World championship leader will stay at Red Bull in 2011 after signing a new one-year deal
7 June 2010

Mark Webber will stay at Red Bull in 2011 after signing a one-year extension to his contract.

Relations between title-leader Webber and the team appeared to be strained after he was initially blamed for a crash with team mate Sebastian Vettel in Turkey last weekend.

But Red Bull has decided to retain the Australian’s services for another year after back-to-back wins in Barcelona and Monaco.

"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,” said Webber.

"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 and at this stage of my career, I'm happy to take one year at a time.

"I continue to feel very comfortable here - I have a fantastic relationship with the whole team and the factory at Milton Keynes feels like home. It's been incredible to be part of the team as it's moved forward from a midfield competitor to one that is challenging for the championship.

"I hope we experience more success together in the future and achieve our ultimate goal of winning the world championship."

Team boss Christian Horner said: "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."

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7 June 2010

Red Bull must have an epic car developed for next year for Webber to stay. Why else would he accept such a public lack of backing from the Red Bull management ? I would have told them where to stick their 1 year extension.

7 June 2010

i would stay for the chance of beating vettel to prove a point.

7 June 2010

I think this is as public a way to backtrack their comments from last week as is possible. I bet Vettel is fuming

7 June 2010

i think its old news really, the contract deal was done a long time before the turkey race.

7 June 2010

Ha Autocar were slow on this I new 2hours before they did check out my post in the sport forum . I hope Webber wins the drivers championship this year he deserves it .

7 June 2010

So, when was the last time that Alan Henry was right about anything?

7 June 2010

[quote disco.stu]

So, when was the last time that Alan Henry was right about anything?

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Yeah, just earlier today he was bleating on about how there was no way in hell that they would re-sign Webber for 2011... idiot.

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