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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:52

Mark Webber to quit Formula 1

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Red Bull’s Mark Webber has decided to quit Formula 1 after being involved with sport for twelve years.

The Australian is now set to head up Porsche’s new drive in endurance racing and feels the time is right to move on. At the age of 37, the Red Bull driver admits to have lost the motivation he once had for the sport and says that ‘the fire in the belly is not quite what it was’ back when he was 24 years old. This decision was in the making for quite some time now, and everyone would have had a bet online that Mark and Red Bull were destined to part company along time ago.

Mark Webber has been relatively successful in his Formula 1 career, with nine Grand Prix wins, eleven pole positions and thirty six podium finishes. His Grand Prix debut was in Australia 2002 and he has been with Minardi, Jaguar, Williams and Red Bull. He nearly won the championship in 2010, but it didn’t quite happen for him.

The last few years at Red Bull have been interesting to say the least, with his estranged relationship with his team-mate Sebastian Vettel well documented and in full view of the media spotlight and the world. This in-fighting at the Red Bull team and the perception that Vettel always takes priority has probably forced his hand, as the Australian has stated that he feels he still had one more good year left in him.

However, it is always a difficult decision to make, as to when one does leave and go on to something new and challenging. In Mark’s case, the offer from Porsche came along at the right time, sparked his interest and hopefully the new opportunity will perk up the driver’s motivation and we can then see Mark Webber the exceptional driver that we all know he is.

In the light of day, the time to leave is probably the right one. As next season in Formula One will see regulation changes like the introduction of turbo engines with a fuel limit, and we have all seen the ongoing saga with Pirelli tyres this season, and no doubt this will be an issue that seems never able to completely go away.