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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 team mate Sebastian Vettel went head to head for the World Championship. There could only be one winner. Since retiring from Formula One Mark has concentrated on endurance racing, including the legendary Le Mans 24 Hour race. HMark 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. 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 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.Includes a foreword by Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart....

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  • Fabio Miguez
    2018-11-06 18:59

    Typical Mark - succinct, honest, and humbleA bloody good book. Not just a genuine look inside the dubious world of F1, but a look into the man Mark Webber is. If you've followed Mark over his career, he is who you think he is, but this book fills in all the gaps between the snapshots you were allowed to see, between interviews and podiums. Emblematic of his cool down lap in Brazil, during his last race, this book will show you The Man Behind The Helmet. And let's not forget Mark wrote this book himself, which is an achievement in itself.

  • Jenny in Neverland
    2018-10-16 20:07

    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.

  • Carla
    2018-10-21 17:59

    All those exclamation marks got tiresome. no one is that excited about everything.

  • Wolwo
    2018-11-01 15:13

    Well... If not the last 100 pages it would be waste of time literally. The fresh memories make it woth to read. I never liked Seb but this backed my thoughts!

  • Antonios
    2018-10-17 17:51

    The book is a thorough recap of Mark Webber's career up to date (mid-2015). The famous Multi-21 and his conflict with Seb and RBR are only a third the book and not its main focus, which is already too much in my opinion. Admittedly it’ll be the most interesting part for many readers as it’s revealing and more recent than other of his stories. But being a one-sided account of the events, must be taken with a grain of salt.I’m a fan of Webber and in most occasions I’ve sided with him, but after finishing the book I was left with impression of him often being dismissive of Vettel’s talent and achievements. I respect Mark for his achievements and his approach to life. I prefer his over more notorious, and more successful players in the game. But in his attempt to justify his point of view he sometimes comes out a bit arrogant, surely biased and kind of over-simplifying of people’s psyche and motivations. The main characters of his journey are presented as one-sided persons, either being good or bad, when in reality they must have been more multi-faceted. It seems like he’s unable to understand where others are coming from or how they might have perceived things. Given he has felt misunderstood by the media and his colleagues, he goes into great length to prove his point. But, as is often the case, the truth is somewhere in the middle.Then book overall provides a great insight of the early stages of a driver’s career, the lengths one has to go to get a chance and succeed in the top categories. But then, about half-way into the book, when his F1 career starts, he delves more into facts and events, rather than any deep, meaningful analysis. So it was a bit of a letdown. I was hoping for more juicy details and a deeper tour of the F1 life.All in all it’s a great overview of a good career and it was good to come out at this point while the events depicted as still relevant and of interest. But I’m afraid it’s a book with little of essence, to remain after a few years.

  • Alicia Prevost
    2018-11-13 21:53

    God, I loved this book.I'm not quite sure how to review it. It's the first time I've read a book by a still active race car driver, one that I have had the pleasure to meet, and one that I have cheered for for years, and it made it an awesome read but one that I'm not sure I can say much about besides the fact I enjoyed it immensely.I'm not a huge F1 fan and Mark Webber's career was already half way through when I started really following it so it was really interesting to hear more about it, especially the behind the scenes stuff, especially in the Red Bull years. It was a brutally honest look at what F1 was really like now and you could feel how frustrated Mark was at times and it was just a fascinating read, beyond fascinating.And Mark Webber's personality and voice just shown through out...it was a great read.Also the last bit about sports car racing made me squee because that's my jam. It went from being about race car drivers I see on tv, to being people I've met and people I really actively cheer for and just became a lot of fun and bouncy to read. And reading that knowing that he's one race away from winning a world championship in WEC with Brendan and Timo...just awesome.Highly recommend it to any racing fan, or anyone who likes a true story about a guy who worked his ass off to make his dreams come true.

  • Kelly
    2018-11-07 17:51

    This has been on my currently reading shelf for so long and I finally think that it's time to clear it out. I haven't picked it up since August, so I'm probably not going to. I don't have a specific interest in racing or F1, but I know about the sport generally and I like Mark Webber and I thought it'd be a good change in genre. I just found it very hard going and it just wasn't capturing or maintaining my attention at all. The actual writing style was really, really bugging me as well. This will sound ridiculous, but there was a real over-use of exclamation points, as though the whole book was overly enthusiastic and shouty and once I'd noticed it, I just couldn't ignore them.Sorry Mark, but I'm not going to cross the finish line with this one, and will have to retire from the race.

  • Kristina
    2018-10-15 13:58

    This gives a systematic look at Mark Webber's career but in places feels too formulaic. Even before I read the acknowledgement to the ghostwriter, Stuart Sykes, it felt like someone had skipped through past records to summarise events.Otherwise, there's some very clear indications of Webber's feelings about events and people. He's blunt to the point of rude about some colleagues although he does admit he was himself naïve about the politics of the sport.I'd have liked to have read more about his life outside formula 1 but I respect he wanted to tell his career story rather than his life story.

