Thursday, June 27, 2013

Webber confirms move to Porche for 2014

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36 year old Australian Mark Webber has made it official, that he is retiring from Formula 1 at the end of this year to drive for Proche's new Le Mans prototye programme in 2014 and beyond, after having spent seven years with Red Bull.

A popular bloke who scored a point in his first Grand Prix with Minardi in Australia has completed more than 200 grand prix which include nine victories.

Webber said in a statement: “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,” said Webber. “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.”

Many drivers are vying for the seat he will leave empty at the World Champion squad but according to speculation, Kimi Raikkonen has the best chance of getting his bottom into the seat of that car. A move like that would however raise questions regarding the benefits of running a team like Toro Rosso, whose main role is that of a feeder team to develop young drivers who mature and grow to get a drive with the main team.

Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG said: ”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. 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.”

“I learned to appreciate Mark’s qualities when we were both involved in Formula 1,” says Fritz Enzinger, Head of LMP1. “He is one of the best pilots I could imagine for our team. I’m absolutely delighted that we have such an experienced and fast regular driver onboard from 2014.”

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