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Webber to leave F1

Mark Webber confirms he will quit F1 at the end of the season to make the switch to sportscars
Mark Webber has confirmed long-standing rumours about his future by announcing that he is to leave F1 at the end of the current season to join Porsche's new LMP1 sportscar programme.

The Australian has been linked with the move for a number of months and has now agreed a multi-year deal that will switch him switch to the World Endurance Championship from 2014 onwards.



The deal will also see Webber return to Le Mans for the first time since his ill-fated second appearance with Mercedes back in 1999, when he failed to take the start after his car suffered a huge accident in the warm-up.

Following his previous spell in sportscars, Webber made the move into single-seaters with a successful move into F3000 before securing his place on the F1 grid with Minardi.

Having picked up points on his debut in Australia, Webber spent time with both Jaguar and Williams before signing with Red Bull in 2007.

Since then, the 36-year-old has gone on to win nine times, with eleven pole positions and a total of 36 podium finishes, although he has been overshadowed in recent years by the form of team-mate Sebastian Vettel; who has taken the title for the past three years.

Webber's somewhat fractious relationship with the German was widely expected to lead to the Australian seeking a fresh challenge, with Vettel's actions in the Malaysian Grand Prix – when he ignored team orders and overtook Webber for the lead – being seen by many as the final straw.

It comes as little surprise therefore to see Webber become the fourth name confirmed in Porsche's line-up after Neel Jani and long-time factory drivers Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard.





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Superhunky

June 27, 2013 10:07 AM

I will miss you Mark, you always kept your chin up in adversity, and your reputation was never less than a decent guy who spoke the truth. You should be proud, and you step down at the top of your game while your employers seem only interested in blowing Vettel off. You kept your dignity, so finish well and go have some fun in LMP1 racing.

thelogicalview

June 27, 2013 9:47 AM

A good and wise decision from Webber, he knew his time was coming to it's end and that he would'nt get any favours from Redbull or Vettel, going to another team would not have proved anything while a return to the top echelon of sportscars with his vast experience makes a great deal of sense. Good luck Mark.



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