Mark Webber To Leave F1 For Porsche

Just prior to this past weekend’s British Grand Prix, there was big news in the F1 world when Red Bull’s Mark Webber officially announced what had been rumored for some time. Following the end of this season, Webber will leave F1 completely to join Porsche’s new Le Mans and WEC program for 2014. Not only will this bring even more attention to Porsche’s much publicized return to Le Mans, but it also brings up the question of who will take Webber’s seat at Red Bull.

Kimi and Vettel as teammates anyone? Oh boy.

-Mike


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19 comments
worker bee
worker bee

Being a very talented driver and still being number two at an F1 racing team must be a very hard pill to swallow after a few years pass and the novelty of being in the top team wears off. Then you realize you actually have very little chance of winning a championship as long as you're with that team. Reminds me of Barrichello and Schumacher.

ThomFrischknecht
ThomFrischknecht

better whip vettel out f1, put perez there. kimi back to mclaren like it used to be.. would be great!

rzcasillas91
rzcasillas91

I've heard rumors that Red Bull might be a sponsor on Porsche's LMP1 efforts...it would make sense being that Webber is still really good friends with the higher ups at Red Bull (the drink not the team) plus Red Bull already sponsors other VAG motorsports programs like the VW WRC program and a couple of the Audis in DTM

Venator
Venator

Quite a few drivers can be quoted that Le Mans is way more challenging and physically tougher. Step back from F1? I hardly think so..

Robo_No1
Robo_No1

I'm relishing this on all fronts to be honest...

 

1. Mark walking out on the 'Top' F1 team at the height of their success takes real balls. He has my utmost respect for taking that decision on his own (Red Bull even confirmed they would have extended his contract if he wanted)! I can't wait to see him in WEC and Le Mans.

 

2. I'd love to see Kimi in the 2nd Red Bull. I've never been a Vettel fan, don't get me wrong, he's good. But he isn't Alonso, Raikonnen, Hamilton good. So it would be the perfect opportunity for KR to go in there and bag himself the F1 comeback title he deserves. Or, Vettel could prove a lot of people wrong by taking on one of the most respected drivers in the paddock and hold his own. 

 

3. Also it leaves a seat free at Lotus for Di Resta to ditch Force India who repeatedly let him down (despite their best efforts). He's been out performing that car for two years now, he deserves a faster drive.

Jochem
Jochem

I hope Kimi won't join RBR, Lotus is a good team, so why change? The person who takes Webbers his seat will be the #2 driver at RBR, no question. Vettel is one of the best drivers on the grid in this car. Don't expect that they put him as the second driver.

pidjnr
pidjnr

The whole point of Torro Rosso is a junior red bull team, its where they groomed vettel I won't be surprised if its Ricciardo

Chris 'Haffy' Hafner
Chris 'Haffy' Hafner

And then he backs up a 2nd place after his decision at silverstone. Shows he still has game. My guess for Vettel's teammate is Daniel Ricciardo, just a hunch.

Rick R
Rick R

It's about time Mark Webber ditches Red Bull. They've been giving him the shit-end of the stick for the longest time & praising Vettel. (Don't get me wrong, Vettel is a good driver). I hope this move will gain Mark Webber the spotlight he deserves.

Option13
Option13

I'm sure Kimi would love to give Vettel some driving lessons if RBR isn't just looking for another #2 driver.

gatoonik
gatoonik

The important thing is, WHOS GONNA GET HES SIT!!

FunctionFirst
FunctionFirst

What a rumor mill starter... Should be interesting to hear who joins Vettel. 

SpicyWonton
SpicyWonton

I think the partnership of Mark Webber and the return of Porsche will be a force to be reckoned with for the coming season. I am looking forward to it. As for F1, I'm a big fan of Kimi Raikonen and his personality... if says he does go to red bull and vettel, i'd like to see how he'd lay down the hammer on Vettel. Never been a Vettel fan to be honest.

Oliver J H Rose
Oliver J H Rose

 @Robo_No1 Agreed ! 

Webber is a fantastically talented and likeable guy, you can tell he is passionate about racing and actually gives real interviews. he was great to watch before he joined red bull and while he was there i think he has enjoyed himself and gotten a lot from F1. I can't wait to see him at Le Mans and in WEC, he will be great for the series with his history and following and being already known by so many racing fans.

DomoKun
DomoKun

Leaving f1 is a step backwards so the spotlight will be less on him if anything.

Robo_No1
Robo_No1

 @DomoKun Yes, but walking out of the 'top' F1 team at the height of their success shows someone who is confident in themselves. He has maximum respect from me for that.

DomoKun
DomoKun

 @Robo_No1 Or just someone who knows when to call it and leave on a high...


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