  • Gemma Lowe
    2018-10-31 18:03

    If I didn't already massively admire Mark Webber, I certainly would do after reading this: an honest, frank and genuine guy accounting his incredible story to the F1 paddock and beyond.Plus, I've also learnt a new phrase in 'bee's dick' which I will be adding to my own vocabulary.

  • georgia
    2018-11-07 16:56

    alternative titles for this book include;salt: my formula one journey aussie grit: 101 more reasons to hate helmut markoora love letter to fernando alonso

  • Dale Maxwell
    2018-10-26 17:11

    Mark Webber offers a very good, down to earth honest assessment of a successful racing career. As you'd expect from a sportsman of Webber's calibre, he demonstrates respect, credit and sportsmanship with his opinions regarding his peers, bosses and those who helped him achieve his dream of racing at the pinnacle of motorsport. He also pulls no punches - he lets everyone know his dislike for the politics and propaganda at times surrounding the F1 circus. Webber also lifts the lid on life at Red Bull Racing and the internal tensions surrounding him, Sebastien Vettel and the hierarchy. Obviously, 'Multi 21', Turkey and other controversies are dissected. Fully engrossing and enjoyable.

  • Imara Cader
    2018-11-06 16:04

    Raw Real scenes behind F1 which Fans never get to seeAwesome read, an insightful write up which opens up our eyes to the actual journey, hardships the the sacrifices drivers has to go through to get into F1. As a fan we are only exposed to the Glamour.

  • Mario
    2018-11-04 20:10

    Genuine, fast paced and with very interesting behind the scene content. I thoroughly enjoyed this book (the Red Bull years are by far the most interesting part), however I hoped for more technical details about F1 cars & racing (the blown diffuser only gets one line!) and also about his training.

  • Malte Decker
    2018-11-02 20:07

    Far too many exclamation marks.Heehhe. "Marks".

  • Chris
    2018-10-16 22:08

    Mark Webber is one of those drivers who you just couldn't help but like. He was always a driver I enjoyed watching and I was always rooting for him to win races and titles (unless he was fighting Alonso). He always came across as a straight shooter and a top bloke, and different to most of the other drivers on the grid. I was desperately hoping he won the 2010 title and Le Mans, sadly neither were to be.On the whole, Aussie Grit is a good read. It certainly however, wont make good or comfortable reading for fans of Sebastian Vettel or Red Bull Racing. Nor for Helmut Marko (not that he would read it anyway). The book does cover the awkwardenss of the relationship with RBR very well, but it doesn't cover much new. It's what everyone was able to see at the time and whilst it does shed light on new things that cropped up behind the scenes, it was nothing that wasn't guess at or speculated at the time.A lot of it, whilst it may at the time of release have been deemed bitterness towards Seb (as has been stated by friends of mine who are big S.V fans), is more evident since his move to Ferrari and his subsequent actions. I was disappointed however that the book doesn't go into much detail regarding the races themselves. Especially Mark's days in WEC. It's a very brief chapter, which in some ways is understandable as this part of his career was only a year old when the book was released. However he barely covered his 2014 Le Mans race for Porsche, other than a brief mention. I wanted to read about how he felt back there, what the experience of driving through the night was like, the battles on track, the heartbreak at having to retire in hour 22. It would also have been good to read exactly WHY Mark didn't move to another team after the acrimonious events of 2010 & 2011. After all everyone watching F1 during late 2010 was wondering just how long it would be before Mark was driving a Ferrari. It was covered a little but I just feel there could have been more there. As with many sporting autobiographies, the book came too soon. Had Mark released it in late 2016 or after it would have covered his decision to retire and maybe he could have elaborated on more on certain aspects as he would have no longer been sponsored by Red Bull. It won't go down as an all time must read sporting autobiography and probably isn't as enjoyable to read as Australia's other great mid 2000's motorsport hero, Casey Stoner's book, however for a die hard F1/motorsports fan then it's definitely worth a read. However the fact that I, a generally slow reader, managed to read it in a week speaks volumes about how easy it is to pick up and just keep going. So it's definitely a 4 star book.

