F1 who will be the surprise package?

I think the major consensus is that Williams, and Nico Rosberg in particular, will be the major challenge to the big two teams. He certainly has the class, but it now seems that Team Willy have put together a quick car, and are back on the way up. That even Nakajima is finding pace in the car is confirmation of this... no offence to him but he is a rookie and not of the quality of Lewis, Nico and Timo Glock this year. I also think Red Bull will have some serious pace this year, its just a case of whether the car will stay together long enough to make this pace pay. I expect Toyota to be back in the fray as well, not quite like 2005, but getting towards it again. I don't think BMW will make the jump to the big time yet... they might snatch a win, but they're not consistent frontrunners yet.

Do you think Webber deserves better?

Thing is where can he find better? McLaren have Button and Hamilton. both world champions and whoever Webber replaces, he'll still be number two due to the fact McLaren want their british boys to be the number one guys Ferrari. Well unless Webber replaced Alonso which is like saying pigs will fly to the moon and back alive, then he'll be number two there. I mean, look how they have Massa. Massa is in the same position as Webber and Alonso is always beating Massa. The same story will happen if Webber becomes Alonso's teammate Mercedes. The only way that Webber will get the best chance of being number one is if he replaces Schumacher. I mean, if you are going to be Schumacher's teammate, there is no doubt that you are the number two driver. Schumacher is one of the best legends in history So in my mind, he'll just have to make do in Red Bull or just retire

Why do you think Red Bull treats Webber as no, 2 driver when he obviously is the better driver. Go Webber !?

It's simple Vettel acts like a spoiled brat you have to give them a lot more attention,Webber is a much more mature,professional driver & just does the job.Well done champ what a great year for Mark you are doing Australia proud

Who do you think will win the F1 title for 2010?

1st - Felipe Massa, Ferrari. 2nd - Jenson Button, McLaren. 3rd - Lewis Hamilton, McLaren 4th - Nico Rosberg, Mercedes 5th - Mark Webber, Red Bull 6th - Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull 7th - Fernando Alonso, Ferrari 8th - Vitaly Petrov, Renault (Because it's good...) 9th (honorary) - Sebastian Buemi, Toro Rosso Constructors: McLaren Best new team: Virgin (because everyone else sucks!)

was anybody else surprised by mark webbers decision to sign for red bull??

I had a strange feeling that Ron Dennis might hire him for a year (until Lewis Hamilton is ready for F1). However, I think Mark Webber was looking for something longer than a year. Flavio has promised Heiki Kovalainen a seat for 2007, so that precluded Webber from going to Renault. It's no secret that Red Bull isn't overly happy with Christian Klien, so that left an opening for Webber. The best that Klien can hope for in F1 is a job as a test driver, but there have been rumblings about Red Bull funding a ride for him in the Champ Car series. That, of course, would be a huge step backwards as nobody has returned to Europe lately and into an F1 seat.

For those watching Speed TV. Did you see the look Christian Horner gave to?

Yeah, Wonder why? Peter seems to have some respect amongst the F1 community.

Who will finish ahead out of these 3 drivers in the Europe F1?

Felipe Massa. He's not as bad as most people think.

Did every Canadian soldier who died in WW1 get a award for bravery?

No, medals for bravery were awarded for specific events, not just for serving. I didn't see any medals listed for him, but I did find a couple of other documents that might help you. He was born in Burlington, Ont Oct 15 1893 and is on the war memorial in that city. He went to Hamilton University (now McMaster) before the war and enlisted in one of the University regiments. He served on the Somme, Vimy and was killed at Passchendaele by a sniper bullet on Oct 30 1917.

Whats the song that the BBC used in the build up to the Turkish F1 GP?

Delays - Nearer Than Heaven Music vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbIddy1G_OY I liked the sound of the song while watching the EJ interview but didn't know the name of it. Unfortunately I couldn't make out any lyrics to search for, so I googled where it occurred and found this question with the link to the video. With my ear to my laptop's speakers I was able to make out the lyrics "I get the feeling" and "on the way" and a google of those phrases found the song. So, thanks for your link, and here's the answer!

How many points do you get for 1st 2nd and 3rd?

