Coming off the back of a win in the Spanish Grand Prix overnight, Champion Formula 1 driver Mark Webber has today announced his support for Australia's bid to host a FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022.
"The race to bring the FIFA World Cup to Australia is on," said Webber.
"Like Formula One driving you need belief, passion and Aussie grit to be successful. As a proud Australian, I am delighted to support our nation's bid to bring the FIFA World Cup to Australia in 2018 or 2022.," he added.
Webber joins fellow Australians - swimmer Ian Thorpe and Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman - in publicly supporting Australia's efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup to Australia.
"A FIFA World Cup in Australia would be fantastic for all Australians. We are thrilled to have someone of Mark's calibre behind us," said Ben Buckley, CEO of Football Federation Australia.
The FIFA Executive Committee will make a decision on the hosts for the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and 2022 on 2 December 2010 at FIFA Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Today Australia's documentation in support of the Bid left Sydney for Zurich. The Bid Book will be submitted to FIFA this Friday 14 May.
All Australians can show their support of Australia's bid by adding their name at australia2018-2022.com.au.