  • korina
    2018-10-22 19:48

    I can't tell how long I've been following F1 because it's been around all of the 20 years of my life. Being born in 1996 means I don't remember much of Mark's debut nor the first few years. The first year I distinctly know Mark was around and we were mentioning him at home while watching was the one alongside young Nico Rosberg in Williams. Well, in the about 2 years time since the publication of this one, Mark has fully retired from racing, but also won a WEC title before doing so. I definitely do appreciate Mark both as a driver and as a pretty great personality. My dad really liked him as well, and we were gutted when 2010 ended the way it did for him. Both due to 'Vettel got preferential treatment' stories at the time (and those that piled up over the years), and because he showed genuine, real talent over the years and worked immensely hard for it. I'm going to be honest, the RBR bit was what I was most itching to read as someone who has taken a liking towards RBR at that time (and even more so recently). As did most of the readers of this book, I'm sure - that's probably why it opens with the 'Multi 21' story.I was, though, left amazed by the book as a whole, it details Mark's entire racing journey and manages to keep things interesting throughout and is filled with interesting, funny and honest accounts - from the first day to the (2015) present - the highs and the lows. I thoroughly enjoyed it in its entirety, in equal measure the bits I knew and remembered, and the parts of Mark's career that I knew next to nothing about or didn't remember.I got through this very quickly, and it's a great read for any F1 fan, I'm sure. The bits where it explains the actual feelings of being in the cars were incredible. If I was rating it, it'd be in the 4.5 to 5 stars range.* It is very honest, and regardless of how some of the views or phrasings or opinions might sound to an outsider about the more controversial events or anyone involved - it really is honest and I have to commend that honesty regardless of where you or I might stand on it. It is Mark's side of the story and Mark didn't shy away from expressing very clear thoughts about those points in this book. I appreciate that. I wish there were more 'tell-all's.*There are unrated books on my shelves. This will be another one. A good portion of those are ancient reads that I don't remember well enough to have any kind of a say - some left a more bitter taste, some a sweeter one, but I just don't feel comfortable stapling them with a randomised approximate star that is a pretty shit way of rating anyway. The other bit are autobiographies and memoires, mostly historical accounts - historical primary sources as we might call them in historiography. They're important accounts and putting stars by their titles proves and shows nothing and it doesn't make them less valuable. Due to that personal philosophy - I'll leave this unrated (although this one is a lot more recent than what I usually apply this to).

  • Gemma Adair
    2018-10-17 19:01

    really enjoyed the insight this book gave. I had an idea that racing for Mark Webber had been difficult but I really didn't realise it was so bad. He showed his sportsmanship beautifully. Such a great man.

  • James
    2018-10-18 21:07

    Read over one, sleep-deprived, night. Definitely a page-turner. Now, I'm no fan of Webber, never have been. I don't buy into his 'good Aussie bloke' routine, even if this book suggests he has. There's an edge of ruthlessness that he acknowledges in others at his level yet never owns up to himself. And it wouldn't make his struggle to the top any less captivating to have looked inside himself a bit more. But this book is more about his desire to get his side of the Red Bull story over than any attempt to look too deeply into himself. That said, always fascinating to see what drivers feel about other drivers, away from the press conferences and statements. That he's critical of Vettel in some respects isn't surprising, and it's to his credit that he also acknowledges Seb's ability, and lays the blame for all the Red Bull nonsense largely at the door of the team, not his teammate. As a fan of Seb, it was this I was reading for, and it comes over as a largely fair account (though he does play the martyr a bit strong). Insights into Williams are equally fascinating, as is the fact that Vettel and Alonso are painted as the stars of his era, with little mention of Hamilton. I'd be surprised if there wasn't more to his rise than 'small town boy done good' and a homily on the virtues of pluck and determination. But Good Aussie Bloke is what we're given, and it's nevertheless a great look into the sport.

  • Steve Hobbs
    2018-10-26 18:58

    As a long-term Formula 1 fan who, like many others, watched in awe as he battled on and off the track with Sebastian Vettel, I found Mark Webber's autobiography a joy to read. Not only does he delve into the gritty details of his relationships with the team, his teammates, his family and other personal relationships, he does so with great honesty which is refreshing to read.For me the most interesting part of the book (and I must say, the majority of the reason as to why I bought the book in the first place) was the sections when he covered various 'highlights' of his F1 career; the collision with Vettel at the Turkish Grand Prix in 2010, his maiden victory at the Nürburgring in 2009, the controversy surrounding the front wing at Silverstone in 2010 and indeed, the 'Multi-21' debacle in Malaysia.Overall, a thrilling read and one I heartily recommend to any F1 fan, or even to anyone who enjoys a good sports autobiography.

  • Chris Leslie
    2018-10-14 15:10

    This was an entertaining read. In the end we get plenty about the rivalry with Vettel, but the one thing I felt was missing was a more full and frank self-appraisal from Webber of his own abilities. I thought he was a damn good driver who very nearly took the one good shot he had in 2010 - others will disagree and say that he had plenty of seasons in a championship winning car to take the title. In this book, I was hoping for him to go into some kind of summary of his thoughts on the issue, but we don't get too much of that, just an admission that Vettel was a more complete and able grand prix driver. I don't think it's quite as simple as that, and I was hoping that Webber would go into a more explicit analysis of his own abilities. Still, there's certainly plenty of implications that he feels he was driving extremely well with the cards often stacked against him within the Red Bull team.In any case, it's all entertaining and very much worth a read.

