A conscious and waving Mark Webber has been hospitalised after a crash in the last minutes of this year’s World Endurance Championship finale at Interlagos.
The Australian racer,, formerly a driver with F1 team Red Bull, defected to endurance racing at the end of 2013 to begin a new career with the Porsche LMP1 team.
Reports today suggest Webber lost control of his 919 Hybrid racing car, striking the AF Corse Ferrari of Matteo Cressoni and sending both racers into an outside barrier.
While Cressoni emerged from the incident on his own two feet, Webber’s Porsche had continued after the initial barrier impact, hitting the opposite armco at great enough speed to demolish the rear of his car.
Webber was taken from the site by stretcher to a local hospital, where he was joined by Cressoni. Both will spend the night for observation, and Webber is understood to be conscious and taking visitors.
“Mark Webber is in good condition, according to the first information from the doctors,” Porsche LMP1 boss Fritz Enzinger said earlier.
The team has yet to reveal any details of what might have caused Webber's Porsche to lose control.
Webber's co-driver in Car No. 20, Timo Bernhard, said that heat during the race was overwhelming and the car was down on power.
“I had a very straight forward first stint with leading the race from the start until our first pit stop. I handed over the car to Mark Webber with a 12 second lead. Managing the traffic was really challenging, especially towards the end of my stint when I had some bad luck with slower cars. The heat was also really tough. My second stint later in the race wasn’t as satisfying, because by then our car didn’t have its full power anymore. However, this isn’t important anymore. All what counts is that Mark is okay.”
Webber is no stranger to horrifying racing incidents, having famously flipped his Mercedes CLR GT1 race car in 1999, taking to the air and somersaulting into the track-side trees (video below).
We're certain 'Aussie Grit' Webber will be back in action for the 2015 WEC season.
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