Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has confirmed that he definitely wants Mark Webber
to stay with the outfit in 2013 - and he has reiterated that talks will begin soon.
Webber took his second victory of the season at the British Grand Prix
on Sunday, a result that allowed him to close up on Fernando Alonso
in the drivers' championship and cut the Spaniard's lead from 20 points to 13.
The Australian is currently on a season-to-season deal with the Milton Keynes-based team, but despite rumours linking him to Ferrari, Horner is hopeful the 35-year-old won't want to move on.
“As always with Mark, things are pretty straightforward. He's been with the team for seven seasons and he's had all his success in F1 with that team and we'd like to see that continue,” Horner told ESPNF1.com
. “I think, very simply, we have a great relationship with Mark. Mark wants to be in the team next year and therefore, as we've always stated, in the summer we'll sit down and talk about the future.
“That period of time is obviously coming up pretty close now, so over the next few weeks we'll be talking about 2013.
“Inevitably there's an awful lot of speculation surrounding Ferrari, but we're only focused on ourselves and we can't control what other people say or do. I think Mark feels comfortable with the team.
“Mark's given me every indication that he's happy here and you can see that in his driving. He's driving very well this year. He's wintered well and he's driving very consistently this year. He's won two big races now - the Monaco Grand Prix
and the British Grand Prix
- and I think his drive here was excellent.
“It was inch perfect, and the move he made on Fernando [Alonso], again it was absolutely spot-on.
“It's a circuit Mark's always excelled at and it was great for him to win for the team at our local race.”
Webber meanwhile believes that his latest win will strengthen his hand as he enters into talks for next season: “It [my Silverstone victory] helps my situation to stay in F1. At the start of the year I didn't have a contract, I'm pushing to get a contract for next year. It is going reasonably well, I've got a few points, a couple of wins and I will work very hard to try and stay in F1 next year,” he added in the post-event press conference.