Mark Webber believes he will finish his Formula 1 career wit Red Bull Racing, and even hinted that he is looking to remain with the outfit long-term, contrary to recent speculation that has suggested he would hang up his helmet in the next year.
After being in the running for the Drivers’ Championship title last year, a bullish Webber has told F1 Racing magazine that there was no reason why he shouldn’t stay on in the sport.
“I want to continue – any driver wants this – racing towards the front and hanging out with these punks…week in week out,” he is quoted as saying.
“To race with them is very rewarding and enjoyable. Of course you have nerves at the time. There’s not a guy in the pit lane who doesn’t have nerves. They’d be lying if they told you they didn’t.
“It’s what gets you out of bed. That’s what a competitor goes through and that’s what you enjoy.”
And despite an often conflict-ridden 2010 season with the Milton Keynes outfit – where he battled allegations of favouritism in comparison to team-mate Sebastian Vettel – the Australian is happy staying on at the team as it heads into defending its championship titles.
“We’ve had a few headwinds here and there within the team, but to have two drivers do what we did last year is a unique situation … I hope I can continue to work hard for Red Bull. They know my reputation is that when I do things, I do them to the best of my ability at all times. And they know that I will do that again.”
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