  • Mary Arkless
    2018-10-29 17:11

    This is a rather entertaining autobiography (admittedly with a ghost writer) about former Formula 1 driver, Mark Webber. It tells of how he first became interested in F1 racing and continues until 2015 and racing for Porsche and at Le Mans. It is all rather even handed, and although he very carefully chooses his words, you can tell he doesn't have the greatest opinion of Christian Horner or Sebastian Vettel. I think quite a lot of people think he was hard done by Red Bull Racing, and Vettel comes across rather like a spoilt brat, whom no one at RBR was willing to stand up to.Best quote is on page 311."He [Aryton Senna] once said something that summed up my feelings pretty well: 'Anyone who prevents an athlete from going to the highest place strikes a major blow to his mind and motivation. In that situation everything goes against you in your heart.'"

  • Blair
    2018-10-19 17:10

    I am so glad that I picked up this book. I followed the last few years of Mark's career in Formula 1 and I always felt that he is always the one who is sacrificed from the team which is unfair.I really liked getting one side of the picture from inside the Formula 1 paddock that I enjoy following from the outside for a decade already. I really liked the funny anecdotes that Mark shared, he should have shared more ...I especially liked the bit where he mentioned how he got drunk in Tokyo with fellow drivers ... then at the parts where he wrote about the respect and friendship that he shares with Fernando, I just had to stop reading and spend at least 30 minutes scrolling the "webbonso" tag on tumblr. All the glorious feels

  • Clare
    2018-11-08 14:08

    I've not read any sports books before but am a fan of Mark Webber so was really looking forward to this.I couldn't put it down. Such an interesting book! Easy going style with plenty of race stat details for those who are interested. I enjoyed reading about Mark's path into F1 and the politics and back room dealings that happen alongside the racing. Of course his reflections on his time at Red Bull carry a lot of drama but I felt this section to be fair and open to everyone involved. For those of us who watched it real time it is surprisingly free of bitterness which fans themselves may have felt at the time!

  • Bjoern Rochel
    2018-10-15 14:06

    I really enjoyed the book. It's a nice read for any Formula 1 fan trying to get a grasp on what it actually means getting into F1, staying there and competing for top step on the podium. Simply mind boggling how the top sports people in motorsport train for their job.The Red Bull days were of course the most interesting part of the book. Somewhere in the future it will be nice to read the other drivers bio and his recount of the events in 2010 and 2013

  • James Warwood
    2018-10-23 15:12

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading about this driving legend's rise to F1. The F1 'bubble' is a fascinating subject and it's great to hear Mark's opinion on the sport, seeing as his career has certainly had it's fair shares of ups and downs. To all literate fans of F1 - soak this up!Note: if don't know what the Australian phrase 'by a bee's dick' means, then I encourage you to read this book and join me in adding it to your vocabulary.

  • Emily
    2018-10-30 13:56

    A really interesting read. As an F1 fan I was never fond of Webber, however, this book has turned that completely on it's head. The insights and quite frankly shocking truths behind F1 and RBR presented a side to F1 that I underestimated. Vettel and Dr Marko especially have been rather ousted in this book, which does leave a bit of a bitter taste about them. Definitely would recommend for F1 fans and I can imagine any proud Aussie!

  • Kamil
    2018-10-29 17:53

    Very good read, highly recommended for F1 fan. Very honest and with a lot of inside information from paddock ;)

  • Abhilash Ravishankar
    2018-11-13 14:47

    A cool read if you're a diehard F1 fan. The book is two parts: (A) Lead up into F1 and (B) F1 and post-F1. I'd rate Part A with a 5, and Part B with a 3. In Part A, Mark truly demonstrates what an athlete's grit can achieve - brilliant story. As much as I like the F1 story of Part B, it feels more like a "vent" to how Webber got treated in RBR rather than anything else. And the epilogue is too loose. Overall a fun read! And yes, I respect Mark much more now than I did when he raced in F1!

  • Tufty McTavish
    2018-11-01 20:47

    A very easy book to keep reading until it's waaay too late! Filled in a few gaps, quite eye opening at times (particularly Williams, the Red Bull cracked chassis, and that twonk at Red Bull, Marko), but needs some editing. There is an awful lot of repetition, sometimes in just a few pages, like the book was pasted together in segments written disconnected from the whole.

  • Tracy Gallacher
    2018-10-30 16:48

    I have read a few different types of biography's before, but this one was is the best one ever. You don't have to be a fan of Formula 1, just a fan of motorsports. The book is an insight as to what go on behind closed doors of the teams. It is also funny and full of what only can be Aussie saying's which are hilarious.