Mark Webber has officially called time on his career Formula one and will be returning to the race that nearly claimed his life. The Australian 36 year old announced that he will be retiring from grand prix racing at the end of the season, he also confirmed that he will spearhead Porsche in the return to Le Mans type racing in 2014. He used sports car competitions as a platform into Formula 1 when he was part of the factory Mercedes team in 1998 and 1999. Webber experienced a series of extremely frightening accidents during practising for the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1999, where his car became airborne twice at 300km an hour and actually flipped through the air. He then vowed that he would never return to the face.
Though, following a rather testy relationship between himself and his Red Bull teammate, Sebastian Vetell, three time world champion, he made the decision to quit Formula 1 and join the ambitious Porsche Le Mans program, currently being developed.
Webber said it is an honour to join Porsche
Webber expressed that it was an honour for him to join Porsche at the top category in Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship. He expressed his excitement at being part of the team. He went on to say that the company has written history in racing as a manufacturer and stands for excellent performance and outstanding technology at the highest possible level. He said he is looking forward to the new challenge after his time in F1. Porsche will be setting high goals. He expressed his excitement at piloting one of the fastest sports cars in the globe. Webber scored 36 podium finished, including 9 grand prix victoris and 11 pole positions during his 12 year career. Webber is the oldest driver on the F1 grid.
Porsche has had 16 wins at Le Mans
Porsche has had the greatest success at Le Mans, with 16 wins. Though Porsche has not competed in the top tier of sports car racing for over ten years. Webber will be joining the Porsche team this year and the top management believe that the experience of the Australian will lead them to Victory.