Mark Webber will stay with Red Bull Racing for the 2013 Formula 1 season, the team has announced on it‘s website, ending speculation that the Australian could be in line for a move to Ferrari. Webber has been on year-by-year deals with Red Bull for the last few seasons and had been strongly linked with a switch to Ferrari to partner Fernando Alonso in 2013.
But the reigning constructors championship winning team has now completed a deal that will see the Australian extend his time with the team. The news comes just days after he was victorious in the British Grand Prix. Webber went on to say upon the announcement being made official, that staying put alongside Sebastian Vettel was the most logical option.
“I’ve been with Red Bull Racing since 2007 and have achieved nine grand prix wins during that time. I’m high on confidence at the moment and firing on all cylinders. I know the team well and I’m very comfortable here; we have grown together over the years and it feels like absolutely the right thing to stay with Red Bull for another season. The team is constantly working hard to improve in all areas and we’ve shown that together we can win races. It’s great to be able to make this announcement off the back of the win in Silverstone at the weekend and I’m looking forward to competing on the edge and pushing myself in every race again next season,” said Webber.
Team boss Christian Horner added: “Mark has driven very well in the first nine races of this season and his performance has been impressive. Much of his Formula 1 success has been during his time with Red Bull Racing and together we have achieved 10 poles, nine wins and 31 podiums. As there was a strong desire from both sides to continue the partnership, it was a logical decision to extend our relationship and it is with great pleasure that we confirm Mark will drive for us in 2013.”
Webber joined Red Bull at the start of the 2007 season. He’d also raced for the team in it’s previous Jaguar guise. The 35-year-old Australian has finished third in the championship for the past two seasons and was also the long-time points leader in the driver’s championship in 2010 before losing out to team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Webber is currently Alonso’s main rival for the 2012 drivers title, closing to just 13 points behind the Spaniard following the British Grand Prix.