UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Webber puts brakes on his F1 season to help out club

Formula 1 racer Mark Webber put aside his early season trials and tribulations with Red Bull to officially open a new sports facility in his home village Aston Clinton on Saturday.

Webber gave up some of his free time during a break before the Spanish Grand Prix to open the re-built floodlit tennis courts and new netball facility at Aston Park Tennis Club.

Mark Webber

Mark Webber

Aston’s own fundraising efforts were boosted by an award from Sport England’s Inspired Facility Olympics Legacy Fund as well as grants from Aston Clinton Parish Council and Aylesbury Vale’s community Chest Fund.

Aston Park Tennis Club chairman Barbara Wilkinson said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Mark agreed to perform the opening for us. As a Bucks ambassador and a keen sports enthusiast he has supported our efforts from the beginning.”

The official opening got under way at 11am where the Aussie played in a doubles match with one of the club’s first team players before taking on some of Aston’s youngsters in ‘fun tournaments’.

Members of the public were in attendance and got the chance to try out the new courts.