Interview with Mark Webber – our new Ambassador
We are thrilled to introduce our new ambassador, Mark Webber. We sat down with the charismatic Australian pilot, member of the Porsche Motorsport team and former Formula 1 driver, to know more about him, his relationship with “time” and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Are you a watch lover?
I wouldn’t claim to be a great connoisseur but I do like a fine watch that combines reliability with a timeless classic look. So Chopard watches match my tastes perfectly and the Superfast collection combines all the qualities I see as essential: high tech and daring but subtle lines. They seem to capture the true essence of racing.
What was your first watch?
I remember it very well – a Casio – given to me by my grandfather. It was the perfect watch for the sports-loving teenager I was. I look back on it as a gift that I really loved. And that’s how I think of watches: as a precious gift, offered by someone you love, and something that you keep throughout your life.
If you could choose two watches, one for the day and one for the evening, which ones would you go for?
I wouldn’t hesitate for a second – I would go for a model from the Superfast collection when I’m driving. But in the evening on the other hand, I would always go for a L.U.C watch. It has a timeless elegance that goes just as well when you’re all dressed up as with a more relaxed look.
What’s your motto?
Be consistent and be true to yourself. Treat others the way you want to be treated. And because I never know what’s round the next corner in life, make the most of every moment.
For what activity can you always spare 10 minutes?
I can always find 10 minutes to play with my dogs, who I adore.
For what activity do you never seem to have the time?
Stretching or yoga, for example! I should be doing both regularly, but to tell you the truth, I find them boring and unstimulating and I can always find a good excuse not to do them.
What’s your favourite car?
The Porsche 918 Spyder. It’s an incredible car that I’ve had the chance to drive on several occasions. Its balance and new technologies are exceptional. I love the timeless dimension that Porsche manages to incorporate in each of its cars. The 550 Spyder is also magnificent. Sure, those are both Porsches, but I love the American Mustang too. I’ve always been a big fan of its muscular lines.
Which track is your favourite (F1 & WEC)?
I particularly like Silverstone, because it’s a very demanding track that covers the complete range of speeds. Suzuka is another one of my favourites. Its narrow track is one of the most difficult in Formula One. It’s a real challenge to do a perfect lap there.
What are the differences between working with a WEC team and an F1 team?
They are two totally different worlds. To start with there is the frequency of the races, which is more unrelenting in F1, with 20 competitions per year, as opposed to eight in the World Endurance Championship. From a technical point of view, the reliability and resistance of the cars is the number-one preoccupation for the WEC. The cars go through a long series of tests before the race, in order to make sure they can cope with the thousands of kilometres in the competitions. But above all, the differences are most striking in terms of the people and relationships. In Formula One, the whole thing is more individualistic, focused on the driver’s performances. You are in a kind of bubble. But for the WEC, there’s a real sense of camaraderie between the drivers sharing the same car. And because of that, the chemistry and cooperation are very different.