Mark Webber
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Webber calling it quits on F1 in favour of endurance racing

AUSTRALIA'S leading F1 driver Mark Webber is set to quit Formula One and switch to endurance racing with Porsche next year.

Reports from Radio Le Mans overnight suggested Webber had signed a five-year deal with Porsche to lead its 2014 World Endurance Championship campaign, including the iconic 24-hour Le Mans race.

Speculation of a move to Porsche has been circling for some time and the car giant last week did not deny an interest in hiring Webber for its new sportscar program.

The rumours intensified after the Malaysian Gand Prix where Webber was set for victory in the closing laps before Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders not to pass, relegating Webber to second.

The Aussie then had a disaster on Sunday in Shanghai, failing to finish after breaking the front wing of his Red Bull and losing a wheel when he collided with Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne.

Webber had started the race from pit lane after his team decided to change his gear box and make other modifications.

Fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo recorded his best F1 finish, crossing the line in seventh spot.