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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 teammate, Sebastian Vettel, went head to head for the world championship. There could be only one winner.

Since retiring from Formula One, Mark has concentrated on endurance racing, including the legendary Le Mans 24-hour race. He hit the front pages of newspapers around the world in December 2014 when he slammed into the barricades in the final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in South America and was lucky to escape with his life.

But the controversy of his relationship on and off the track with Vettel, who went on to win multiple world titles, has never been far beneath the surface. Here, for the first time, Webber tells the inside story of one of Formula One's most intriguing battles - it is a story that goes to the heart of why the sport is loved by millions of fans around the world.

In his trademark straight-talking, no-nonsense style, Mark reveals his amazing life on and off the Formula One racetrack, from his first taste of karting to his F1 debut in 2002, from 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.

Includes a foreword by Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart.

©2016 Mark Webber (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Aussie grit

I Really enjoyed the book, a true legend and a gentleman to the racing world.

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Very entertaining listen if you're into F1 racing

Very entertaining listen if you're into F1 racing. Mark Webber not being much of a "politician" driver reveals some interesting stories

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Interesting to hear about Webbers difficult route to F1, plus RBR politics, good listening, recommended

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Somewhat disappointing

I love F1 and always liked Webber. It is a shame that he didn't narrate his own book because Osmond does not have the charisma of a racer and his delivery is pedestrian. I assume this is why Webber's story was a bit more of a yawn that it might have been. Certainly Mark would not gave mispronounced so many, mainly French, names and places wrong.

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"Swimming with the sharks."

As a committed fan of Formula I for more than three decades, I very much enjoy the autobiographies of those special few whose lives have been consumed, sometimes literally, by the exciting and apparently glamourous sport which still has the power to claim lives.. Books by the stars off track and on: David Coultard, Jenson Button, Damon Hill, Frank Williams, Ross Braun and Adrian Newey. So I was delighted to add the recollections of the driver who was teamed with world champion Sebastian Vettel in the relatively newly formed Red Bull, Mark Webber.
Webber's book is interesting especially to those other readers remembering Mark's numerous races, many of which are recalled in great detail, but perhaps not so enthralling for newcomers to the sport or those fascinated more by the man than the race. His is not a light hearted look back over his life so far, instead detailing his often dashed expectations, hopes and fears and the struggle to get started and stay near the top. The book is performed by Nicholas Osmond, whose voice is similar to that of the author but with a slightly less pronounced Australian accent.
Of all of the F.I. accounts that I have read so far, this is my least favourite. But still a fascinating glimpse into the life of the man who admits to being addicted by the time he was ten.

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Great to listen to while in the car.

loved this,. a real back story to a Challenging Career.
Title really fits. The true Grit Mark showed during his long career. Both the mental and physical battles a professional racing driver goes through.

Mark remained respectful through out the book, describing situation where most of us would tell people where to go in a frank but honest manner.



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One of the F1 drivers who should have achieved more, He really did lose the F1 championship under pressure and this listened confirmed that view.

A likeable chap who does whine occasionally he is so likeable and the story is well read by Mark.

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Excellent

A look into what drives the man and how he was treated by Red Bull as his face didn’t seem to fit. Well worth a listen.

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Great insight into an F1 driver.

This is an excellent audiobook and very well written. What MW went through in order to get himself through his racing career is absolutely admirable. I loved hearing about what MW and his family had to sacrifice in order to get to F1, but once he got there, the story didn’t end. It was great hearing what goes on in the F1 world, and most of all, what happened between him and Sebastian Vettel.

The only slight negative I have, is that the book wasn’t narrated by MW himself. The narrator was very good but hearing the story from MW would’ve been even better.

I highly recommend this audiobook.

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Good listen

I had already read this book when it release buy picked it up on offer for another listen. always ashame it's not read by Mark himself but like Jensons books it's still good and very well done.

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  • 01-09-16

this story change my perspective of Mark Webber.

I used to really like Mark Webber, now I realize he is just a dumb jock. he blames everyone else for his performances and wouldn't be in the racing position he has been if it wasn't for his partner Ann. the story definitely was not written by him.

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  • DrSwank
  • 29-04-21

The Racing Book you’ve been looking for

Damn amazing. Though I wish it got more into the nitty gritty of theory and how he approached his steering, pedal work, his research and others or maybe it never dawned on him and it all came naturally. But all amazing stuff in here.

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  • 11-03-21

interesting background

interesting to hear the back story. narration such that it felt like Mark was telling it.

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  • @MarkSalyer
  • 17-09-18

Exceptional read.

A great view into Mark Webber and his life in Formula 1. It makes the sport real to the outsider and the drivers more human.

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  • Devil Centurion
  • 21-07-18

Webber is a Legend.

I am a huge F1 fan. This inside story is amazing the part with Michael Schumacher at Monaco hit me hard. Mark deserved better than what RBR did to him but he rocked it anyway. Excellent Excellent Listen!

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  • Varun K
  • 09-04-18

Great read,

Fierce honest and sincere...takes you into the inner wheeling and dealing of F1 and what it took to get there. Also a balanced view of all drivers, and personalities over Mark’s career, great read for any F1 or motorsport fan.

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  • Carl Jarrett
  • 13-03-18

Awesome for any F1 fan

Great performance by the narrator, and awesome book by Mark Webber. Lots of great insights into the F1 world and more.

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  • Erika Smith
  • 24-01-18

great for any racing fan

great insight into the f1 machine seen through the eyes of one of the best drivers ever

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  • Evan Wills
  • 11-09-17

A real look inside a top level drivers life

a great account of the journey Mark took to reach the top and stay there. A true class act and inspiration to sport lovers. The book is delivered in a way that relates to the reader and really brings to light who the man under the helmet is. Great read!

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  • Paul K.
  • 26-08-17

Really fun to hear the inside story and a holistic view

I really enjoyed how this taught me a lot about F1 that I didn't know and in fact, the sporting press had indeed gotten wrong. I hope at some point he updates it to include his WEC overall victory. Fair and balanced, with admissions of his own faults along the way. If only it was narrated by him, but eventually you forget about that :)