Mark Webber

Formula 1 pilot Mark Webber to contest Le Mans for Porsche

on June 27, 2013 2013 Season with 176 comments

Porsche Press Release: June 27, 2013

World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours

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Stuttgart. The Australian Formula 1 pilot Mark Webber has signed a contract with Porsche that extends over several years. From the 2014 season he will compete in Porsche’s new LMP1 sports prototype at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the sports car World Endurance Championship WEC. The 36-year-old Australian has already raced at Le Mans twice. In 1998 he finished runner-up in the FIA GT Championship at the wheel of a sports prototype. Over the course of his Formula 1 career from 2002 until today, Webber has achieved 36 podium places, nine race victories and has started from pole position eleven times.

“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 Mark 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.”

“I’m very pleased to have secured Mark Webber for our LMP1 project as one of the best and most successful Formula 1 pilots of our time,” says Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG. “Mark is without doubt one of the world’s best race drivers, he has experience at the Le Mans 24 hour race and on top of that he’s been a Porsche enthusiast for many years.”

“I learned to appreciate Mark’s qualities when we were both involved in Formula 1,” says Fritz Enzinger, Head of LMP1. “He is one of the best pilots I could imagine for our team. I’m absolutely delighted that we have such an experienced and fast regular
driver onboard from 2014.”

Competing in the new LMP1 car alongside Mark Webber are the two long-standing Porsche works drivers Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) as well as the ex-Formula 1 test driver Neel Jani (Switzerland). Bernhard and Dumas already joined forces in 2010 to bring home overall victory from the Le Mans 24 hour race. In the years 2007 and 2008, they secured the American Le Mans Series title at the wheel of the RS Spyder LMP2 sports prototype. Neel Jani has contested the LMP1 class since 2010.

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176 Comments

  • Alister
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Awesome work bloke. Can’t wait to see you driving in the WEC. It’ll be nice to see Audi have some competition.. :-)

  • Lou
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Good to hear you have more exciting adventures set up for yourself Mark! We’ll miss you terribly in F1, but will continue to support your ventures! :) Good luck Mark!! Looking forward to seeing you win Le Mans :)

  • Ayrton Senna
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    formula one is a rip off nowdays anyway i think more categorys need more stars so sportcars needed someone to step up and its the flying aussie who is not afraid to drive another car to find the success he already found , to me you will always be the number one formula one i guess now i go back to having felipe massa as my idol :)

  • Jill and Brian
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Thank you Mark for all the great times you have given us in F1, a true gentleman and sportsman you will be sadly missed by everyone. All the very best in your new venture and we know even more success will come your way. Don’t know much about Porsche racing at the moment, better get our homework done, we’ll be there supporting you in person as we have done for many years in F1. All the success in the world Mark, you deserve it.
    p.s. Good luck this weekend lets see the famous leap on the top step, we’ll be there at Farm Curve cheering you on – give us a wave mate. All the best.

  • suzanne finch
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Mark I can’t imagine Formula 1 without you. It won’t be the same. I’ll keep track of your new career and wish you all the best. I hope Timo and Romain are better race pals than that other bloody german. Kick ass and all the best for the rest of the season.

  • Alejandro García
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Please Mark, don’t let the F1 world!

  • Natalie
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Will definitely miss watching you in the F1 Mark! Best wishes for the future! X

  • Jamie Thomson
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    I’ll miss watching you in F1, Mark, but all the best with Porsche. Will always be a fan.

  • Carmen
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    First I was shocked to read about you leaving F1. You are one of the reasons I watch every race. But I fully understand that you are leaving at this moment. You must do what you need to do. Now I definitely have to change to digital TV so I can watch these WEC races. Mark, I wish you good luck for the rest of the F1 season and even more luck for your new future carreer.

  • Kspeed
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    We’ll miss you in F1, but the tyre’s are rubbish! Can’t wait to see you in action in the future. Meanwhile take points off of Seb and chop that finger of his off! Off with that finger!

  • Brian S
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Exciting news Webbo. Looks like an excuse to travel to watch Le Mans in 2014.

  • Jo
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Gutted to see you leave F1 Mark but wishing you the best of luck for the future…and for this weekend, you’ve nothing to lose so go get em champ!

  • apps/appy
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Good on you Mark just kick some bottoms there and we know you wil do that

  • Owen
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for all your hard work and dedication, Mark.

    I will be watching WEC next year just because of your involvement.

  • rj808
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Congrats. Always been a porsche fan.

  • John Whitby
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Congratulations Mark- good luck. Can’t wait to see you at Le Mans next year. Not bad for a second driver eh?

  • Ben
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Good on you mate. Hope you have great success with your new team.

    Been a delight watching you in F1. Will continue to be one watching you in the WEC.

  • Paul Madden.
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Congratulations Mark. I’m delighted for you. Always a fan. Paul.

