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Could Mark Webber return to sportscars?

Could Porsche's return to the sports protoype provide an appealing exit from F1 for Mark Webber?
The latest bout of unrest within the Red Bull Racing camp has naturally led to speculation over Mark Webber's future with the team, with the Australian being linked to various options for 2014.

Whilst a move to anything other than a frontrunning F1 team is unlikely to satisfy Webber after seven years with RBR, a return to sportscars is one alternative that may hold an attraction, with the Australian already being linked to Porsche's reappearance in the prototype ranks.

German newspaper Bild reports that Webber and Porsche have already had contact regarding a potential 2014 deal, and the Weissach marque has so far refused to deny claims linking it to the Australian, although spokesman Oliver Hilger points out that 'Porsche already has a squad of internationally successful works drivers' and 'to what extent additional drivers are added will be decided at a later date'.

Porsche's return to the prototype ranks in 2014, when it hopes to add to its 16 outright wins at Le Mans, is big news in sportscar circles, and the marque was first linked to Webber as early as last year. The Australian remains a contender for one of the two Red Bull seats in 2014, according to team owner Dietrich Mateschitz, but it has to be seen how long the strained relationship with Sebastian Vettel, and RBR advisor Helmut Marko, can continue after the 'multi21' saga that enveloped the end of the recent Malaysian Grand Prix.

Webber's career, of course, includes sportscar experience, having spent two years with the Mercedes works team before making the grade in F1. His relationship with Le Mans, however, remains unfulfilled, having been unable to race the CLR after having the car flip over in two separate sessions ahead of the 1999 race.

Porsche has still yet to confirm any drivers for its sportscar programme but, as Hilger has pointed out, it already employers an impressive roster of drivers, spread amongst various GT teams in Europe and America.




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Marios - Unregistered

April 04, 2013 11:12 PM

Even though, Mark Webber is a bloody fast driver (i know some of you do not believe so), is time to quite. He had the chance to be crowned a world champion but lost it. He had the chance to become number 1 in RBR but lost it. He had the chance to win the last grand prix but he "LOSTt" it. I think at the end of the season he should quit. This would be the right move, and devote himself in anoher series such as Le Mans or even in DRM (who knows, he was racing for mercedes in the past). I would never accuse him of being a bad, untalented driver. Mark Webber is bloody fast but UNLUCKY. From my perspective F1 is all about: Speed, Reliability and Luck.



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