Australian media PLEASE GET OFF MARK WEBBER’S BACK?!!! I am really fed up with these clowns in the media who constantly criticise Mark Webber because he has not lived up to their expectations. Even after a stunning lights to flag victory in the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona the media still has to try to knock down the tall poppy instead of celebrating his dominant performance.

What shines through every time that morons such as Triple M’s Roy & HG or 3AW’s Dwayne Russell or the Herald Sun’s Daryl Timms criticise Webber is just how ignorant they are about Formula 1. I have watched every single Formula 1 race since the 1985 Australian Grand Prix, but it is obvious that these big-mouthed buffoons only ever watch one race, the Australian Grand Prix, a year. For instance all have made comments about Mark not finishing races, yet ever since he joined Red Bull he has only failed to finish a handfull of times. Last year he had just two DNFs. GUYS, 2006 WAS FOUR YEARS AGO!!!

As I said earlier, the big problem is that Mark never lived up to the knockers expectations. They wanted him to be a Schumacher or Prost yet are so ignorant about Formula 1 that they don’t realise there is no level playing field in the sport and that to win you have to be driving for the one of the best teams, which Mark has only done in the last couple of years. They will point to his stint at Williams as a time when he was in a top team but Williams have become a shell of their former self. When Mark was there Williams went through an acrimonious split with BMW, who were replaced as engine supplier by the horribly unreliable and underfunded Cosworth. Juan Pablo Montoya told Mark that he made a huge mistake going to Williams despite the fact that JPM won the last GP of 2004.

This year Mark is the clear second favourite for the World Drivers Championship. Adrian Newey and Red Bull have built the fastest car on the grid and despite the fact that I have tipped Webber’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel to win the championship, I hope that Mark can do it just to shut all the idiots in the media up.

By the way, with three wins so far Mark has won more Grands Prix than…

  • Chris Amon (0)
  • Jean Alesi (1)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0)
  • Martin Brundle (0)
  • Elio de Angelis (2)
  • Stefan Johansson (0)
  • Patrick Depailler (2)
  • Patrick Tambay (2)
  • Eddie Cheever (0)
  • Derek Warwick (0)
  • Olivier Panis (1)
  • Jarno Trulli (1)
  • Mika Salo (0)
  • Alex Wurtz (0)

He has won the same amount of races as…

  • Didier Pironi
  • Thierry Boutsen
  • Johnny Herbert
  • Giancarlo Fisicella
  • Heinz Harald Frentzen

He is in striking distance of…

  • Keke Rosberg (5)
  • John Watson (5)
  • Michele Alboreto (5)
  • Ricardo Patrese (6)
  • Jacques Laffite (6)
  • Eddie Irvine (4)
  • Ralph Schumacher (6)
  • Juan Pablo Montoya (7)

I’ve been trying to feign interest in Formula 1 but it has been very difficult lately. The political games that are getting played behind the scenes are just making me bored of the whole sport. Still, with the news the other day that FOTA are planning a breakaway series my interest picked up. I have maintained for a long time that the sport really needs to get rid of Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone if they are going to prosper in anyway. Bernie’s greed and Max’s crazy decision making has made watching the sport quite tiresome in recent years. Then again with Max and the FIA in charge it was only a matter of time before F1 self destructed because of his constant and confusing interfering and rule changing. Just look at what happened with the Le Mans Sportscar series back in the early 90s when Max (with Bernie’s prompting) made some changes, or even more recently with the World Rally Championship. Sigh!

Back to this weekend’s British Grand Prix. Usually when doing this I would predict an easy victory for Jenson Button and Brawn GP but I don’t think so this time. Qualifying has finished just over an hour ago and it looks like the Brit is struggling at his home circuit. He was not really close to the top in any of the three qualifying sessions and will only start in sixth place tonight.

The Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber dominated qualifying much how they have dominated practice ever since they arrived at Silverstone. Vettel takes his third pole position of the year while Webber will start in third, behind Ruben Barrichello’s Brawn, after he was blocked by traffic on his final run. I expect that the Red Bulls will romp it in, with Vettel beating Webber home, although this may be Webber’s best chance of taking his maiden victory.