WATCH: When Maria Sharapova Scared F1 Legend Mark Webber While Driving A Porsche

Published 01/08/2021, 1:45 AM EST
Maria Sharapova of Russia looks on during her WTA St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2019 tennis match on January 28, 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Mike Kireev/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


The lives of players from different sports intertwine commonly through brand ambassadorship. Recently, Porsche Tennis shared a throwback picture of the German automobile’s brand ambassadors, Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber.

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Russian tennis player Sharapova is well-known as one of the great competitors of the sport. She claimed 36 titles, including 5 Grand Slams and an Olympic silver medal during her career. Last year, the 33-year-old hung up her tennis racket once and for all.

Similarly, Webber became a widely popular car racer who won nine F1 Grand Prixs. In 2016, the Australian retired from driving but continued to work with Porsche.

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To promote the Porsche 911 GT2 RS in 2018, Maria drove with the Australian in Weissach, Germany. The same day, the world saw Webber in the passenger’s seat for the very first time.

Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning her first-round match against Tatjana Maria of Germany on day two of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2018, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova scared Mark Webber while driving a Porsche

What started with a quick crash-course from the F1 racer, ended as one of the specials moments of both the ambassadors’ live. Sharapova got the hang of the vehicle instantly and then roared ahead with the Porsche.

The official account of the Stuttgart Open, the city where Porsche is from, shared the picture of that day. They captioned it, “What could possibly scare a tough guy like Porsche Brand Ambassador @aussiegrit?” Aussie Grit is Webber’s Instagram handle name and also the name of the book he authored.

The reactions of both Sharapova and Webber clearly show the amount of fun they had. While Sharapova seems ecstatic driving the sports car, Webber looks simply amazed with the experience. The Australian later took the wheels and took the car for a spin.

Sharapova is embracing life outside tennis

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Since her exit from playing professional tennis, the 33-year-old is wholeheartedly driving her own brand ‘Sugarpova’.  She even got engaged to the love of her life this year.

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 21: International Tennis player Maria Sharapova poses for a photo at Hudson News in Grand Central Station on August 21, 2018, in New York City. Hudson Group announced this summer that it will serve as the exclusive United States travel retailer for sales of her candy line at Sugarpova. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Sugarpova)

Nevertheless, the only Career Slam owner from Russia, Maria, will always have a place for tennis in her heart. Looking back, she will find a life filled with memories of the sport.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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