14 October 2019

Formula 1 is a sport of fine margins. Split seconds are all that separate the winners from the losers. Teams spend millions of pounds fine tuning cars to give them the edge and championships often go down to the wire.

During his 12-year career in F1 Mark Webber drove in more than 200 races and won nine Grand Prix titles, landing on the podium more than 40 times. But what does it take to stand on top of that podium?

Behind every race-winning driver is a team of thousands of people all doing their part to achieve outstanding performance; engineers, data analysts, mechanics, operations managers, strategists, lawyers and so on. Teamwork is vital, as is ensuring the right behaviour and culture.

In this episode Mark shares the journey of his racing career from kart racing in his native Australia to his first F1 victory in Germany and the fierce rivalry in the Red Bull team between him and fellow driver, Sebastian Vettel.

He gives his view of life in the fast lane; the dedication, focus and grit it takes to get to the top.

Key takeaways:

  • Your team are everything. Without their dedication and skills you cannot succeed.
  • Focus is essential. A split-second lapse of concentration at 200mph can be disastrous.
  • Pushing beyond your limits.
  • Understand when it’s time to stop or change direction. No one can be at the top of their game forever.

Host: Lawrence Jones MBE

Guest: Mark Webber 

Listening time: 50 mins

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Note, this episode contains strong language.

 


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