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Horner: Too early for Webber talks

Christian Horner insists it is too early for Red Bull to sit down and talk about an extended contract with Mark Webber
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says it is too early for the team to sit down and discuss a contract extension with Mark Webber, despite team-mate Sebastian Vettel putting pen to paper on a new deal with the F1 champions earlier this week.

Vettel has agreed an extension to his current deal which will take him through to the end of the 2014 season while Webber's deal with the Milton Keynes-based outfit is reviewed on an annual basis in a decision taken by both parties.

Although he insisted the team is 'very happy with Mark', Horner said it was too early to talk about extending the Australian's deal beyond the end of 2011 and said that the discussions would be held when the time was right.

"Mark is at a different stage of his career to Sebastian,” he was quoted by Sporting Life. “At 34 he is not just starting out. He has done 160 grands prix. When the time comes with Mark, if he still has the motivation, desire and is competitive, it's logical to talk about extending his contract.

"But it's too early for either him or us to be having that conversation at the moment. That will take its natural course later in the year."

Horner added that a number of factors would be taken into account when it came to discussions about Webber's future.

"We jointly decided last year, to enter into a contract on an annual basis because a lot depends on him having the desire and motivation to continue,” he said. “It's not just about being quick enough. He'll be 35 years of age this year, and that's not to say he is too old, he has actually blossomed in the latter years.

"But what's important to him and to us is that he has the desire, motivation, hunger, and above all, competitiveness to want to stay and to warrant staying. Mark knows this year is a big year for him, that he will get equal support. He also knows he is not setting out at the beginning of his career.

"He is a shrewd enough guy to work that out for himself without me having to explain that to him."



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Me - Unregistered

March 17, 2011 12:38 PM

I really don't see what all the fuss is about with this one. What good is it having a driver who doesn't want to continue or isn't motivated. At least with the year by year deal, if Mark says enough is enough then he can back out. Honestly, I think Mark will be at RBR until he is done with F1. RBR are happy with him, he seems happy at RBR. This might give me negative feedback, but while I agree there looked as if there was bias towards Vettle, I think 90% of it was media beat up.

DontTalkShite

March 18, 2011 1:47 AM

@ Richard, I think you have misunderstood the context of my comment. Throughout the year RBR constantly contradicted their stance that both drivers were equal. Further, I was responding to Andrew, and I stand by my comment. I do not think Mark was unprofessional (how would the petulant hotheaded SV have responded if the tables were turned) and I don't understand why Mark, who has been in some very ordinary cars, should feel so priveledged to be in a Newey car. BTW, your comment that had RBR supported MW and not SV they would not have won the WDC. What! How can you say that. They may have had the title wrapped up earlier if MW didn't have to put up with the backstabbing and political innuendo from Marko!



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