The Secret Life of Mark Webber 02 Jul 2010
The way Red Bulls Mark Webber casually shook off his dramatic high-speed crash at last weekends European Grand Prix probably told you all you need to know about the fearless Australian. But if youre still hankering after more insight into Webber, the man then look no further. We discover his love of motorbikes, his fear of dark oceans and his dream date in the latest instalment of our Secret Life series
Q: Are you the kind of guy to have a Plan-B?
Mark Webber: Absolutely, I can be very flexible. Go and ask my partner. She always says that I am pretty fast to switch to another option when one thing doesnt deliver the expected.
Q: Apart from driving a Formula One car, what is your favourite buzz?
MW: Probably riding a motorbike.
Q: Who do you most look forward to seeing when you arrive in the paddock on a Thursday?
MW: Its probably some of the mechanics. I only see them on race weekends and we have blokey talks about motorbikes and stuff.
Q: Who is your dream date?
MW: If it were a female date, Id say Pink. If it was meeting someone I always wanted to know, it would be Muhammad Ali. For sure I would learn a lot that evening. What would I ask him? The secret to survival!
Q: Which film last made you cry?
MW: Marley and Me, that dog film. I was a little bit on the edge. I do love dogs very much.
Q: What are you afraid of?
MW: I am not a big fan of being in the ocean in the dark. Paddling in a kayak at night is not the thing for me.
Q: What was the last book you read?
MW: A biography about Barry Briggs, the New Zealand multiple speedway champion.
Q: What is your favourite way to relax?
MW: Spending time with my dogs.
Q: Name five things that you hate?
MW: People that lie, people that drive under the speed limit, people that snore loads on planes and people that are unreliable. Thats about it. I am not big hater.
Q: Have you ever dyed your hair?
MW: No. And that is one of the last things on my future agenda of things to do!
Q: What was the first CD you bought?
MW: It was a tape. Madonna, probably Like a Virgin.
Q: Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
MW: No, and Im not planning to.
Q: What did your teachers say about you in your school report?
MW: Hed be much better if he applied himself better.
Q: Who where your childhood heroes?
MW: Mick Doohan, the five-time motorbike champion and Ray Price, the rugby player.
Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Q: Do you collect anything?
MW: No. Ive never collected anything in my life. Not even as young kid.
Q: What do you miss most about home when you are on the road?
MW: The sofa, the TV and the chocolate. And, of course, my dogs.
Q: What was your worst buy?
MW: New cars are always a shocking investment - and always a loss of money. It starts from the moment you drive the car from the dealer - already the value has gone down.
Q: How do you take your coffee?
MW: I dont drink coffee.
Q: Your ideal non-race Sunday morning?
MW: Watching sports on TV, have breakfast in bed and a little bit of training after that. Thats the ideal.
Q: What was your first car?
MW: My first road car was a 1996 Toyota Corona. I bought it off my sisters friend for $500.
Q: Whats the most embarrassing mistake youve ever made?
MW: I have had so many of them. I crashed a Mercedes sports car in the pit entry in 1998 at the A1 Ring in practice - that was pretty embarrassing and highly unnecessary.
Q: What is the best thing you can cook?
MW: Pasta, very basic.
Q: When was the last time you were really angry?
MW: Recovering with my leg. I had some very furious days. It was the frustration of not being able to do normal things like putting on your pants by yourself.