Webber likely to see out F1 career at Red Bull

Last Updated: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 08:36

Istanbul: Mark Webber indicated that he would see out his Formula One career at Red Bull and revealed how close he came to quitting the sport a few years ago.

The 34-year-old Australian, whose contract with the world champions expires at the end of the year, told reporters at the Turkish Grand Prix that he had three options for 2012 and the choice would be his.

"Stay here, stop or drive somewhere else -- which is probably unlikely," he said.

"It`s obviously down a lot to how I feel about things and we`ll see how we feel later in the year," he added.

"I could have stopped two, three years ago but I didn`t, I kept going. The results have been good in the last few years and are still being good now."

While Webber joined Red Bull in 2007, finishing 12th and 11th overall in his first two years with the team, the Australian was clearly referring to his difficult years at Williams before then in 2005 and 2006.

"It`s old ground isn`t it?," he said when pressed on the subject. "We know the window in my career where I was thinking about it (stopping). It didn`t happen, I came to Red Bull and (we`ve) done some great things together.

"There`s still a lot of big boxes to tick hopefully and do some great things."

Title Contender

Webber won four races last season and was a title contender, if not favourite, going into the final race in Abu Dhabi won by German team mate Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel won the race and the title, becoming the youngest ever champion at 23 years old, and has gone from strength to strength.

The youngster has been on pole position for all three races this season and won two of them, finishing second in the other in China.

Webber`s third place in China was his first podium finish since Brazil last November and the rise of Vettel has led to speculation that the Australian could look elsewhere next year or retire.

He said he was keeping things open, and the team were happy with that.

"We haven`t had too many discussions yet but obviously in the next few months things will start... it`s not really a big subject," said Webber.

"We realise how many good things we`ve done together and there`s a good chance of doing some very good things again together in future. Whether it ends this year or I go again next year, it doesn`t depend on results.

"(The) results will be fine. It depends on how I feel," said the man who won in Monaco and at Silverstone last year.

"There`s a lot of things that have happened in the last few years that have been big highlights for me and sensational moments so I hope I can add to those in the next few years and go from there."

Webber had not won a race before he joined Red Bull, a third place in Monaco in 2005 being his best previous result, and he was 10th and 14th overall in an uncompetitive car with former champions Williams.

"I just didn`t enjoy my time before I came here," he recalled.

"At Williams it was a tough fight for me. At that point I had to restart my career in a way and it worked out very well.”

"So obviously I made the right decision there and since then I`ve taken it step by step which has been the right way for my mentality towards the job and probably also suits Red Bull quite well."

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 08:36

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