Mark Webber, Porsche factory works driver in the FIA WEC, has voiced his disappointment with the team’s LMP1 performance at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend. The Porsche factory team did manage a second and third place finish in the class, but stiff competition from Audi prevented them from seizing the top of the podium – despite a 1-2-3 sweep at Qualifying.
Mark Webber pilots the No. 17 Porsche 919 Hybrid, alongside teammates Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley. According to Motorsport.com, Webber remarked after the Spa-Francorchamps race last week that “there were too many ‘own goals’ that put us on the back foot, like the problem with the rear suspension that cost us two and a half minutes.”
He went on to clarify that the level of heat being brought by rival Audi – and the stakes in any given race – are exactly as they should be. “The level is so high now and the championship is red hot; we don’t want to be gifted any results having not performed at a high level,” said the driver. “A two-three for Porsche is good, but we leave here a little bit disappointed.”
Perhaps the most pointed example of Porsche’s “own goals” occurring at last weekend’s race befell Mark Webber’s teammates in the No. 19 Porsche 919 Hybrid, when the car collided with the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR of Porsche Team Manthey. The 911 RSR failed to move outside through the first corner and allow the faster, more powerful 919 Hybrid to pass.