Just days after designer Adrian Newey said that he expected to be a part of the Red Bull Racing line-up for 2011, team principal Christian Horner gave the Formula One field another reason for discomfort when he revealed that Mark Webber was also expected to stay on at Milton Keynes.
The Australian, who currently heads the world championship standings after back-to-back wins in Spain and Monaco, is out of contract at the end of the season, and has been linked to a possible move to Ferrari, but Horner said that he had no reason to tinker with his squad after a stellar start to the current campaign. After a slow start to the year, Webber now shares top spot in the points with Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, but edges the German - who many tipped as this year's champion - by virtue of his two wins.
"We have been happy with the job that Mark is doing, so why would you change?" he told Reuters
reporters on the eve of the Turkish Grand Prix weekend, "Mark is an important member of the team, he enjoys driving for the team and we have a great balance between our two drivers. So it's the usual thing - if it's not broken, don't fix it.
"I think that it is clear where our intent is, it is clear where his intent is, so, when we sit down and talk about it, it will be very straightforward. It is just a matter of sorting out the paperwork with his management [and], in the coming weeks, I am sure that will be sorted."
Despite having only been retained on a single-year deal for 2010, and having seen his success link him to a possible role with Ferrari as replacement for the lacklustre Felipe Massa next season, Webber also appears keen to remain with this season's most successful outfit.
"It's nice to be in the team after all the work we put in during those tough years, even when I first arrived at Red Bull," the four-time racewinner admitted during the official FIA press conference, "You are always hopeful that you get an opportunity to drive a car which is very competitive.
"We know that it's an important part of the job but also, as a driver ,you don't hang around this business that long if you're not performing either. So I obviously needed to keep performing, doing my best and, hopefully, something one day would have come around. For sure, I've had the most competitive cars in the last few years, there's no question about that.
"The clear attraction at Red Bull was Adrian. His ability to be able to produce good cars is well known, so I think that, when we got the regulation change, that was something that was very attractive for our team, in our group of guys and it's turned out that the last few years we've certainly been towards the front."
Horner's apparent desire to keep Webber and Vettel together next season would appear to quell rumours that former Ferrari pilot - and 2007 world champion - Kimi Raikkonen could be on his way to Milton Keynes after a one-year sabbatical in the World Rally Championship with the Red Bull-backed Citroen team.
"Kimi has committed himself to rallying and seems to be enjoying that environment," Horner mused.