Webber has secured his new ride with Porsche for Le Mans 2014

On April 3rd, the news that Mark Webber may leave Formula One at the end of 2013 was a rumor. Now it seems that apparently the Australian will join Porsche to take on the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Webber has secured his new ride with Porsche for Le Mans 2014
Listen to this article

Nearly 24 hours after the FIA Formula One Championship Chinese Grand Prix, the rumor that Mark Webber would leave the Red Bull F1 team for a new challenge in 2014 has hit the news wires. During the two week break between the Malaysian race at Sepang and the race in China, Webber returned home to Australia to ponder his future.

Webber had admitted that he was talking to Porsche on a possible return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It would also be the return for Porsche in the LMP1 class with their new prototype. Apparently now Webber has confirmed that he has signed a five-year agreement with the German manufacturer which will not only include the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans on the La Sarthe circuit in France, but also a full-season ride in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The WEC teams just held their season opener at Silverstone where Radio Le Mans reported that Webber has signed a five-year agreement with Porsche.

While the rumor appears to now be solid, Porsche has yet to confirm. At this time the German manufacturer has a future test plan for the new prototype plus they have factory drivers on hand.

Webber has been with the Red Bull team since 2007 but the past years have not been easy on him as it was obvious that he became the "2nd driver" once Sebastian Vettel became the team's star driver; especially after the German became the youngest driver to win the championship. Yet it has only been since last year that indeed Vettel came first even to the point that Webber aided his teammate in the season finale to earn his third crown by three points over Fernando Alonso.

The writing was on the wall for this season which opened the door for Webber to start looking for a new adventure.

The second race of the Formula One season drove home the point when Webber had the lead and was on his way to victory with his teammate behind him. The controversy made headlines when Vettel made the move to overtake Webber -- and the two nearly made contact that would have ended both their hopes of the victory.

Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing
Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing

Photo by: XPB Images

The Australian’s contract with the Red Bull F1 team expires at the end of the 2013 season with recent rumors that he could be replaced during this year. Webber and his teammate have been at odds with one another since the Malaysian GP. Obviously it might sealed the deal for Webber to make a change in direction. If not before the race in China, surely the fact that he ran out of fuel during qualifying and could not challenge for the pole in the final qualifying segment. Plus during the race -- after a pit stop -- the team had him limp the car back to the pits but before he could safely return, the tyre went flying off; ending his race.

"We have had a few problems this weekend," commented Webber after the Chinese GP.

Vettel is the team’s three-consecutive Formula One World Champion for the Red Bull team and no doubt Webber has made a sound decision for his future.

shares
comments
Chinese Grand Prix – Who was your Driver of the Day?
Previous article

Chinese Grand Prix – Who was your Driver of the Day?

Next article

Webber signs five-year Porsche deal - report

Webber signs five-year Porsche deal - report
Why Mercedes believes it can make the step F1 needs to fight Red Bull Prime

Why Mercedes believes it can make the step F1 needs to fight Red Bull

The 2022 Formula 1 season was Mercedes' leanest for a decade, achieving just a solitary pole and grand prix win. Yet the team is confident it has got the tools it needs to cast that disappointment aside and return to the front of the field again next year.

How BRM's one-off F1 double defied its rollercoaster history Prime

How BRM's one-off F1 double defied its rollercoaster history

It’s 60 years since BRM achieved its goal and Graham Hill led the team to a world title double. But that was just part of the remarkable story of a unique team that at times overstretched its resources and had its fair share of disappointments.

Formula 1
Dec 8, 2022
The bold F1 DRS experiment that could end the debate forever Prime

The bold F1 DRS experiment that could end the debate forever

OPINION: The effectiveness of DRS in Formula 1 remains a topic of debate as the winter break gives a chance for reflection on the racing we saw in 2022. For all of its detractors, perhaps an experiment where DRS is cast aside and the impact this has on racing is in order to truly understand its merits in modern F1.

Formula 1
Dec 8, 2022
The sliding doors moment that saved Red Bull and Porsche Prime

The sliding doors moment that saved Red Bull and Porsche

OPINION: Everything looked set for Red Bull and Porsche to join forces for the 2026 season, before the marriage between both parties was called off. While at the time it looked like a major coup for Formula 1 in gaining both VW Group powerhouses Audi and Porsche for 2026, Red Bull and Porsche have really been spared a potentially fractious relationship.

Formula 1
Dec 7, 2022
How Tyrrell’s post-Stewart era descended into a fight to survive Prime

How Tyrrell’s post-Stewart era descended into a fight to survive

Glory days for Tyrrell became increasingly infrequent
 after Jackie Stewart’s retirement. But in the latest instalment of his history of the team for Autosport's sister title GP Racing, 
MAURICE HAMILTON recalls how Ken Tyrrell’s plucky and defiantly small team stayed bold enough to innovate – springing a surprise with F1’s first six-wheeled car

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2022
How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future Prime

How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future

Multiple-title-winning designer and team boss Ross Brawn is finally leaving Formula 1 after nearly 50 years in motorsport. But he still has plenty of insights on what’s working and what comes next, as he revealed to Motorsport.com in a far-reaching exclusive interview in Abu Dhabi.

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2022
The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat Prime

The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat

OPINION: Mattia Binotto’s departure from Ferrari will naturally bring a range of changes across the Formula 1 team. But how the changes shape up and the impact they could have is set to be dictated by a key direction Ferrari’s top dogs will need to pick

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2022
The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants Prime

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants

OPINION: Mercedes endured its worst season of the hybrid Formula 1 era, but was mercifully spared its first winless campaign in over a decade late on. It has owned up to the mistakes it made which led to its troubled W13. And while its task to return to title-challenging contention is not small, its 2022 season seems more like a blip than the beginning of a downward spiral.

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2022