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Red Bull’s Mark Webber announced he will leave Formula 1 at end of the season and will switch to Porsche’s new World Endurance Championship project.
The Australian will quit the sport after 11 years having joined Minardi in 2002. Since his debut he has had spells at Jaguar, Williams and then Red Bull in 2007 and in his F1 career he has picked up nine wins to date.
Webber’s future at Red Bull was uncertain due to a public fall-out with team-mate Sebastian Vettel after the German ignored team orders at the Malaysian Grand Prix to move back in front of Webber and take the win.
The UK-based team have yet to confirm Webber’s departure but the 36-year-old has announced he is delighted to take up an opportunity with Porsche.
He said: “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.
“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.”