A great story about Mark Webber’s F1 debut

Mark Webber has announced his retirement from motorsport. There is a great story (perhaps an urban legend) about his Grand Prix debut at Melbourne in 2002. After a massive crash at the start a Sauber was blocking Turn 2 and officials were ready to red flag the race to order a fresh restart. When a group of local marshals heard this and learnt Mark Webber had gained 10 places from the crash, they ran to the Sauber, picked it up themselves, and dragged it out of the way so that officials could use a Safety Car to cover the accident instead. Webber went on to finish 5th in the sport’s slowest car – an amazing debut result in front of his home crowd that was thanks in part to some quick thinking Aussie marshals.

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