Mark Webber from the Grand Prix of Monaco to the 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Mark Webber from the Grand Prix of Monaco to the 24 Hours of Le Mans

On June 14th and 15th, Mark Webber will be the only Grand Prix of Monaco winner at the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After two victories in the Principality with Red Bull Racing, he will attempt to achieve the one-two Monaco-24 Hours of Le Mans with Porsche.

In motorsports history, certain victories mean at least as much as a title. In terms of circuit racing, it is the 24 Hours of Le Mans for endurance, the Daytona 500 for NASCAR in the United States, the Indianapolis 500 for American single-seaters, and the Grand Prix of Monaco for Formula 1. Though Mark Webber has never been World Champion, he can still take legitimate pride in the fact he has won twice at Monaco, in 2010 and 2012. He could possibly join the motorsports pantheon of Tazio Nuvolari, Bruce McLaren (winner in the Principality in 1932 and 1962 then in La Sarthe in 1933 and 1966, respectively) and Graham Hill. Hill had won the Grand Prix de Monaco five times (1963-64-65-68-70) before winning the 24 Hours in 1972.

Two other drivers have achieved this prestigious one-two, but in reverse order: Maurice Trintignant and Jochen Rindt first won at Le Mans (in 1954 and 1965, respectively) then the Grand Prix of Monaco (two victories in 1955 and 1958 for the former, one for the latter in 1970). Endurance could then mean for Webber not only a World Champion title lost in Formula 1, but also joining the ranks of the prestigious motorsports elite if he wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans.