It almost feels like yesterday, in Australia 2002. It was when Mark Webber entered Formula1, driving in a Minardi. His first race and 5th place. Impressive. OK, drivers retiring in front but still. Not bad for a rookie.
In 2003, he joined Jaguar. It wasn’t the best car but stillmanaged to drive well. What made me like him even more. And support him as a driver. Was a live chat on his official website where you could ask him questions. And he answered one of mine. The question was, does he ever lose his temper. He even wrote a smilie in the answer. He was so nice and after that I was hooked. On the same week there was another chat. This time on the ITV-F1 website, where my question was asked aswell. I will never meet him but at least I have something.
Then in 2004 Jaguar Racing gave fans a chance to ask him a question and he answered 3 of mine (I sent 5) 3 times is not bad. Some people never get the chance to ask their driver anything.
The Williams years wasn’t great at all. Car was unreliable. But he tried his best. For some people that wasn’t enough. There were people that thought maybe he wasn’t that good after all and then stopped being fans. Some fans they were. You can’t expect wins if the car is not there. I heard and read so much BS about him, I stopped caring. They’ll be sorry now.
In 2007 when he joined Red Bull Racing, things were looking much better. Still no wins but patience is a virtue. But then Sebastian Vettel arrived to the team and suddenly he was the number one driver. Why some drivers get that status is beyond me. It’s like the 2nd driver is just there to make up the numbers. Whatever people think about Red Bulls driver policies, the fact is, they have given Mark the opportunity to fight for wins. Even if sometimes it has seemed, they are reluctant to do so. A real shame he haven’t become champion, which he really deserve. It doesn’t mean he’s less of a driver. It just wasn’t meant to be. Winning a championship is overrated anyway.
Now when he decided to leave Formula 1, I’m not that sad. It’s time to move on. I would be more sad if he quit motor sport altogether. There’s been ups and down but I’ve never given up on him. Too bad he’s never got the respect he really deserves. What I’m gonna miss the most is he’s straight to the point attitude and his way with words. Some people don’t like outspoken drivers. They only want to hear what they want to hear. Whatever he said, they saw it as whining. You don’t have to agree but have at least some respect. He’s the reason I kept watching and following the sport. Otherwise I wouldn’t have done it as much.
Maybe when the season is over, sadness will come over me. At least he doesn’t have to listen to team orders to help Vettel any more.
Formula 1 won’t be the same without him.
I have a “few” followers on Twitter and Facebook (on my blogs as well but that’s another matter) Most of them I “met” from F1 forums for females. But are they just followers or are they friends?! I’ve never met any of them so I don’t know them personally. I don’t talk to them either. And they don’t confide in me. So they must be followers only.
What is friendship anyway?! I know what they are like and know what they do. But can I call them friends?! The only thing I have in common with them is Formula One. I could call them fellow fans. But then again I know things about them. If they were only fellow fans, I wouldn’t know much about them. They would just be random people. But since I don’t have friends that I talk to, face to face, I would call them friends.
The best thing about internet is that you can meet people from another country without having to go anywhere. Especially when you can’t afford it. And it’s much easier to find people on the internet when you don’t have to open your mouth. Since my social skills are not that great, internet is a good tool for people like me.
The question still is, are they followers or friends?! Lot of people “brag” about how many followers they’ve got. But I don’t care about “collecting” followers. I want to find friends that I have things in common with. It’s about quality not quantity.
So my answer to my question is, they are friends since I know something about them and their life. Those I know don’t know much about, they are followers.
Boring more like it. Don’t know about this blog thing. I don’t know how people writing blogs can keep up writing them. I’ve tried many times. I can do Tumblr and photo blogging maybe. But not writing. I never know what to write. I’ve got lot to say but I keep loosing the point. I can do fiction but not when it comes to other kind of writing.
This for example. I keep writing what come to my head but will it make any sense. I don’t think so. It doesn’t really matter either. Who reads this anyway. No one really have time to read anything I write on Facebook or Twitter either. But I stopped caring. People are just too busy doing their own things. It’s just me having a boring life. I have nothing exciting to tell. I don’t even have a job to brag about. Even if I did, that wouldn’t be interesting enough.
Speaking of jobs. I’ve studied lots of different things but to study doesn’t mean anything in the end. You can have all the exams in the world but still don’t have a job. You either have to have good connections (like family or relatives) or be a student. For example; I want to be a pro photographer but since I don’t have the needed degree, my chances to even get an internship are thin. And I don’t even have a driver’s license. Follow your dreams they say. Why bother when there’s always something in the way. My dream was to be a photographer in F1 but that will never come true. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.
That’s the last time I write about personal things. From now on, less serious stuff.
Heippa (that Bye in Finnish or one of them)