As he continues to recover from a badly broken right leg sustained in a mountain-biking collision with a car during his annual Pure Tasmania charity outdoor adventure challenge last November, Mark Webber has revealed that he would like to remain at Red Bull Racing for the balance of his Formula 1 career.
The Australian has competed for the Milton Keynes-based squad for the past two seasons, notching up 31 points – with a best result of a podium finish in the 2007 European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring – and comfortably holding the upper hand over team-mate David Coulthard in both qualifying and race situations.
Indeed, Webber has by-and-large had the measure of every driving partner he has had during his seven-year career in the top flight to-date, including highly-rated Germans Nick Heidfeld and Nico Rosberg. He will have another extremely promising German alongside him in 2009, in the shape of F1's new youngest-ever grand prix winner Sebastian Vettel – who broke all records when he sensationally triumphed for Scuderia Toro Rosso at Monza last year aged just 21 years and 74 days.
Some within the paddock have uncharitably suggested that should the New South Wales native not at least match his new team-mate, then his days at RBR will be numbered. The man himself insists he has no such concerns.
“I am happy with Red Bull and I hope Red Bull will be happy with me,” the 32-year-old told the redbulletin.com
. “If I keep my consistency and get everything out of the car, I will have no worries for the future.
“I plan to stay on with Red Bull long-term. In fact, I do not see me working with any other team.”