Mark Webber has revealed that he will not be pressing Red Bull Racing to finalise his situation for next season, despite setting himself up for -back-to-back grand prix wins in Spain and Monaco.
The Australian, who won comprehensively at the Circuit de Catalunya last Sunday, stunned the F1 paddock with a 1min 13.826secs lap in the final moments of qualifying in the Principality, securing perhaps the most important pole position of the season.
Although he admits that he still has a lot of hard work to do to convert pole into victory, however, Webber is now being viewed as a bona fide
championship contender, despite a slow start to the campaign. Second place - from pole - in Malaysia highlighted the disappointing eighth and ninth place results that surrounded it, but the Red Bull veteran bounced back into contention with victory in Spain and, currently 17 points off the championship lead, could close the gap spectacularly with a second successive win on Sunday afternoon.
Despite his upswing in form, however, Webber insists that no agreement has been reached with Red Bull Racing to extend his contract beyond 2010 and, having been rumoured as a possible replacement for Felipe Massa at Ferrari next season [see story here
], said that he was content to focus on matters on track for the time being.
"I certainly haven't come to any agreements yet, but there's still a long way to go in terms of what to do for next year," the Australian confirmed, "We've worked very hard over the last few years, Red Bull and myself, to get into this situation.
"I'm actually in no real rush to make any big decisions myself, [and] I think both of us are very happy with each other. [There's] a lot of trust with each other, so let's see how it goes. There's plenty of time."
Webber admitted to clipping the barriers during the opening lap of his qualifying run, and was relieved to escape the sort of damage that could have left him floundering deep in the top ten.
"I don't know if my [third] lap was enough - I can't really remember, as it was a bit of a blur, to be honest," he said of his four-lap run, "I remember it was pretty quick, but I told [race engineer] Ciaran Pilbeam that lap three and four were the ones I was going to try and murder if I could. The first lap went okay - I brushed the armco pretty hard starting the second sector on that lap, and then finished that lap and went again for another one.
"If you could ever just say I want to tidy up the details from the previous lap, it doesn't often happen, but today's laps just all came together - nice clean exits and the car was again a pleasure. We know the armco is very close for the whole lap, and you need to be very accurate and obviously trust yourself, trust the car and go and get the job done.