Weber takes great pride in watching emerging Australian talent

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Thursday, January 12, 2023, 3:31 PM

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With the arrival of Oscar Biastri and Jack Doohan on the scene, Australian motorsport is going through a shining period, according to former F1 favorite Mark Webber.

Since the 2002 season, Formula 1 fans have been able to support an Australian driver on the first-class grid without interruption. Mark Webber between 2002 and 2013, and Daniel Ricciardo in the last decade, cemented the island nation’s reputation in the first category in motorsport, and the streak will not be interrupted even in In 2023, Ricciardo, who is leaving McLaren, will be replaced by his compatriot Oscar Piastri in Wokingites Rabat. However, the 2021 F2 champion isn’t the only youngster knocking on F1’s doors: Jacques Doohan, as an Alpine junior, was already able to test the French 2022 build in free practice, and in 2023, in addition to his F2 commitments, he will likely be to take over the role of Piastri’s former Alpine backup driver, although there has been no official announcement on the matter yet.

The Webber and Ricciardo pair can boast a total of 17 race victories, 74 podium finishes, and five World Championship bronze medals, so the lesson has been taught to the successors in terms of effectiveness. The 46-year-old Webber himself takes a leading role in the youth progression, handling the affairs of Piastri, and the ex-Red Bull driver is proud of the currently promising state of Australian motorsport.

“Many of our young talents are making their way up the ranks, and it is not easy to reach and acquire the lower ones. Moreover, it is very expensive to invest money in it year after year, which is why they have to make every effort as soon as possible,” she quoted. Webber.ta RacingNews365. “Jack found himself in unfortunate situations several times through no fault of his own, and Drojovich took the championship with a huge points advantage, even though he had more experience, being in his third year in the series. There is continuity for Jacques by staying with Virtuosi, which is A very good stable, so it’s in a good place.”

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“With Oscar and Jack in Formula 1 and F2, and up-and-coming talent in karting, Formula 3 and Formula 4, it’s really amazing what a healthy period in Australian motorsport is going through. It’s great for us that with enough enthusiasm for the sport, young people have the opportunity to The opportunity to compete first at home and then abroad,” Weber concluded.

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