Mark Webber celebrates Silverstone success with new Red Bull contract

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JUST two days after winning the British Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing have confirmed Mark Webber will be driving for them again next season.

The popular Australian picked up his second win of the season at Silverstone on Sunday to move within 13 points of F1 championship leader Fernando Alonso.

And with rumours rife about the 35-year-old’s future, and many believing he had already penned a deal with Italian giants Ferrari for 2013, the Tilbrook team have acted quickly to secure his services for another year.

With Sebastian Vettel already under contract for next season, Red Bull are the first team to confirm their 2013 driver line-up.

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.

“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.

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

Team boss Christian Horner added: “Mark has driven very well in the first nine races of this season and his performance has been impressive.

“Much of his Formula One success has been during his time with Red Bull Racing and together we have achieved 10 poles, nine wins and 31 podiums.

“As there was a strong desire from both sides to continue the partnership, it was a logical decision to extend our relationship and it is with great pleasure that we confirm Mark will drive for us in 2013.”

Webber first joined the team in 2007, but is no stranger to Milton Keynes, having driven for Jaguar in 2003 and 2004.

With an uncompetitive car, he and team-mate David Coulthard were no more than midfield runners for much of 2007 and 2008, but in 2009 the team came to the fore.

After coming second to Sebastian Vettel in China and at Silverstone, Webber finally picked up his first race win in Germany in 2009 before hitting the top step again in Brazil.

But 2010 was his finest year, winning four times and taking the championship battle down to the wire.

The 2011 season was dominated by Vettel but Webber finished a solid third in the championship, claiming another win at Interlagos.