July 11, 2012
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Webber has turned down a switch to Ferrari
After his recent victory at the British Grand Prix, Mark Webber has announced that he will stay on at Red Bull until at least 2013.
Webber admitted that he had held discussions over moving to Ferrari, but felt that staying with the Milton Keynes squad was the right choice.
Since joinin Red Bull in 2007, Mark has achieved 10 pole positions, 9 wins and 31 podium finishes. He currently lies second in the driver’s championship, 16 points off Fernando Alonso, and 13 ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel.
In an announcement today, Webber stated:
"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
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.
There were discussions with Ferrari, but my decision was to stay here.
Obviously with Seb [Vettel], we’ve worked very, very close together for a long
period of time now. I think no-one would really have envisaged how long we have
worked together, so that’s probably been a bit of a surprise.
There are not many team-mates staying together for that long in Formula One, but
it’s proved to be a successful partnership with both of us working very hard with
the key technical members of the team. It’s been a potent operation.
We’re still competitive when we hit the track, no question about it, especially
in 2010 and this year. Last year there wasn’t much racing between Sebastian and
I, but in 2009, 2010 and this year, there have been some great battles.
That’s been enjoyable for the team, sometimes stressful too as it’s not easy for
both of us to be at the front and I can understand that, as both of us are
thinking about ourselves sometimes, but ultimately we know that we need to get
the cars home and get the best results for us and the team."