Webber pleased with 'Bernie' award

Webber pleased with 'Bernie' award

Mark Webber was one of those honoured with a 'Bernie' award at the Grand Prix Party on Saturday night, the Australian picking up the Best Newcomer accolade. Webber, who won acclaim for his performances with Minardi in 2002, was presented the award...

Mark Webber was one of those honoured with a 'Bernie' award at the Grand Prix Party on Saturday night, the Australian picking up the Best Newcomer accolade. Webber, who won acclaim for his performances with Minardi in 2002, was presented the award by former champion Nigel Mansell at the event in aid of Sid Watkins' Brain and Spine Foundation.

Mark Webber won the Best Newcomer Award.
Photo by Jaguar Racing.
"It's certainly great for me to receive a 'Bernie' Award, because after all, he's the guy who has made F1 what it is and I'd like to thank everyone on the voting panel," said Webber. "2002 was a highly memorable season for me and I'm sure the Melbourne result helped to earn this award, as a lot of people were genuinely happy to see one of the smaller teams get lucky."

Webber's former boss, Minardi team principal Paul Stoddart, was also present at the event and stepped up to accept the award for Best Circuit for Albert Park, Melbourne, on behalf of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

Webber was happy his home race was voted the best: "I was really pleased to see Melbourne named circuit of the year," he commented. "Not only because it's my home event, but because I believe it's second to none in terms of organisation and facilities. And, who better to receive the award on behalf of the AGPC than Paul -- a Melbourne boy."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Nigel Mansell , Paul Stoddart
Teams Minardi , Jaguar Racing