This season brings 36-year-old Webber to another major landmark: round four in Bahrain will be the 200th Grand Prix of a career he began with a bang, scoring points on debut with Minardi in Melbourne in 2002.
Not only that, but Mark needs to be in the top 10 only three more times to make it to 100 points-scoring results in Formula 1®.
To put those figures in context, before he was knighted Jack Brabham raced 126 times and was in the points 53 times; Alan Jones raced 116 times to finish in the points on 39 occasions. The percentages are with Mark.
There is, of course, one significant difference between the man from Queanbeyan and his two great compatriots: Webber hasn’t won the World Championship, as Sir Jack did in 1959-60-66 and AJ did in 1980.
Has Mark’s chance of matching them gone? Teammate Vettel has had an iron grip on the title since 2010, the year Webber had his best chance so far. But the Australian would not have re-signed for another season – his seventh with Red Bull, his 12th in F1® – just to make up the numbers.
Maybe we should content ourselves with looking for more race wins: he has nine so far, so three more would take him equal with Jones, while five – one more than Mark has managed in a single season to date – would put him level with Brabham.
And if that happened, who knows what it might all add up to in the end? This may be Mark’s last campaign: expect him to go out like a lion rather than a lamb.