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Red Bull set for Webber talks

Red Bull set to open talks with Mark Webber over a new deal within the next few weeks
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says talks will start with Mark Webber to discuss his future 'in the next few weeks'.

The Australian is currently on a season-to-season deal with the Milton Keynes-based team and has been linked with a move elsewhere for next year – with Ferrari having been mooted as one possible destination if he were to move to pastures new.

So far this season, Webber has scored in every race bar Catalunya to sit second in the championship standings behind Fernando Alonso, with one victory to his name on the streets of Monaco.

With the 35-year-old displaying the kind of form that saw him emerge as a title contender in 2010, Horner said the team was keen to open talks over a new deal with Webber and would look to start discussions within the next few weeks.

“He is doing a great job,” Horner was quoted in the Daily Mail. “He has driven extremely well this year, his consistency has been strong, he had a great win in Monaco, and he is enjoying his driving again.

“They (Webber and Vettel) are a strong pairing, they drive a car in a similar manner and it's important for us we have two drivers who do push each other to get the best out of each other.

“I'm sure over the next few weeks we'll sit down and talk about the future with Mark.”

Webber himself said he was eager to secure a deal for the 2013 season, although he failed to comment on who he saw himself racing for next year.

“As I said at the start of the year I think the winter break was very good for me,” he said. “My focus was to really enjoy the start of this season and get the most out of my driving again. Of course, that is something that was clearly in my hands with my motivation and my level of spirit towards the job and the guys (in the team).

“When you do enough of it you just have to remember what it is like to enjoy driving the car, so that's what I'm doing at the moment. I really am enjoying my work. So for next year there is a pretty decent chance I'll be racing in Formula One - let's see, come November, who it is with.”



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FreeJack - Unregistered

July 06, 2012 6:50 PM

I think the fact that Webber casts some doubt on "who it will be with" definitely sounds like he's entertaining offers other than Red Bull, so that lends the Ferrari rumors some credence. I still don't know why he'd go to Ferrari, unless he's getting ready to retire or they've promised him absolute parity and equality with Alonso, and that he will not be treated like a number two driver and need to play a support role to Alonso. Somehow, I don't see Ferrari showing him that kind of equal treatment, so it'd be a surprise to see him not re-sign with Red Bull. Could also just be a negotiation tactic, to plant the seed in Red Bull's head that he has options and that they might want to consider what they'd be losing, in a consistent points scorer who is reliable and experienced. It'll be a real bummer for Formula 1 when Webber does retire!



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