In F1 points are awarded as follows: 1st - 10 pts 2nd - 8 pts 3rd - 6 pts 4th - 5 pts 5th - 4 pts 6th - 3 pts 7th - 2 pts 8th - 1 pt However, if a race is shortened for a particular reason, and 75% of its distance is not completed, the rules award drivers only half of the points. This year the Malaysian G.P. was cut short due to torrential rain before the 75% mark, and therefore the points in that race resulted half of the normal. Statistically Jenson Button is still on pace to win the championship. But both Webber and Vettel have shown better form (better car performance) than Button and the BrawnGP in the last few races. The RedBull guys have definitely a chance. The next few races will be key. But if I had to bet some money, today I would still bet on Button. In a couple of weeks....who knows!!!

Do you think whats happeing to Alonso in Formula 1 is tragic?

unfortunately he has brought a lot of his problems upon himself. Had he tried harder to settle into the team by accepting the equality part of his contract then I'm sure things would have finished up differently. If he stays there next year I hope a lot of the underlying issues would have been settled and everyone can just concentrate on the racing.

Is Webber a real title candidate?

I've never really rated him... at all. He's just never seemed like the kinda guy I could imagine putting it on pole and banging it round the track, lap after lap, without making a mistake. However, this opinion of mine could quite easily have been formed due to a string of sub-standard cars. But all that proves is that he's a good driver... in a very good car. I don't think he's the kind of driver who takes the crazy chances. He's a thinking driver, more like Button than say, Hamilton who can grab an opportunity and wring it's neck. He can put in a very nice race from pole, but he's not the kind of driver I imagine as being the best at racing from far down the grid to a win. I don't know whether my thoughts are statically correct, and if I wasn't so damn tired I'd work it out, but that's just my opinion. He's the kind of driver who will do well if all goes right for him, but if there's one little setback he's finished for the rest of the weekend. I think the Webber hype is mainly because he is managing to be Sebastian relatively consistently, which is an achievement, but when Button was beating Barrichello it was kinda predictable. Everybody, I think, had written off Webber as the 'Number 2' at that team, and I think he's blown a few people's minds with his recent performance. Although, whether he can continue with this strong form remains to be seen. Especially with the Lotus upgrade package coming soon! He could be in real trouble!

What happens if a guy makes a mistake on the last race?

There aren't any set punishments on the rulebook for all offences and the FIA mostly does things on a case by case basis. I don't think the FIA would carry on a punishment from one year to another, they will probably do something like deduct points or give a team a fine.

Who else thinks Mark Webber should've won Formula 1 in Australia first?

It isn't a philosophical matter. Go to the Auto Racing forum in the Sports category.

Is Mark webber the unluckiest man alive?

Let's look at it chronologically: 2002: Lucky to get the Minardi drive when Briatore decided to make Alonso the Renault test driver rather than letting him stay at Minardi for another year. He also went straight into F1 as a number one driver, not many people get to do that. 2003 & 2004: He retired on exactly as many occasions as his 3 teammates, and outscored them all along the way. Jaguar finished 7th in the drivers championship both seasons, the exact same place they had occupied in 2002, the year before he joined them. No bad luck there, he knew what he was getting into. 2005: He and Heidfeld did well at Williams in a fairly competitive car...Heidfeld actually had the better record in their 15 races together. Williams were actually at about the same level as they were in 2004, so not a lot of bad luck there either. 2006: A poor Williams with an uncompetitive engine...not what he signed up for, but he made some of his own luck with 5 retirements caused by accidents. 2007: Walking into a Red Bull which one of the best test-drivers of his generation (Coulthard) had spent 2 years dragging out of the abyss. Lucky break that. 2008: Only two retirements: one accident, one oil leak. His self-inflicted spin at Silverstone balances out his Kovalainen-ing at Spa. Ok, he has never had an out-and-out competitive car, but that's not bad luck...plenty of drivers have had that in their careers. He's had a good run, he's not retired more often than his teammates and apart from 2006 he's got the car he was expecting when he signed his contract. The two best cars he's had led to him being outperformed by Heidfeld in 2005 and Coulthard in 2007. If by "get a break" you mean win a GP because everybody else has bad luck, then maybe he needs to stay on the track a little more and maybe he needs to beat his teammate more regularly when he has the equipment to do something. EDIT Re his career management, I'm not sure what else he could have done differently. He hasn't had a lot of options, as I don't think he's rated as an out-an-out top driver. At the moment he's a bit like Patrese in the period 1984-87, in the unfortunate position of being too good to be number two and not good enough to be number one in a big team. Once Webber becomes steadier and a little less competitive then he may get his hands on a winning car as number two to a top driver: the Irvine/Barrichello route to success.

whats new with mark webber?

try looking on his website http://www.markwebber.com/index.cfm

What are Mark Webbers chances of winning the F1 drivers championship?

