Webber: Le Mans showing better than expected
16 June 2014 – Mark Webber says Porsche should still be proud of its performance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, despite the Australian's car being hit with a terminal technical issue in the closing stages of the race.
Webber, sharing the #20 machine with Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley as part of the World Endurance Championship, was holding a podium position when he had to return to the garage with a powertrain problem.
"That was tough," said Webber. "It would have been such an amazing achievement to go through to the finish.
"We never expected to be in such a great position towards the end of the race. What Porsche did is a very big feather in its cap. Few people know how hard it is to get the cars to this point. I'm really sorry for the guys."
Webber said Porsche can draw some consolation from the fact that it completed plenty of clean mileage.
"There is never a good retirement in Le Mans, but this is one of the best you could probably have, as we went so far and we learned so much," he said. "If you stop early you learn nothing and it's tough. When you stop with a lap to go it's probably even more brutal. It was our first time at Le Mans and we were very close to the podium."