Its finally sinking in that it is Mark’s last ever GP this weekend.
I remember him being linked with a McLaren and Benetton drive in the 90’s, I remember him flipping in a Merc at Le Mans. I remember his first ever race and the amazing way he fought off Mika Salo to get a fifth place… for Minardi… at Albert Park.
I remember the constant bad luck at Jaguar. Getting great qualification spots only to be destroyed in the race. I remember when he signed for Williams and all the hopes he might finally have a race winning car… only for Williams to go shit. But then he finally got a podium at Monaco… but it was spoilt by the way Williams had given Heidfeld the favourable strategy despite running behind Webber before the stops. Then he joined Red Bull and I watched team handsome (Webbo and DC, best duo) run amock in the midfield for so long. And when Vettel ran up the back of him when Webber was finally in a position to challenge for the win at Fuji, I was so mad.
And then he finally had a decent car in 2009. And he finally got a race win. And all is right with the world.
Poor bloke, but maybe he should take a leaf out of Barry Bonds’ book. That bloke was better than everyone else in baseball but never gave two tosses about his haters and said they made him better. Or be like Michael Schumacher and just be oblivious to it and be like “they’re wrong” whenever someone disagrees with you.