april 24, 2018 - Porsche

Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber in a 911 GT2 RS

Maria Sharapova and #markwebber arranged to meet for a special form of speed dating at the #Porsche Development Center in Weissach on Friday. As #Porsche Brand Ambassadors, the tennis star and the racing driver have known each other for a while now – and the five-time Grand Slam winner was more than happy to take up the invitation of the former #Porsche works driver and endurance world champion to swap the clay court in the #Porsche Arena for the asphalt of the #Porsche test track. The former #Porsche works driver and world endurance champion negotiated the circuit with the tennis player in a 700 hp powerful #Porsche #911gt2rs, always in the ideal line and close to the limits of physics in some bends. Even though the strain for #mariasharapova as the passenger was not as high as in a third-set tie-break in the final of a Grand Slam, she visibly enjoyed the detour to Weissach which also included a spell behind the steering wheel herself.

“It’s always fascinating to experience what a professional racing driver can do with a super sports car,” said #mariasharapova afterwards, “and keeping my well-being in mind, I’m sure he wasn’t driving flat out, far from it. He’s simply a real gentleman.”