Red Bull thanks Webber for his contribution to team 27 June, 2013 Mark Webber with Christian Horner Following Mark Webber’s decision to retire from Formula 1 racing at the end of the year, Infiniti Red Bull Racing would like to thank him for the extensive contribution he has made to the team during the seven seasons he has driven for us. During that time, the Australian has achieved nine wins*, 35 podiums (36 in total during his F1 career) and 11 pole positions. Mark’s dedication and success has also been a major factor in the team achieving three FIA Constructors’ World Championships (2010, 2011 and 2012). Christian Horner: “I am sure Mark thought long and hard before making what has no doubt been a very difficult decision. His achievements in F1 are extensive and I am sure he will continue to push hard and build on that record until the end of the season. We support Mark’s decision, he has been an excellent addition to the team since joining us in 2007 and we wish him all the best in the next stages of his career.” The decision on who will replace Webber will not be made until later in the season. (Red Bull) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsRicciardo: Vettel has been very respectful to meRed Bull marginalise Vettel ahead of his departureVettel slams completely stupid engine rulesHorner: It’s just between Lewis and Nico nowVettel looks set to start race from pitlane in AustinMateschitz optimistic about life after VettelMateschitz made no attempt to stop Vettel from leavingRicciardo: I hope not to rely on Vettel’s helpMarko predicts Alonso is heading back to McLarenRed Bull deny Vettel is demoted to number two McLarenfan If they had supported Mark when Vettel hit him in Turkey and with the Multi 21 and not taken parts of his car for Vettel’s he may well have stayed with the team it seems the only support he has is from Dietrich Mateschitz but he is not there all the time seeing how Marko and others stab Mark from the rear. adam22 mark should have shut up, do the driving, once you in the car in the race what support can anyone give? KevinW I had this one wrong. I was sure Weber was with the team one more year then out. Not too surprised he’s chosen to exit at the end of 2013, having expressed his dissatisfaction with the direction F1 is heading (tires, et al). Makes sense not to mess with the transformation to the heavier, slower, less interesting 2014 car for just one season – just cut and run now and be done with it. I applaud his decision to move into another venue while he is still young enough to succeed. F1 is becoming a kids game of 35 and under at best. A rare few may push this a bit further, but not many.