Very good. In clearly the quickest car - his problem is his massively talented teammate. Other than Seb, I don't see anyone else finishing ahead of Webber. Long way to go yet though!

CAN MARK WEBBER WIN TODAYS MONACO GP?

Well that's a little obvious isn't it? Yes.

Mark Webber isnt very good is he...?

He was funny as hell in SNOW DAY.

Do u think mark webber is underated?

hell yea. you just need to look at his performances at jaguar racing. he used to pull out a lap time out of nowhere!! i mean, a jaguar which was rubbish, mark managed to get it on the pole (provisional) in brazil against much more powerfull cars. everyone had their jaws on the floor. make no mistakes, Williams signed him because of his performances at jaguar. it was the car that let him down. on his debut in minardi, he made his team mate Alex Yoong, look like a monkey (i'm not exaggerating) i don't know if you remember, minardi was a car that would struggle to negotiate a straight line, forget taking a corner. and scoring a point for a minardi driver was like winning a world championship. mark managed to get his minardi up to 6th place in his very first race in australia. that just says it all....

Will Mark Webber Win the F1 today?

uh, yeah, sure. (no clue what you are talking about, lol)

David Coulthard or Mark Webber?

I think Coulthard, being older, is more likely of the two to be replaced. His performance in the last three races have not been very good and will only give them a better argument for replacing him with the younger, faster Vettel. I doubt Coulthard will want to drive for STR though..

Mark Webber's Future?

Well, the last driver to break his leg won the world championship brilliantly in 2000! :D I wish him well and think he has it in him to at least get a pole in '09.

What's your opinion on Mark Webber?

as a driver i think vettle is doing so good as his team mate his is just over driving and making a few mistakes he wants to beat his team mate to much witch isn't a bad thing just hurting him a little bit as a person always looks depressed and grumpy like he is not happy making millions and racing a car some thing i am sure he loves doing if he would just smile every now and then

Is Marky "Mark" Webber the next Ayrton Senna?

Wow, I thought we'd destroyed your utter tripe last season but looks like the mold is back for round 2. Anyone in the universe can see Webber is a good F1 driver but will sadly never become one of the greats, his racing career materialized too late and he foolishly declined the number 2 Renault race seat in 2005.

Mark Webber might switch to renault next year will he be more competetive?

see it dosent depend on what the company of the car is . it depends on what skills does the driver have to come out of every situation . it also depends also how the driver drives . you cant just say alsono or M shumacher OR truli or any one will win this race.

Can u belive Mark Webber finally won a GP?

I loved his radio celebration at the end, screaming like a madman! shows how much it means to win your first race. Well done Mark on a great drive.

Should Jarno Trulli, Sebastian Vettel, Heikki Kovalainen, Felipe Massa, and Mark Webber race in NASCAR?

ok, along with the questions you asked yesterday, you've pretty much covered every F1 driver. the answer is no, NONE of the F1 drivers should come race in NASCAR, they've gotten so used to driving around single file without having to worry about passing, they wouldn't be able to deal with the much closer, physical racing in NASCAR. just look at montoya, he was a former F1 champion, one of the best drivers F1 had to offer, and he came to NASCAR and was nothing more than a field filler for his first several seasons. he's still not won a single race on an oval. in fact, the only race he's won on a road course was a fuel mileage win where he ran mid pack for most of the race. so he can't even beat the NASCAR regulars on road courses, where he has much more experience than them.he has become competitive now, finally, and has become a good driver though. but the bottom line is ANY f1 driver who comes to NASCAR would face the same kind of learning curve, as they'd be up against the best race car drivers in the world. most would not make it, they'd go running back to europe with their tails between their legs. but maybe 1 or 2, like montoya, would stick with it and manage to not get fired from their rides for long enough to become competitive. exactly what part of my answer isn't true, mbl? feel free to correct any misstatements i've made if you can find any, jackass. thanks fluffy, these F1 fans can be unbelievably annoying, can't they?

