Webber completes first laps with Porsche LMP1
11 December 2013 – Mark Webber got the chance to sample the Porsche LMP1 car he will campaign in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship this week.
Webber, who took part in his final F1 race last month in Brazil, is still contracted to Red Bull Racing - his former team, but the Milton Keynes-based outfit gave him special permission to run at the Algarve International Circuit near Portimao.
“My first day in this fascinating project was an intense experience for me,” said the Aussie, who officially becomes a Porsche factory driver on January 1 2014, linking up with Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Neel Jani.
“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.”
Fritz Enzinger, who heads up the Porsche LMP1 development programme, and who was previously head of BMW’s F1 operation, also thanked Red Bull.
“I’m delighted to have Mark in the team so early. Red Bull Racing has helped us considerably in allowing this!” he stated.
“Between the roll-out of the completely new car back in June and now we have made significant progress,” he continued. “Every single kilometre was important, providing us with new data that brought the development forward.
“The whole team has worked extremely hard and I would like to express my sincere thanks for this.
“Our efforts will continue unabated in 2014. Until the start of the season at Silverstone in mid-April there is still a lot to do.”