• Jun 7, 2010
When you're topping the championship standings, you usually don't have to worry about finding a ride for next season. Mark Webber and Red Bull Racing are a bit of a special case, though. For one thing, at 34 years old, Webber isn't the youngest driver on the grid. (That distinction belongs to his team-mate Sebastian Vettel.) For another, Red Bull's one of the most secretive teams on the grid. And Webber's in the middle of some controversy regarding a crash during last week's Turkish Grand Prix.

For these and many more reasons, much speculation has revolved around Webber's ride for next year, but that speculation can now be put to rest as Red Bull has confirmed the extension of his contract for another season. With Vettel already contracted for a couple more years to come, the announcement effectively confirms the team's line-up for 2011 with the same two drivers it's been running since David Coulthard retired at the end of 2008. It also places Red Bull alongside Ferrari, McLaren and Lotus as the only teams to secure its line-up for the season to come. Follow the jump for the official announcement.

[Source: Red Bull]
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Webber Signs With Red Bull For 2011

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 said: "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-field competitor 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."

Our team principal Christian Horner added: "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."


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      • 4 Years Ago
      well no surprise here, i mean he IS the championship points leader. a part of me does wish though that he would get dropped and join the usf1 team hell i mean Americans love Australians just like we love Ambrose he'd be awesome in a usf1 car(...that is assuming it gets DONE right this time).

      unfortunately reality hits me and i realize if he does that it would be a career killer since the team would suck out the gate........unless the partnership with Ferrari happens :) :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The timing of this announcement is interesting because certain people who were at the Red Bull hospitality center during the Monaco GP noted that Webber had extended his contract during that race weekend. I wonder if Red Bull are announcing this now to show that the team are in fact behind Mark Webber...for at least one more year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome, hopefully if he wins the championship this year RBR might recognise his position as the number one driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is his crotch punching the cameraman? What did he do?
        • 4 Years Ago
        *comment of the day*!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Why, yes, it does look rather like a hand."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Webber and Vettel have Adrian Newey to thank.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jaime Alguesuari of Toro Rosso is over 3 years younger than Sebastian Vettel, so vettel isn't the youngest driver on the grid. He's just the youngest ever pole sitter and race winner. Get it right Autoblog!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Autoblog is usually about a week late with F1 news, but this time they'e about three years late.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope he kicks Vettel's butt for the remainder of the season, & next year as well. I've lost a lot of respect for Vettel since he won't man up & take responsibility for the shunt in Turkey, and I've lost respect for the Red Bull brass (especially Horner & Marko) since they seem to be coddling and throwing all their weight behind him despite the fact that it's Webber who's leading the championship. They keep changing their stories, & the whole situation & atmosphere in the team reeks of bias.
      • 4 Years Ago
      keep drinking red bull it will give you a stroke...look up "red bull sticky blood" on google.that's what happen to casey mears of red bull in nascar and rock star brett michels
      • 4 Years Ago
      mm.. but only for another season eh... interestin..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Webbers contract with Red Bull has always been on a year to year basis, they're never going to give him anymore than a year at a time.
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