Mark Webber Hangs Up His Racing Helmet; Takes On A New Role

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Mark Webber was known for his qualifying laps in the Formula One races when racing for Jaguar, a relatively an uncompetitive team at that time. He went on to surprise many of his teammates with his laps around the circuit.

This was back in 2002 when he began his Formula One career and carved a niche for himself. Mark Webber's first win came from Red Bull team in the 2009 German Grand Prix. He later went on to win 9 races and a commendable 42 podium finishes.

Mark Webber has announced his retirement from all forms of motorsports and will assume a new role in Porsche. The 40-year old motorsports racer will be a special representative for the German automotive manufacturer.

Porsche is not new to Webber, when he announces leaving Formula One in 2013, he began racing for Porsche in 2014 racing LMP1 Sportscars in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Webber said that this is a big decision; however, he was extremely fortunate to receive great counsel from two legends in motorsports - Sir Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda about his timing to announce the decision.

He went to say that the timing is right as priorities have changed and is he found it nice to make the decision on his F1 career in his own terms. He was very happy being the cockpit of Porsche and about winning the last three seasons with the German racing team and looking forward to the fourth.

Webber said that apart from Porsche, he is excited about the opportunities with Red Bull, Channel 4 in the UK, and Network Ten and Michelin in Australia. He is also working on new ventures as well.

Webber started his career in Formula One in 2002 with Minardi and helped them score points for the first time.

Then a year's stint with Jaguar saw him qualifying for a provisional pole position in Q1 at the Brazilian Grand Prix and taking third on the grid on the Saturday's qualifying - a first for Jaguar's four years in Formula One history.

He moved to Williams the next year as a test driver before pushed as a team driver and went to take his first podium finish at the Monaco Grand Prix.

In 2007, Webber was signed by the Red Bull team as driver alongside David Coulthard where he won his first win in the 2009 German Grand Prix.

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