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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 :)

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Avid F1 fan; loved it!

I follow F1 very closely and started watching right around the time Mark got in to F1. It was a fantastic book! It was neat to hear familiar names in the current F1 era and about Mark's pre-F1 journey.

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Great story

Great story for anyone who has any interest in formula 1. Hearing the baxk story is awesome.

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Loved it!!

I have enjoyed seeing Mark Webber on TV for many years now in Formula One and the WEC. While this book is very interesting and informative I have found it more inspirational than anything. I believe any true racing fan will enjoy this book as much as I have.

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Brilliant!

Marks journey before, during, and post formula 1 should inspire anyone both in Motorsport or outside of it. A true talent with grit and all. Brilliant performance Mark. Well done!

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  • Boggy of Bucks
  • 09-12-16

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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  • SimonH
  • 05-26-18

great listen

superb biography. will listen again and again.

red bull has gone from a freeride company to a corporate ogre. shame

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  • Jim
  • 05-12-18

let down by the narration

Big fan of mark, but the narration was so poor in my view really let the book down , there's not that much about mark and the inside of f1 much less about the seb feud also. I've put in for a refund on this just not worth a credit in my opinion. As has been said already your better off having a read of his Wikipedia page.

Such a monotone emotionless narrator I'm sorry but I found it very hard to finish this because of it.

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  • Leishman-Burton
  • 03-09-18

loved Marks just give it a go attitude

Aussie Grit by Mark Webber is an absolute must for every F1 fan with excellent narration by Nicholas Osmond

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  • Mark
  • 03-08-18

F1

Really enjoyed this book well read and good story from man from down under 👍

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  • Bansheeragger
  • 01-29-18

Is this really Mark Webber?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

As a Mark Webber fan I refuse to believe that his career was a boring as this book. The first half of it reads like a list of racing results, only later does it expand in content. I still don’t feel like I know the real Mark Webber. It would be quicker just to read his Wikipedia page

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  • MR D KISS
  • 09-21-17

I'm a Vettel fan but even I enjoyed this book :)

Any additional comments?

Good, honest story of Mark's life.
The performance by Nicholas Osmond is excellent
I can't wait for Seb's side of the story in the near future :)

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  • !!
  • 09-21-17

Brilliant

Great book, well read, feels like you're a part of what's happening in the best way

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-17

Addictive

Couldn't stop listening. Definitely worth a listen and never realised what went on behind the scenes at Red Bull Racing.

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  • Jake
  • 07-05-17

Well worth a read, good insight to the world of F1

Couldnt put this one down. very good account of a career from a great Sportsman.