Will Mark Webber ever win a F1 race?

Unfortunately, I think he won't. Mark was a guy who generated some big excitment with his entry into Formula One. He arrived in 2002 with Minardi after some decent success in Formula 3000 (3 wins in 2001, 1 in 2000); testing with Benetton and Arrows in 2000 and 2001; sports car racing in 1998 and 1999 including five FIA GT wins in 1998. His first F1 race was in Australia and he brought the Minardi home in 5th for 2 points (in the days when only six scored points). Those were his only points that season! He has since had a couple of podiums--one with Williams, one with Red Bull--and a trio of front row starts, but never pole. Along the way, he has only led five laps in his entire F1 career. If you wonder how that compares, Heikki Kovalainen has led six laps and he's new to F1 this season. So, having looked at the statistics of Mark Webber's career to date, I don't foresee a win coming any time--soon or ever. Compounding Mark's situation is that he seems to get pretty bitter about things as each season progresses. By the end of his time at Williams he was not a happy man and wasn't getting on well with the team. It is common talk that the same feelings are on the rise at Red Bull this season. Given that to win he's going to need a team that is behind him 100% (and not thinking he's angry at them all the time), and a car capable of getting to the line first, I don't see either happening. Unless RBR produces a race-winning car next season (which is not beyond the realm of possibility with Adrian Newey involved), he's done at the end of his RBR contract I expect. So no wins for a guy who came into F1 with a lot of promise. Shame really, he seems a decent guy most of the time. Be nice to have him do better. RP

Mark Webber hats at Silverstone.?

I seem to recall that the hats were around $40-$50 AUD, so I'm not sure what that would be in pounds, or if it's cheaper because it's England, I don't know. I didn't buy one this year. I have my old #14 hat that I won in a competition, and I absolutely refuse to buy anything with the number 2 on it! He is nobody's number 2!

Mark Webber pretty arrogant? Or is it just me?

kimi has released a statement too just this morning "yesiwasdrinkingvadka, findlandiatobeexact, andiwasdrinkingitforthepastfewseasons, wheniwaswinningraces, isaywhywaittocelibrateavictory youknowwhatimean? ohyesthatsrightnyoudont, ok ok ok, all jokes aside, that comment doesnt bother me, sure you can make the arguement, who is mark webber to be making that kind of crack at a former WDC like Kimi, but you know what? i kinda like it, one of F1s faults its over politically correct and has a lack of passion, i say let the sparks fly, if mark has the guts to say it to the global press let kimi respond, tell me you wont be on the edge of your seat next time the two are next to each other on track? so i say anything to bring the passion back into F1

Mark Webber's (F1 Driver) Address?

He has twitter and facebook, sending him a message on there would be best. If not there may be contact details on his official website although I can't see any at the moment.

Mark Webber F1 2010 season?

Webber pitted on lap 11. He and Alonso just didn't seem to try hard enough to overtake Petrov (and subsequently the other cars ahead). Petrov drove well, but Alonso and Webber both have the talent, experience, and the cars to take more chances than they did in the race. Their lacklustre driving when all the chips were on the table is the reason neither of their cars will have the number one on the nose next year, and deservedly so.

Mark Webber,top aussie driver oie,oie,oie?

I think Mark is a good driver with a lot of potential. It's just that whenever he is doing well during a race, luck isn't on his side and he'll have car problems. Also, he joins the teams at the wrong times. He could've joined Renault, but he decided against Flavio's plan. But anyway, he is a nice driver and he's a very interesting person to interview.

Does Mark Webber have a road car driving License?

It depends on where his motor racing licence was issued. If he has a UK racing licence (as I would expect, given the long time he spent in UK junior categories), then he has to have a road licence as a condition of applying for the full UK racing licence in the first place (a junior licence which does not require a road licence is available, but he's way too old for that now). Before anybody asks, you can have a competition licence from any country you want, it's the nationality on the passport you use to register which determines the nationality which you are given in the official entry lists. I know that some countries don't require a road licence in order to have a racing one, but on the off-chance that Webber holds an Australian racing licence I would bear in mind that in most things bureaucratic Australia tends to strongly resemble the UK.

