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. The Limit said on 12th July 2009, 22:29

    Nice piece Keith. It really puts into perspective Mark Webber’s achievement in that it is twenty eight years since an Australian last won an F1 race. How proud must Mark’s family and friends be now? Melbourne 2010 will certainly benefit in ticket sales if Webber can knock out a couple more P1′s before this season is over and the pervert is kicked out.
    In many ways, Mark Webber is a bit like Alan Jones. He is a tough cookie, very fast, and in typical Australian style speaks his minds openly.
    After quali three weeks ago, Webber was not so polite to Raikkonen after the Finn ‘apparently’ ruined his hot lap. Some drivers mince their words, but not Mark!
    I like that in a human being, and for modern day F1 it is refreshingly different. Years ago, when the great Alan Jones was approached by a rival if he was prepared to ‘bury the hatchet’, the Australian’s reply was instant and to the bone. ‘Yeah, I’ll bury the hatchet. In the back of his ****ing head!’ Like I said, refreshingly different.
    May the amber necture flow!

  2. jess said on 12th July 2009, 22:45

    Good race, Glad to see Weber get a win (boy was he happy on the radio). I hate it wen FOX runs airs the Race instead of SPEED. Next to no prerace show and the same for the post race.

    • Tom said on 13th July 2009, 14:29

      yehhhhh, yehhhh, you f***ing beauty!!!!! yes, yes yes” to be exact (webber on the radio that is)

  3. Dane said on 12th July 2009, 22:56

    Webber, you little ripper!!!

  4. TeamOrders said on 12th July 2009, 23:11

    What a terrific win by Webber. He had the measure of his team mate today, and the RBR has the measure of the rest of the field.

  5. PrisonerMonkeys said on 13th July 2009, 0:15

    It’s great to see Webber win, but the Australian commentators are going to be insufferable …

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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! :)

  9. 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…

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

    Great race by Webber and a thoroughly deserved victory.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.
    Pr!ck

    • 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…

  14. 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!!

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

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