With Mark Webber currently in the best form of his Formula 1 career, it comes as no surprise that Red Bull Racing has today announced it has extended the Australian driver’s contract for at least another year.
As team mate Sebastian Vettel is already signed on for next year, this announcement confirms Red Bull Racing’s 2011 driver line-up and reassures fans there is no bad blood between the pair following their collision at the Turkish Grand Prix.
Webber was humble in making the decision to remain with Red Bull Racing in 2011, citing that the one year contract was more fitting at this point in his career which could perhaps hint at his pending retirement from the sport.
Mark Webber said “It was an easy decision to remain with Red Bull Racing. We began talking very early this year and were in a position to sign by the Barcelona Grand Prix. The decision to extend for a further year was a mutual one; it’s widely known that I’m not interested in hanging around in Formula One just for the sake of it and at this stage of my career, I’m happy to take one year at a time.”
Webber remains in good form to win the Driver’s Championship this year despite last week’s incident, sitting on top of the driver standings with 93 points ahead of McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
RBR team principal Christian Horner added: “The decision to retain Mark was very straightforward. He is an important member of our team and is currently in the best form of his career, as the current leader of the Drivers’ Championship. The team is extremely happy that the driver pairing of Mark and Sebastian will remain unchanged for a third season in 2011.”
Obviously a hot topic among Australian Formula 1 fans especially, Webber has also spoke candidly about the incident with Vettel which you can see in the video below.