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Webber commits to Red Bull for 2012

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MILTON KEYNES, England

Australian driver Mark Webber signed a one-year contract extension to stay with Red Bull Racing for the 2012 Formula One season.

Webber, who turned 35 on Saturday, said that the decision to commit to the team was a "no-brainer," thus ending months of speculation.

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"My motivation to achieve the best results possible for both myself and the team is still very high," Webber said. He has been with the team since 2007.

"Over the past five years, we have worked hard and proved we can design and build a competitive and championship-winning car," he added. "I'm looking forward to putting the car and myself on the limit again each and every race weekend in 2012."

Webber endured fallouts with teammate Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull last season and ultimately lost to the German in the final race in Abu Dhabi.

Like every other driver on the grid, Webber has been blown away by Vettel this season.

Webber has yet to win a race, compared to his teammate's six wins, and trails the runaway leader by 85 points heading into Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

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Red Bull principal Christian Horner said that the team, which is based in Milton Keynes, southern England, had no desire to change the driver setup.

"The pairing of Mark and Sebastian is a very strong one. They push each other hard, and we are extremely happy it will remain unchanged for a fourth season," Horner said.

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