Mark Webber has only days remaining as a grand prix driver.
The gritty Australian will walk away from F1 following the Brazilian GP after a career in motor racing’s top class that lasted 12 years.
That was a fair stint for a career that initially was only supposed to last three races starting with the Australian GP in 2002.
But he literally carried that under-fed, under-funded, under-performing Minardi home to an unlikely fifth place.
It was like a $500 bolter running into the placings in the Melbourne Cup.
From there Webber was to carve out a most unlikely permanent F1 career that saw him see out the entire 2002 season with Minardi and then have spells at Jaguar (2003-2004), Williams (2005-2006) and Red Bull (2007-2013).
As the Aussie battler commences a series of farewell commitments, Speedcafe.com commences a week-long special looking back in the rear-vision mirror on his career which began started to take bloom in 1994.