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Webber to leave F1

“It's an honour for me to join Porsche at its return to the top category in Le Mans and in the sports car World Endurance Championship and be part of the team,” Webber said. “Porsche has written racing history as a manufacturer and stands for outstanding technology and performance at the highest level.

“I'm very much looking forward to this new challenge after my time in Formula 1. Porsche will undoubtedly set itself very high goals. I can hardly wait to pilot one of the fastest sports cars in the world.”

Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG, said the German manufacturer was delighted to have Webber onboard for its new programme, which will see it return to the highest level of sportscar competition for the first time since 1998.

“I'm very pleased to have secured Mark Webber for our LMP1 project as one of the best and most successful Formula 1 pilots of our time,” he said. “Mark is without doubt one of the world's best race drivers, he has experience at the Le Mans 24 hour race and on top of that he's been a Porsche enthusiast for many years.”

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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.


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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