Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber entered his Australian Grand Prix weekend on a two-stop strategy today, visiting local doctors for a sports physiology update before facing a press conference with a class of local primary school children.
Upon arrival in Melbourne, the Australian headed straight to the Melbourne Sports & Allied Health Clinic for a biomechanical analysis of his leg, which he broke in several places in a cycling accident in 2008. After a series of routine tests and X-rays analyzing the movement of the leg to determine the correct training routine for the season ahead, he then headed to the new Infiniti Center in Brighton, Melbourne, to take questions from a group of five to seven year-olds.
Upon his arrival at the brand new dealership, the 35 youngsters grilled their racing hero on a number of subjects before presenting him with homemade paintings of his racing car which he dutifully signed.
A media session with the world's press then followed where the 35 year-old racer gave his views ahead of this weekend's 2013 season opener.
Commenting on the event, Webber said: "I've participated in hundreds of Q&A sessions during my career but this one will definitely stand out in my memory. The kids were great fun and asked some impressive questions.
"It's always good to be back in Melbourne and I'm well prepared for the first race next week. I went for a routine check-up on my leg and my training perfectly reflects the way that I have got myself back to full fitness. As always, I'll be pushing for a strong result in front of my home fans."
About Infiniti in Formula One
Infiniti, the premium automotive brand, starts the 2013 season as Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing. With a deepened technical collaboration across people, process and technologies, an 'open door' approach is enabling both sides to access a pool of innovation, new technologies and R&D resources in the shared pursuit of precision and performance.
Since the partnership's inception in 2011 it has already seen the launch of the Infiniti FX Vettel Edition and product development input from Sebastian Vettel and test driver Sebastien Buemi for the all-new Infiniti Q50 premium sports saloon. Infiniti continues to be the most visible automotive brand in Formula One, and the deepened partnership will ensure closer alignment on an increasing number of future team collaborations.