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Webber: Red Bull 'very keen' to keep me

Mark Webber has revealed that the ball is entirely in his court with regard to his F1 future at Red Bull Racing - since the team is 'very keen to keep me, no question about it'.
Mark Webber has expressed his confidence that the second seat at F1 pace-setters Red Bull Racing is his for the taking in 2012, that the ball is in his court and that he is 'very, very close to getting some phenomenal results again'.

Webber's future in the sport has been the topic of intense speculation in recent weeks and months, with McLaren-Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton opining as far back as the beginning of last season that he 'wouldn't be surprised' if the Australian was preparing to hang up his helmet – and now the very same driver has been linked with stealing his Red Bull cockpit away from him.

Despite Hamilton's not-so-secret meeting with RBR team principal Christian Horner in Montreal last month, however, both parties have sought to dismiss notions that the 2008 F1 World Champion could be Milton Keynes-bound – and Webber insists that with regard to his future inside the team, the call is entirely his.

“Clearly it is down to me in terms of whether I decide to keep racing,” the 34-year-old told The Daily Telegraph. “Red Bull have been great and they are very keen to keep me, no question about it. We are talking, but there is no real urgency from either side. I think they are in good shape whatever the decision is, because it is mine.”

Webber is currently third in the F1 2011 drivers' standings, albeit a full 77 points adrift of runaway team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who has utterly dominated proceedings thus far this season. That is another factor that has prompted the rumour-mongers to muse that unless his form picks up, the six-time grand prix-winner may walk away from the grid come season's end – but he cautions that talk of his impending retirement is somewhat premature.

“I am still enjoying my driving,” Webber stresses. “Some of the days aren't that great with the travel and bits-and-bobs, but at the moment I still feel very good. Timing is crucial in anything in life. At the moment I am still getting some great results and I'm very, very close to getting some phenomenal results again. That is the thing I have to make up my mind on.”



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Dee - Unregistered

July 06, 2011 1:11 PM

Webber has been doing a good job this season for Red Bull. He isn't a Vettel, but he is very close to pushing Button for 2nd in the championship and that is all Red Bull need to win the constructors this year. One more year with Red Bull will probably be enough for both parties, then most likely Webber will retire.

Jake - Unregistered

July 06, 2011 1:26 PM

I don't understand this situation and why it is even a question. Unlike last year there have been no questions regarding equal treatment. Money doesn't seem to be an issue. If Red Bull is the best car/team on the grid and he can't win what's the point of going elsewhere if he is racing to win? After spending years and years in uncompetitive packages I really don't see why Webber would leave at this point in his career. The team has given him a package run at the front and win. Nothing lasts for ever and no one knows how long Red Bull with be on top, but again I don't understand why if he is indeed going to race next year he hasn't already signed. As for Lewis, it's a different situation but again just like McLaren is said to be his team Red Bull is Vettel's. So if it came down to it you'd have to think Vettel would be favorited of Lewis in that team. Why go through that? It's not like McLaren hasn't built good cars. Everyone has down years. This walking out after a bad year s



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