On November 28th, Mark Webber will begin a new chapter in his career when he will drive a Ferrari-powered Red Bull car for the first time at Barcelona. It will be a homecoming of sorts, because management aside, there are still a lot of guys in the Milton Keynes team who were there in the days of Jaguar Racing, and there are a few others he knew when he was a Renault test driver in 2001.
Webber left Jaguar at the end of 2004, having decided that Williams was where he wanted to be. It's easy to forget now that at one stage he had a chance of going to Renault, but he had his heart set on Williams. It's fascinating to speculate what might have happened had he - and not Giancarlo Fisichella - spent the last two years alongside Fernando Alonso.
But Williams was where he wanted to be, even if his manager Flavio Briatore was keen to slot him into Renault. It was, you might say, a good idea at the time. However, incumbents Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher were keen to go elsewhere, and Jenson Button successfully extracted himself from a commitment to join. All seemed to know something that Mark didn't.