Former Grand Prix driver Mark Webber has announced he will retire from competitive motorsport at the end of the year to take up a brand ambassadorial role for Porsche, for whom he currently races in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The Australian, nicknamed ‘Aussie Grit’ for his never-say-die approach in the face of adversity, started in a total of 215 Grands Prix between 2002 and 2013 for the likes of Minardi, Jaguar, Williams and Red Bull Racing, claiming nine race wins, 42 podium finishes and thirteen pole positions.
He narrowly missed out on the 2010 Drivers’ Championship title to teammate Sebastian Vettel, losing out after the German claimed victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
After retiring from Formula 1 at the end of 2013, Webber switched to endurance racing to spearhead Porsche’s return to the World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 category. While he never realised his dream of winning the coveted 24 Hours of Le Mans, he did claim the 2015 LMP1 title alongside co-drivers Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley.
His final race will be the WEC’s season-ending 6 Hours of Bahrain.
“I will miss the sheer speed, downforce and competition, but I want to leave on a high and I’m very much looking forward to my new tasks,” he said at this weekend’s championship round at Fuji.
“It was a big change from Formula 1 to LMP1 and an entirely new experience. But it came at the right time for me.
“I found I liked sharing a car and the chemistry between Timo, Brendon and me is special and something I’ll always remember.
“It will be strange getting into the race car for the very last time in Bahrain but for now I will thoroughly enjoy every moment of the remaining races.”
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