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Porsche holds the keys to any Mark Webber announcement

Apr 15, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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Mark Webber’s future both with Red Bull and in Formula One has been a hot-button issue since Malaysia, but rumors of his departure intensified this weekend.

Webber, who raced in sports cars before moving to Formula 3000 and then making his F1 debut in 2002, is linked to a seat at the Porsche factory LMP1 prototype team from 2014. Radio Le Mans, the radio broadcaster of the FIA World Endurance Championship, cited an unconfirmed report that a deal is already in place between Webber and Porsche at this weekend’s WEC race in Silverstone.

The nature of announcements with manufacturers in sports car racing is very much a process. Porsche hasn’t yet premiered its car, or named its drivers for its LMP1 program. However, they are expected to be a mix of its factory drivers (it has 10 at the moment spread throughout its worldwide racing programs) and potentially several outsiders.

The 10 Porsche factory drivers for this year are: Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Long, Patrick Pilet, Wolf Henzler, Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz, Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, Marco Holzer and its newest factory driver, Nick Tandy.

It’s not as simple as if Webber and Porsche can just come out and say there is an agreement in place. The process could entail whether Webber would be joining Porsche as a factory driver, whether it would need to remove any of its current 10 to make way, and how the two collectively would go about making any announcements. The official news would likely come from Porsche confirming Webber, not the other way around.

There will undoubtedly be more to this story as the year presses on, but nothing will be official until Porsche confirms it one way or another. Porsche denied Webber’s potential future involvement this weekend, but it could well be just a temporary stance.

  1. apexassassin - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Why would they want him? I just don’t see it.

  2. techmeister1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    I hope Porsche does hire Webber as he has proven time and again that with the same equipment he is faster than Vettel and a honorable person unlike Vettel and the other dirtbags at Red Bull who malign Webber every chance that they get. Webber would do well at Porsche and they would appreciate his talent unlike Red Bull who wants Webber to always finish second to Vettel because of Vettel’s huge ego.

    Vettel literally went insane in Malaysia when Webber pulled away from him to the tune of a half-scond per lap until Red Bull told both drivers to lower the power and maintain position so that they could finish the race without issues. Vettel being an arsehole, refused to lower his power and that was the only means he had to beat Webber who lead him all race.

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