Monaco GP winner Mark Webber defies gravity

Infiniti-sponsored Red Bull F1 driver performs publicity stunt with skydiver Jon DeVore

Published: June 10, 2012, 12:00 PM
Updated: November 22, 2021, 3:47 PM

Mark Webber tries skydiving

As part of the build-up to the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal this weekend, Formula One driver and Monaco Grand Prix winner, Mark Webber tried his hand at skydiving – in a wind tunnel!

The Red Bull F1 driver took free-fall lessons from a fellow Red Bull-sponsored performer, Red Bull Air Force Manager Jon DeVore.

From the wind tunnel experience, the two swapped roles at a nearby race track where the Australian racer taught the Red Bull Air Race star the art of performance driving in an Infiniti G37S.

As a final stunt, DeVore lept from a helicopter while Webber completed a high-speed lap to see who could cover the equal distances the fastest. Who won was not disclosed, not that it matters.

This was the second of Infiniti’s ‘Inspired Performers’ series which sees the Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel swapping skills with other performers who are leaders in their respective fields.

Webber’s skydive with DeVore followed the release of Sebastian Vettel’s Kung Fu movie "Drive of the Dragon," starring martial arts Hollywood actress Celina Jade.

Commenting on the latest event, Webber said: "I’ve tried a lot of adventure sports but the skill it takes to do a skydive takes it to a whole new level."

Infiniti has been a major partner of the Red Bull Racing team since 2011 and the relationship has been deepened in 2012 with Infiniti featuring even more prominently on the Red Bull Racing RB8 and the driving suits of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

Last year Sebastian Vettel was appointed Infiniti’s first ever Global Brand Ambassador, and Infiniti has developed a limited-production Sebastian Vettel edition of its FX sport utility vehicle.