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Mark Webber’s Red Bull in a great late afternoon shot at Circuito de Jerez, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain on 6 February 2013…

Webber is grinding around honing the RB9 Renault chassis into a fine pitch before the start of the 2013 GP season, his last before departing to sportscar success with Porsche.

He is, pictured below in the Porsche 919 Hybrid he shared to 2nd place at Le Mans in 2015 with Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard, the Porsche trio of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb won the classic.

I have tried hard to find photos which show the efficient, complex, fast machines lines to best effect but no angle is a visually pleasing one.

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Porsche 919 Hybrid; Chassis: composite carbon fibre honeycomb Suspension: front and rear multi link actuated by pushrods Steering: hydraulically assisted rack and pinion Brakes: carbon fibre discs front and rear: Wheels/Tyres Michelin 310/710mm-18inches in diameter front and rear Weight circa 870Kg. Engine: 2 litre V4 turbo developing circa 500bhp with accumulator type lithium-ion battery, with Engine Generator Unit developing circa 400bhp on front axle Transmission: rear wheel drive, all wheel drive via KERS on front axles, gearbox itself 7 speed sequential with hydraulic actuation (Getty)

Click here for a fantastic detailed technical description of this amazing car in ‘Racecar Engineering’…

http://www.racecar-engineering.com/cars/porsche-919/

Webber’s teammate Sebastian Vettel took the 2013 F1 title for the fourth year on the trot but it was a lean year for Mark in terms of race wins, he was second in Malaysia, Britain, Japan and Abu Dhabi and third in the drivers title chase behind Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Off to challenges anew in Stuttgart for Mark including the Drivers Title win for Webber, Hartley and Bernhardt for Porsche in 2016…

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Le Mans 2015; Porsche 919, Mark Webber (Getty)

Credits…

Paul Gilham, Getty Images

Tailpiece: Webbers #17 Porsche 919 at Le Mans in 2015…

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(Getty)

 

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