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Mark Webber leaving Formula 1 for Le Mans 24 Hours challenge

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SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 17: (FILE PHOTO) Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing is seen during practice for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on October 17, 2008 in Shanghai, China. F1 driver Mark Webber collided with a motor vehicle during his charity event the Mark Webber Challenge on Saturday November 22, 2008 and is being treated for injuries including a broken leg after being airlifted to hospital. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 17: (FILE PHOTO) Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing is seen during practice for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on October 17, 2008 in Shanghai, China. F1 driver Mark Webber collided with a motor vehicle during his charity event the Mark Webber Challenge on Saturday November 22, 2008 and is being treated for injuries including a broken leg after being airlifted to hospital. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 17: (FILE PHOTO) Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing is seen during practice for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on October 17, 2008 in Shanghai, China. F1 driver Mark Webber collided with a motor vehicle during his charity event the Mark Webber Challenge on Saturday November 22, 2008 and is being treated for injuries including a broken leg after being airlifted to hospital. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

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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