Mark Webber shows us mortals what real driving is like

It's all in the footwork
by Tom Harrison | Apr 11, 2020
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Nine-time Formula 1 race winner and 2015 World Endurance Championship winner Mark Webber might not have raced since 2016, but he’s clearly still got it. As this on-board video of him driving a Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 around Estoril so ably demonstrates.

It also demonstrates that, after all those years racing paddle-shift F1 cars and Le Mans prototypes, he hasn’t forgotten how to use his left foot. For your viewing pleasure, Porsche set up a pedal cam in Webber’s Cayman so you can watch his expert footwork, having turned off the 4.0’s excellent auto-blipper. Watch and learn, people, because this is how it’s done.

It’s a great video, with no music, commentary, or choppy edits to distract from Webber’s world-class car control. We suggest you watch it. Then watch it again and maybe again, before clicking right here to watch the legendary on-board that almost certainly inspired it—Ayrton Senna in a Honda NSX-R at Suzuka. The grainy footage of the three-time F1 cchampion wringing that poor NSX’s neck has been watched millions of times on YouTube. After all, it’s not often you get to see drivers of this caliber driving ‘ordinary’ road cars.

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Afterwards, make sure to read our review of the 718 GTS 4.0. Spoiler: It’s excellent.

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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