New Contract with Red Bull for Webber after Silverstone Win
It has been a good week for Mark Webber after winning the British Grand Prix for Red Bull. In doing so, he also managed to reduce the lead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to 13 points.
Alonso led from pole position but couldn’t stop Webber overtaking six laps from the end and winning with a three second lead. This was the second win for Webber this season and left him with 116 points behind Alonso’s 129 after 9 out of 20 rounds.
After winning he said that he’d never had a win where he’d taken the lead so late in the race. His team mate, Sebastian Vettel, came in third to return to the podium for the first time in five races.
This allowed Red Bull to extend their lead in the constructors’ championship to 216 points with Ferrari in second with 152 points.
After his win Webber also signed another contract with Red Bull ending speculation that he may move to Ferrari. Webber has been with Red Bull since 2007 and achieved nine grand prix wins in that time. He said that he knows the team well, feels very comfortable there and that “it feels like absolutely the right thing to stay with Red Bull for another season.”
Christian Horner, the team boss, said that “Mark has driven very well in the first nine races of this season and his performance has been impressive.” Horner went on to say that there was a strong desire from both sides to continue the partnership and it “was a logical decision to extend our relationship”.
Webber added that it was “great to be able to make this announcement off the back of the win in Silverstone” and that he is looking forward to pushing himself in every race next season.