Red Bull won't bring Webber talks forward

Red Bull won't bring Webber talks forward
By AutoSport

09/07/2012 at 17:36Updated 09/07/2012 at 17:41

Red Bull insists that Mark Webber's second Formula One victory of the season will not bring forward any contract talks, despite the prospect of Ferrari trying to lure the Australian away for next season.

Webber's victory in the British Grand Prix, which helped him close the gap on championship leader Fernando Alonso, has served to further fuel speculation that the Australian would be the ideal man to drive alongside his Spanish rival at Maranello in 2013.

But although Webber admitted at the weekend that he had had 'light' talks with other teams about next season, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner remains confident that his driver is keen to stay put.

"I think that very simply we have a great relationship with Mark," said Horner. "As always with him, things are pretty straightforward. This is his seventh season with the team. He has had all of his success in F1 with this team and we would like to see that continue.

"Inevitably there is an awful lot of speculation surrounding Ferrari, but we are only focused on ourselves. We cannot control what other people say or do, and I think that Mark feels comfortable in the team.

"Mark wants to be in the team next year and therefore, as we have always stated, during the summer we will sit down and talk about the future. And that period of time is obviously coming up pretty close now, so over the next few weeks we will be talking about 2013."

When asked directly if Webber had told him that he wanted to stay next year, Horner used his words carefully.

"Mark has given me every indication that he is very happy here, and you can see that in his driving," he said. "He is driving very well this year.

"He has won two big races now, the Monaco Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix, and I think his drive at Silverstone was excellent.

"It was great for him to win for the team at our local race, and obviously coming from just up the road as well, and to have Sebastian [Vettel] up there on the podium after a difficult first lap again was a double bonus."