Mark Webber will end his Formula One career at the end of the current season. He has signed a contract with Porsche's new sportscar programme and will contest the Le Mans 24 hours.

Mark Webber will end his Formula One career at the end of the current season. He has signed a contract with Porsche's new sportscar programme and will contest the World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 hours.

The Red Bull driver has been in F1 for the past 12 years and has won a total of nine grand prix along with another 27 podium finishes and has also achieved 11 pole positions.

“It’s an honour for me to join Porsche at its return to the top category in Le Mans and in the sports car World Endurance Championship and be part of the team. Porsche has written racing history as a manufacturer and stands for outstanding technology and performance at the highest level,” says Mark Webber. “I’m very much looking forward to this new challenge after my time in Formula 1. Porsche will undoubtedly set itself very high goals. I can hardly wait to pilot one of the fastest sports cars in the world.”

The Australian driver's decision to quit F1 now leaves driver market wide open. Kimi Raikkonen is believed to be Red Bull's first choice to replace Webber. However, they could also opt for McLaren's Jenson Button or promote one of their drivers in their junior team Toro Rosso.

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Mark Webber to quit F1 at end of season