Mark Webber finally wins an F1 race

One hundred and thirty starts and a finally a winner

One hundred and thirty starts and a finally a winner

It’s been a long wait, but today Mark Webber finally became a Grand Prix winner.

Webber has ended the longest ever wait for a Grand Prix driver to score his first win, finally breaking his duck after 130 attempts (plus two non-starts).

The previous record holder was Rubens Barrichello, who took 124 attempts to lodge his first win. That was also in Germany – at the Hockenheimring – in 2000.

The four other drivers who took more than 100 starts to score their maiden wins are all racing in F1 today:

Rubens Barrichello – 124 (2000 German Grand Prix)
Jarno Trulli – 117 (2004 Monaco Grand Prix)
Jenson Button – 113 (2006 Hungarian Grand Prix)
Giancarlo Fisichella – 110 (2003 Brazilian Grand Prix)

Webber is the first Australian to win a Grand Prix since Alan Jones won the 1981 United States Grand Prix at Las Vegas for Williams. (This was also the last Grand Prix before I was born!)

That was supposed to be Jones’s final appearance in an F1 car, but he made two subsequent (unsuccessful) comebacks with Arrows in 1983 and Lola, in 1985-6.

Earlier this year Webber became the Australian driver to have started the most races, surpassing Sir Jack Brabham’s record of 126 starts. Brabham won the 1959, 1960 and 1966 world championships, and 14 Grands Prix.

Between them, these three drivers account for all of Australia’s 27 Grand Prix wins. They are tenth in the all-time list of most victorious Grand Prix nations, behind the United States, with 33.

Webber’s last major win was in F3000 in the French round at Magny-Cours in 2001. Also racing that day were future F1 drivers Justin Wilson (third), Enrique Bernoldi (fourth), Franck Montagny (seventh), Sebastien Bourdais (tenth), Tomas Enge (13th), Stephane Sarrazin (19th) and Christijan Albers (DNF).

Read more: Mark Webber biography

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75 comments on Mark Webber finally wins an F1 race

  1. wasiF1 said on 13th July 2009, 1:59

    Great job Webber.I do think he deserves the penalty as he made quite an unnecessary move

    What do you think?Let me know

    • jess said on 13th July 2009, 3:55

      I do agree, he did but he still took the penalty and still got the “w”. Best Car won even with a Penealty how many times can we say that.

    • Bookgrub said on 13th July 2009, 6:11

      I think the penalty decision could have gone either way fairly.

      He neither impeded another car, nor damaged it.

      However, he did move off his line sharply and caused a collision.

      His explanation after the race seemed perfectly reasonable – Barichello was starting on the dirty side of the track, and Webber, unsighted, could easily have reasoned Barichello would have moved to the left for a cleaner run.

      He acknowledged the contact, took the penalty, moved on and dominated the race.

  2. savage said on 13th July 2009, 7:30

    well done mark webber , only slight niggle was how hamilton would have faired or how he might have altered the results if he had not had the first corner incident .
    webber was quick all day but ruebens race might have been different again had hamilton been in there but i don’t think lewis would have won .
    I’m enjoying this season a bit more now.

  3. The_Pope said on 13th July 2009, 7:45

    Here I was thinking Jean Alesi was missing from that list, but he needed “only” 100-odd stats for his first victory. But then again, he went on to contest another 100 (201 in total) and still only had that one win.

    Here’s hoping this one won’t be Webbo’s last! :)

  4. Adrian said on 13th July 2009, 10:30

    Congratulations to Mark – thoroughly deserved the win..!!

    If Jenson doesn’t win the WDC then I hope it’s Mark…

  5. PJA said on 13th July 2009, 10:41

    Great race by Webber and a thoroughly deserved victory.

  6. Johnny Bop said on 13th July 2009, 12:13

    Does anyone know how many laps Webber did after he was informed that he had a drive through penalty? The rules state you must come in by your 3rd lap, I think Webber did more than 3 laps.

