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08/25/11
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Webber signs 2012 Red Bull deal?  UPDATE (GMM)  Mark Webber on Thursday hinted he is close to inking a deal to stay at Red Bull in 2012.

It has been suggested that the Australian is all set to sign on the dotted line, and that the basic deal would be agreed over the course of the recent summer break.

"I know some of you are waiting for news on my future," he is quoted as writing in a column for BBC Sport.

Webber, 34, said he met with Red Bull mogul Dietrich Mateschitz in Salzburg on the way to Hungary, the last race before F1 closed shop for the month of August.

And he revealed on Thursday that, "as planned, the ... break gave me a good opportunity to have a chat with team principal Christian Horner about me continuing in 2012".

Mark Webber
07/25/11
(GMM)  Mark Webber has now signed a one-year extension to his Red Bull contract.

The Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat said the 34-year-old Australian's 2012 deal will be announced in Hungary this week.

Earlier, it was rumored that another driver, perhaps Lewis Hamilton, might be drafted in to replace Webber as Sebastian Vettel's teammate.

But team owner Dietrich Mateschitz said recently that Webber, who achieved pole at the Nurburgring and outperformed Vettel all weekend, is staying put. zzzz

"I always said that I expect our 2012 driver lineup to be the same," team boss Christian Horner told F1's official website, adding that the news becoming official is a "formality".

"I am very happy with the two drivers we have.  They push each other hard and I can't imagine any other driver in our car, or Mark Webber in any other team's car next year," he added.

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