Webber rides final Fastest Lap into F1® sunset
“It was a very good finish to my career,” said the 34-year-old after the race. “I want to thank the team, I enjoyed the last few laps,” he added. “It was a very nice way for me to finish.”
We’ll say. His final curtain call – an emotional farewell – was right where it should have been: on the winner’s podium next to teammate and World Champion Sebastian Vettel. To prelude his podium appearance, Mark – known as somewhat of a maverick – savored a race-steward-defying helmetless drive back to the pits, waving to a cheering crowd. On the podium, draped in the Australian flag, he soaked it all up as a Vettel yielded the spotlight to his outgoing teammate.
It was an emotional moment and despite the well-known personal animosity between the two Red Bull drivers, it was obvious that both were aware of the significance of the successful chapter that was coming to a close. After the race, the World Champ said: “Surely the fact that he will not be around next year will be a loss for the team. [...]I consider him to be one of the drivers with the most talent we have on the grid.”
Vettel added: “Generally people have a worse impression than the relationship we had. People tend to forget how successful we have been. I think it has been one of the strongest pairings in Formula 1.”
Webber leaves Fastest Lap mark
2011 DHL Fastest Lap Champion Mark Webber is not only leaving Red Bull and Formula One, he is also leaving a fantastic fastest lap legacy. The veteran pilot leaves behind an F1 legacy that includes 9 wins, 42 podiums, 13 pole positions and our favorite number: 19 Fastest Laps. Webber raced seven fastest laps in 2011 on his way to the DHL Fastest Lap Trophy – a feat his teammate Vettel only managed to tie and remains the second most fastest laps in one season since DHL began honoring fastest lap drivers in 2007.
Take a look back at Webber’s fastest lap history at www.dhl.com:
Webber leaving fastest lap mark
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