Mark Webber has announced he's leaving the Red Bull F1 team to join Porsche in that company's quest for victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Australian has signed a contract that will keep him with his new employer for the next "several years." Porsche says Webber will helm the company's new LMP1 sports prototype at Le Mans and will also compete in the World Endurance Championship. This won't be his first go at the legendary 24-hour race – Webber has competed at Le Mans twice before. Now he'll be joined by Porsche works drivers Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas.

Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen is likely to fill Webber's seat at Red Bull. The team originally wanted to pull Jenson Button from McLaren, but was unable to lure the British driver from his seat. Toro Rosso drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne are other possibilities for the open slot at Red Bull. You can read the brief Porsche press release on the move below for more information.
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Formula 1 Pilot Mark Webber to Contest Le Mans for Porsche

Mark Webber, new Porsche LMP1 driver

World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours


Stuttgart. The Australian Formula 1 pilot Mark Webber has signed a contract with Porsche that extends over several years. From the 2014 season he will compete in Porsche's new LMP1 sports prototype at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC). The 36-year-old Australian has already raced at Le Mans twice. In 1998, he finished runner-up in the FIA GT Championship at the wheel of a sports prototype. Over the course of his Formula 1 career from 2002 until today, Webber has achieved 36 podium places, nine race victories and has started from pole position eleven times.

"It's an honor 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. Porsche has written racing history as a manufacturer and stands for outstanding technology and performance at the highest level," says Mark Webber. "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."

"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," says Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG. "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."

Competing in the new LMP1 car alongside Mark Webber are the two long-standing Porsche works drivers Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) as well as the ex-Formula 1 test driver Neel Jani (Switzerland). Bernhard and Dumas already joined forces in 2010 to bring home overall victory from the Le Mans 24 hour race. In the years 2007 and 2008, they secured the American Le Mans Series title at the wheel of the RS Spyder LMP2 sports prototype. Neel Jani has contested the LMP1 class since 2010.

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About Porsche Motorsport North America

Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), located in Santa Ana, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche AG and the sole sales and service provider for the German sports car maker's North American customer sports programs. Porsche is the largest manufacturer of race cars with a wide range of products from the 911 GT3 Cup car to the ultimate 911 GT3 RSR. PMNA sells these models to customer teams in North America and provides them with parts, service and expertise in between races and at the track. The PMNA service truck is a fixture at most race tracks in the U.S. and Canada, staffed by factory engineers to service all of Porsche's customer teams.

About Porsche Cars North America

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sports sedan. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 190 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand's 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency.

At the core of this success is Porsche's proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.


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      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh wow, can't wait to see Kimi and Vettel go at it! Good luck to Mark in LeMans, I am sure he will do well there. Always liked him as a F1 driver. Not a fan of Vettel.. so hoping Kimi will put him in his place.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think this is the right move. I really think this was the right move 2 years ago, but what's done is done. Mark is a good F1 driver in the very best car. Sebastian is the best F1 driver in the best car. Mark came from sportscars and will exceed there in a way I don't think Redbull will ever let him. Just keep all four wheels on the ground Mark. You're a bigger man than I am, I think.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        wouldnt say Seb is the best driver, top five yes....but put him in a force India and see how he fares...
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          He did get a win with Torro Rosso, but obviously all drivers in F1 are very dependent on their cars. And you can make a strong argument for him being the top along with Hamilton and Alonso (and possibly Kimi).
      nassau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for him. Having to deal with Horner and Vettel would send anyone to the loony bin. He had to get out while still sane.
      TokyoRemix
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good. I've always wanted to like Mark in spite of Red Bull -- now he's going to be driving for the factory team that everyone should be rooting for next year.
      Dan Capostagno
      • 1 Year Ago
      A team to beat, with 2 great but very different top-notch drivers, duking it out for glory. MacLaren-Prost-Senna : RedBull-Vettel-Raikkonen ...and turbo V6 engines to boot! Somebody pinch me, F1 may just get interesting again!
      USCTrojan4JC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully Mark won't have too many memories of this! http://www.mulsannescorner.com/benzCLR1.html
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @USCTrojan4JC
        I think they've done a lot in aerodynamics since then. Plus he will be in a Porsche, and they fly in a totally different way. :D
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @USCTrojan4JC
        He's driven a few races since then.
      mylexicon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't land in the woods
      Ask
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is Mark Webber really a good driver? I don't think he is talented.
        rtkewley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ask
        Whereas you, person hiding behind a keyboard and an alias, are the next Senna...?
          Ask
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rtkewley
          Am I here to compare my driving skills to his? No.
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ask
        Consistently being in the top of lap and qualifying times in the championships? Does that constitute talent?
        sparrk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ask
        He is good, but not good enough to become F1 champion. Maybe he'll do better in endurance racing.
      AS
      • 1 Year Ago
      The most over rated driver in recent F1 history
      Michael Rand
      • 1 Year Ago
      As much as I hate what happened to Webber, the prospect of hearing Kimi's response when Vettel pulls a Malaysia GP on him is just so exciting.
        Ron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Rand
        Kimi would likely run him off the road.
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Rand
        I think being Finish... Kimi would likely smash a Vodka bottle and glass him.
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      VL00
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for him. The team treated him like sh#t, and Vettel is a prick.
        Chayil
        • 1 Year Ago
        @VL00
        Pure, unadulterated bs. Apparently you know little about F1. Dieter Meteschitz made it clear that there are no favorites on Team Red Bull. In fact, Mateschitz came out in support of Webber when Seb passed him. Go ahead, drink the Kool Aid if you want, but your comment is erroneous.
          Philthy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chayil
          Support from Dieter doesn't mean **** when your team doesn't sanction your teammate for stealing a win off you. Had Mark done that they would have fired him, but golden boy Seb gets nothing more than "Oh, boys will be boys!"
          VL00
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chayil
          "Apparently you know little about F1" - yeah, I've only been watching it since '94. If you can't see the bias towards Vettel, you're blind.
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