Mark Webber has the chance to achieve something unique on his 215th and final grand prix start on Sunday in Brazil. If he wins, which is not such an unrealistic prospect given that he's driving a Red Bull and has been on pole for two of the last four races, he'll be the only driver to win single-handedlyon his swansong world championship outing before retiring from Formula 1.
Ignoring the ever-irritating anomalies thrown up by the 11 Indianapolis 500s from 1950-1960 that were technically part of the world championship but in reality nothing of the sort,only two drivers have won on their final world championship start: Luigi Fagioli in the 1951 French GP, which owed more to Juan Manuel Fangio's virtuosity after he took over the veteran Italian's Alfa Romeo, and Jim Clark at Kyalami in 1968.
Unfortunately, Clark's feat was not achieved in his final world championship outing before retirement, but in the last before losing his life in the Deutschland Trophy Formula 2 race at Hockenheim.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.