  • Bartosz
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    I’m very sad to hear that you leave F1. Good luck in WEC mate!

  • jochen
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Splendid! BEST DESCISION!! Very good to hear that news. I’m sure you’ll become one of the fastest and most ambitious sportcar racer of our time and you’ll line up with heros like Kristensen, Sarrazin, Lehto,etc. I’m really looking foreward to seeing you entering the Porsche LMP1 project!! I wish you all the best and lots of sucess!
    jochen

  • Cj
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Awesome! Will be nice to see you driving with your foot to the floor. The company car might be nice too!

  • Hitch
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Mark. You’ve done Australia proud during your F1 years. Nine wins (so far) is a great effort given the ball and chain Red Bull gave you to wear in the form of support for the other bloke. Silverstone has alway been a happy hunting ground for you, so get out there this week and have some fun!

  • Lindsay
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Good luck Mark. I will miss you recing in the Formula 1.

  • Heath Thomas
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Sad to see you go Mark, but good it’s on your terms. Wish you all the best in your future endeavours, look forward to seeing you race for Porsche.

  • Peter
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Congratulations mark, it’s been great watching a fellow Aussie rip it up on the F1 circuit for all those years.. I look forward to following your next chapter in your career.. Bring on the WEC..

  • Derryn
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    I’m in shock. Your going to be sorely missed Mark.

  • William
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Mark sorry you are leaving f1 you are a true gent and will be missed in a big way. Goodluck for the future

  • Peter
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Who will speak the truth and nothing but the truth in F1 now? Will miss having you in F1, but at least there still is an Aussie in F1. Go and wipe the field with you skills at Porsche and the rest of the year!

  • Steve Southwell
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Wont be the same without Mark on the grid of F1 (we are distant cousins). At least I wont feel compelled to watch the races live, and will get some sleep. Best of luck in the future Mark!

  • MW
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    F1′s loss is WEC’s gain. Will be supporting WEC from 2014 onwards.

  • Chris K
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Good luck with Porsche Mark! One of the best drivers on the F1 grid at the moment. Looking forward to seeing you race at Le Man and in the WEC!

  • Stowe Gregory (@stowegregory)
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for everything in F1 Mark! Been a lot of good fun and good for the sport! Will miss you being one of the more down to earth guys. But good luck in the future, hopefully things should be far less unlucky there! :)

  • Michael Sorensen
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Welcome to WEC – awesome series and much more than LM

  • Deirdre Elliott
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Sad to see you leaving at the end of the season Mark but you will always be my No1 F1 champ…best of luck with your future career and keep safe…I’ll be watching from Ireland and no doubt will be travelling to see you next year at Le Mons

  • Lucy Malley
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Had the pleasure of meeting you last Friday, glad I did before you move to pastures new. Down to earth, a true gent and brilliant ambassador for F1. Good luck in your new adventure x

  • Margaret Dunlop
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Sad to see you go but Good Luck for the future

  • Matty
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    F1 is getting silly with tyres, I think it’s the right time for you to switch! I think I might stop watching the F1 and switch to watch you preform in the WEC, it will be more interesting.

  • Bug
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    F1 won’t be the same without you – congrats on the move to Porsche. Maybe now we can get Le Mans on Oz TV…..

  • Mike Jakob
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    What a sad loss to F1. Mark I wish you well & will continue to follow you on TV as I watch motorsport. Red Bull failed you over & over but you kept your head and stood proud, it has been a pleasure to have been able to watch you drive as you brought so much to F1 and loved to listen to you as you were always so honest & great to listen to.

  • Aïsh
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    I’m in shock……
    Many of yours fans want you in Formula 1 for more years,(specially I… )but, it is your decision and we support you in any time and anyway.
    I wish you all the best in all your life.
    Good luck. 我爱你

  • k
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    i’m crying ㅠ ㅠ
    Don’t go Mark.
    I will miss you.

  • Adrian Riley
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Sad to see you leave Mark, been a pleasure watching you race and always entertaining and interesting watching you being interviewed on the box mate. Good luck for the rest of the season at RB and hope you do well and above all enjoy yourself next year in the Porsche. ;-)

  • Javier
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Sad to read that you’re leaving F1. You are a great sportsman and an awesome person. Goddluck with Porsche.

  • Lucy Malley
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Had the pleasure of meeting you last Friday, so glad I got the opportunity. Down to earth, a true gent and a great ambassador for F1. Good luck for the future xx

  • Chris Guy
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Sorry you’re leaving F1 but not surprised. It’s hard enough fighting the other teams without having to fight your own. I hope you get the support you deserve from Porsche.
    Pity though; you would have made a great World Champion. Honesty and straight talking are hard to find in F1; even harder next year!
    Give it all you’ve got at Silverstone.

  • Neil Watt
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    F1s loss is endurance racings gain.

    All the best in your new venture.

    F1 has lost its driver with the most integrity and honesty.

