F1 » Jones: Webber had a good run


Alan Jones says countryman Mark Webber can look back on his F1 career with pride and shouldn't allow inter-team battles to overshadow his achievements

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Biggerthinking1

June 27, 2013 4:28 PM

Through personal finance connections he jumped the queue ahead of far more talented but underfunded drivers in karting and Formula Ford in Australia to sneak into F1 despite no results whatsoever in anything ever prior to F1 -- then he took 9 years and 130 GP to win a race - the longest of ALL 105 winning drivers in history - in fact longer than the entire career lengths of 760 of the 800 F1 drivers ever - and even then only by being given the best car - which he has now had for a massive 4 years - 60 GP - arguably more opportunity than any driver in history bar Schumacher's Ferraris (and Vettel with the same RBRs) - yet he squandered such unparalleled privilege - rising only to 33rd on the list of total wins - winning only 9 races in over 200 GP - a strike rate of just 4.5% - a dismal 5 to 10 times lower than the greats: Fangio (47%), Clark (35%), Schumacher (29%), Stewart (27%), Prost (25%), Senna (25%).

Biggerthinking1

June 29, 2013 12:47 PM

Through personal family connections to money he jumped the queue ahead of vastly more talented drivers in Australian karting and Formula Ford in the 90's. He wasn't even in Australia's top 50 karters. Nobody even knew who he was, as dozens of better talents were winning the Titles.
When he started placing ads in local motorsport magazines in the 90s suggesting that he would be australia's next F1 driver everyone thought he was a wayne kerr - as he had no results justifying such a claim. True - the joke ultimately proved to be on the drivers with talent when this chump actually did make it to F1 - but all this means is that it proved to many that F1 is actually not the result of a talent filtering system of international motorsport but merely a capital filtering system. Too bad - there were 10 to 20 karters in australia in the 90s who could be pushing Vettel hard right now - but they are working day jobs now because they didn't have family connections to money. F1 is meaningless - just

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