Red Bull driver, Mark Webber, has announced that he will be leaving the sport of Formula 1 at the end of this season to go and join Porsche in their new sports car programme. Mark Webber has been at Red Bull since 2007, but has had doubts about his future at the team due to his fairly poor relationship with his partner driver and 3 successive time Drivers’ Champion, Sebastian Vettel. On various occasions these two competitive drivers have clashed, but they no longer will as Mark Webber is sadly set to leave Formula 1.
Mark Webber first joined Formula 1 in 2002 when he made his debut for Minardi, but after one year at that team, Jaguar snatched up the Australian in 2003. After two years there, he moved to team Williams where he stayed for a further two years until he finally moved to Red Bull in 2007. His first victory came under Red Bull in 2009 when he won the German Grand Prix which was soon followed by promising races finishing second in China, Turkey and in the British Grand Prix.
The 2010 season was a very successful season for Mark Webber having 10 podium finishes and winning 4 Grand Prix’s in Spain, Monaco, Britain and Hungary. He led the Drivers’ Championship leader board for most of the season, but saw the title snatched from his grasp by fellow team-mate Sebastian Vettel who left it down to the final race of the year to win his first Drivers Championship leaving Webber in 3rd place. 2011 was a similar year for Webber as he finished 3rd in the race for the Championship losing out, yet again to Vettel.
After finishing a disappointing 6th in the Drivers’ Championship last year in 2012, Mark Webber has now officially announced he will be leaving. He could have stayed if he wanted to as he had a good relationship with the Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz who said he could stay, but he has gone to drive for Porsche instead. Coming to the age of 37, Webber has admitted that even if he did stay in the sport for another year, his time in Formula 1 was very limited.
There have already been talks about who might replace Mark Webber as Sebastian Vettel’s new partner and it seems as though a strong candidate is Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen. Among other possible replacements are Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. Yet, it will be a tough job to try and take over as Webber was one of the world’s best. Plus the new driver will have to handle with Vettel accordingly as he has been known to go for glory, overtaking fellow teammates including Webber, when strictly being instructed not to do so.
Mark Webber commented on his migration to Porsche, “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. I’m very much looking forward to this new challenge after my time in Formula One. Porsche will undoubtedly set itself very high goals. I can hardly wait to pilot one of the fastest sports cars in the world.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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