Why Webber is the only choice for Red Bull

Why Webber is the only choice for Red Bull

Despite some high-profile intra-team tensions at times, Mark Webber is staying with Red Bull for 2012. Edd Straw explains why the decision makes total sense for both parties

Mark Webber described re-signing for Red Bull Racing as a "no-brainer", but it might just as well have been team principal Christian Horner saying that of the decision to give the Australian a new one-year contract. It was the obvious choice for what is now Formula 1's best team.

Inevitably, the critics will cite his record compared to Sebastian Vettel this year. The reigning world champion's side of the garage has won six races this year and racked up a monstrous 234 points, only 22 fewer than he scored to win the title last year. Webber, by contrast, has no wins and only one second place to his name and trails Vettel by 85 points. It's easy to brand him a relative failure, to say that he is very much "not bad for a number two" and therefore unworthy of a Red Bull seat. But that misses the point.

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