Red Bull confirms new 2011 deal for Webber

Mark Webber will drive for Red Bull in 2011

Mark Webber will drive for Red Bull Racing in 2011

Jun.7 (GMM) Red Bull Racing on Monday announced a new one-year contract for Mark Webber.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 09:  Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates with team mates in the paddock after winning the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 9, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber

Webbo is a popular figure within the team

It means the 33-year-old Australian, who crashed with his teammate Sebastian Vettel whilst leading the recent Turkish grand prix, will stay alongside the young German in 2011.

Amid reports the Milton Keynes-based team wants to keep Vettel for a much longer term, Webber insists he is happy to have signed for only one more year.

“It’s widely know that I’m not interested in hanging around in formula one just for the sake of it and at this stage of my career, I’m happy to take one year at a time,” the championship leader is quoted as saying in a media statement.

Red Bull confirmed that Vettel is already under contract for 2011.

Red Bull Racing statement:

NURBURG, GERMANY - JULY 12:  Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium after winning the German Formula One Grand Prix at Nurburgring on July 12, 2009 in Nurburg, Germany.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber

Mark won his first Grand Prix in Germany 2009 with Red Bull

Red Bull Racing is pleased to announce that Mark Webber’s contract has been extended, meaning the Australian will continue to drive for the team in 2011. As Sebastian Vettel is already contracted to the team for next year, this announcement confirms Red Bull Racing’s 2011 driver line-up.

Mark Webber: “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. The decision to extend for a further year was a mutual one; it’s widely know that I’m not interested in hanging around in Formula One 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 mid-fieldcompetitor 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.”

Christian Horner: “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.”