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Mark Webber leaving Formula 1 for Le Mans 24 Hours challenge

By Jack de Menezes

Mark Webber today announced that he will leave Formula One at the end of this season.


The popular 36-year-old Australian will join Porsche's new sportscar programme and could compete on the classic Le Mans 24 Hours race.

Webber, who has been in Formula One for 12 years, said: "Porsche has written racing history as a manufacturer and stands for outstanding performance and technology at the highest level. I'm very much looking forward to this new challenge after my time in Formula 1. I can hardly wait to pilot one of the fastest sports cars in the world."

In his career Webber has won nine grands prix, twice finishing third in the World Championship.

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