Red Bull Racing driver and Sebastian Vettel\'s frequent on-track sparring partner Mark Webber is leaving Formula 1 at the end of the 2013 season, and will drive for Porsche next year in both the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race and the World Endurance Championship.
\"It\'s an honor for me to join Porsche in its return to the top category in Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship, and be part of the team,\" said Webber in a statement. \"Porsche has written racing history as a manufacturer and stands for outstanding technology and performance at the highest level. I\'m very much looking forward to this new challenge after my time in Formula 1. Porsche will undoubtedly set itself very high goals. I can hardly wait to pilot one of the fastest sports cars in the world.\"
This marks Webber\'s return to Le Mans, having already driven in the legendary endurance race twice--in 1998 and 1999--for Mercedes-AMG. In addition, in 1998, Webber, along with Bern Schneider, took second place overall in the FIA GT Championship, also for Mercedes-AMG.
When asked if his decision had something to do with this year\'s Malaysian Grand Prix or with any other conflict within the team, Webber would only say that it was part of his personal plan and that he will \"remain tightly inside the Red Bull family.\"
Good luck to Webber\'s endeavor in Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship then. Let\'s just hope his endurance racing career this time doesn\'t have a flying start.
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