    I hope that Red Bull signs Kimi and he blows Mr Finger away

  • Lisa
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Sorry to see you go, followed your career in F1 with great interest and always cheered you on. A big fan. Good luck in your new endeavour.

  • Geoff White
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    Good call Mark ! All the very best for the future.

  • Eve Hewitt
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    For those of you new to sportcars food sources of news and info are dailysportscar.com and the midweek motorsport listeners collective on facebook.

  • Eve Hewitt
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    that should read ‘good sources’…now where are my specs??

  • Lisa
    on June 27, 2013 Reply

    F1 won’t be the same without you. All the best of luck for your future ventures.

  • Anselmus
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Utterly heartbroken…

  • Samantha Stanier
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Well ive only just heard the news and i wanted to say thanks for the 12 years Mark! Its been a great journey and if it wasnt for supporting you, i wouldnt have done all the travelling. So thanks! All the best for the future and thanks for the memories. x

  • mightyk
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Sad news but expected. Webb has long been my favorite driver on any grid. His demeanor and no BS approach, to me, makes him a MAN among boys. Mark Webber wins at everything he does, and AussieGrit will continue to thrive.

  • Jocky
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Congratulations Mark!!! I’ve watched every race of your F1 career and am looking forward to doing the same in
    Le Mans!!!!!!

  • Tillmann
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    What a bad day, sitting at school and receive a message from my dad that you will wind up with Formula 1.
    However I wish u all the best for the rest of your career, I am sure u will get what you want at Porsche!
    And allways remember, you also have fans in Germany :D
    Best regards from Stuttgart!

  • Ian W
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    As last weekends Le Mans race showed, you are heading to a far better place, no team orders, no favouritism just pure racing from start to who-will-win finish. And you are joining one of the best names in motorsport history.
    Good luck and enjoy the future.

  • Matthew Burt
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    All the best Mark, followed your career since the AMG CLK-GTR days into F1 and will follow you again in Sports Cars. Good to see you are going on to a World class Sports car competition and not setlled for what own coutry’s top category has to offer world class drivers, nothing, a bloody joke and SFA compared to ALMS and the FIA GT categories. Just a shame most are not enlightened enough to know about them. And we will get to see you at Le Mans again. Which will make it worth going next year!

  • steve
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Sad News today, Your always be a no.1 driver in a lot of peoples eyes good luck mark don’t let them grind you down ;-) Many thanks for your time Mark

  • Greg
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Congrats on an awesome F1 career Mark.You are a prime example of the Aussie spirit! If you have any input please make sure Dan Ricardo doesn’t drive for Redbull cause he’ll get treated like second best just like you cause of that retard VETTOOL

  • Ferni
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    All the best Mark!!
    You will be such competitive as you´ve been allways for sure!
    your Basque supporter

  • Wendy
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    So sad to see you go but understand things can’t stay the same forever.Looking forward to Hungary as I have tickets for that weekend. Sorry it will be the last time I get to see you race live in F1. I will continue to follow your exploits and wish you well in your new ventures. You will be missed

  • Abi
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Good luck and congratulations Mark, it’s about time you were respected by your team. Wishing you the best for the remainder of the F1 calendar, and your years at Porsche.

  • Wendy
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    P.S. Thank you for the last 12 years Your an amazing talent exciting to watch and full of grit!;) Loved every minute

  • Pauline
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    You will be sadly missed. You are the reason I watch F1 no matter what time it screens in Australia. Good luck with Porsche and WEC.

  • TRFC
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Mark – I too am crying at the news, only watched the F1 coz you were in it. Thanks for your hard work, thanks for the wonderful smiles, thanks for the sportsmanship. Good luck to you in the future. Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie…..

  • Dan
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Sad to see you leaving Mark, was always good to watch you, still a bit mad at Vettel for that sneaky overtake but hey, all the best in your new career.

  • grant
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    ive been following you ever since you were racing at Le mans and from your first race with Minardi to Jaguar then to Williams and then to Redbull.. its a shame but to me you were the reason why i still watched F1. i will be at Singapore cheering you on for the last time in F1.. ive traded my 2014 tickets to the Australian f1 GP for Singapore GP tickets just to see you in a F1 again… good luck in the future and for the rest of the year in F1 your still the true champ to me

  • Christoph
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    One of the fairest and most gentlemanly drivers leaves the F1. You will be missed. But on the other hand: I only just caught up with the sleep lost over the last 24 h race. Seeing you race in one of Le Mans’ most legendary brands will be awesome. Go for the win!

  • Gj Worner
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Very sorry that you’re leaving F1. Was hoping you’d stick it to that **** Vettell before you left.
    Here’s hoping the rest of your season is awesome and you get to return the favour of team orders. ;)

    Good luck in your new seat.

