Mark Webber knew before the summer break that he would be racing for Red Bull again in 2012, having signed the deal in Hungary.
It was announced on Saturday morning at Spa that the 35-year-old Australian had concluded another one-year extension with the team he has raced for since 2007, dispelling speculation that he was considering retirement or switching team. Having qualified third for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, Webber revealed in the press conference that he came into the weekend already certain of his future.
"Signed not long ago, I think it was the last race, actually, on the Sunday," he said when asked whether it was he or Red Bull that wanted a single year extension. "Little bit of both, I think [regarding team or self reluctant to commit]. The one-year extensions are not too bad for me, and also I think it suits them as well. Bit of 50-50."
Webber has scored all six of his wins with Red Bull as well as his nine podiums. The Australian also raced for the team under its previous guise of Jaguar Racing between 2003 and '04.