Gallery: Mark Webber's careerby Web Editor on 13th October 2016
Mark Webber's career in photos, from Formula Ford to world champion
Reigning sports car champion and Grand Prix winner Mark Webber has announced he will be retiring from racing at the end of the 2016 season to take up a role as special representative for Porsche. This is his career in photos.
Works Van Diemen driver Mark Webber at Knockhill. He won the Formula Ford Festival in 1996.
He moved into sports cars in 1998 following a year in British F3. Five wins in 10 races secured third in the FIA GT Championship, but Mercedes pulled out of GT1 following Le Mans 1999 after Mark Webber (twice) and Peter Dumbreck both flipped on the Hunaudières.
That prompted a move back to single seaters and into F3000 – including a podium on his debut at Imola (above).
The Aussie impressed testing for Benetton late in 2000, securing a testing role for the following season.
Having moved to Minardi alongside Alex Yoong he scored points on his Formula 1 debut – finishing fifth in his home Grand Prix at Melbourne.
A switch to Jaguar Racing followed, but he finished no higher than sixth during his two years.
Seven seasons at Red Bull brought title battles, and all nine of his Grand Prix wins.
An unlikely return to sports car made him a world champion. He and co-drivers Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard dominated the 2015 World Endurance Championship with four wins, but the title race went to the wire thanks to Audi's tenacity.