Wow, that was quickly and took most of us by surprise! Red Bull have confirmed that Mark Webber will remain with the team for the 2013 season…
Oh to be Mark Webber right now. Just days after winning the British Grand Prix, the Australian signed a new contract with Red Bull that will see him stay on until the end of the 2013 season. Now that’s what you call a good week.
This, of course, means there will be no more rumours of “Webber to Ferrari” or “Webber to call it quits at the end of 2012”. Who knows maybe the Ferrari speculation was the reason for Red Bull’s haste to tie him down for next year.
The 35-year-old joined the Milton Keynes squad in 2007, but he has been on a rolling one-year contract for the past few seasons.
However, team principal Christian Horner and defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel both admitted recently that they want to keep him at the team for another year.
Webber admits he is “very comfortable” at Red Bull and signing a new deal was the “right thing” to do.
“I’ve been with Red Bull Racing since 2007 and have achieved nine grand prix wins during that time,” he said in a statement.
“I’m high on confidence at the moment and firing on all cylinders. I know the Team well and I’m very comfortable here; we have grown together over the years and it feels like absolutely the right thing to stay with Red Bull for another season.
“The Team is constantly working hard to improve in all areas and we’ve shown that together we can win races. It’s great to be able to make this announcement off the back of the win in Silverstone at the weekend and I’m looking forward to competing on the edge and pushing myself in every race again next season.”
Horner added: “Mark has driven very well in the first nine races of this season and his performance has been impressive.
“Much of his Formula One success has been during his time with Red Bull Racing and together we have achieved 10 poles, nine wins and 31 podiums.
“As there was a strong desire from both sides to continue the partnership, it was a logical decision to extend our relationship and it is with great pleasure that we confirm Mark will drive for us in 2013.”