Mark Webber thinks that he made the right decision by staying with Red Bull. Also, he is sure that he will stay longer in Formula 1 than his new one-year contract. He intends to end his career at Red Bull, even though Ferrari showed their interest in the 36-year-old driver.
The Australian driver revealed earlier that he did have talks with Ferrari, even though he denied it in the first place. However, he promised Red Bull that he would drive for the team until the end of his career. “Although I did have talks with Ferrari, staying with Red Bull was the right thing to do,” Webber said. “I pretty much told Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz and team principal Christian Horner two or three years ago that I would finish my career with Red Bull. I’m sure everyone understands the lure of racing for Ferrari, but in the end there were just too many pros to staying at Red Bull Racing – it was as simple as that.”
Webber also admits that a move to Ferrari could have endangered his aim for the Championship. “I’ve been there since 2007, just two years after the team was formed, and we have built a fantastic team. We’ve won the last two drivers’ and constructors’ championships and we’re right in the fight again this year. It’s very hard to turn your back on that sort of performance. The fact that I am trying to win the championship this year was also a consideration – it would have been that bit harder to keep the momentum going if I was moving to a rival team.”
At this moment, Mark is not thinking about retiring any time soon. “Because I’m 36 this summer, people are always asking me when I’m going to retire. But I’m not thinking about that at all. The contract is just for one year, but I’m looking to stay in F1 for longer than that.”
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