Title: Aussie Grit: My Formula 1 Journey
Author: Mark Webber
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Blurb: Mark Webber was at the centre of one of the most captivating chapters in the history of Formula One. In 2010, while racing for Red Bull, he and his team mate Sebastian Vettel went head to head for the World Championship. There could only be one winner.
In his trademark straight-talking, no-nonsense style Mark reveals his amazing life on and off the Formula One race track. From his first taste of karting to his F1 debut in 2002, scoring Minardi’s first points in three years at the Australian Grand Prix, through to his first win with Red Bull at the 2009 German Grand Prix and the year he should have been crowned World Champion. Mark Webber’s journey to the top of Formula One was every bit as determined and committed as his racing. Aussie Grit is his searingly honest story.
Review: I’ve been so into non-fiction lately and as well as my love for Formula 1, I thought it would be a good time to make a start on my F1 reading library with Mark Webber’s autobiography – Aussie Grit. Now, Mark Webber is a driver that I didn’t originally know an awful lot about. Aside from his infamous rivalry with ex team-mate, Sebastian Vettel, I pretty much knew bollock all-else about his life so I went into this book with a completely open mind and all I can say is, if you like Formula 1, whether you watched Mark race or not, read it.
Mark Webber is such an endearing character to watch both on and off the track. He’s straight and to the point, doesn’t beat around the bush and his no-nonsense attitude all comes across in his book. The way it’s written, the “webberisms” and despite being ghost-written, you can feel Mark in every page. As autobiographies go, it wasn’t all too serious. He talks about his racing career, home life and relationships but all with the sense of “this was this, that was that, nothing more to it”. Like I said, very straight to the point fella. I liked it.
If you like F1 in any way, shape or form, then this would be a fantastic read. Despite finding it a little hard to follow near the beginning when Mark spoke about his journey to F1 (I won’t lie, I don’t know an awful lot about other racing categories), as soon as he reached F1, I was completely hooked and fascinated by all the “behind the scenes” stuff we, as viewers, don’t usually see or hear. There is so much, so damn much that goes on between a racing team, the personnel and the drivers and not all of it’s pretty. Some parts of this book shocked me and I gotta say how much I feel for Mark throughout parts of his career. But obviously that’s open to opinion, depending on what driver was your favourite.
I’m not lying when I say it made me laugh, cry and smile. He talks about some very real things, some of which we can all relate to because let’s face it, we can’t all relate to a F1 racing career and I loved hearing about Mark the racer and also Mark the person under the helmet. If you loved Mark before, you’ll love him even more after reading this. An absolutely fantastic autobiography; entertaining, eye-opening and brutally honest. An absolute must-read for F1 fans.
*I received this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. This has no way affected my opinion of the book and all views are my own.
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As a huge F1 enthusiast I would love to read this book! I have read Jenson Button: My Championship Year, have you? 🙂
It was fantastic! Would definitely recommend (: I haven’t read that one yet but would like to! I’m currently reading Damon Hill: Watching the Wheels, which will be reviewed on here soon, too 🙂 xx
I’m sure it was!! 🙂 I recommend My Championship Year too, I will miss Jenson so much this year 🙁 Ooo, I look forward to that review! 🙂 xx
Aww me too I really will 🙁 I’m sure we’ll see him around occasionally though! Will miss Nico as well 😭 but massively excited to see what Bottas can do in the Mercedes xx
I’m sure too, he’s still the reserve driver, and who knows what 2018 will bring! 🙂 Nico is excellent, and I will miss him too :'( But I’m sure this change for Mercedes will be new and exciting too, and I personally cannot wait for the new season! xx
Me neither, am SO excited! The new cars will look like absolute beasts, I bet! I hope McLaren do really well and I’m looking forward to seeing Vandoorne; I reckon he’ll be brilliant. I have a post about when I went to the mid-season F1 test last year if you’re interested? 🙂 xx
Literally cannot wait to see what the cars look like – I am so obsessed with the design, but also just their capabilities – it would be just stunning to drive one ! 🙂 I hope McLaren are excellent too, I’m excited to see all of the new drivers and get some fresh talent in there! I’m going to check that our right now 🙂 xx
I’m a big F1 fan and have read a few books on it! Can’t wait to go to another GP I love to do all of them in my lifetime. Who’s know’s might happen
I always admired his tallent and abiliy to fly in motor racing! Once before in Le Monde and one in F1. A great character and i lookforward to reading it, thanks 🙂
You’re welcome (: He was (still is!) a fab character – very talented xx
Thanks glad for the review means I can buy it when I have time and money 😉
I used to LOVE watching f1 early morning on the weekend with my dad but my other half hates it! Might pick this up to try and convince him, sounds like a fab read!
Hates it?!?! That’s unheard of! How can you hate it?! You definitively definitely should, it was great and Mark is such an identifiable character, love love love him. Hope you can try and convince your other half to change his mind! xx
I loved watching Mark Webber in formula 1, and I wished he’d won the world Championship. I have never actually got round to reading his autobiography but I have enjoyed reading your opinion on it, and I think it is probably something I would enjoy reading too! Maybe in the future I will get round to purchasing and reading this book! Great review 🙂
Oh me too, he’d have been an extremely worthy world champion. It was a fantastic book and so incredibly easy to read, too. I hope you do! Thank you (: xx