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An audience with Mark Webber // Spending the day at Silverstone, with the Australian driver on hand

Published by Mr. C

Mark Webber

There must be something about the off-season that leads us in the direction of Mark Webber. This time last year we ended up dining in his restaurant, and 12 months later we spent an afternoon at Silverstone listening to him talk.

The Porsche Driving Centre, a recent addition to the Silverstone circuit and situated next to Hangar Straight, were running a workshop today called "Fit to Race". In essence this consisted of a number of demonstrations relating to driver performance metrics, from diet and training, to mental preparation and psychology. Mark was in attendance as a guest speaker, offering his take on subjects such as hydration, working out and how he's been coping with a dodgy leg.

The man talked at length in two separate sessions, and we'll no doubt go into more detail in future. Suffice to say, on behalf of all Sidepodcast listeners we put the question of Michael Schumacher's speedy recovery in '99 to Mark and the official word is, he believes he'll match the former World Champion with an eleven week recovery period. How annoyingly diplomatic.

We have to say a huge thank you to Mike Garth, who originally mentioned the workshop on Twitter. Mike was another speaker at Silverstone today (and if we may say so, best after Webber), he specialises in psychology and performance coaching in motorsport, and you can find out more information at Sun1400. As a sideline, he also finds things for Sidepodcast to do during the winter, and we can't thank him enough.

There's so much more to discuss about our day, we met so many fantastic people, we don't know where to begin. We'll cover more in a future podcast, but with the debut of Sidepodchat tomorrow, it may have to wait a while. It wouldn't hurt to keep an eye on our Flickr pages during the week though.




  • wow, can't wait to hear more about your day, sounds really interesting.

    We’ll cover more in a future podcast, but with the debut of Sidepodchat tomorrow

    Sidepodchat starts tomorrow? i thought it would be another couple of weeks yet. is it gonna be a separate show recorded after the debrief like Sidepodpanel was?

  • wow, can’t wait to hear more about your day, sounds really interesting.

    Indeed, you lucky bank managers ;)

    How was the atmosphere? Was it mainly fans or journalists?

  • Wow!

    That is all.

  • Mark Webber! Amazing stuff. Looking forward to this for sure.

  • With the rate you're meeting all these drivers, you should interviewing them for the podcast.

  • sorry. wrote post, fell asleep.

    Sidepodchat starts tomorrow? i thought it would be another couple of weeks yet. is it gonna be a separate show recorded after the debrief like Sidepodpanel was?

    yup. tomorrow at 7pm i think.

    we're trying not to do x2 shows, because that's hard work. so it'll be sidepodchat this sunday and the 'mark webber debrief show' the following weekend.

  • we’re trying not to do x2 shows, because that’s hard work. so it’ll be sidepodchat this sunday and the ‘mark webber debrief show’ the following weekend.

    :) sounds good. Am looking forward to it.

  • How was the atmosphere? Was it mainly fans or journalists?

    racing drivers mostly. young kids, proper up and coming talent. we were out of our depth somewhat.

    Wow!

    if it makes you feel any better, christine says your accent is nicer, jeremy.

    With the rate you’re meeting all these drivers, you should interviewing them for the podcast.

    that would make us proper journalists, or wannabe journalists anyhow.

    we've long argued that's not our thing, we're just f1 fans having (loads of) fun :)

  • racing drivers mostly. young kids, proper up and coming talent. we were out of our depth somewhat.

    Was it like going to a friends wedding and not knowing any of the relatives?

  • Was it like going to a friends wedding and not knowing any of the relatives?

    only if they were the coolest bunch of non-relatives in the world :)

  • only if they were the coolest bunch of non-relatives in the world

    :D When you say up and coming, like my age or a bit older?

  • When you say up and coming, like my age or a bit older?

    hard to say, but at a guess 16+.

  • hard to say, but at a guess 16+.

    Okay. Now I'm outta questions

  • Okay. Now I’m outta questions

    hehehe. tis ok, brain is overloaded anyhow.

  • hehehe. tis ok, brain is overloaded anyhow.</blockquote

    maybe you should go back to sleep? :P

  • if it makes you feel any better, christine says your accent is nicer, jeremy.

    Should I be digging out the photos of me in my race suit with suitably scruffy hair and stubble?

  • Thanks guys, pleasure having you there. Sounds like you got some great content for your show and had a great day.

    All the best

    Mike Garth

  • Should I be digging out the photos of me in my race suit with suitably scruffy hair and stubble?

    :)

  • Is Mark Webber using Carbon Fibre crutches by the way?

  • Agree with those above. Can't wait for more on this. Sounds like a great day. Looking forward to this and more. Cheers.

  • Is Mark Webber using Carbon Fibre crutches by the way?

    crutch (singular), and nope :)

  • crutch (singular), and nope

    Bugger. So it's not an Adrian Newey-designed ergonomically optimised balancing assistant to increase the efficiency of his recovery?

    Sorry, I forgot Newey doesn't work for Mclaren anymore ;-)

  • Bugger. So it’s not an Adrian Newey-designed ergonomically optimised balancing assistant to increase the efficiency of his recovery?

    if newey designed crutches, they'd last no more than two hours and then collapse into a thousand pieces.

  • But other than that they'd be the best crutches in the world...

    ...On second thoughts, I think I'll stick to the wooden one in my house next time I need a crutch...

  • if newey designed crutches, they’d last no more than two hours and then collapse into a thousand pieces.

    And then the designer would say "They're meant to do that!"

  • Anyone fancy a formula one word search game?

  • Anyone fancy a formula one word search game?

    always!

  • I've uploaded it to drop.io http://drop.io/sidepodcast/asset/f1-word-search-jpg if you want to play.

    It contains words associated with F1, drivers, names, items in use in F1 races. How many can you find?

    Words can be written horizontally reading from left to right or vice versa, diagonally and vertically upwards or downwards. I Have highlighted an example "McLaren" to show you how it's done.

    Answers later :D

  • There are 13 + one un-intentionally embarrasing one :P

  • There are 13 + one un-intentionally embarrasing one

    curious? okay will take a look :)

  • Well not THAT embarrasing, but it wasn't till I'd finished it that I realised

  • There are 13 + one un-intentionally embarrasing one

    is the 13+ including the 'Mclaren'?

  • McLaren isn't included in the 13, there may be more than 13 but that's all I can remember adding.

  • McLaren isn’t included in the 13, there may be more than 13 but that’s all I can remember adding.

    haha lol ok. i have 13 :) that was fun :) a nice break from my photography work.

  • haha lol ok. i have 13 that was fun a nice break from my photography work.

    i haven't started yet!!

  • Did you find the extra naughty one Lou?

  • Did you find the extra naughty one Lou?

    erm... i wasn't looking for one tbh, although i have just found another word, so that makes it 14...

  • i haven’t started yet!!

    hehe :)

  • Uhoh :P

  • Didn't realise that "Aga" had F1 connections....or "Can" ... although perhaps I can see that one....

    Then there is "Oar"... and "Fate"...."Rope"....

    Weirdly I am wondering if someone has the nick name of "Eel"...

    Any suggestions?...

  • Weirdly I am wondering if someone has the nick name of “Eel”…

    Well Bernie is a slippery customer

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