  • Jer-An
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    All the best Mark, I wish you all the best to push Porsche into the next gears of victories. Your decision is absolutely right. The German Red Bull Forumlar 1 driver, sorry I forgot the name, but should start with S.V. sucks!

  • Stephen S
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Mark,
    What a pleasure it will be to see you in a Porsche..not just any one ,but the latest factory effort. This I imagine will be a “true” opportunity for you to utilize your talent and us witness it in the greatest sportscar maker in history. Cheers

  • Steve
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Hey Mark.

    Sorry your leaving F1, you will be sorely missed. A great racer and a good bloke. Good luck in sports cars.

  • Andrew Cheetham
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Top bloke,iam really sorry to see you go,would have loved to see you stuff vettal
    I thought you might have had a go at the Isle of Man tt with your mate mcguiness

  • Smurf
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Well what to say, you have been an important part of formula one since day one and a credit to your family through all the controvesty of recent times. You have been the bigger man through all of this and leave F 1 a true sportsman (unlike the other red bull driver). Was hoping to see you drive the new engined F1 cars next year but not to be, I chose the wrong year not to go to silverstone I think. All the best for the future, and for the rest of this season, give it death. True Aussie Grit!!!

  • Ryan
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    I’ve been following you since your first year in F1. You’re my favourite athlete in the world and that’s because you have incredible talent, tenacity and skill but more importantly, you have something most in F1 do not: Integrity, humility, honesty, maturity, responsibility and true sportsmanship. You’ve never compromised your ethics or your morals. Mark, I will of course cheer you all the way through to the final race of this year(and beyond) but I want to say now that it is a privilege to watch you race an F1 car. I’ve never watched too much Le Mans racing -but that will change now!

    One more thing, Mark: Thank you. Thank you very, very much.

    -Ryan

  • Kaye
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    The end of an era. Gonna miss seeing you competing in one of the greatest sports on earth. Its a massive step but I’m sure it will bring you a fresh challenge. I’ll always endeavour to follow and support your new adventures. Good luck at Silvo – it would be great to see you flying high on the podium. Race like your arse is on fire!!!!! There’ll be tears in Brazil. Good luck Mark in everything you do, to your fans you’ll always be number 1 :)

  • Jez
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Australia’s F1 viewership just dropped 90%!

    Congrats on your decision

  • Sue
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    So sorry that you’ve decided to quit F1 but not surprised. Been a big fan of yours for as long as I can remember and so pleased that I will be at Silverstone this weekend to see you at your last British Grand Prix. Hope for a repeat of 2012. Good Luck Mark.

  • Kyle
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    “Our Aussie Champ ” Mark sorry your going ! However a Porsche prototype isn’t a bad replacement . You have. Unfinished business at Le Mans after 1999 Go win it! And remember the triple crown Monaco , LeMans & Indy 500. Would be an awesome achievement No Aussie has achieved in the modern Era. ” or ever”. We love u Mate

  • Meadhbh
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Mark – you are the heart of Red Bull. Without you they are left with very little morals. Good luck to you in the future and mainly have a ball! Watched Le Mans for the first time this year – immense! Enjoy! Although you will be missed on the F1 circuit. :)

  • Jerry
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    You made F1 fun again. Sorry to see you leave. All the best to you, Mark !!!

  • Leanne Stinchcombe
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    F1 won’t be the same without you Mark. Hopefully you will be treated with a lot more respect from your team mates and team than you got from Red Bull ;-) will keep watching you when I can. Good luck in Le Mans x

  • Ian Banneville
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Fantastic move Mark – not only a great opportunity but must be very exciting given you are such a Porsche fan

  • OJ
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Good to see you out of the rat race mate. You’ll blitz the sportscar series

  • Brett
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Will miss seeing you in F1 but good luck with Porsche. I still get chills remembering that pass on Fernando at Au Rouge.

  • Rana
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    DISAPPOINTMENT…. Too big disappointment!
    I was sure you would be the champion. If not this year, it would happen next year. What if you are not 25 anymore? Experience is as important as youth. Anyway you are not 45. There is no any other driver with your qualification. So gentle, so talented, so experienced. Who will we support in F1 next year?
    However I am glad that I will still be able to watch you driving. Porsche, Le Mans 24 Hours!!!
    I wish all the best for you.
    Thank you for all those pleasant races and your perfect personality that you show us. I expect you get much success up to the end of the season.

  • George
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    So sorry you are leaving F1.you’re the best world champion that never was & a true professional sportsman unlike your so called team mate. good luck at Porche

  • kevin wilson
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    its a sad to know that he is going to me mark u are the best F1 driver i seen so dont worry to me you was always p1 driver to me

  • Clint
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    A sad day for F1 to see my favourite driver and the paddock’s most honest and genuine bloke leaving. You’ve been a great ambassador for the sport, and I hope you get a few more wins before you go. P.S. thanks for signing my hat in Montreal last year!

