A lucky Mark Webber has admitted he has “no recollection” of his frightening crash in the closing stages of Sunday’s World Endurance Championship finale at Interlagos.
The Australian, driving the #20 Porsche LMP1 919 Hybrid, collided heavily with a GT-class Ferrari at the high-speed Turn 14 left-hander near the circuit’s pit entry, slamming heavily into the barriers and ripping his car in two.
The former Red Bull Racing F1 driver was stretchered from the car and taken to a local hospital in São Paulo, where he was held under observation overnight. He is expected to be discharged today where he will return home to the United Kingdom.
“I’m quite sore this morning and am pretty bruised and have got a stinking headache,” he said from his bedside, where he was visited by a number of his peers, as well as former F1 drivers Rubens Barrichello and Emerson Fittipaldi.
“I’ve got no recollection of the accident or how it happened – the team is looking into the details to find out more.
“Thanks to the medical team at the track and here at the hospital who did a great job and are looking after me very well.”
Despite his own misfortune, Webber took great delight in the sister #14 car, piloted by Mark Lieb, Romain Dumas and Neel Jani, taking Porsche’s first outright win since it made its comeback to endurance racing’s top tier at the start of the season.
“It’s great that the boys in Car #4 managed to bring home the victory which is a fantastic way to finish off the season,” Webber added.
“I’m already looking forward to getting out there again next year.”
Porsche recently confirmed it would field an unchanged line-up for its second full-time season in the WEC – Webber is partnered by Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard – while also announcing that it would field a third 919 Hybrid for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the Le Mans 24 Hours with Force India driver Nico Hülkenberg confirmed as one of its drivers.
Images via Bild Sport and Emerson Fittipaldi