The entire Formula 1 grid will no doubt be keeping its eyes on Red Bull Racing in the 2013 season. However, they should beware keeping too close of an eye on reigning three-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel, because then they might miss out on seeing Mark Webber pass them out on the circuits. Aussie Grit is going to be tough in 2013.
After several seasons of not being able to fully delve into his off season training program due to lingering pain, the Australian wheel man is back at the top of his game. Not that he was ever really off of his game mind you. Webber finished third in the driver’s points two of the last three seasons.
Now though, Webber has had the final piece of bone support material, which was initially put in place due to a 2008 mountain bike accident, taken out of his leg. “The surgery went very smoothly and my recovery was exceptional”, said Webber of the procedure to remove a 40cm titanium rod from his leg. The 36 year old Aussie went on to say that after taking a few weeks off from his training regime he was able to ease back into it and is now back to going full throttle. “I’m very happy that some of the niggles and pain I’ve sometimes experienced with my training over the past three years already seem to be a thing of the past”, Webber commented. Having less leg pain can only mean being more comfortable in the cockpit, and that is a big plus for Webber and Red Bull.
After spending six weeks in Australia over the winter, which was the longest uninterrupted stay in his home country that Webber has enjoyed since entering Formula 1 in 2002, it appears that Aussie Grit wants to hurry up and get back to business.
“I’m certainly looking forward to getting my hands on the RB9”, Webber said of his excitement over the new Red Bull car that is set to launch on Feb. 3 from Red Bull’s hometown of Milton Keynes, UK.
Mark Webber is a fan favorite, reeling in masses of loyal fans due to his tenacious and tough style. Now that he has finally fully recovered from his injuries, it will be fun to see if Webber can leap back into the Driver’s Championship competition, and perhaps be the man to end his teammate Vettel’s win streak.
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