Mark Webber has announced that he will leave Formula 1 at the end of the season to join Porsche's new LMP1 sportscar programme. The Australian's decision leaves the second Red Bull seat alongside world champion Sebastian Vettel available for 2014, with Kimi Raikkonen already strongly linked to the drive. During his Red Bull contract, the Australian has achieved 9 wins (Germany 2009, Brazil 2009, Spain 2009, Monaco 2010, Great Britain 2010, Hungary 2010, Brazil 2011, Monaco 2012, Great Britain 2012), 35 podiums (36 in total during his F1 career) and 11 Pole positions. Marks’ dedication and success has also been a major factor in the team achieving three Constructors’ World Championships (2010, 2011 and 2012).

Christian Horner: “I am sure Mark thought long and hard before making what has no doubt been a very difficult decision. His achievements in Formula One are extensive and I am sure he will continue to push hard and build on that record until the end of the season. We support Mark’s decision, he has been an excellent addition to the team since joining us in 2007 and we wish him all the best in the next stages of his career.”

The decision on who will replace Webber will not be made until later in the season.