Mark Webber was left beaming after completing his first laps of the Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe in several years ahead of Porsche's much anticipated return to the French endurance classic.

Spearheading the German marque's return to the premier LMP1 class against Audi and Toyota, Webber's return to Le Mans comes 15 years after he last competed in the iconic event, even if on that occasion he didn't start the race following the airborne crashes that infamously forced Mercedes to withdraw altogether.

Driving the new 919 Hybrid - which he will share with Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard -, Webber completed the ten laps he needed to pass his initiation and enjoyed a day without trouble.

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"I was really looking forward to taking the car round here for the first time. I always enjoyed this track and the long lap. To come here with the Porsche 919 Hybrid is a big day for all of us and it ran smoothly.

"First thing in the morning I got my ten rookie laps out of the way, which are mandatory at the pre-race test when you haven't raced here for a while. We then quickly were able to start working on the balance and set-up of the car. We are constantly improving and again we learnt a lot."