WEBBER CLOSES OUT HIS SECOND TERM
Three years into his post-Formula 1
career as a sports car racer, Mark Webber
has elected to call time. The Australian, who
joined Porsche’s factory LMP1 prototype
team after a dozen grand prix seasons,
will now serve in a promotional role for
Porsche while also lending his expertise
to TV commentating on F1 and WEC.
“I have arrived where I belong,”
Webber said. “Porsche is the brand I
always loved most and the one that suits
me the best. I will miss the sheer speed,
downforce and competition, but I want
to leave on a high and I’m very much
looking forward to my new tasks.”
Joining Porsche’s start-up Porsche
919 Hybrid program, Webber struggled
initially to get to grips with the car, but a
later higher-downforce version was more
in tune with his skill set. When the
second-generation 919 was enhanced
further with a revised aero package, it
would go unbeaten through the second
half of the 2015 season.
Webber, with teammates Timo
Bernhard and Brendon Hartley, took four
of the car’s six 2015 wins en route to the
drivers’ title, and finished second in the
24 Hours of Le Mans. The trio have added
four more victories this year. P o r
14 FALL 2016
Briton Ed Jones emerged from a convoluted
season finale for Indy Lights with the
championship – and its coveted helping
hand toward an Indy 500 entry for 2017.
Could his Carlin team be stepping up, too?
Testing with a driving suit borrowed from new
teammate Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden
rushed to take up the opportunity of a lifetime.
Mark Webber adapted well to
the unique requirements of
endurance racing, while also
mentoring junior teammates.