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Webber Open to Future Formula E Role

Mark Webber open to future opportunities within Porsche Formula E program…

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Mark Webber says he would be open to a future role with the Porsche Formula E team should an opportunity present itself with the German manufacturer.

Webber, currently a Porsche ambassador, attended the Rome E-Prix earlier this month and told e-racing365 that he could be interested in being involved.

“It’s been interesting today to even just watch the sessions unfold,” Webber said after observing Free Practice and Qualifying in the Italian capital.

“There were a few things quite interesting where you felt you [could] try to help with. I enjoyed that.

“I know all of the guys [in the team] very, very well and I’m a brand ambassador for Porsche and a racer and I know a lot of people involved in the championship like Pedro [de la Rosa], Felipe [Massa], Allan [McNish], Susie [Wolff].

“Of course, I’m always on the phone for Porsche whenever there’s an opportunity.”

Webber raced with Porsche for three seasons in the FIA World Endurance Championship and took the 2015 title alongside Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.

He claimed eight victories at the wheel of the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 car.

Porsche is looking for a Formula E team principal after the departure of Andreas Seidl to the McLaren Formula 1 team late last year.

Seidl was in line to become head of Porsche Motorsport before he chose to leave for his role at McLaren.

Porsche is currently undergoing a restructure of its motorsport management.

Fritz Enzinger, the vice-president of group motorsport, which is a management role across the Volkswagen brands, is currently the temporary Porsche motorsport chief.

Porsche Team Continuity From LMP1 Program Vital

Webber believes that, with the majority of the Formula E team being carried over from the 919 Hybrid program, Porsche has approached its new challenge in the best way possible.

Key figures from the ultra-successful endurance program between 2013-17 are included in its Formula E operation.

These include project leader Malte Huneke, team manager Amiel Lindesay and engineer Kyle-Wilson Clarke.

“We have so many great people in the [Formula E] team,” said Webber.

“It’s a big shift mentally because with prototype racing and the 919 in particular, it was very much about the regulations being pretty open and we were designing the car from the chassis to the whole and it was very much trailblazing on many fronts.”

Despite the continuity in personnel, Webber highlighted the significant disparity in the challenges between endurance racing and Formula E.

“It’s a big shift going to Formula E with a lot of common parts, a lot of standardised cost control but there’s no motorsport category in the world that isn’t considering that type of model,” he said.

“Look at NASCAR, look at IndyCar – they’re all trying to work out how they’re going to drop on this sweet curve where Formula E is.

“You still have your place to tinker, which is beautiful, you can have your little play if you want, which they are.

“That’s why, with our team at Porsche, the 919 guys, we’ve got some really world class people and importantly you’ve got some real racers in there.

“What you need is racers, you need people being in the trenches with you.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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    Old Tromone

    April 23, 2019 at 10:15 am

    After Jani proves Jay Penske correct again, Webber’s driver roster will take over, starting with Mitch Evans.

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