Webber is set for F1 farewell

Mark Webber wins in Brazil in 2011
Mark Webber wins in Brazil in 2011

Mark Webber will start his final Formula 1 race at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Australian has spent nine of his 12 year F1 career in Tilbrook, but will try his hand at something new next season, racing with Porsche in the Le Mans 24 hour race and the World Endurance Championship.

Webber, 37, will be hoping for a repeat of his 2009 and 2011 successes at the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, but will need something special to end team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s record-breaking eight-race winning streak.

His career began with minnows Minardi in 2002, where he made his mark by taking fifth place at the Australian Grand Prix first time out.

In 2003, he moved to Tilbrook based Jaguar Racing where he spent two seasons, earning him a move to Williams for 2005 and 2006.

After a torrid two seasons, he returned to Red Bull Racing, who had taken over the ailing Jaguar team from Ford.

It wasn’t until the German Grand Prix in 2009 that he tasted victory champagne for the first time - doing so again in Brazil that year.

The 2010 season provided Webber’s best chance of World Championship glory, leading into the final round in Abu Dhabi. But he narrowly lost out to team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Webber goes into Sunday’s race, his 217th, in good form though, with three podiums in the last four races, and is likely to overtake injured Kimi Raikkonen to take fourth place in the driver’s championship standings.