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Old 14 Oct 2016, 04:56 (Ref:3679911)   #1
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Mark Webber Retires Oct 2016

So long Mark...good effort!

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Old 14 Oct 2016, 10:21 (Ref:3679949)   #2
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Yes well done Mr Webber on a wonderful career!, hope he appears at least once at Bathurst in the near future.
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Old 14 Oct 2016, 14:06 (Ref:3679993)   #3
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I was a bit surprised - seem to recall Kristensen and McNish going well into their forties and being competitive. But he's earned retirement. Shame he hasn't won the big one, but then he's never been in love with Le Mans (and who can blame him?).
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I was a bit surprised - seem to recall Kristensen and McNish going well into their forties and being competitive. But he's earned retirement. Shame he hasn't won the big one, but then he's never been in love with Le Mans (and who can blame him?).
You mention Kristensen and McNish - Webber's retirement announcement seems to me to be in the exact same manner as those two. Guys that are well respected inside their own teams deciding to quit on their own terms and staying with the manufacturer even after motorsport retirement.
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Old 14 Oct 2016, 15:12 (Ref:3680011)   #5
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But a few years earlier than both of them.
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Old 14 Oct 2016, 15:49 (Ref:3680023)   #6
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This caught me by surprise too, he seemed to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and team effort of WEC and looked like he was gonna carry on for a while. At least he's going out on a high and with a world title to his name
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I was a bit surprised - seem to recall Kristensen and McNish going well into their forties and being competitive. But he's earned retirement. Shame he hasn't won the big one, but then he's never been in love with Le Mans (and who can blame him?).
With the influx of young single-seater drivers making the switch to sportscars, the bar may have been raised just enough to make it difficult for older drivers to be assured of a factory LMP1 seat into their forties.

Thanks for the drives Mark. His stint in Bahrain with the ailing #17 last year was almost a microcosm of his racing career - but thankfully, it had a happy ending. Hopefully there's at least one more victory left in his time at Porsche.
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The 40-year-old Webber will become a Porsche 'special representative' at global events and work as a consultant on motor sport programs...

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The 40-year-old Webber will become a Porsche 'special representative' at global events and work as a consultant on motor sport programs...

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a.k.a Porsche want to make sure Webber and his image can't work for anyone else
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Will Jenson Button replace him at Porsche?
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Will Jenson Button replace him at Porsche?
No. Button is under contract to McLaren and Honda next year (despite the retirement/sabbatical announcement), if he's racing something next year it'll be GT500 in Japan more likely. 99% likely it'll be either Nick Tandy or Earl Bamber in that seat tbh.
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Porsche have more or less said it will be Tandy or Bamber.
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Nowhere have I seen a statement by Mark that this is permanent.

How many have "retired" to....ta-daaa...make a re-appearance. I won't even start to list them.
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