Webber bids a fond farewell to Formula 1 at the Brazil GP

Mark Webber is walking away from F1 this weekend     PHOTO: RED BULL MEDIA
Mark Webber is walking away from F1 this weekend PHOTO: RED BULL MEDIA

Mark Webber will take to the cockpit of a Formula 1 car for the last time at the weekend as he retires from the sport after the Brazil Grand Prix.

The Aston Clinton racer is leaving F1 to race sports cars for Porsche and will be desperate to go out with a win at one of his favourite tracks, Interlagos.

Webber, who finished third at the US Grand Prix on Sunday, made his F1 debut in 2002, scoring Minardi’s first points in three years. He has also enjoyed spells at Jaguar, Williams and most notably Red Bull where he has partnered – and often locked horns with – record breaking four-time world champ Seb Vettel.

He came close to a world title in 2012 when he outperformed Vettel in the early part of the season and looked to be a major contender.

But the Aussie fell away with no wins in the second half of the season and eventually finished sixth.

The Vale speedster has spent this week with family and friends prior to heading to Sao Paolo for the season – and in his case F1 career – finale at Interlagos where he has won the twice before.