Mark Webber said he was fortunate to be able to develop his motor racing career in Europe after being inducted into Australia’s Motor Sport Hall of Fame.
Webber, who retired from Formula One at the end of 2013, there’s “a lot of heroes of mine on the list” of Hall of Fame members. Among the others to have joined are Formula One championship Jack Brabham and Alan Jones.
“For me to join the list of the other inductees is very, very special,” said Webber.
He paid tribute to those who helped him establish himself racing in Europe. “I got lucky,” he said. “I managed to get myself over there and got a pretty good career out of it.”
“I had pretty great people around me as well – as with all these incredible careers and these stories you have good people in your corner, which I did, along the way.”
“It’s great to be recognised,” he added. “99% of my career was not done on Australian shores, I did a lot of my racing overseas, which clearly I’m very proud of. But it’s nice to be recognised for some of the results along the way. I’m honoured, no question about it.”
Webber won nine grands prix between 2002 and 2013. After leaving F1 he joined Porsche in the World Endurance Championship where he scored eight race victories and won the 2015 title with team mates Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.
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