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In a surprise announcement ahead of the British Grand Prix, Red Bull driver Mark Webber said Thursday he is leaving Formula One after this season to race Porsche sports cars.
The 36-year-old Australian said he signed a contract with the German company ''that extends over several years'' and that he will compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours and World Endurance Championship next year.
''I'm very much looking forward to this new challenge after my time in Formula 1,'' Webber said in a statement. ''Porsche will undoubtedly set itself very high goals. I can hardly wait to pilot one of the fastest sports cars in the world.''
Webber has struggled this season, failing to win a race and is currently fifth in the drivers' championship, 63 points behind teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Webber first raised doubts about his future with Red Bull after Vettel ignored team orders and overtook him for victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
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Mark Webber stunned Formula One when he said on Thursday he's leaving the series after this season to race Porsche sports cars.
Webber said at the British Grand Prix he's signed a multi-year contract and will compete in Porsche's new LMP1 sports prototype at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the world endurance championship next year.
He has struggled this season, failing...
Kimi Raikkonen says that he has not yet decided what he wants to do next year, despite the confirmation that Mark Webber's seat is available.
Raikkonen is widely regarded as Webber's most likely replacement, although Lotus is still trying to hang on to him.
"I still don't have an answer for what will happen next year. It hasn't changed since the last two races...
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Facing possible interest from Red Bull, Lotus says it will try to persuade Kimi Raikkonen to stay in 2014.
Lotus boss Eric Boullier acknowledged Friday that Red Bull was interested in the 2007 champion following the announcement that Mark Webber was leaving the team to pursue sports car racing. But he insisted the 33-year-old Finn was ''happy with what he has.''...