Former F1 driver Webber announces retirement

Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:27am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Former Formula One driver Mark Webber will retire from professional racing at the end of the world endurance season in Bahrain in November, Porsche said on Thursday.

"The six-hour race...on November 19 will be the last time the reigning World Champion from Australia will compete as a works driver," the manufacturer said in a statement.

Webber, 40, will become a Porsche 'special representative' at global events and work as a consultant on motorsport programs.

The Australian won the World Endurance title with Porsche in 2015 with Germany's Timo Bernhard and New Zealander Brendon Hartley.

"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," said the winner of nine Formula One grands prix with Red Bull.

He competed in 215 Formula One races for Minardi, Jaguar, Williams and Red Bull before leaving in 2013.

"It was a big change from Formula One to LMP1 (Le Mans Prototype) and an entirely new experience. But it came at the right time for me," said Webber.

"It will be strange getting into the race car for the very last time in Bahrain but for now I will thoroughly enjoy every moment of the remaining races."

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Porsche factory driver Mark Webber appears on stage during the Porsche Rennsport Reunion V at Laguna Seca Raceway near Salinas, California, September 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Michael Fiala