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GP Week : Issue 54
> F1NEWS> Webber: 1/132! M ARK Webber has spoken of his delight at taking his first Formula 1 victory. In an F1 career spanning the last eight years, Webber’s first win came at the 132nd attempt, and after 30,506 laps of racing. The Australian admitted after the race that there had been times when he’d wondered if the day would ever come. “I thought that, but you know I think during my time at Williams it was very tough for the motivation, that’s the hardest part of it,”he said. “No one likes turning up and getting your arse kicked every weekend. That would test anyone’s patience and that’s why I suppose you’ve got to take your hat off to someone like Jenson [Button] and maybe myself a little bit, where you’re still trying to stay involved and keep your motivation high to focus on other goals to keep your drive high and now it’s obviously different. We can turn up at race weekends and get very, very good results. “I’ve certainly had testing times in my career, with unreliable cars and being in a position to get results hasn’t happened for whatever reason. It’s happening at the moment, and as you say there was a lot of emotion. What happened today is not going to change my life massively, but it’s a very, very important thing. I will sleep well tonight, everything’s fine but I’m not a different person because I’ve won one race. I’m just very, very happy that I’ve won it fair and square, that I’ve beaten everyone else today, so that’s the most important thing to me.” Webber, who was involved in a shocking bicycle accident over the winter in which he broke his leg and shoulder, has admitted that he now believes he came back to Formula 1 prematurely after his injuries, but that the team around him had enabled him to come back stronger and ultimately take his first win. “Well, I think I was kidding myself a little bit. I thought I was ready to go for winter testing but I wasn’t. It is absolutely clear Red Bull’s Aussie Ace finally breaks through for his maiden F1 race win that the leg was a long way from healed and it was still broken. It was just the metal holding it in place, so it has come a long way since then. Time has been a little bit on my side. “I was lucky that Melbourne was put back a little bit in the calendar and a few things have gone my way, so along with having fantastic people around me, like Roger [Cleary], my physio. We spent a lot of time together getting back and even things like walking in the swimming pool and things like that in the first part of January was very tough for me. “But there is always someone worse off and I always stayed positive and I knew that looking at the times Sebastian was doing in testing the car was going to be quick. That gave me incredible motivation to be ready.” For more, see 5 Minutes with Mark Webber, page 20 No one likes turning up and getting your arse kicked every weekend ,,, Mark Webber on the challenges of motivation