Red Bull’s Mark Webber announced this morning that 2013’s season-closing Brazilian Grand Prix will be his last Formula One race.
The Australian has been strongly expected to retire at the end of this season since his public fall out with team-mate Sebastian Vettel following the ‘Multi-21’ affair at the Malaysian Grand Prix earlier this year, during which his German counter-part defied team orders to pass the Aussie and claim victory.
Webber will next year be racing with Porsche for their World Endurance Championship, including piloting the LMP1 during the Le Mans 24hr race.
“I realize F1 is seen as the absolute pinnacle of motorsport and I’ve worked with some incredible people, in particular Adrian Newey.” Webber said on his website. “I’ve driven in some of the toughest and most challenging conditions and circuits, and against some incredible drivers which I’ll continue to do until the end of the year. Will I miss some of this? Yes, of course, but time doesn’t stand still for anyone and it’s time to move on to my next challenge.”
During the 36-year-old’s twelve-year long career in Formula One, he has driven for Minardi, Jaguar, Williams and Red Bull, claiming nine wins so far – all with Red Bull.