Webber: Decent chance I will be in F1 next year, let’s see who it is with…
6 July, 2012
Jul.6 (Reuters) Mark Webber has sent out a strong hint that he intends to stay in Formula One in 2013, while leaving open the possibility that it could be with a team other than Red Bull, and re-igniting specualtion that the Australian could be Maranello bound.
Webber is second in the drivers’ championship, 20 points behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso after eight races, and is back on form after a disappointing 2011 season when he was eclipsed by team mate Sebastian Vettel.
Double world champion Vettel is fourth in this year’s title chase, six points behind Webber.
The Australian’s contract runs out at the end of the season but Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said this week that he expected to sit down with Webber soon to discuss where they were heading. Although there have been reports in Italy that Ferrari may well be Webber’s final stop before retirement from F1.
Horner has a strong friendship with Webber and has praised the Australian’s performances while also highlighting the importance of having two drivers who push each other and have similar styles.
That makes him a favourite to stay but Webber, who has been with Red Bull since 2007, has also been linked with Ferrari in some media speculation as a possible replacement for Brazilian Felipe Massa, alongside Alonso.
“The winter break was very good for me. My focus was to really enjoy the start of this season and get the most out of my driving again which was clearly all in my hands with my motivation, my level of spirit towards the job and also towards the guys,” said the Australian.
“You’ve just got to remember what it’s like to enjoy driving the car so that’s what I’m doing at the moment. I really, really am enjoying my work.”
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