  • Enid Fenton
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Good luck to you Mark.I hope you will be appreciated fully for the huge talent you are.For me,you are and always will be too good for RB.Miss you in F1,only a handful of real men,real racers left now. All the best.X

  • Mark Bonner
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    The return of the legend that is Porsche to Le Mans sees the timely arrival of a true legend in the making.

    Its a marriage made in heaven.

    I can’t wait.

  • Ani
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    You’re amazing Mark! You make F1 worth watching with your bold moves and no-nonsense approach to racing. Looking forward to following your new career. Best of luck!!

  • Gail
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    A True Aussie guts & determination all the way F1 wont be the same without you, good luck in the WEC I’ll be watching.

  • Greg
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Great move! F1 and Red Bull are the losers here. Porsche and WEC gain a true champion of the sport. Best of luck, you deserve it.

  • Bill G
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Good luck have followed your career since watching you in a Formula Ford at Bathurst your a great ambassador for Australia

  • Taka
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Dear mark, Before you leave, do a “Grosjean” on vettel please. with a middle finger protruding from your cockpit at the same time.

  • Ray Plant
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    You have just converted a stack of fans to your new category. I just became a porche fan! You got me into F1 and I haven’t missed too many races since you were with Jaguar. Thanks for the honesty, the guts and the true aussie grit. Love the move. It’s a new fresh start and you will now get the team support you should have had all along. No doubt you will take all your fans with you. All the best.

  • Wags
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    As Porsche owner and a F1 fan- I’m thrilled you’ll be behind the wheel when Porsche returns to top level of sports car racing. Congrats on the bold decision to take charge of your career.

  • Dalton
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Congrats Mark. Was hoping to see you at work one last time in Melbourne but Le Mans sounds better. Maybe you can score an exhibition drive in a 917k. Enjoy Porsche.

  • Grant B
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Hey Mark – congratulations, great decision. Now I will ask the question on every Aussie’s mind: Will you be available to drive at Australia’s greatest race, the Bathurst 1000 at Mt Panorama, in 2014?! We’d love to cheer you on to a win there!

  • Ashley Takwalai
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Mark ,best news for you since you won in Melbourne with Manadi .jolly good show Mark ,now you can show the world that your shoe laces ate not tied together any more ,knowing the Professionalism of the Porsche team you will be number one in what you do best ! Good luck Mark .from your Pitt Marshall’s from Melbourne . Asha1

  • Sennafan
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Mark you have provided great pride for all Aussies in the world of F1, Thank you. Can’t wait to see you race in Sport Cars for Porsche next year. True racing legend.

  • Kevin Johnston
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Hi Mark.

    Congratulation on joining the Porsche family. If you’re passing through Calgary Alberta Canada, come visit the Porsche Club of America, Wild Rose Region folks. We’d love to take you for a ride.

  • Kevin Johnston
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    One more comment – do you have Carrera GT? I think I saw a pic in F1 a few years back.

  • Bacchulum
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Congratulations Mark, I think you’ve got the timimg absolutely right, and there’ll be plenty more ‘bubbles’ coming your way.

  • Liam
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    All the best, Mark. Sorry to see you leaving F1, but at least I won’t have to support Red Bull any more!

  • john kearvell
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    The very best of luck mate. Sad to see you leave F1, but you will bring your great professionlism and skill to this new venture. Will continue to follow a great driver. Go mate.

  • Chris
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the 11 years and 200+ starts as a massive fan of yours in F1. I’ll be following your progress closely back into Sports Cars with Porsche. Good luck mate!

  • Aussie follower
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Turning the page will be exciting for you and all your followers. Hope Speed channel gets to show us all your races live. Give them hell.

  • Funkmother
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    This is absolutely the right decision to make at the right time. F1 is no longer interesting because of the politics. Meanwhile, sports cars is where its at. The WEC is a great and exciting series. I can’t wait to see Mark to compete in it.

  • Rosen
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Le Mans is going to have a new winner!!!
    That’s great, good luck Mark!!!

  • Peter Mackenzie
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Great news mark. Well done on a brilliant stint in f1 and good luck with this new challenge. I will see you in Singapore in September.

  • PeterMAs
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    All the best for a Le Mans wins in the next years and a British GP this year, We will miss you in F1 where you deserved better. Good luck from Oz in all your endeavours

  • JP Montoya
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Mark, what a pitty to see you go :-( You were great for the sport. My friend Tom Verbruggen (De Voorzorg in Antwerp) and his wife Sandy are one of your biggest fans! He even has an official FIA-certificate of one of your F1-raceresults hanging on his livingwall. And Sandy just bought a brand new car! (some say it’s a Porsche…).

  • Donny
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Exciting new start :-) All the best… would like to see more actions from you

  • diana
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    mark I have your photo on most of my tshirts in redbull, it looks i have to start printing your photo on LeMans races, i miss you ,all the best, you are an inspiration for all of us

  • stef
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    I hope that Kimi Raikkonen will not switch to red bull. otherwise it was made in the same way as Mark webber. we will miss you!!!

