Date: 8th May 2012 at 9:18am
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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner doesn’t see why Mark Webber would consider making the move from Red Bull to Ferrari at the end of the season.

The Australian driver, who has less than a year remaining on his current contract with Red Bull, was heavily linked with a move to Ferrari for the 2013 Formula One season during the Mugello tests.

Some reports even suggested that the 35-year-old had already signed a pre-contract agreement with Ferrari to replace Felipe Massa at the end of the season and join up with good friend Fernando Alonso.

Webber was quick to clarify that those reports were inaccurate, but didn’t quite deny that the rumours were just rumours, which has left the speculation brewing.

Webber of course isn’t the first driver to be linked with Ferrari for 2013. Jenson Button was first linked over the winter before he signed a new long-term contract with McLaren, while Sauber’s Sergio Perez, has also been heavily linked due to his connections to the Ferrari young driver programme.

But while Red Bull team boss Christian Horner downplayed the rumours, he is also in no rush to tie down Webber to Red Bull for next season.

‘Every spring seems to be a reciprocal thing that Mark is going to Ferrari, He is not wearing red overalls. I think it is inevitable, almost every driver in the pitlane has been linked alongside Fernando next year, but we are focused on ourselves.’ Horner told Autosport Magazine.

‘Mark enjoys being within the team, he is happy here and we are happy with him. At the relevant time later in the year we will sit down and talk about the future as we have done in previous seasons.

‘It’s something we will talk about later in the year. I’m not aware of any discussion. I think Mark is happy where he is, he is in a strong position here, but inevitably it’s part of this business that there is speculation.’


 

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