#3 Mark Webber
Not a world champion. Not a driver who even won four back to back Grands Prix either, to quote an example.
Mark Webber, famously hailed as ‘Aussie Grit’ brought to Formula 1 what few were able to, especially in an era where the troika of Hamilton (who’s still going undisputedly strong) Alonso and Raikkonen were ruling the charts: pure grit and tenacity.
The above was amplified in Webber’s steely resolve to counter Sebastian Vettel during the German’s reign of utter dominance at Red Bull, as seen time and again during the exciting contests such as the European GP (2007), the German GP (2009), Monte Carlo GP and the Brazilian GP (both for 2010) among other contests.
Apart from standing third on the drivers' standings consecutively for 2010 and 2011 seasons, Webber’s 8 wins, 15 podiums and his last win at Brazil, 2012, shall always underline the 42-year-old’s class and potential.
An uncomplicated character, Mark Webber must also be hailed for boasting his tremendous fitness levels and for his succinct commentary with which he fascinatingly broadens the scope for enjoying F1 through the eyes and minds of a commentator.Published 16 Mar 2019, 13:15 IST