Webber wants to drive next year – Horner

June.10 – The Australian F1 driver Mark Webber will have to stay until later this year for Red Bull to talk about his future at the team, despite telling team principal Christian Horner he needs to continue for another season.

Despite starting unwilling to tie Webber down to a new contract any time soon, Horner said the team was happy with his performances and that any new contract would be easy to agree.

“Mark’s made it clear he wants to drive next year,” Horner said. “With regard to points, Mark has had the best start to a campaign in his career in Formula One to date. However, he has struggled with the new Pirelli tyres, but he is working hard to get to grips with that. He is still a fierce competitor and pushing very hard, as we saw in Barcelona a few weeks ago when he achieved his first pole position of the year.

“As far as the future is concerned, at this stage in his career we have agreed to take one step at a time, and at the appropriate time we will sit down and talk about that future. We’ve only competed in six grands prix out of probably 19, so some time later in the summer we will discuss next year. At the end of the day it’s down to the team and Mark to continue our relationship. We have wanted to see whether he has the motivation and desire that he clearly has. As I say, he’s had these issues with the tyres he’s working hard to get on top of, but we’re very happy with him within the team. Should we sit down, then conversations with him tend to be straightforward.”

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