Webber completes first Porsche test
Mark Webber has completed his first day of testing in Porsche's new LMP1 car.
Last month's Brazilian Grand Prix was Webber's last Formula One race as he embarks on a new career in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) with Porsche next year. The German outfit has been testing all year ahead of its return to top level sports car racing next season and Tuesday's test at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal was the final day of the 2013 test programme.
"My first day in this fascinating project was an intense experience for me," Webber said. "I would like to thank Red Bull Racing for giving me the chance to join the project so early. This is a major and important step for us all. It allows me to integrate with the team quicker and to contribute to further developing the LMP1 race car. We have a long way to go and it involves a lot of hard work. I have no misconceptions about this."
Webber officially joins Porsche on January 1 next year and the head of the team's LMP1 programme, Fritz Enzinger, also thanked Red Bull for allowing Webber to test
"I'm delighted to have Mark in the team so early," Enzinger said. "Red Bull Racing has helped us considerably in allowing this!"
The car is set to do battle with Audi's championship-winning R18 e-tron quattro and Toyota's TS030 Hybrid in LMP1 next year. The Porsche features a four-cylinder engine with two energy recovery systems and will make its debut race at Silverstone in mid-April next year.