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GP Week : Issue 162
The F1 game of musical chairs lost a key player this week when Red Bull announced that Mark Webber had extended his contract with the team for another year. The Australian driver revealed that he had been in talks with Ferrari, as has been rumoured all season, but that he elected to stay with the team he has been with since 2007, where is working with a group of people he knows inside out. “We have gone through plenty together here,” Webber said. “We went from the days when Red Bull had not long owned the team to what it is now. The team really changed when we started to get successful, in terms of getting the balance right between being extremely professional on all fronts to still keeping that laid back and approachable attitude that the team still has within reason. It is just one nice big family now in many ways and we have grown so much. We’ve come a long way and I think it’s clear that I fit well here and that’s what I really like about it.” While the announcement has put the Webber to Ferrari stories to bed for another year, silly season is still going strong, with the focus now on Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher. The German driver’s three-year comeback contract expires at the end of this season, and it remains to be seen whether he will choose to stay in Formula One. After a disappointing start to the season the past two races have seen Schumacher on much improved form – for the first time since his return, the seven-time world champion appears to be enjoying himself behind the wheel. Should he elect to stay in Formula One – and at the moment all signs point to yes – it is hard to see him moving from Mercedes. Which gives Hamilton limited options. There’s a remote chance he could replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari, but now that the Red Bull door is closed and with Schumacher looking happy with the Silver Arrows, the British driver is faced with the choice of remaining at McLaren or considering Lotus as the remaining competitive outfit on the grid. And it’s that lack of options that have led to a number of ‘Lewis to Lotus’ rumours in recent days. The silly season rumour mill needs little in the way of facts – the gossips simply eliminate the impossible and presume that whatever remains – however extraordinary – must be the truth. It might have delivered for Sherlock Holmes, but it doesn’t always work in Formula One. WEBBER SIGNS: SILLY SEASON IN FULL SWING F1 >>> NEWS 3 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: