Mark Webber thinks a move to another team next year is unlikely, as he suggested on Thursday there was a "good chance" he would stick with Red Bull Racing again for 2012.
With Webber's contract running out at the end of this year, speculation has surfaced about what the Australian will do – and whether his current employers will swoop for one of Scuderia Toro Rosso's juniors or a frontrunner like Nico Rosberg or Felipe Massa.
Webber said ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix that he was open-minded about his future, and that he had learned from nearly turning his back on the sport after his time at Williams not to be too hasty in turning his back on the opportunity for more success in the future.
"Some guys asked me [last week] what is going on for next year, and I said three things: Stay here, or stop, or go somewhere else, which is probably unlikely," he explained. "It can all happen. I am in good contact with the team obviously and every year we have done the same. It is obviously down a lot to how I feel about things, and we will see how we feel later in the year."
Webber reckons a decision about his future this year would be harder to reach than it had been in the past, but that the experience of nearly retiring at the end of 2006 was at the front of his mind.
"I think it is a bit harder. I could have stopped two or three years ago but I didn't – I kept going. The results have been good for the last few years, and they are still being good now. It is confirmation to yourself that you are doing a lot of things right, so that is why I keep things a little bit more open and the team knows that.
"We haven't had too many discussions yet but obviously over the next few months things will start to move on. It's not really a big subject."
Webber suggested that his current mindset was on continuing with Red Bull Racing, as he felt there was the opportunity for his partnership with the team to produce more good results.
"We know the window in my career where I was thinking about it [quitting], it didn't happen. I came to Red Bull and we've done some great things together. So, there are still lot of big boxes together and hopefully we can do some great things.
"That is the good thing about it. We realize how many good things we have done together, and there is a good chance of doing some very good things together in the future. Whether it ends this year, or I go again next year – it doesn't depend on results. The results will be fine. It depends on how I feel."
Asked why he had thought about retiring, Webber replied: "I just didn't enjoy my time before the team here. Williams was a tough time for me. We know that, and at that point I had to restart my career in a way, which worked out very, very well.
"So I made the right decision then, and since then I have always taken it step by step which has been the right way for my mentality toward the job and also it suits Red Bull as well, so it has worked out quite well for both of us."
He added: "A lot of things have happened in the last few years that have been highlights for me. I would like to add to those in the next few years."