For the 2014 season Formula 1 pilot Mark Webber will trade his position playing second fiddle to Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s three-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel to head up an ambitious effort by Porsche.
Porsche has announced that Webber will be a factory driver for the brand’s entry into the World Endurance Championship (similar to the American Le Mans Series), which includes the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans. Porsche will challenge Audi and Toyota at the highest level of the sport, competing in the LMP1 category with an all-new racing prototype.
Webber will join a team of driver that includes former F1 test driver Neel Jani and long time Porsche factory drivers Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas.
“It’s an honour for me to join Porsche on its return to the top category at Le Mans and in the sports car World Endurance Championship and to be part of the team,” said Webber. “Porsche has written racing history as a manufacturer and stands for outstanding technology and performance at the highest level.”
The Australian has raced twice at Le Mans, while his F1 career includes 9 victories, 11 poles and 36 trips to the podium.