F1: Mark Webber Leaving Formula One For Porsche Le Mans Project Photo:
Trevor Collett | Jun, 27 2013 | 9 Comments

Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber has announced he will depart Formula One at the end of the 2013 season.

The Red Bull driver confirmed what many had been guessing for months, saying he has accepted a multi-year deal with Porsche.

Thirty-six year old Webber will pilot Porsche’s new LMP1 sports prototype at the Le Mans 24 Hour race along with the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2014 and beyond.

“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,” Webber said.

“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.”

Porsche’s Wolfgang Hatz said that the German carmaker was very pleased to have secured the services of Webber, saying the Australian was one of the most successful Formula One 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.” Hatz said.

Joining Webber in the new Porsche LMP1 car will be Germany’s Timo Bernhard and Frenchman Romain Dumas, along with ex-Formula 1 test driver Neel Jani from Switzerland.

Bernhard and Dumas have already joined forces to win the 2010 Le Mans 24 hour race outright.

The 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour race will be Webber’s third attempt at the great race.

Over the course of his F1 career from 2002 up until now, Webber has started from pole position 11 times, achieved 36 podiums and taken nine race victories.

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