News On F1 - Formula 1 News, Results, Information and Statistics

Formula 1 Store
F1 Tickets, Tours, Gear
F1 Books
& Biographies

Formula 1 News - August, 2010
Webber kept Indycar leader Power's racing dream alive

F1 Merchandise
Main Page
Formula 1 News
2011 F1 Schedule
2011 F1 Line-up
F1 Teams
F1 Drivers
10 'n' Pole
Register - Submit
F1 Regulations
The Forums
Live F1 Coverage
Motorsport Shop
Motorsport Calendar

F1 Merchandise UK
F1 Merchandise USA

F1 Tours
F1 Tickets
F1 Diecast
F1 Videos
F1 Games
F1 Trivia
NewsOnF1 on Twitter
NewsOnF1 Blogs
MotoGP Tickets
Past Formula 1 Seasons
2010 F1 Results
2009 F1 Results
2008 F1 Results
2007 F1 Results
2006 F1 Results
2005 F1 Results
2004 F1 Results
2003 F1 Results

2002 F1 Results

2001 F1 Results

2000 F1 Results

1999 F1 Results

1998 F1 Results

1997 F1 Results
Contact Us
Your Say
Diagnosis & Prognosis
By the Heretic
Controversy Corner
The Real Race
By the Quali-flyer
F1 Testing
F1 Team Reports
8 'n' Pole
2010 World Cup
2006 World Cup

Aug.9 (GMM) Mark Webber helped keep a fellow Australian's racing career alive.

29-year-old Will Power, who tested a Minardi late in 2004, hit had hit rock-bottom earlier that year.

He met the then Jaguar driver Webber at Silverstone in 2004, where Power was sitting out the British F3 race after running out of sponsorship money.

"It was a make-or-break time for him but I could see how determined he was not to give up and go home," Webber is quoted as recalling in a report by the Canadian Globe and Mail newspaper.

During Webber's formative career, he also ran out of money whilst competing in F3 in the 90s, and was bailed out with a $100,000 loan by Australian rugby player David Campese.

"You can have all the talent in the world," said the 33-year-old Red Bull driver, "but you need to get yourself in a position where you can prove it on a world stage and get the right people to take notice.

"I was fortunate enough to have a few key people support me just at the right time - like David Campese - to keep my dream alive, so when I was in a position to do the same for someone else, I did," added Webber.

Power was introduced to Minardi's Paul Stoddart and other key figures, and Webber contributed to his budget for the 2005 Renault World Series.

He also lived with Webber for a time in the UK, and Power's girlfriend still works in Webber's management office.

Power progressed to Champ Cars, and now leads America's premier open wheel series Indycar.

"I can't tell you exactly why he helped me out, but if he didn't think it was worth it, he wouldn't have," said Power.

"When I am well established and in a strong place financially, I would like to help someone out too," he added.

Discuss this topic on NewsOnF1 Forums

10 'n' Pole Competition - Register

Latest Formula 1 News Headlines
14 Apr: F1 should 'applaud' Pirelli 'risk' for 'show' - de la Rosa
14 Apr: Stuck tells Mercedes to design 'new chassis'
14 Apr: Happy Buemi pushes to keep Toro Rosso seat
14 Apr: McLaren lineup good for 'five more years' - Whitmarsh
14 Apr: Di Resta gets initial practice for first time in 2011
14 Apr: Reports say Sam Michael's Williams role in doubt
14 Apr: Andretti opposes 2013 rules, Todt visits Ferrari
14 Apr: Kovalainen not looking for Team Lotus switch
14 Apr: Red Bull step 'significant' for Shanghai - Marko
14 Apr: Chinese official calls Vettel 'Fernando Alonso'
14 Apr: F1 teams warned before Shanghai race
13 Apr: Ecclestone decides 3pm GP start on India visit
13 Apr: Bahrain steps up push for new 2011 GP date
13 Apr: Interlagos run-off to be ready for 2011 race
13 Apr: Sepang 'fascinating' not confusing - Coulthard
13 Apr: Virgin must speed up to stay ahead of HRT - Glock
13 Apr: Razia and Valsecchi to drive Lotus cars on Friday
13 Apr: Horner vows to get Webber back into 2011 fight
13 Apr: Montezemolo wants Alonso for PM, no job for Massa
13 Apr: Hulkenberg eyes 2012 Force India race seat

The latest Formula 1 News

Back to the main news page

Back To Top

F1 Tickets
2011 Chinese F1 GP
2011 Canadian F1 GP
2011 Spanish F1 GP
MotoGP Tickets
2011 Spanish MotoGP
2011 Catalunya MotoGP
2011 French MotoGP
more Motorsport Tours & Holidays

Official 2010 F1 Season Review

Autocourse 2010 Annual

F1 Merchandise US

F1 Merchandise UK

Formula 1 Yearbooks

Ayrton Senna

Past Formula 1 Drivers