Webber first attempted to land what many said was “the impossible trick” while driving for Mercedes Benz in 1999. Sadly, things didn’t go his way, as his CLR-GT1 was blown slightly askew, and he didn’t quite “stick” the landing.
Webber gave another attempt at the feat in 2010 during the Valencia Formula 1 street circuit race. However, without the big hill on the Mulsanne straight to use as a launching pad, Webber had to use the back of Heikki Kovalainen’s Caterham as his spring board.
Once again, close, but no cigar, as Webber landed upside-down, before rolling back topside. His Red Bull team was clearly disappointed the full rotation wasn’t completed, and were visibly disheartened for the remainder of Webber’s F1 career.
Porsche And Webber Confident They Can Complete Trick Safely And Successfully
First attempted by Yannick Dalmas at the 1998 Petit Le Mans while driving a Porsche GT1. Porsche, Webber and the entire LMP1 team are dedicated to completing this endeavor successfully. Webber was quoted as saying he thinks the 919 Hybrid offers him his best chance yet of safely completing the flip. Porsche execs have urged him to keep training for the big day, and have continued to encourage him through several failed attempts in the simulator.
With Porsche on his side, Webber might just be the guy to do the impossible and stick the landing on the motorsport back-flip, and vice versa. Here’s hoping the judges like his technique.
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