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Webber to race for Porsche in the WEC next year // Mark Webber leaves F1 behind him at the end of this season

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Australian driver Mark Webber has announced his departure from Red Bull and Formula One at the end of this season, moving to face a fresh challenge in the World Endurance Championship in 2014. Joining Porsche for their new LMP1 Le Mans initiative, Webber will leave F1 behind him after nine victories - assuming there are no more to come this season.

Speaking of his new gig, Mark says: “It’s an honour for me to join Porsche at its return to the top category in Le Mans and in the sports car WEC and be part of the team... Porsche will undoubtedly set itself very high goals. I can hardly wait to pilot one of the fastest sports cars in the world.”

The team he leaves behind, Red Bull, have made no announcements on who may replace the outgoing driver, and team principal Christian Horner paid tribute to Webber’s work, saying: “His achievements in F1 are extensive and I’m sure he will continue to push hard... We support Mark’s decision, he has been an excellent addition to the team since joining us in 2007 and we wish him all the best in the next stage of his career.”