Webber Dedicates German GP Win to Jack Brabham

A couple of days after his maiden F1 victory, an emotional Mark Webber conducted a Q&A session with Red Bull's media office on Tuesday morning. While pointing out the obvious burden that he had just managed to get off his shoulders – as he was the driver to wait the longest for a grand prix win in the history of the sport, in 132 starts – Webber revealed part of his victory at the Nurburgring is dedicated to Australia's F1 champion Jack Brabham.

The Brabham family has always been fantastic towards me. I remember fifteen years ago, Jack telling me that he had always found it great to come over and beat those Europeans, even if he didn't put it quite as diplomatically as that!” said Webber.

Certainly, a small part of my victory is down to Jack, because my father was a great admirer of his and probably I wouldn't have been racing cars without Jack lighting that little fire in the Webber family,” added the Aussie driver.

Webber admitted that the entire weekend at the Ring has been a brand new experience for him – maiden pole, followed by a first F1 win – and that he'll try to build on that momentum for the remaining rounds of 2009.

I've now crossed the uncharted waters of pole position and a victory, so that can only help. It can't be a hindrance, that's for sure. To lead and not be the chaser was a first for me. I hope that the momentum can continue, even if there is no doubt there will be some tough races in the future. But getting this first win means that when it's close, the races might seem more straightforward for me,” said the 32-year old driver.

Talking about his first celebration as a Formula One race winner, Webber revealed it was a real challenge coping with the emotions, as well as the multitude of congrats coming from all over the place.

I had around 80 or 90 (texting wishes) after qualifying and maybe 160 after the race. I didn't know so many people had my bloody number!” jokingly admitted Webber. “We got back to the UK late on Sunday night and the downside was that Australia was just waking up, so having dealt with all the press here in Europe, I then had to deal with my home continent. I was flat out from nine in the evening 'til two in the morning, as so many people were getting in touch to congratulate me. I couldn't bring myself to switch my phone off, so there wasn't much sleep, that's for sure.”
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