Christian Horner has paid tribute to Mark Webber following the announcement that he will bring the curtain down on his F1 career at the end of the current season.

The 36-year-old will leave Red Bull when his current contract expires to make a return to sportscars, having inked a multi-year deal to be part of Porsche's line-up when it debuts its new LMP1 machine in next season.

It will bring to an end a twelve-year F1 career in which the Australian has won nine races to date and Horner said he was sure that his driver would push hard to add to his resume before the end of the year.

"I am sure Mark thought long and hard before making what has no doubt been a very difficult decision," he said. "His achievements in Formula One are extensive and I am sure he will continue to push hard and build on that record until the end of the season.

"We support Mark's decision, he has been an excellent addition to the team since joining us in 2007 and we wish him all the best in the next stages of his career."

Who replaces Webber won't be announced until later in the season, with a number of drivers in the frame to partner Sebastian Vettel next year.

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