Kimi Raikkonen now most likely to replace him at Red Bull
As we had predicted back in April but was vehemently denied by expert sources, Mark Webber has made his exit from Formula one official announcing a three year contract with Porsche where he will join the new Le Mans prototype program.
It's not surprising the 36 year old @aussiegrit chose a more stable future, after turning down Ferrari, his future in F1 was, at best, a one year contract with Red Bull or the prospect of racing for a minor team for, presumably, minor pay.
Webber departure opens up arguably the the hottest seat in Formula One. Kimi Raikkonen is seen as a frontrunner for it, he's been part of the Red Bull family and hugely popular with fans. One wonders though if the media avert Finn will want to get into a situation that will certainly require many more media and sponsor appearances.
Also mentioned for the seat are the Toro Rosso pair of Jean Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo. Both though don't quite seem ready to step into Webber's experienced shoes. Nico Hulkenberg is also mentioned. The smart money is on Red Bull moving mountains to secure Raikkonen's consistency, a crucial weapon in the Constructors Championship fight, will Kimi resist?