Red Bull have quashed all rumours regarding the future of Mark Webber, by announcing that the Aussie has been re-signed for another season at the Milton Keynes-based squad.
Although Webber’s stellar form this season – three straight pole positions from Spain to Turkey, and back-to-back victories in Barcelona and Monte Carlo – seemingly made it a no-brainer for the successful partnership to continue into a fifth consecutive campaign, doubts had been raised.
Even prior to the controversial Turkish GP last time out, Webber had been linked with a switch to Ferrari in place of Felipe Massa in 2011 – and the scant support he received from Red Bull chiefs in the immediate wake of his coming-together with team-mate Sebastian Vettel in Istanbul set tongues wagging again, particularly as most people deemed the German to have been the guilty party in the clash.
However, all such talk has now been silenced with the confirmation that Webber is to remain at Red Bull into 2011 alongside the already confirmed Vettel – and the 33-year-old admitted he was delighted.
“It was an easy decision to remain with Red Bull,” said Webber. “We began talking very early this year and were in a position to sign by Barcelona. 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.”