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Webber pledges future to Red Bull after win

By Ian Parkes

Mark Webber has ended speculation surrounding his future by signing a new one-year contract with Red Bull Racing for 2013.

Australian Webber, who claimed the ninth victory of his Formula One career on Sunday by taking the chequered flag in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, had been linked with a move to Ferrari next year.

But the 35-year-old, firmly in the title hunt as he trails Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by 13 points in the standings, has opted to remain with Red Bull for what will now be a seventh season.

Webber said: “I've been with Red Bull Racing since 2007 and have achieved nine Grand Prix wins during that time.

“I'm high on confidence at the moment and firing on all cylinders,” he added.

“I know the team well and I'm very comfortable here. We have grown together over the years and it feels like absolutely the right thing to stay with Red Bull for another season.

“The team is constantly working hard to improve in all areas and we've shown that together we can win races.

“It's great to be able to make this announcement off the back of the win in Silverstone and I'm looking forward to competing on the edge and pushing myself in every race again next season.”

With team-mate Sebastian Vettel already contracted to Red Bull Racing until the end of 2014, the Milton Keynes-based marque are the first team to confirm their 2013 driver line-up.

Webber has confirmed holding talks with Ferrari, but felt it was a case of better the devil you know.

He added: “There were discussions with Ferrari, but my decision was to stay here.

“With Red Bull 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.

“So in the end, it was an easy decision. It's been an interesting few months, but overall the continuity and desire for me to continue at Red Bull Racing was very strong.

“It's an amazing bunch of guys and girls at Red Bull Racing and I really, really like working with them.

“That has a huge affect on me and how I perform in the car and it helped me in my decision.

“It is just one nice big family now in many ways and we have grown so much.

“We've come a long way and I think it's clear I fit well here and that's what I really like about it.

“It does help to have the contract sorted early in the season, and that's another reason to just get it to bed,” said Webber.

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