“Mark has driven very well in the first nine races of this season and his performance has been impressive," said Christian Horner, the team boss. "Much of his Formula One success has been during his time with Red Bull Racing and together we have achieved 10 poles, nine wins and 31 podiums. As there was a strong desire from both sides to continue the partnership, it was a logical decision to extend our relationship and it is with great pleasure that we confirm Mark will drive for us in 2013.”
Webber, 35, sits second in the championship, 13 points behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Webber, who is enjoying one of his best seasons in the series, said it was an easy decision to stay with the team, despite some discussions with Ferrari.
"It’s been an interesting few months, but overall the continuity and desire for me to continue at Red Bull Racing was very strong," he said.
He also noted his partnership with Sebastian Vettel, who has won the two previous championships. The two are oft-contentious rivals as much as teammates, which is unique in the current structure of Formula One.
"Last year there wasn’t much racing between Sebastian and I, but in 2009, 2010 and this year, there have been some great battles," said Webber. "That’s been enjoyable for the team, sometimes stressful too as it’s not easy for both of us to be at the front and I can understand that, as both of us are thinking about ourselves sometimes, but ultimately we know that we need to get the cars home and get the best results for us and the team."
The team and F1 fans everywhere will now be able to enjoy more battles between the drivers as both are confirmed for 2013.