  • Dave Smith
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Best wishes Mark with Porsche, a team I am sure will treat you the way you deserve to be treated as a Champion. I will enjoy watching your last season in F1 but will miss the pre and post race interviews you do as you are always honest and respectful unlike some of your peers. Best wishes, us Brits think of you as one of our own Australia has a real Champ in Mr Webber.

  • Kağan Devecioğlu
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Webber Iam your fan ı followed all time .Please stay f1 different team.You are so honest and power character person.

  • Brett
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Congratulations on the Porsche deal Mark but I’ll miss seeing you in F1. I still get chills thinking about your pass on Fernando at Eau Rouge.

  • Tommo
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    Wow took at least 20 minutes to read all the well wishers and fans of Mark A Webber.

    Mate first up i am gutted but happy for you in the same breath. Have been a long time follower until the switch to red bull and have since supported you and your team from there. I still have your limited edition signed helmet sitting proud on my desk which i bought courtesy of this website.I will continue to watch and support red bull in F1. The main reason i support you the most mate is that your cut from a different cloth , different from the other drivers. You werent born with a silver spoon in your mouth and you took risks and did things hard. A weaker person would have curled up and withered away. You have stared adversity in the face and as a true aussie does, you just say it like it is. I am very very sad you are leaving but i a glad you are still racing. Unfortunetely i dont have enough room left on my walls to cover LMP racing but maybe just maybe if i get rid of some of my Vettel stuff i can make room. Just Joking. All the best mate, 2014 sunday nights just wont be the same without you but i do hope we can have a chuckle when the 2nd RBR F1 driver keeps finishing outside the points. It takes 2 class drivers to win an F1 WCC not a favoured single 1.

    All the best Mark, try and keep the wheels facing down this time.. :)

    Tom

  • Frank
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    All the best for the rest of the F1 season and beyond Mark. I have enjoyed watching pretty much all your F1 races. Look forward to watching you in WEC.

  • Phosay P
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    With all the equipment favors the other guy but there’s only 0.1 of a sec difference. Well done Mark, and best of luck with Porschce.

  • Jacqueline Larkin
    on June 28, 2013 Reply

    All the very best Mark – off to tune up the Aussie Anthem for the WEC podiums! Thankyou for the years of F1 racing viewing pleasure and flying that Aus Flag on the world stage!

  • Andy
    on June 29, 2013 Reply

    As our “Adopted” british driver we’ll be sorry to see you go mate, always loved the way you told it as it was, not bad for a number 2 driver huh ? best of luck with porsche, hope you have a level playing field there.
    Andy.

  • dave kirkpatrick
    on June 29, 2013 Reply

    Sorry to see you leave F1 Mark but all good wishes for your new venture. You will be missed.

  • bruce
    on June 29, 2013 Reply

    Sorry to see you go, but at least your going on your own terms. Will be in Singapore in September, would be nice if you could win that one. All the best for the future.

  • Bidi
    on June 29, 2013 Reply

    Formula 1′s loss is Porsche gain but it will not be the same without My Favourite Driver. Im sure you will be brilliant as always and looking forward to you winning Le Mans :-)

  • Cheryl
    on June 29, 2013 Reply

    Congratuations Mark! F1 won’t be the same without you. I look forward to watching you race at Le Mans.

  • Diana
    on June 29, 2013 Reply

    Nobody will wears the uniform Red Bull,like you Mark!!!.The most talent and sexy F1 driver.All my respect from Mexico

  • Diana
    on June 29, 2013 Reply

    Mark,you have inside of you, the most important thing:a Beautiful Light that never dies;this light will be with you forever. A brilliant author called Joseph Murphy used to say that. All my respect from Mexico. GOD BLESS YOU!! DIOS TE BENDIGA!!

  • Kai
    on June 29, 2013 Reply

    Mark, I’m so happy that you’ve taken on this new challenge. I love F1, but I also love LeMans and sportscar racing so much. They’re lucky to have you as they develop their program. I can’t wait to watch!

    Thank you for your integrity and honesty in F1. You’re a great role model for the kids (and adults) who admire you.

    ~ Kai

  • stu
    on June 29, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the ride in F1 Mark. It was great with some downs as well. Hope you can finish off in fine style and move to Porsche in good spirit. Wish you only the very best.

  • Carol
    on June 29, 2013 Reply

    Thank you Mark for all you have done in F1, the skills and courage you have displayed, the entertainment and inspiration and outstanding role modelling you have provided, and the dignity you have displayed in the face of gross injustice and the way you have been treated by Red Bull. Their initial success was all because of you and it will be impossible for them to replace you with someone who can give all that you have given to them. Congratulations to Porsche for recognising an outstanding driver and sportsman. Hope they televise the races in Oz as we will really miss seeing you in F1. Wishing you the best of everything and looking forward to you showing the world your championship qualities in this next stage of your career.

