- Rolex Testimonee Mark Webber, professional racing driver. He is wearing his own watch, an Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

071 Mark Webber on racing in formula one

This week’s guest former Formula One driver Mark Webber. During his career Mark won nine Formula one Grands Prix, finishing third on three occasions, while driving for Red Bull racing. Mark has also won the FIA World Endurance Championship with Porsche.

In this interview I ask mark about how he’s making sense of his career now that he’s retired and hear all about a strange mix of feeling fortunate and experiencing the loss of his career. We discuss physically and mentally what he felt he was losing that meant he wasn’t able to compete. Mark shares how he with the help of his father was stretching to ever higher standards and he offers a fascinating insight into competing against the very best in Michael Schumacher. In a really powerful section Mark divulges what it was like to experience some of the most severe and spectacular (in the factual sense of the word) crashes. Perhaps what was just as fascinating was how Mark processed his thoughts and what struck me about this discussion was how effective Mark is at using frameworks to move to action, deliver the necessary behaviours, discipline and focus required to ascend, recover and improve. Much of this is self-taught, instinctive and so perhaps is a talent itself.


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Show notes

Mark discusses how covid-19 has affected him and Formula 1

Personality traits, competition scenarios and keeping perspective/composure

Retirement and career reflections

Levels of boredom

Mark does not want to get in a grand prix car again

Grand prix driving is a young mans’ game

It’s tough at the top, winning, tough conversation/messages and self-discipline to adapt

Mark’s youth, how did he rise to the top?

The subtlety of feedback

The paranoid perfection pressure

The crunch moment – not having a plan B

Moments when Mark new he was ‘good’

Winning in Europe

Michael Schumacher the desire, pressure, belief and risks

Adapting to scenarios, team mates and pressures

The crashes

Providing support to others

Hindsight is their foresight

Doing the basics brilliantly and focus on yourself



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Dr Steve Ingham is one of the UK’s leading figures in sport and one of the world’s leading performance scientists. He is steeped in high performance and has been integral to the development of Britain into an Olympic superpower. He has provided support to over 1000 athletes, of which over 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success, including some of the world’s greatest athletes such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Steve has coached Kelly Sotherton's running for heptathlon and to 4x400m Olympic medal winning success. Steve has worked at the English Sports Council British Olympic Association, English Institute of Sport, where Steve was the Director of Science and Technical Development, leading a team of 200 scientists in support of Team GB and Paralympics GB. Ingham holds a BSc, PhD and is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Steve is author of the best selling ‘How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete’, discussing and inspiring the importance of learning and adapting to reach our maximum potential. Steve established Supporting Champions with the ambition of helping ambitious people to find a better way of creating high-performance. Steve hosts the Supporting Champions Podcast on sharing his pursuit of understanding and exploration in performance.

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