On the face of it, Mark Webber and Williams were made for each other. The one: a quick, tough Aussie who called a spade a bloody shovel and wasn't afraid of a shit-load of hard work. And the other: a team whose initial successes were strong-armed in their direction by just such a man.
Alan Jones (said strong-armer) was the sole driver employed by Williams Grand Prix Engineering in 1978, their first proper year in Formula One, and both Frank Williams and Patrick Head fell in love with him more or less straight away. More than that, though, they have spent the past 30-odd years looking to hire a Jonesy facsimile.
David Coulthard, who made his Williams debut in 1994, tells a story in which, on the Friday evening of one of his first Grands Prix for the team, Patrick asked him to "drive more like Alan".
Naturally enough, David assumed Patrick was referring, albeit with an English public school twang, to Alain Prost - who was, after all, the reigning world champion and had won said championship at the wheel of a Williams.