Red Bull’s Mark Webber has announced 2013 will be his final season in Formula One, just hours before on-track action begins at this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
The Australian has twice been a victor at Silverstone in 2010 and 2012, but has decided he will step aside at the end of the year in favour of a new 2nd driver to partner Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.
Webber will participate in Porsche’s new sportscar program which includes a plan to race in the Le Mans 24 hour endurance event, a competition Webber previously entered with Mercedes in 1998 and 1999.
In a statement the Australian said:
“Porsche has written racing history as a manufacturer and stands for outstanding performance and technology at the highest level.”
“I’m very much looking forward to this new challenge after my time in Formula 1. I can hardly wait to pilot one of the fastest sports cars in the world.”
Webber drove his first Grand Prix for Minardi in Melbourne in 2002, and stunned everyone by taking 2 points for 5th place on his debut. After frustrating spells at Jaguar and Williams between 2003 and 2006, the oft-outspoken Australian moved to Red Bull with whom he has taken each of his 9 race victories between 2009 and 2012.
More to follow.