Following Mark Webber’s decision to retire from Formula One racing at the end of the year, Infiniti Red Bull Racing have released a public message of thanks for the Australian's lengthy commitment to the team.
"Red Bull Racing would like to thank him for the extensive contribution he has made to the team during the seven seasons he has driven for us. Marks’ dedication and success has also been a major factor in the team achieving three Constructors’ World Championships (2010, 2011 and 2012)"
During that time, the Australian has achieved nine wins*, 35 podiums (36 in total during his F1 career) and 11 pole positions.
Christian Horner, RBR team principal: “I am sure Mark thought long and hard before making what has no doubt been a very difficult decision. His achievements in Formula One are extensive and I am sure he will continue to push hard and build on that record until the end of the season. We support Mark’s decision, he has been an excellent addition to the team since joining us in 2007 and we wish him all the best in the next stages of his career.”
The team noted that a decision on the vacant driving seat has not been made yet and that an announcement will not be made until later in the season.