Webber - No plans to quit

Replacement talk is no concern for Red Bull pilot

Last Updated: 12/02/12 11:59am

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Mark Webber is unfazed by rumours at Red Bull

Mark Webber is unfazed by rumours at Red Bull

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Mark Webber is refusing to let rumours about his future at Red Bull affect his preparations for the start of the new season.

Having fallen well behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel last season, questions are increasingly being asked about Webber's future in F1.

And at 35 years of age doubts persist over whether his career will continue beyond this year's championship.

Webber however, has never publicly put down a time-frame for his retirement and Australia's The Sunday Age reported this weekend that the driver is 'not contemplating retirement' at the end of this season.

That decision however, may be out of his hands after Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso signed youngsters Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo.

The duo have both been tipped within the Red Bull camp to be possible replacements for Webber when the time comes.

Rumours

Despite the writing apparently looming ever larger on the wall for Webber however, the Aussie is not letting the various rumours get to him.

"I've been through enough on and off the track to know that nothing is forever"
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"Not at all, you know, I've been through enough on and off the track to know that nothing is forever," he told the newspaper.

"(According to the media) I was supposed to be replaced by Kimi (Raikkonen) four years ago."

As for whether Ricciardo's signing, meaning there are two Australians on this year's grid, will pave the way for others, Webber reckons it will create more interest in the sport but that doesn't mean doors will easily open.

"I think what could and will happen is that when you have Australians winning and if Daniel goes on to have a good career, which I have no doubt that he will, it stimulates more people to have a crack at it but it won't be made any easier in many ways. I still think you'll have to be trying very hard."

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