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Mark Webber gets onto the podium

By johnboy - 20 April 2009 30

The New York Times notes that Queanbeyan’s Mark Webber has managed a career best second place in the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai yesterday.

With his Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel winning the race it looks like the team will be very competitive this year. So who knows, maybe he’ll get a win!

UPDATED: Furry Jesus sent in the following as a story which I’ve rolled in here:

    Local Boy Makes Good

    Despite the rain in Shanghai, at last our Mark Webber has finally felt some F1 sunshine.  After his near-win in Sepang a couple of weeks ago was lost to tyre strategies in the soaking conditions there, Webber was back at the front of the pack in Shanghai yesterday, snapping at the heels of his scrawny young team mate, the rising star Sebastian Vettel.

    Red Bull had a dream day, starting with their first ever pole position courtesy of Vettel, and dominated the wet conditions to take first and second ahead of Jenson Button, 11 seconds separating winner Vettel from Webber in second place.

    After coming to F1 in 2002, Webber drove for a string of turkeys (Minardi via Jaguar to Williams), making him one of the most unfortunate F1 drivers in a long time as he struggled with cars that even Ayrton Senna would have been hard-pressed to drive, managing only two third places until yesterday. His career is littered with DNFs due to either mechanical unreliability or collisions with other drivers (mostly their fault, I say without bias).

    But now it seems that his decision to stick with Red Bull is paying off, with what looks like a much stronger and more reliable car.  Is this second position a foretaste of things to come? Will he be feeling humiliated by Vettel ‘s success, and push himself to show the younger driver that he has what it takes? Or has he been a midfielder for too long, and lost the chance to develop that winning edge? Certainly his pass on Button in Shanghai towards the end of the race, to retake the second position which Button had just snatched from him with an equally  artful move, shows that he has the nerve and the reflexes.

    Roll on Bahrain.

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Instant Mash 7:39 pm 21 Apr 09

Reprobate said :

I have always said that Mark Webber was the best thing to come out of Queanbeyan since Canberra Avenue.

That, good sir, is an epic burn.

I applaude you.

BerraBoy68 7:20 pm 21 Apr 09

Skidd Marx said :

You are whatever you sound like.

Anybody else find that statement ironic, noting it comes a Rioter calling himself ‘Skid Marx’?

Skidd Marx 5:22 pm 21 Apr 09

You are whatever you sound like. I’m not supporting Chad Reed because he’s a seppo.

G-Fresh 5:14 pm 21 Apr 09

Skidd Marx said :

I refuse to support anyone with an American accent. I also refuse to support anyone with the first name “Chad”. Chad Reed fails on both counts.

If you were truly pedantic and based your support on a sports persons speech, you would only be following a select few. For instance, Casey Stoner says “ya know” three or four times in every barreling sentence, as do 85% of League players, written them off too? David Warner is a big offender on that front.
These blokes aren’t paid for how they speak, they are paid for their sporting prowess.

Danman 2:39 pm 21 Apr 09

Gerge Lazenby is from Quangers – he made a pretty good James Bond ONCE 🙂

Skidd Marx 12:32 pm 21 Apr 09

G-Fresh said :

Alexander said :

I’m a big supporter of local sporting talent…and Webber really has had a lot of bad luck in F1. Let’s hope that this is the start of a string of podiums for a local guy with a heap of talent!

Good to see. Now it’d be good to see a little more support for our other unsung aussie motorsport hero’s, like Chad Reed (AMA World Champion) and Chris Vermeulen (MotoGP weapon).

I refuse to support anyone with an American accent. I also refuse to support anyone with the first name “Chad”. Chad Reed fails on both counts.

Die Lefty Scum 12:30 pm 21 Apr 09

Webber would definitely be in my Top 10 of F1 drivers to have come out of Queanbeyan.

Reprobate 11:01 am 21 Apr 09

I have always said that Mark Webber was the best thing to come out of Queanbeyan since Canberra Avenue.

G-Fresh 10:10 am 21 Apr 09

Alexander said :

I’m a big supporter of local sporting talent…and Webber really has had a lot of bad luck in F1. Let’s hope that this is the start of a string of podiums for a local guy with a heap of talent!

Good to see. Now it’d be good to see a little more support for our other unsung aussie motorsport hero’s, like Chad Reed (AMA World Champion) and Chris Vermeulen (MotoGP weapon).

Alexander 9:35 am 21 Apr 09

I’m a big supporter of local sporting talent…and Webber really has had a lot of bad luck in F1. Let’s hope that this is the start of a string of podiums for a local guy with a heap of talent!

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