  • N
    on June 29, 2013 Reply

    Gonna miss you mate! F1 won’t be the same, can’t believe the way you were treated in Malaysia by your own team mate was really really bad All the best for the rest of the year and your future in Le Mans! Hope it is shown in Oz

  • Sharran
    on June 29, 2013 Reply

    Gutted to see you leaving F1 at the end of the season for purely selfish reasons – no more eye candy! That said I totally understand the decision and wish you all the best in your new venture. Red Bull’s loss is most definitely Porche’s gain.

  • Beáta
    on June 30, 2013 Reply

    Hi Mark,
    I am going to miss you very badly during every single F1 race weekend. You have always deserved respect and support as a man and sportsman. No doubt you know what is the best choice for your future. So I just wish you all the best, a very successful career at Porsche. I guess World Endurance and Le Mans gain lots of new fans because of you. ;-) Good luck, Mark and be very happy!

  • Laura
    on June 30, 2013 Reply

    It´s a shame MW to leave F1. A true gentleman…don´t leave yet…you´re very competitive…GO TO FERRARI

  • George
    on June 30, 2013 Reply

    Happy for you, but now have to find out about this new Porsche series and watch it also. Thanks old pal, you are doing Australia proud.

  • Randusff
    on June 30, 2013 Reply

    Gutted! Nearly crashed my car when I heard news on the radio….. Who will I scream at TV for every other week? F1 will never have that frisson of excitement again because the hottest
    man ever to pull on a race suit is leaving….I admire you for being a real bloke living a real life in the UK with a
    real partner and your dogs, paying
    your tax , not like the rest of them holed up in Monaco with their plastic
    model/pop-star girlfriends…Now how
    do I get tickets for Le Mans? xxx

  • Laura
    on June 30, 2013 Reply

    It´s a shame. I think you are very competitive yet. Don´t leave yet, go to Ferrari with Alonso.

  • Andrew
    on July 1, 2013 Reply

    Congrats on the podium finish mate! Great drive today. Keep up the great work! Looking forward to Germany… Andrew J :D

  • philippe
    on July 1, 2013 Reply

    you will miss in F1, but it’s right choice!! win championnship this year!!!

  • peter dale
    on July 1, 2013 Reply

    stunning drive today especially from a bad start. Really thought you were going to get “Britney” on the last lap. Great decision re Porsche, see you at Le Mans, Best wishes Peter

  • Cathy
    on July 1, 2013 Reply

    Fab Drive today, Sad I couldn’t be there to see your final Silverstone Race,Been there for a few and last years win. You always stood out from the other drivers to me. Wish you well in your new career and know that Aussie Grit will get you to the top in the WEC. Good Luck for the rest of the F1 season xxx

  • Jem kunz
    on July 1, 2013 Reply

    Great race today. Your skill, honesty, forthrightness, gentlemanly behaviour and general down to earth attitude will be sorely missed in the corporate blandness that F1 is becoming. Porsche are lucky to have you.

  • Steve R
    on July 1, 2013 Reply

    we will be there 2014 LM the home of real motor racing,welcome home .
    R.I.P Allan Simonsen

  • miticosul
    on July 1, 2013 Reply

    Thank you! It was fun watching you drive and you made f1 politics bearable! ;-) congratulations for the switch!

  • Debby
    on July 1, 2013 Reply

    Fab drive Mark…so so proud of your achievement yesterday. So pleased I was at Silverstone to see it. Terrific. Debxx

  • Mark j
    on July 4, 2013 Reply

    Will be missed mark a true legend and gent in f1 good luck with Porsche will be with you all the way buddy !!!

  • Garry
    on July 5, 2013 Reply

    Was proud to be at silverstone to witness a great drive. A true Brit who lives a normal life we can associate with and agree pays uk taxes which is to be admired today. Good luck in LMP1

  • Hollie_leopard
    on July 10, 2013 Reply

    Gutted when I heard you were leaving F1, but I hope you get the respect you deserve at Porsche. Am I right in assuming that your move is coz you don’t like the idea of being Rubens Baricello #2?
    Although I’ll miss your approach to F1, [Site Manager Edit - the rest of this post has been deleted due to inappropriate content.]

  • Mike B
    on July 15, 2013 Reply

    PCA Suncoast Region welcomes you to the Porsche team. Rest assured that Timo and Romain will be the teammates you so deserve.

