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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