Performance coach helped Webber out of slump
11 July, 2012
After narrowly losing the title to his teammate Sebastian Vettel in 2010, the Australian’s form nosedived last season as Vettel utterly dominated in the sister Red Bull.
But Webber, 35, is back with a bang in 2012, winning two grands prix so far compared to Vettel’s sole Bahrain victory and he has a new contract for 2013.
“Mark had a very difficult year in 2011,” team boss Christian Horner told Bild newspaper, revealing that the Australian is now working with a “coach”.
Horner named the ‘coach’ as Webber’s friend Bernie Shrosbree, who the winner of nine grands prix met during his brief stint as a Renault test driver in 2001.
Back then, Shrosbree was Renault’s performance training chief.
“Seb found great momentum in 2011 and was unstoppable but it’s easy to forget that Mark was never that far behind,” said David Coulthard after Webber’s British Grand Prix win. “He was never being lapped. Either way, he is in great form and right in the championship hunt.”