Mark Webber, obviously tired of being Vettel’s bitch, has just announced that he is retiring from Formula 1 at the end of the 2013 season. But this doesn’t mean that the Australian is hanging up his driving gloves for good – far from it. Instead the 36-year-old will be joining Porsche’s exciting new sports car racing programme that aims to take on the likes of Audi and Toyota.
From 2014 onwards he is set to compete in the firm’s LMP1 sports prototype both at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the sports car World Endurance Championship WEC. Webber has already raced at Le Mans twice in his career, so his experience will definitely give the Porsche team something of an edge. In 1998 he also finished runner-up in the FIA GT Championship behind the wheel of a sports prototype.
“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. Porsche has written racing history as a manufacturer and stands for outstanding technology and performance at the highest level,” says 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.”