Webber targeting Le Mans glory as retirement looms

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Mark Webber is already setting his sights on his first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans as he enters his final two weeks as a Formula One driver.

The thirty-seven year old Australian made his F1 debut in 2002 with Minardi, but his best days have come with Red Bull since 2009 where he has won nine races and three constructors’ championships. However, Webber will retire at the end of the year in favor of joining Porsche’s LMP1 programme that will see him compete in the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and he is already setting his sights on winning the prestigious race.

“It’s human nature to want more, obviously I want to win Le Mans, to put that with the Monaco – that would be nice,” Webber explained on Australian TV.

“Whether one is enough there, maybe I want to grab a few. But of course you’ve got to get the first one done, which won’t be easy. So that’s the first goal, to win Le Mans, win that outright down the road. And then we’ll go from there.”

Webber is still looking to add one more grand prix victory to his collection in the final two races of the season, but with teammate Sebastian Vettel currently in the form of his life, he appears to face an uphill struggle. Nevertheless, his career has been an impressive one, and he explained in Abu Dhabi that he considers himself to be as good as many world champions.

However, with the all-conquering Audis dominating the race at Le Mans for over a decade now, Webber and Porsche may struggle to win the event at their first attempt in 2014.

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.