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Webber unfazed by Hamilton link

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Tom Cary

Published 05/07/2011 | 05:00

Mark Webber claims Red Bull are "very keen" to hang on to him, adding it is up to him if he wants to continue racing beyond this season.

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With speculation raging that Lewis Hamilton is considering a move away from McLaren, and with Red Bull the dominant force in F1 as well as being Hamilton's only realistic option, all eyes are on Webber's race seat.

The Australian is on a rolling one-year contract at Milton Keynes-based Red Bull and has not yet renewed for 2012.

"Clearly it is down to me in terms of whether I decide to keep racing," Webber said. "Red Bull have been great and they are very keen to keep me, no question about it.

"We are talking but there is no real urgency from either side. I think they are in good shape whatever happens, though, and I am certainly in good shape whatever the decision is because it is mine."

The 34-year-old added that he was not alarmed by the fact that Hamilton paid his Red Bull Team principal Christian Horner an impromptu visit in Canada last month in full view of the paddock. It has been alleged that the pair spoke about Hamilton's future. "It's Formula One," Webber said. "Next week it will be someone else."

Webber was speaking at a Qantas event where it was announced the airline will help him to gain his pilot's licence. But he said he's not looking for a career switch just yet.

"I am still enjoying my driving," he said. "Some of the days aren't that great with the travel and bits and bobs. But at the moment I still feel very good.

"Timing is crucial in anything in life. At the moment I am still getting some great results and I'm very, very close to getting some phenomenal results again. That is the thing that I have got to make my mind up on."

First up is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday, where Webber -- tied for second in the drivers' standings with McLaren's Jenson Button, albeit still 77 points behind his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel -- will be looking for a repeat of last year's win.

On that occasion, Webber was so fired up by perceived bias within the team towards the German, that he crossed the finish and then alerted the world to the simmering tension within the team by remarking sarcastically: "Not bad for a No 2 driver".

Webber said there's no chance of an outbreak of civil war this weekend. "Harmony is very important in the team," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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