With Mark Webber’s contract with Red Bull Racing set to run out at the end of the Mark Webberseason, the Australian has admitted that he has to let his performances on the track do the talking if wants to have any hope of securing a contract extension into 2012 and beyond.

The 34-year-old secured a one-year extension to stay with the team into 2011, making this his fifth consecutive season with the team.

And he knows that the one person he’ll need to impress most of all is the team’s advisor Dr Helmut Marko, who was a considerable instigator in much of the angst in the team last year when he repeatedly took side with Webber’s team-mate, Sebastian Vettel.

“I don’t think there’s a person in the world that doesn’t want to be wanted or liked,” he told reporters yesterday.

“I’ve rarely got a two-year deal since I got there and that’s how Helmut Marko likes to do it. It’s up to me to put in the performances to warrant a new deal.”

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