Red Bull Racing plans to begin talks to try and thrash out a new deal with Mark Webber in the next few weeks.
Although the Australian has been strongly linked with a move to Ferrari for 2013, on the back of his strong start to the campaign, Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner says he is relaxed about the prospects of reaching a fresh agreement with him.
"We're reaching that time of the year that we'll sit down and talk about the future," said Horner. "With Mark, he's driving very well this year, I think his enthusiasm for Formula 1 is clearly there. I think he's in great shape, and he's delivering in the car, so we'll sit down over the next few weeks and start to talk about the future."
Webber has had a rolling one-year contract at Red Bull Racing for several seasons now, and has normally finalized his new deals over the summer breaks. Speaking about his contractual situation at Silverstone, Webber would not provide any indication of what he intended to do, only that he was confident he would be in F1.
"I think the winter break was very good for me," explained the Australian. "My focus was to really enjoy the start of the season and get the most out of my driving again, which is clearly all in my hands with my motivation and level of spirit toward the job, and also towards the guys [in the team].
"I'm really, really enjoying my work. For next year? Yeah, there's a pretty decent chance I'll be racing in Formula 1."