Mark Webber on Tuesday confirmed that he was staying with Red Bull for another year, but admits that he was talking to Ferrari before meaking his final decision.
Still it was no great surprise when the headlines ticked in from Reuters, that the popular Aussie driver, 2nd in the championship after his recent win at Silverstone last weekend, has signed an extension with the double champions.
“It’s been an interesting few months,” Webber commented. “Overall the continuity and desire for me to continue at Red Bull Racing was very strong. My main focus is on this year’s championship, which is very important.
“There were discussions with Ferrari, but my decision was to stay here. I virtually know everyone’s shoe size! I know everyone’s names, I know how everyone ticks and I know all the departments which is very, very important for a driver. There’s a whole raft of factors. With Seb, we’ve worked very, very close together for a long period of time now. I think no-one would really have envisaged how long we have worked together, so that’s probably been a bit of a surprise.
“There are not many team-mates staying together for that long in Formula 1, but it’s proved to be a successful partnership with both of us working very hard with the key technical members of the team. It’s been a potent operation. We’re still competitive when we hit the track, no question about it, especially in 2010 and this year. Last year there wasn’t much racing between Sebastian and I, but in 2009, 2010 and this year, there have been some great battles.”