Is Mark Webber underrated?

I don't think he is underrated. His team mate Sebastian Vettel is a very talented driver, remember that he is only 22 and is out racing Webber. Vettel has won 6 races, Webber has only won 2 and has been in F1 for a lot longer. I am not saying that Webber is a bad driver just that there are a lot of guys who i would rate higher.

Is Mark Webber the unluckiest driver in F1?

I answered this to an almost identical (but slightly more biased) question only 2 weeks ago: Let's look at it chronologically: 2002: Lucky to get the Minardi drive when Briatore decided to make Alonso the Renault test driver rather than letting him stay at Minardi for another year. He also went straight into F1 as a number one driver, not many people get to do that. 2003 & 2004: He retired on exactly as many occasions as his 3 teammates, and outscored them all along the way. Jaguar finished 7th in the drivers championship both seasons, the exact same place they had occupied in 2002, the year before he joined them. No bad luck there, he knew what he was getting into. 2005: He and Heidfeld did well at Williams in a fairly competitive car...Heidfeld actually had the better record in their 15 races together. Williams were actually at about the same level as they were in 2004, so not a lot of bad luck there either. 2006: A poor Williams with an uncompetitive engine...not what he signed up for, but he made some of his own luck with 5 retirements caused by accidents. 2007: Walking into a Red Bull which one of the best test-drivers of his generation (Coulthard) had spent 2 years dragging out of the abyss. Lucky break that. 2008: Only two retirements: one accident, one oil leak. His self-inflicted spin at Silverstone balances out his Kovalainen-ing at Spa. Ok, he has never had an out-and-out competitive car, but that's not bad luck...plenty of drivers have had that in their careers. He's had a good run, he's not retired more often than his teammates and apart from 2006 he's got the car he was expecting when he signed his contract. The two best cars he's had led to him being outperformed by Heidfeld in 2005 and Coulthard in 2007. If by "get a break" you mean win a GP because everybody else has bad luck, then maybe he needs to stay on the track a little more and maybe he needs to beat his teammate more regularly when he has the equipment to do something. EDIT Re his career management, I'm not sure what else he could have done differently. He hasn't had a lot of options, as I don't think he's rated as an out-an-out top driver. At the moment he's a bit like Patrese in the period 1984-87, in the unfortunate position of being too good to be number two and not good enough to be number one in a big team. Once Webber becomes steadier and a little less competitive then he may get his hands on a winning car as number two to a top driver: the Irvine/Barrichello route to success.

Why is Mark Webber such a whinger?

Because his younger, less experienced team-mate Seb Vettel is a far better and more talented driver than him!

What do you think Mark Webber's chances of winning the drivers championship are?

His chances are : 7/10 because Red Bull have a good car and I think Mark Webber has the skill to get the most out of the car.

What would you do if Mark Webber won the Formula 1 WDC?

I'd be Gob Smacked... I would be So happy... I think I would give whatever money I have in my pocket to a Tramp...:)

How does Mark Webber sleep at night before a race....?

Horizontal, Commando style

What are the chances that Red Bull NOT resigning Mark Webber after this season? Why or why not?

Webber has a 2011 contract, so he can't just walk away from Red Bull unless he was also prepared to walk away from F1 because if he did no other team would want him, so he has to stay to the end of the contract or at least until both Red Bull and he agree that to terminate the 2011 contract. I think there is a lot of suspicion that Webber has been given a lot less than equal treatment, e.g. being told to economise on fuel and then he finds his team mate suddenly "is on a different strategy" when he is being overtaken. Whether the "new nose" incident is being blown out of proportion or not is hard to tell, but it does seem to me that the way it was handled was poor. I think Webber would feel a lot happier if he left Red Bull. As I see it, Mercedes are another team with a "number two" who is out performing their "star", so they might have a seat for him.

I love mark webber, being australian,(born NZ moved here 89) but is he a racer or a test driver?

