Mark Webber’s second win of the 2012 season has only ramped up the already-rampant speculation about his future.
Going into Sunday’s British grand prix, rumours were linking the 35-year-old with either a new contract at Red Bull, or a sensational switch to Ferrari. Afterwards, with Australian Webber now within sight of the championship lead and joining Fernando Alonso as 2012’s only multiple race winners, speculation he will be wearing red overalls next season is at fever-pitch.
Sensing the rumour, Spaniard Alonso grinned: “I need to put something on my shoes to be a little bit taller.”
Backtracking, he insisted: “I’m extremely happy with Felipe (Massa). Today, again, he showed the performance that he can do, with a normal, trouble free race. We will see what the team decides.”
Webber had to admit that overtaking Alonso for the Silverstone win, and seeing his championship odds slashed by leading bookmakers, will do his future no harm.
“I’m not low on confidence at the moment,” he smiled. “It’s going well,” said Webber, who has 16 more points than his teammate Sebastian Vettel.
For Christian Horner, the urgency of sitting down for contract talks with Webber has stepped up a gear, the Red Bull chief saying it will happen “in the next couple of weeks”.
“We have a great relationship with Mark and I think he wants to be in our team next year,” he is quoted by the Sun newspaper. All things with Mark are pretty straightforward. This is his seventh season with Red Bull and he has had all his success in F1 with us. We would like to see that continue.
“Inevitably there’s an awful lot of speculation about Ferrari,” Horner admitted, “but Mark has given me every indication that he is very happy.”