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Mark Webber extends contract with RenaultSport-powered Red Bull

Mark Webber extends contract with RenaultSport-powered Red Bull

Australian Formula One ace mark Webber has signed a new deal keeping him at Red Bull.

The driver has been in talks with Ferrari but ultimately decided to stick with Red Bull and the RS27 engine supplied by RenaultSport.

News of the agreement comes just days before the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim and Webber, who has scored in all but one race this year is looking to press on for the rest of the season and improve upon his already-impressive stats.

Asked by the F1 website if he is "on a mission" for the remainder of the season, the driver said: "Generally we've done pretty well at all venues - but still not the maximum.

"So we still have work to do to achieve better results as the year goes on and, to be honest, the championship standings look after themselves. If you get lots of DNFs the standings will be accordingly - and if you have a lot of victories it's the same."

Webber also explained that his improved form this year comes on the back of a relaxing winter break.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner remarked earlier in the season that he has seen "a new Mark Webber" and the Aussie said this is down to him "recharging his batteries".

"At the end of last season I didn't have much energy, but the victory in Brazil was nice and a good reminder for me of why I enjoy racing at that level," he added.

"Then I spent eight weeks on my skateboard - and recharged, and rediscovered my love for driving cars on the limit. That was very important."

Webber currently sits in second place in the driver's standings with 116 points to Fernando Alonso's 129.

Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel sits in third with 100 points, while Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen round out the top five.

Posted by Louise Clark
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