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Vettel wants Webber to stay at Red Bull

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June 21, 2012 « Hamilton expects hard bargain over new contract | Button confident of better weekend in Valencia »
Sebastian Vettel: "I think we work well together and we're trying to both pull the team in the same direction" © Sutton Images
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Sebastian Vettel says he would be happy to see Mark Webber remain as his team-mate at Red Bull for the 2013 season.

Webber is out of contract at the end of the season as he continues to only sign one-year deals at this stage of his career, and reports in Monaco linked him with a move to Ferrari next season. Having not been drawn on his own potential switch to Ferrari, Vettel said that he would like Webber to remain at Red Bull because he was pleased with the dynamic within the team.

"I'm not sure about his contract but I think at the moment he's doing a very good job," Vettel said. "I can understand why people are thinking that there is a problem between Mark and myself but to be honest there is not. Yes we might not be best friends but I have no problem with him, he has no problem with me. I think we work well together and we're trying to both pull the team in the same direction. I think we have a similar feel for the car and similar liking, so it's not as if one like the car set-up the opposite way to the other guy so I think that's helping us and so far it's worked well."

After Alonso revealed that he has a say in who his Ferrari team-mate should be, Vettel said he didn't think it was a similar situation at Red Bull.

"I think [the driver line-up] is Christian's call and the team's call, not my call ... I could say what I would like but I don't know if that's taken in to account or not!"

Looking to the weekend ahead in Valencia, Vettel said that the hot temperatures might suit Red Bull more but would still make it a difficult race.

"Bahrain was the first race where we didn't struggle so much with getting the tyres to work so warm-up was not really an issue. It could be similar here - it's very hot - so we don't expect any difficulties from that side but it's a different track to Bahrain. Also we are a couple of races further down the road so I think some people did improve their cars quite a lot. I hope that we can make another step here and then we'll see where we are, but it's going to be a difficult weekend because the temperatures are so hot the tyres will suffer."