The relationship between Mark Webber and the Red Bull Racing team he drives for has often been more of a rocky road than smooth tarmac. The two parties have butted heads more than a handful of times, but at the end of the day, they're a good match. And so the team has announced that it has signed the Australian driver for another season of F1 racing.

The announcement puts to rest all manner of rumors of Webber's replacement, including the potential return of Kimi Raikkonen, who's already sponsored by the same energy drink company in his rally pursuits.

From Webber's perspective, it can't be fun playing second fiddle to his junior wingman Sebastian Vettel, but the bottom line is that – having previously driven for Minardi, Jaguar and Williams – he never did as well as he's done these past few seasons at Red Bull, advancing from "also ran" status to fourth place in the 2009 world championship, third in last year's and the second place at which he currently stands this season. Official announcement in the press release after the jump.
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Red Bull Racing is pleased to announce that Mark Webber's contract has been extended for another year, meaning the Australian will continue to drive for the team in 2012.

Mark Webber said: "I want to continue racing at the top in Formula One so it's a no-brainer to remain at Red Bull Racing for another year. My motivation to achieve the best results possible both for myself and the team is still very high. Over the past five years, we have worked hard and proved that we can design and build a competitive and championship-winning car, and I'm looking forward to putting the car and myself on the limit again each and every race weekend in 2012."

Christian Horner said: "When we sat down and started talking about 2012, it was immediately obvious that Mark and the team wanted to continue our successful relationship. This meant agreeing an extension for 2012 was very straightforward. Mark knows the team well, having been with us since 2007, and his motivation, fitness and commitment is as high as it has ever been. The pairing of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel is a very strong one, they push each other hard and we are extremely happy the pairing will remain unchanged for a fourth season."

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      • 4 Years Ago
      gotta love this guy, now if he could just get off the line.......
      JIM J
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like Mark. Always have. He's got a ton of experience, is a class act, and a terrific spokesman for the sport. He's also the correct guy to be head of the driver's assoc. But just like the rest of us he's getting older and doesn't have the edge of the younger guys. It's so frustrating to cheer for him when he qualifies on the front row only to watch him blow the start. His finishes are hard won from mid-pack. He knows it and so does Red Bull. Red Bull and the next year (or two) are his best opportunity - then retire to something else. Besides, the money ain't bad either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      sweet! how about a mark webber edition G37 or M56?!
        • 4 Years Ago
        He's done demonstrations with a 911 in the past. A G37 with all cloth interior and lightening / bolstering of chassis and suspension. An SE-R or R-Spec G37 with magnetic suspension, carbon fiber, and VHQ37 engine ala 350HP Z would be very fun. Unfortunately, Nissan are smart and know better than to cannibalize sales from one car to make a niche, race spec of a comfy car. That's why, (I believe) the GT-R stayed a Nissan, and not an Infiniti.
          • 4 Years Ago
          Agreed. But the presence of the GT-R shouldn't keep Infiniti from going after the M3 with something a little more worhty than the IPL. I really don't see too much cross shopping between a high perfomance G and the super-car performance GT-R. (i think BMW and Porsche are the respective bogies there)
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