  • ben (sydney)
    on July 15, 2013 Reply

    Love ya mark.my hero.one of the all time greats and still one of the fastest/best overtakers/racers till the end.your f1 seat wasn’t handed to you on a silver platter and if you had got the car you deserved earlier on theres no doubt you would of been a multiple world champ.ive seen every race of your career and felt the highs and lows with you mate,i teared up when you announced the end,really sad day,apart of me died.youve done Australia proud mate.youve earned full respect in the paddock and from fans and are right up there in the all time points scored category(not bad for someone who didn’t get a race winning car till you were roughly 33).good luck in the next chapter aussie grit :)

  • AC from Brisbane
    on September 19, 2013 Reply

    Have just booked our flights to France for May 2014. Can’t wait to see Mark in action at Le Mans!!!

  • Clio
    on October 7, 2013 Reply

    GB = Great Bloke
    Two major incidences in my career saw me move on to much greater and happier things. It hurts like nothing – totally understand how you must be feeling, but something drives you forward and above all the challenges. Hope you have the biggest party ever once the F1 season is over and hitch a ride on all the cars in the world on YOUR way to YOUR new career.

  • Pat Edlin
    on October 12, 2013 Reply

    As a ‘Brit’ I always support Lewis and Jenson, but I have had a soft spot for you for years, and would never have begrudged you winning. You’re a great ambassador for F1, and the best World Champion we should have had. Good Luck to you Mark, and if you win at Suzuka ‘fairdickum’.

  • maz
    on October 20, 2013 Reply

    where on the tv will i still be able to see mark race plz

    • Mark Webber Site Manager
      on October 21, 2013 Reply

      At this stage we’re not sure of exact viewing schedules for 2014, however we’ll update fans via the website when we do know more.

  • wayne mortimer
    on November 3, 2013 Reply

    I also would like to know if we can still watch mark webber race when he moves.thankyou for the person that replied to the question

  • jackie mccreanor
    on November 7, 2013 Reply

    Really will miss you in formula one but wish you all the best with Porsche you have been my favouriite driver god of your honesty and secretly coz you be got a ridgeback like me.

  • Tristan Michael
    on November 17, 2013 Reply

    Deer ly robbed by the redbull team for years what ever happened to elders first wait your turn? Oh how my blood has boiled for quite sometime. Hopefully you should put on a good proformance with the leman team porche and really show them how good you are!!!

  • Chrissy
    on November 19, 2013 Reply

    Can’t tell you how gutted I was on hearing you were leaving f1. Not only a brilliant driver but a true gent, plus the fact you’re hot helps!! ;) Really do wish you all the best in the future and I will also be tuning in to support you. X

  • Robin
    on November 23, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for all the fond memories Mark . You have always done yourself and Australia proud and make me proud to be an Australian Thank you very much Mark

  • neil
    on November 25, 2013 Reply

    Going to miss you in F1 Mark, it’s been great watching over the last 12 year’s. I will be headiby to Le Mans in June. You have done yourself proud. Keep up the good work.

  • Manos
    on November 25, 2013 Reply

    WE WILL MISS YOU IN FORMULA 1. COME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ginos
    on November 25, 2013 Reply

    Mark,
    Thanks for representing your country so well. Congratulations and we’ll come see you race for Porsche next year.

  • Natalie
    on November 25, 2013 Reply

    I’m so sad you’ve left f1, almost cried! Wont b worth watching without you in it for lots of reasons (mainly your skill plus you’re sexy as hell!) You drove brilliantly today and certainly left on a high! Wishing all the best to one of the nicest guys in sport. Xx

  • Malcolm Olle
    on November 25, 2013 Reply

    Great work

  • Harry
    on November 25, 2013 Reply

    F1′s loss, WEC’s gain. Good luck and success.

  • Chris
    on November 25, 2013 Reply

    Great work Mark, will be following you in the WEC.

  • Darryl
    on November 25, 2013 Reply

    G’day Mark – Great race in Brazil this morning – congrats on a great finish to your fantastic F1 career. Pity about the slow pit stop, but excellent result anyway.
    Thanks for your brilliant effort over all those years, and good luck with Porsche – we’ll be watching.

  • Jean
    on November 26, 2013 Reply

    Have added Motors TV to my favourite channels and look forward to watching some good racing. You certainly “made your Mark” in F1 and good luck in WEC.

  • Denise from Brisbane
    on November 26, 2013 Reply

    Dear Mark,
    I’m sitting up in bed watching the replay of your last F1 race. I fell asleep last night and was gutted that I missed the race. As a member of the Mark Webber Supporters Club, I’ve travelled to Melbourne, Monza and Monaco to see you race and win! I’m very proud of you and thank you for being a great sportsman and role model for aspiring Australian sports stars. Best of luck with Porsche and I’ll be there to support you at Le Mans in the next two years. Go Team Webber! DDx

  • Grant Bridge
    on December 15, 2013 Reply

    Mark you were very quick this year but your Red Bull let you down badly at times. Not to mention wheels coming off in Germany and China. You definitely should have finished above Fernando. It was like Lewis in 2012, who could have easily beaten Seb with a decent share of luck. Mate good luck and go the Raiders.

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