Webber rejects seat switch rumours

Mon, 19 November 2007, 08:49

Mark Webber has rubbished rumours that Fernando Alonso could be set to trigger his departure from the Red Bull team ahead of the 2008 season.

McLaren refugee Alonso is yet to commit to a team for next year, and despite both Webber and teammate David Coulthard having secure contracts for 2008, it was reported at the weekend that talks between the Spaniard and Red Bull are still going on.

It is also speculated that if Alonso does switch to Red Bull, Flavio Briatore-managed Webber, who is 31, would be a candidate to line up for Renault.

But the Australian, in his home country at present for the annual Mark Webber Challenge, told the Queanbeyan Age newspaper that he is a firm starter for Red Bull in 2008.

“I’ll be driving at Red Bull next year,” Webber insisted.

“It will be nice to be in the hunt next year, and if we can start the season the way we finished it we will be doing well.

“We need to try and get some bullet-proof reliability in our car and just focus on some of the basics,” Webber, who retired from seven of the 17 races in 2007, added.

Despite the poor reliability, however, Webber thinks he drove well this season.

“Personally I was very happy with how I drove, and even though it didn’t reflect on the scoreboard, I was pleased with the progress our team made this year.

“But no one likes to be involved in cars struggling with reliability — it’s very frustrating,” he said.

You may also like