Mark Webber had 215 Formula 1 races to his name when he called it a day in 2013. His passion for racing didn’t stop there, as the likeable Australian jumped behind the wheel once again to race in the World Endurance Championship. “When you have the chance to do something this exciting, then you don’t think twice,” said the Porsche driver about his undying love for the sport.
The 40-year-old has seen his fair share over the years, and more importantly driven. But what are the most dangerous tracks in the world? The one’s even an experienced driver like Webber gets nervous about? Here is his top 5.
1. Nürburgring Nordschleife
13 miles of up and downhill madness. The course is narrower than you think as well, and every mistake is brutally punished. You need to use every last drop of experience to master this one, but don’t forget to trust your driver’s instinct.
2. Spa Francorchamps
4 and a half miles of majestic racing in the Ardennes. Expect rain, and watch out for the Eau Rouge corner. This one will really test your mettle as a driver.
What makes this 3.6 mile track in Japan so special? Its curves. The figure of eight design changes the radius of the corners ever so slightly and can prove to be a real challenge for inexperienced drivers.
4. Le Mans
The Circuit de la Sarthe, as the 8 mile long semi-permanent track, most famous as the venue for the 24 hours of Le Mans race is called, is always good for dramatic crashes. And these still continue to happen even though the Mulsanne straight - which used to allow racers to reach speeds of 250 mph - has been slowed down by chicanes.
5. Daytona International Speedway
Make one mistake on this 2.5 mile track and you will find yourself hitting a wall at almost 190 mph - not a pleasant experience. It is crazy to think that they also race motorbikes on this course.