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Red Bull is nothing, Porsche is everything

Porsche 956 at 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Porsche has released a highlights video from the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed showcasing its Le Mans heritage. It got us thinking, in Australia, the mainstream media just doesn’t seem to understand what a big deal it is that Mark Webber will be part of the iconic company’s return to LMP1 racing at Le Mans next year.

Of course, Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport, we understand that. But Webber’s current employer Red Bull Racing, for all of the amazing thing it has achieved, is a minnow on the motorsport landscape when compared with Porsche.

Porsche is racing.

As the legendary Jacky Ickx, a six-time Le Mans winner himself (four with Porsche), says at the end of the video, “They make the soul of motor racing.”

Mark Webber will never be an F1 world champion, and that’s a shame for all Australian motorsport fans. And yet, by moving to Porsche, he has the chance to join the likes of genuine motor racing legends such as Derek Bell, Jacky Ickx, Hans Stuck and many more. All achieved so much with Porsche.

The best years of Webber’s career could still be ahead of him.

5 replies on “Red Bull is nothing, Porsche is everything”

Great point to make. I grew up knowing who Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell were before I knew of any F1 drivers. Porsche has such a long Motorsport heritage as machine and motor. Red Bull is only just beginning and it doesn’t translate to the street. Go ahead Webber, make your mark with one of the greatest.

Interesting that you write “Mark Webber will never be an F1 world champion”… Now I’m not expecting him to win the championship this year either but with nine rounds this season still left, that means there is a possible 225 points up for grabs for Mark who currently trails the leader by 67 points… Surely you’re being a little presumptuous in saying he will never be a champion.

I admire your optimism Nathan and would love to be proved wrong. Alas, the only way I can see such a result happening is if Vettel injures himself and has to miss the rest of the season. Otherwise, regardless of what happens with the other teams, I can’t see RBR ever letting Mark cast Sebastian aside, which he would need to do in order to win the title.

Lima, WADA could get hold of some of Fettel’s samples, then who knows what could happen!

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