Mark Webber commits to Red Bull for 2012 season
Red Bull driver signs new one-year deal to keep him with the Milton Keynes-based for the 2012 season
Red Bull driver Mark Webber has signed a one-year contract extension to keep him with the team in 2012.
The announcement comes on the Australian’s 35th birthday and ends months of speculation over Webber’s situation with the reigning world champions.
“I want to continue racing at the top in Formula 1 so it’s a no-brainer to remain at Red Bull Racing for another year,” Webber said.
“My motivation to achieve the best results possible both for myself and the team is still very high.
“Over the past five years, we have worked hard and proved that we can design and build a competitive and championship-winning car, and I’m looking forward to putting the car and myself on the limit again each and every race weekend in 2012.”
Webber started his career with the Milton Keynes-based team in 2007 alongside David Coulthard, and is the longest-serving driver in Red Bull’s short history ““ currently in his fifth year with the team.
He was one of three contenders for the 2010 drivers’ championship, only to be beaten in the final race by Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: “When we sat down and started talking about 2012, it was immediately obvious that Mark and the team wanted to continue our successful relationship. This meant agreeing an extension for 2012 was very straightforward.
“Mark knows the team well, having been with us since 2007, and his motivation, fitness and commitment is as high as it has ever been.
“The pairing of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel is a very strong one, they push each other hard and we are extremely happy the pairing will remain unchanged for a fourth season.”
Webber is second in the drivers’ standings in 2011, 85 points behind Vettel after 11 races.