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Renault sets sights on Webber

Eric Boullier declares an interest in Mark Webber if the Australian decides to leave Red Bull at the end of the current F1 season
Lotus Renault GP team boss Eric Boullier has issued an open invitation to Mark Webber by revealing he is keen to sign the Australian if he decides to leave Red Bull Racing at the end of the season.

Webber's latest twelve month deal with Red Bull comes to an end at the end of the current season, with the Australian yet to put pen to paper on an extension that would keep him with the team into 2012.

Although Webber has said that staying with his current team would be the best option for the new campaign, Red Bull has been linked with other drivers in recent weeks – most notably Lewis Hamilton, although that rumour has been played down by both driver and team alike.

However, having been unable to match team-mate Sebastian Vettel so far this season and with the German viewed by many as Red Bull's golden boy, Webber could be open to the idea of moving elsewhere – with Renault prepared to offer him number one status within the team.

Quoted in Australia's Daily Telegraph, Boullier said he had spoken to Webber about a possible deal and that the ball was in his court if he did decide to look at options away from Red Bull when it comes to deciding where his future lies.

"I really like Mark and I have known him for a long time," Boullier said. "We have discussed it from time to time, but we have never pushed him to ask what he wants to do because that decision is up to him.

"The day he wants to leave Red Bull, he has my number and he knows I am interested. He has to tell us what he wants to do. If he seriously is considering moving away from Red Bull, then, yes, I am happy to sit down and discuss it with him. He needs to make a decision.

"If Mark tomorrow calls me, I will sit down with him and have a proper chat."



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fastlane66 - Unregistered

June 25, 2011 7:19 PM

I think Mark should move away from Red bull if he has true chance coming in his way. In Red Bull, he will not be treated as he deserved by Marko. Horner is team boss but Marko has power. Mark can beat Vettel on same car but Red Bull does not give him winner car. His car had always problems on race days if he fast in test or qualifying sections. I do not like the way Red Bull team treated on Mark. Marko does not show respect for Mark. There's no point to stay in Red Bull if he does not have money problem. Renault wants him and then he should sign with Renault. Renault has strong car this year but Vitaly or Nick both drivers failed to achieve what the Lotus-Renault deserved so far. Kamui can finish inside top five in every race if he has car like current Lotus-Renault car. Mark and Kubica will make team to push third or higher 2012 championship. Signing with Mark will make good future for both driver and

pedrohustler - Unregistered

June 26, 2011 1:26 AM

i find it suspicious that despite the amount of talent and money in the rbr team mark's car has been so unreliable, yet vettel almost never has an issue. there is a number 1 and 2 driver situation, regardless of what anyone says. vettel is the golden boy and has been mentored by marko since a young age. i do wonder how this year would have played out had webber won WDC last year. mark is a fantastic driver and has made the most of some terrible situations this year to recover positions. the 18th to 3rd was simply incredible, and done in dry conditions unlike buttons 21st to 1st. i only wish he could start stronger, he might have actually won catalunya with a better start or if vettel defended alonso!



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