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LONDON - Agence France-Presse

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Mark Webber yesterday ended speculation about his future by signing a new one-year contract with Red Bull Racing for 2013.

The Australian, who claimed the ninth victory of his Formula One career on Sunday in the British GP, had been linked with a move to Ferrari.

But the 35-year-old, who trails Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by 13 points in the standings, has opted to remain with Red Bull for a seventh season.

“I’ve been with Red Bull Racing since 2007 and have achieved nine grand prix wins during that time,” said Webber.

“I’m high on confidence and firing on all cylinders.

“I know the team well and I’m very comfortable here. We have grown together over the years and it feels like absolutely the right thing to stay with Red Bull for another season.”

Team chief Christian Horner added: “Mark has driven very well in the first nine races of this season and his performance has been impressive. Much of his Formula One success has been during his time with Red Bull Racing and together we have achieved 10 poles, nine wins and 31 podiums.”

With defending double world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel already contracted to Red Bull Racing until the end of 2014, the English-based stable is the first team to confirm its 2013 driver line-up.

July/11/2012

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