Mark Webber says it would have been wrong for him to turn his back on Formula 1 this year, because he still feels that he has what it takes to fight for the World Championship. Following extension of his contract with Red Bull at last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, Webber wrote in his blog for Britain's BBC feels that he concluded it was his only option for him in 2012.
"It might look as if it took a long time to sort out, and I was weighing up various possibilities. But in the end the contract talks were done very quickly," Webber wrote. "I've been an integral part of Red Bull since the start and I still enjoy it there. It would have been a mistake to stop racing."
Webber is currently second in the drivers' championship, but being 92 points behind his teammate Sebastian Vettel with seven races remaining he only has a slim chance of ending the year on top. However, Webber is refusing to give up on his chances, saying that there remains the possibility of a surprise end to the campaign.
"I'm still driving well. I had a bit of a slow start to this year because it took me a little while to get on top of the new tires. I'm looking forward to taking on Seb – and everyone else – again next year.
"But this year isn't over yet. There are still seven races to go, starting with Monza next weekend, and anything can still happen."
Webber also commented on the tire blistering controversy that surrounded his team after Spa, insisting that his team was not the only one running extreme camber settings.
"It's public knowledge that we were running the camber of our front wheels – the amount they lean away from vertical – on the upper limit of Pirelli's recommendations," he said. "But I know we're not the only team doing that. In any case, although we could have reduced the camber, it was not absolutely clear that would fix it. We push the cars to the limit and this was just something that happened."