Red Bull have announced that Mark Webber will continue to drive for the team in 2013, following his win at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Australian is currently second in the Drivers’ Championship and, along with Fernando Alonso, is one of only two drivers to have won more than one race this season. Considering that level of performance, it was only a matter of time before Red Bull moved to secure his services for next season. The contract that has been signed is just for 2013, continuing Webber’s recent trend of making decisions one year at a time.
With this announcement, Red Bull becomes the first of the front-running teams to confirm their 2013 driver line-up. Lewis Hamilton at McLaren, Michael Schumacher at Mercedes and Felipe Massa at Ferrari have yet to announce their plans, creating speculation as to what will happen in those teams.
There has long been speculation that Ferrari will seek to replace Massa for 2013, with Webber rumoured as a possible replacement. Webber confirmed the contact saying, “There were discussions with Ferrari, but my decision was to stay here.”
Now that his immediate future is decided, Webber can get on with the business of trying to become the first Australian to win the World Championship since Alan Jones in 1980.