Porsche says there is no validity to the rumors of Mark Webber moving to their sports car program in 2014 after the internet and Twitter was buzzing with many saying he would be contesting the 24 Hours of Le mans. Even the 24 Hours of Le Mans Twitter account was parroting the idea saying:
“Mark Webber at the 24 hours 2014 with Porsche …May be … #LM24 AussiGrit (sic) #mission2014”
That got the press to asking the right people the right questions and Porsche’s Wolfgang Hatz said they had not signed Webber as they prepared for their upcoming test telling Andrew Cotton on AutoAction:
“We still have plenty of time to decide our driver line up,” said Hatz.
“We will use some of our own drivers and add some external drivers – we have two cars and need six drivers next year. There is a test plan, and for sure Mark Webber is not part of them.
“For now we are concentrating on the schedule – the plan is a mid-year roll-out of the car, and in the autumn we will finalise our driver combination.
“What we need is the best combination of drivers that fit together. LMP1 is a team sport, and if you have three of the quickest drivers, I am not sure that this is the best way. Yes, we can have perhaps some Formula 1 drivers in the future, but it is not necessary.”
That doesn’t sound like he’s ruling anything out but oddly the Sydney Herald has AutoAction quoted him as saying:
“There is a test plan and for sure Mark Webber is not part of them,” he told AutoAction.
“We can have perhaps some Formula One drivers in the future but it is not necessary.”
You may recall Webber’s last time at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1999 for Mercedes:
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Let’s hope Mark doesn’t have any more flipping moments, he’s had quite enough in his career:
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