• Dec 8, 2010
Mark Webber hoists himself out of his RB6 with a broken shoulder at the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix

If we had one bit of advice for Mark Webber, it would be to stay the heck off of mountain bikes and stick to winning grand prix races. The Australian Formula One driver, as you may recall, suffered a broken leg and shoulder when he crashed his bike in Tasmania late in 2008. The injury almost forced him out of the 2009 season, but he recovered in time for the start of the championship at his home race in Australia and went on to finish fourth in the standings – his best result up to that point in his career. You'd figure the close call might keep him from jeopardizing his career again, but you'd be wrong.

The Aussie contender just released his book, Mark Webber Up Front in which he revealed a second mountain bike accident earlier this year, the first time he got back on two wheels since the previous crash. According to Webber's account, he fractured his shoulder again after colliding with a friend while cycling offroad around the time of the Japanese Grand Prix. By the start of the race, the fracture had yet to recover, so he kept it secret from the public and from his team, took an injection and raced the grueling Suzuka track with the injury. If you picture how much an F1 driver gets tossed around the cabin and how much he has to turn that wheel, often against extreme G-forces, you'll have some idea of how excruciating the pain must have been.

Webber went on to qualify on pole and finish the race in second place – a remarkable result even without taking the injury into account, even more so considering the pain he must have been enduring. Given the revelation, though, we can't help but wonder if more harm was caused to the trust between the racer and his team than was inflicted on his shoulder in the first place.

[Source: Autosport | Image: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Crazy bastard. Races while screwed up and injured. Does backflips in LMP and F1 cars.. Travis Pastrana ain't got nothin on him.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "I was riding with a great mate of mine. Suddenly, he crashed right in front of me and I had nowhere to go but straight through the ears of the horse!"

      Wasn't really his fault.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that's the spirit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It was Sebastian Vettel who qualified on pole autoblog.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like it takes a bit more than a broken shoulder to get him out of the race, ehehehhe.

      I recently fell while riding in my MTB, was at around 30mph and hit the ground really hard. Still had to ride for 10km to get to the rendezvous point. It's kind of easy while your body is still warm, but when you cool down the pain is really annoying.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now way should he give up cycling, and besides the broken bones don't hurt that bad, it's road rash that really sucks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just maybe the 'trust" between team and driver was LOST when the team took away his new front wing for a race after Vettel destroyed his copy in practise. So knowing the team "favored" Vettel in the WDC hunt would he "risk" telling them of this injury?

      Trust is a 2 way street and the prior behavior of the team impinged heavilly on the trust factor, IMHO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        trust is one thing, a contract is another
        • 4 Years Ago
        his contract says that he must report any kind of injuries. i don't really understand the realtion between this clause and spare parts, but I'm sure you do. webber is a pro on the track, next to it he's rather a child than anything else.

        vettel had 118 points after the europe gp, webber had 103, make a guess why horner gave the wing to vettel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You do realise you just proved the point as to why Webber didn't tell his team about the injury? He could NOT trust them.

        When Vettel was leading the WDC RB management took away the better wing from Webber and give it to Vettel (even though Vettel had destroyed his copy). So the team openly favored Vettel period.

        When Webber was ahead with only 4 races left in the season, he should have expected the same 100% support as vettel had received from the team earlier in the season. But what happened? The team instead spoke of allowing both drivers to compete equally with each other blah blah....something that did not happen earlier re the wing removed from Webber's car.....

        End result there was NO WAY Webber could trust telling the team he had an injury that might compromise his speed a little. Telling the team that would have also been a huge psychological lift for Vettel taking a lot of pressure off him as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Racing driver with reputation for unluckiest man in F1 goes mountain biking for the first time since his mountain biking crash, as his best F1 season ever comes to a head. What could possibly go wrong?....

      Having waited 18 months to go riding, would waiting another month or two been so hard? Really?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Webber is brilliant!<
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or stupid.

        Jeopardizing himself, the team, exposing other drivers drivers to danger (driving under painkillers)... and he wonders why he's not loved by the team?

        Could a mild sedation explain his accident with Rosberg?

        Any team boss would go mad (refer to Dennis and Montoya).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are racing drivers writing so many books these days, do somebody even buy them?
      • 4 Years Ago
      In what woods was this cabin that he was tossed around in?

      Brilliant, WebbAH! In addition to losing the championship you've got reduced sperm count and erectile dysfunction.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chug a Red Bull and get back out there, ya pansy!
      • 4 Years Ago
      what a champ
        • 4 Years Ago
        He really needs to stick away from dirt bikes though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        nuh mate he was riding a pushbike
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