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Mark Webber announces retirement from racing

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It was announced yesterday that former-F1 driver Mark Webber will retire from professional racing at the end of the year. He confirmed the news in a joint statement with his current team Porsche on Thursday.

Since leaving Formula One at the end of 2013 with nine victories to his name, Webber has been racing in the World Endurance Championship with Porsche. With three races remaining in the current season, Webber has announced his retirement before becoming a “Porsche representative” next year as follows:-

‘I have arrived where I belong. Porsche is the brand I always loved most and the one that suits me the best. The 911 is iconic — it has got elegance, performance and understatement, and is never intrusive. It is just the right car for every scenario.

‘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.’

Webber won the WEC title in 2015 but missed out on victory at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans on five attempts over his entire career.

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume yesterday in a statement to the media said the following about Webber’s racing retirement as follows:-

‘Mark Webber stands for everything what Porsche implies: sportsmanship, power of endurance, straightforwardness and focused work for success. He is full of beans and always a thoughtful listener. I want to thank Mark for his great performance in the World Endurance Championship and am pleased he will remain tightly connected to Porsche in the future.’

Webber’s career in Formula One spanned 12 seasons with four different teams, racking up 42 podiums and nine victories. He came closest to winning the title in 2010 but was ultimately beaten by Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel. He finished third in the standings three times before leaving for WEC at the end of 2013.

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Mark Webber wins World Endurance Championship title

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Yesterday former F1 driver Mark Webber won the world endurance championship in Bahrain  alongside Porsche team mates Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.

Webber left Formula One at the end of 2013 after Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel had won a fourth successive championship, took the title after his number 17 Porsche finished fifth in the Six Hours of Bahrain.

The Australian-New Zealand-German trio, who had to make two unscheduled pitstops; prevailed by five points to became Porsche’s first world sportscar champions since 1986.

The Bahrain season-ender was won by the number 18 Porsche of Switzerland’s Neel Jani, Germany’s Marc Lieb and Frenchman Romain Dumas – a victory that ensured the title for the sister car by denying rivals Audi.

In a interview with the media after the event, Webber stated the following about securing the title as follows:-

‘We had a lot of problems and it was very stressful. We got the car home and we had enough points and enough wins to be world champions.’

While Webber was savouring the moment, Vettel was also triumphant in London – winning the Race of Champions individual title in the event at the Olympic Stadium.

But massive congratulations to the Porsche team and also to their drivers Mark, Brendon and Timo on winning the championship. They have truly been fantastic all season and deserve the title.

Tribute to Mark ‘Aussie Grit’ Webber: His Best 10 Races to Date

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As you all know, Mark Webber has decided to leave the Infinity Red Bull Racing team for 2014 to move to Porsche. I decided to pay tribute to Mark’s years in the sport by analysing his best 10 races of his Formula One career to date. All I want to say is a big thank you to Mark for making the last few years for me amazing and great especially as a McLaren fan by providing some great wins and memories for me as an F1 fan.

It has been very hard to even judge the best ten races Mark has done. But I have managed painfully to do it. The countdown begins now in ascending order…

10. Spanish Grand Prix 2010

Superb win for Mark. A brilliant and dominant race. Mark at his absolute best. A cracking race win for him! 

9. British Grand Prix 2010

Mark wins his first British Grand Prix in a dominant display in front of the British crowd. We all remember this race when Vettel attempted to force Mark off the track on the approach to Corpse corner, but Mark held on and Vettel made contact with Hamilton. This was his third victory this season and what a drive. [No video avaliable]

8. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2013

Mark took Pole Position away from Vettel with an amazing lap time. I could not believe it. Mark showed all the skill, determination, speed and commitment to produce one of the best Pole Positions I have ever seen him do. And he drove solidly to claim second place in the race! [No video avaliable]

7.  Monaco Grand Prix 2010

Great drive from Mark to win the Monaco Grand Prix since Sir Jack Brabham since 1959. And it was all the sweeter when Mark took the lead of the Driver’s Championship of that year. 

6. Monaco Grand Prix 2012

Mark’s second victory at Monaco was amazing. This victory created a new record for the sport as there had never been six different winners of the opening Grand Prix of the season. He also became the first multiple Australian Grand Prix driver to win multiple victories of the circuit. Well deserved. 

5. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2009

Mark battled his way to second place in the race and holding off an attack from newly crowned World Champion Jenson Button in the final lap. Mark once again showing the ‘aussie grit’ and determination that we all know and love. [No video avaliable]

4. Brazilian Grand Prix 2009

The second win of Mark Webber’s career. The opening lap was separated by three different incidents. The first was Kovalainen making contact with Vettel coming out of the Senna ‘S’. The second took place two corners later with Sutil trying to pass Trulli out of the fifth corner. Both cars were eliminated. The third took place in the pit lane Kovalainen was released from his pit box with the fuel hose still attached to the car, took it with him and a spray of fuel. Luckily no one was hurt, the Brawn mechanics got the fuel tank release off his car. Barrichello led the first part of the race. Mark Webber took the lead as Barrichello struggled with the pace and took the win. Also, Jenson Button was declared the World Champion and Brawn GP. But Mark fully deserved this victory! 

3. British Grand Prix 2012

Mark wins the race ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. Just a brilliant drive from Mark to take away victory from Alonso in the latter stages of the race! His second race win at Silverstone. And what a win! [No Video was avaliable]

2. Australian Grand Prix 2002

This of course is Mark Webber’s debut race in Formula One. Mark was driving for the Minardi team on a three race initial contract. He qualified 18th and was 1.4 seconds ahead of Yoong. Mark managed to bring the car home in fifth place and become the fourth Australian Grand Prix driver to score World Championship points and the first points for Marc Gene since 1999. 

And Finally 1. German Grand Prix 2009

Mark’s first Formula One win. I have never wanted any other driver to win so badly. Mark finally tasted victory after 130 race wait which is the longest any driver in the sport has taken to score his first win. And what a win! Mark Webber had finally entered the winning circle. 

I wish Mark every success in the future. He will be missed by everyone in the paddock and it has been a privilege to seen him drove and mature into what I think is one of the most respected and well loved drivers by the paddock and fans of the sport.