  7. Jonnym82 said on 13th July 2009, 12:39

    Fair play to Mark Webber,the whole race I was praying the gremlins didnt get him. As for mr Legards foot in mouth syndrome which could have set the Jinx thankfully that didnt materialise. Mark has proven he has the ability to take the Red Bull fight to Brawn and whether Jenson, Mark or Sebastian win the championship it will we well worth watching the rest of this season

  8. Lionheart said on 14th July 2009, 1:52

    As an Aussie, I have never liked, nor will I like Mark Webber. He is your typical Aussie male and a throwback to the 70’s, bigotted, tall poppy syndrome and woe is me are Webber’s ethics. His racial slur against Lewis Hamilton last year in a society supposedly hell bent on stamping out racism was nothing short of apalling. It makes it OK to reckon a fellow professional gets preferential treatment because he is black….of course it does, you get another shot at winning a GP.

    • Ace said on 14th July 2009, 4:40

      I’m with karne on this one. You’re being a bit of a clown. Mark is known as one of F1’s sporting nice guys. You’re trippin.

      • Tom said on 14th July 2009, 13:41

        yeh, no idea what on earth you are on about lionheart. do you know what tall poppy syndrome is??? he is the first guy to congratulate fellow winners and the first to thank the team with success. least selfish driver out there i would say. he also said hamilton would kill someone with his driving style. another incident of the wonderful misleading media. much like global warming really…

  9. tapyarg said on 14th July 2009, 5:33

    As an Aussie, I have never liked, nor will I like Lionheart. He is your typical Aussie male and a throwback to the 80’s, cutting down tall poppies and making generalisations is Lionheart’s way. His comment in regards to Webber’s supposed racial slur against Lewis Hamilton last year was nothing short of appalling.

    Sorry Lionheart, just a light hearted jest in response as I really cannot relate to your opinion on this!!

  10. Webber’move on Barichello at the start – deliberate. The stewards decision to penalize him – harsh.
    Overall, the German Grand Prix was quite interesting.

  11. Ollie said on 15th July 2009, 16:53

    I think that Webber should have been disqualified and called up on the carpet for his action. There was a time when F1 was a gentlemen’s sport but that obviously has changed. I now have reason to wonder after 50 years if I’m going to follow this ‘sport’ any longer.

    • karne said on 16th July 2009, 7:46

      For goodness’ sake, he couldn’t see him! He had no idea Rubens was there! How the hell is that a disqualifiable offence?!

      And shall we mention that it was Rubens, who everyone seems to have victimized, that cost Mark any chance of a decent finish in Australia – and it wasn’t even investigated?

    • you have seriously got to get off the drugs man , gentlemans sport lol, thats tennis dude, every driver out there hate losing if they didnt they would not be there get a grip on reality man

  12. Ollie said on 16th July 2009, 19:23

    Well I guess that you guys set me straight. For years I’ve been trying to understand why anyone would hold Senna and Schumacher in esteem and now I understand. Perhaps your new hero will give them a run for their rudeness. Given that Jim Clark remains my F1 hero I guess that F1 has passed me by so it’s time for me to move along. Enjoy the carnage my friends as Mr. Webber will surely succeed at killing someone one day given what I witnessed in this race.

    • Tom said on 17th July 2009, 4:33

      haha, yoou make me laugh. you should pursue a career in stand up comdedy. like carl baron, you could exaggerate observations. i see the talent already.

    • Humility Reigns said on 17th July 2009, 21:49

      Ollie, I for one agree with you entirely then again I try to be open-minded. Don’t get trapped into debating with arrogant and condescending colony youth that frequent this blog.

  13. Gman said on 16th July 2009, 20:46

    Great deal- I’m most happy for Mark. Hopefully he’ll get a few more over the course of the season.

  14. Mark Webber is simply amazing.He won the race in style.This is his first race win in his long Formula 1 career with 133 races which started with Minardi in 2002. He is now a Grand Prix winner.For more details refer

  15. scott said on 8th December 2009, 5:48

    I dont think many of you know webber well if you watch barachalos onbord camera these thing happen

    1. webber checks mirrors
    2. move over 1m
    3. checks mirrors again
    4. hit rubens and instantly backs off

    its quite clear this is a classic case of the car being in the blind spot

    even i am suprised somtimes when i check my mirros and then a car come out of no were. and this is a 70km/h on the road let alone a race track at 100+ kmph

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