Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mark Webber to Porche in 2014

Mark Webber doing his back flip at Le Mans
German daily newspaper, Bild, has reported that Mark Webber is in discussions with Porche to spearhead the German marque's return to Le Mans in 2014. Porsche has refused to deny reports that the Australian will lead its charge with a new Le Mans prototype next year. The Multi-21 saga and the fact that Mark doesn't trust his team mate or the management at Red Bull surely mean that Mark will leave the team for sure this year. The only question is whether he is going to leave the sport as well.

When asked about the Webber rumours, a spokesman for the carmaker told SID news agency: “Porsche already has a squad of internationally successful works drivers. This is a very good basis for the assignment of the corresponding (Le Mans) cockpits. Whether and to what extent additional drivers are added will be decided at a later date,” spokesman Oliver Hilger added. 

Webber is a hardcore Porsche fanboy and Porsche is the most successful car manufacturer in Le Mans history, winning the event a record 16 times. The Stuttgart squad’s most recent victory came in 1998, but has promised a full-fledged effort to win the 2014 event with its brand new LMP1 sportscar.

Webber’s last visit to Le Mans featured him driving the infamous Mercedes CLR, which flipped twice during the race weekend.

Kimi Raikkonen has been linked to the seat at Red Bull when Webber leaves, with boss Dietrich Mateschitz saying, “Kimi is cool and fast and always a candidate”.

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