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Mark Webber ends racing career with Bahrain WEC podium

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Mark Webber brought his racing career to a close on Saturday with a podium finish in the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain.

Webber, 40, has spent over 20 years in motorsport, working his way up the single-seater ladder before making his Formula 1 debut in 2002 with Minardi.

Webber enjoyed the bulk of his F1 success towards the end of his time in the sport, taking his maiden grand prix victory in 2009 with Red Bull before missing out on the drivers’ championship at the final race in 2010.

The Australian retired from F1 after the 2013 campaign, moving into the WEC with Porsche following the revival of its LMP1 program for 2014.

Although the Le Mans win he craved eluded him, Webber did become world champion for the first time in 2015 alongside Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard behind the wheel of the Porsche 919 Hybrid.

Webber announced last month that he would retire from racing following the 2016 season, making his final start with Porsche at the Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday.

Webber was given the honor of completing the final stint of the race, bringing the no. 1 car home in third place to cap off his career with a podium finish.

Webber received a rapturous reception on the podium at the end of what was a poignant race for the WEC, given Audi’s departure after 18 years in the premier class of sportscar racing.

Webber is set to step up his commitments as a F1 pundit in 2017 with British TV following his step back from racing.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”