Date: 20th June 2012 at 9:06am
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While the media will continue to link drivers with a switch to Red Bull, the man currently in the driving seat remains confident.

Mark Webber might be out-of-contract at the end of the 2012 Formula One World Championship, but that is a scenario he has always found himself in.

The Australian veteran has always signed one year deals with Red Bull and he doesn’t see any difference this year to past seasons.

‘As far as I’m concerned, I’m driving very well, and I see no difference with last year’s situation. Obviously there’s plenty of people who would like to come to Red Bull, but the question we have to ask ourselves is: does the team really want to change? Webber told Autosprint as quoted by Autosport Magazine.

He continued: ‘For sure that’s a question for Christian and Adrian and for Dietrich and Helmut [Horner, Newey, Mateschitz, Marko ; Red Bull bosses]. Let’s see what happens. I can only control what I do and so far I think I have done that very well.’

One of the interesting parts of this story comes when you take a look around the Formula One paddock, usually all the top teams have their drivers sewn up on multi-year contracts, but at the end of the 2012 season, none of the top teams find themselves in that situation for 2013.

McLaren are yet to agree a new deal with Lewis Hamilton and the press rumours have already linked him with both Red Bull and Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher’s future at Mercedes isn’t clear.

Felipe Massa is heavily tipped to leave Ferrari, which has seen Mark Webber linked with a switch to the Italian team.

We could see a driver merry-go-round ahead of the 2013 season, but while Webber’s future may remain unclear, he hasn’t yet put himself on the market.

Webber added: ‘At the moment I don’t have a contract for next year, just like at this time last year and just like the year before that. My agreements are only valid from one season to the next one, and at each expiry we have never really gone on the market, in the sense that in the end we have always renewed with Red Bull.

‘Let’s see how it ends up.

 

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