You are being too harsh on him. It is true he is not that of an exciting competitor, but he does put his best game in the races. He just doesn't "burn" in them by trying to cheat or risk the life of himself and others. I agree this makes him a little boring, but what Webber stands for is safety and sportsmanship. The guy has great technical skills and sure knows how to perform at a high level. Him being in the shadow of others is because he didn't want to become a Senna just to win some gold. Other than that, yes, I guess I agree he should be a little more agressive. But we have been seeing him do just that with his recent rivalry with Vettel. See, I am not an Australian, but totally love that guy. He is one of the best, but wouldn't have been a better Alonso if he had the Alonso attitude. He is just like he is and that is what makes him distinguishable. PS: Let's not forget he had some real bad accidents at that other series. I guess he learned from his mistakes and just knows what he is good at, and what he would better not try.

Why did Mark webber vomit in his cockpit during the japanese grand prix?

He was sick from food poisoning.

If you were Mark Webber, would you ever leave team Red Bull?

I think he may go to Ferrari. Fernando and Mark are very good friend and have a lot of respect for each other. Thing is, apparently, Ferrari have a pre-contract with Vettel for 2014 so, if this is true, if Mark went to Ferrari, he'd only be at the team as a one year driver. Also, Sergio Perez is looking like the best candidate to take over from Massa so he may not be at Ferrari at all. There is a seat available at McLaren but that depends on what Hamilton does. As a huge Hamilton and McLaren fan, I hope Lewis is at Mclaren for a long time. Taking the fact that I'm a big fan out of the equation, I think Lewis will stay at McLaren. But, Mark is in my opinion the best candidates to replace Hamilton if Lewis decides to leave. His only other option is Mercedes. But Ross Brawn wants Schumacher to stay if he is competitive like he was in Monaco qualifying. And if Michael retires, again, then Paul di Resta looks like Mercedes first choice. He could go to Williams, where he drove in 2005-06 but he wouldn't be as competitive. So, if he decides not to retire, he should stay at RBR.

Question about the eight engine rule and Mark Webber?

Most of the other drivers will be in the same boat as Webber. The teams will have identified which tracks are hardest on engines and will usually use new(er) engines at those races, then reuse them at races that are less demanding on the engines. If an engine is damaged, they are allowed to replace broken parts, (there a few thousand rules governing this). They can even design new parts if they demonstrate that the parts improve reliability (and if said parts give a boost in performance, "well gee, we didn't know that would happen, wink wink.")

If a blackmarker like Button did it, can Mark Webber do it as well?

it's all fixed so don't take it seriously if a huge australian company got involved webber would win (by co-incidence)

Mark Webber, would he find success at a higher profile team?

Firstly, I'm Australian so perhaps I'm biased but I was lucky enough to be at the Monaco Grand Prix this year and was speaking to Bob Constanduros who does the on-track English commentary for the Grand Prix races. I asked him what he thought of Mark Webber and to ignore the fact that I'm Australian. He said that Mark is a very good driver and - most importantly - a very good developmental driver. Williams didn't pick him because he was Australian - they knew how good he was. Unfortunately, the car was very unreliable so he couldn't show his ability. As you know, he had the chance to drive for Renault with Alonso but turned it down. How would he have gone? No-one will ever know. So, yes, he probably could have been in the hunt for a World Title with the right car. By the way, I'm a Ferrari fan so I'm not being biased! Congratulations to Lewis! I said to Bob that I was hoping for a Ferrari driver to take the title ( Felipe would have been good) but my second choice was for Lewis to win.

If Felipe Massa and Mark Webber wanted to go NASCAR racing, what would they do?

They would find a average at best team, race three quarters of a season before they lose sponsorship, drop out, or get let go because they can't hack it. Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Speed and Sam Hornish will be the only open wheelers to keep his ride for at least five years. Montoya is the only modern day open wheeler to even win a race.

Mark Webber?

I believe that both Williams pilots have huge amounts of talent, but the car is hammering their chances. I could say that Webber and Rosberg are the most unlucky drivers this season, robbed of points in a number of races by technical problems (in Monaco, Mark was forced to retire when the exhaust blew up. He was in 3rd at the time.) Probably the best team in which a pilot can find his feet and go up to great results is Renault, with the car's reliability.