Amidst all the talk about in-house war, comes news that Mark Webber, who will be free to leave at the end of this season, has officially extended his contract with Red Bull Racing for the 2011 season. Only for a year though, as it seems that both the team and driver are happy with the current arrangement.
“At this stage of my career, I’m happy to take one year at a time,” said Webber in a statement. “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 1 just for the sake of it,” the 34-year old Aussie added. With this, he will be again partnering Sebastian Vettel next year, the teammate who collided with him at the Turkish GP.
Team boss Christian Horner is happy with the Webber’s performance. “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.”
Now that Webber and Vettel are staying put, it means that there will be two seats less in the F1 game of musical chairs. Before Mark signed, his destination and the man to replace him at Red Bull was much speculated. Webber leads the championship by five points heading to this weekend’s Canadian GP.