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Mark Webber in 'satisfactory' condition following serious crash

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Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber has been admitted in to a Sao Paulo hospital after a collision near the end of the Interlagos World Endurance Championship in Brazil.

Webber, who now drives for Porsche, crashed with a AF Corse-run Ferrari of Italy’s Matteo Cressoni. There condition was described to be ‘satisfactory’.

It is believed that the Australian was kept in hospital for precautionary checks following the crash which was labelled as a ‘serious collision’ by race organisers.

Speaking to Autosport on Webber’s condition, Fritz Enzinger, the Porsche LMP1 boss said: “Mark is ok, but he has had to go to hospital for further checks.

“We have spoken to him and said that people can go and see him, so Timo [Bernhard] and Brendon (Hartley, Webber's team-mates) have gone to the hospital.”

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The race was confirmed to have ended behind a safety car following the crash. It was won by Porsche driver Neel Jani.

The FIA said in a statement: “Both drivers were taken to the circuit's medical centre and, after initial examination, to the local Hospital Bandeirantes for further checks, their condition has been reported as satisfactory.”

Webber's new career 

The former Red Bull driver, who spent a total of 12 years in Formula 1, quit the sport in 2013 after revealing his ambitions to move on from Formula 1 and described being offered a contract by German manufacturer Porsche as an ‘honour’.

The Australian won nine races in his time in Formula 1 and raced alongside four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel whilst at Red Bull.

Following his move to Porsche, Webber finished his debut campaign in the World Endurance Series in joint ninth place, falling just over 100 points behind the winner, Anthony Davidson of Great Britain.

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