Mark Webber has revealed that he used the summer break to sit down and talk with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner about his future.

The Australian is out of contract with the team at the end of the season with speculation suggesting he could seek a new challenge elsewhere for 2012 rather than sign up to a new one-year deal with the Milton Keynes-based outfit.

Horner has long said that talks would take place with Webber when the time was right and that the team was keen to keep the Australian onboard, with the man who finished third in the standings revealing that talks are underway about his future.

"I know some of you are waiting for news on my future," he wrote in his column for the BBC. "I stopped off in Salzburg for a meeting with Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz on my way to the Hungarian Grand Prix last month and, as planned, the August break gave me a good opportunity to have a chat with team principal Christian Horner about me continuing in 2012."

Webber was writing ahead of this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, and he admitted it would be extra special if he could take his first win of the season at the famous Ardennes circuit.

"I was on pole there last year and, although I finished second to Lewis Hamilton in the race, it was one of the most rewarding drives I've had," he said. "It was a very challenging grand prix for all of us, on slicks in the drizzle, and so on. It's always a race to look forward to, and it's very difficult to predict how the battle between Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari will shape up.

"I'm certainly looking forward to it, and I'm sure all my rivals will be too. There is the same 25 points for a victory there as everywhere else, but winning at one of the classic tracks is always that bit more special."


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