Mark Webber Celebrating His Maiden Formula One Victory

It took him 130 tries, mostly in inferior cars, but Australia’s Mark Webber has finally won his first Formula One grand prix on Sunday. Here’s a gallery of his supreme joy.

The outburst of relief does make you wonder if Webber had for the past 22 races or so spent time thinking about another racing driver from the Southern Hemisphere: Chris Amon.

Born in New Zealand to a sheep farmer, Amon raced in Formula One for 14 years, entered 108 races, stood on the podium 11 times—but never won a single grand prix. And it’s not like he was a bad driver. He was racing the GT40 that gave Ford its first victory at Le Mans, paired with fellow Kiwi Bruce McLaren.

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Proper Aussie accessories!

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At the top of the podium.

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The other gent is Mark’s dad, Alan.

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I'm pretty happy for Webber, I remember when he first started for Minardi and then moved to Jaguar. I like watching F1, but I do wish that it wasn't always dominated by 1 or 2 teams every year, and nobody else really has a chance to win.