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The team only learned of Webber’s decision Thursday and said it would take its time to find a replacement _ with Red Bull principal Christian Horner simply saying he wanted a “fast driver.”

“We want to field the best two cars we can next year,” he said. “We are in a fortunate position where there are quite a few drivers who would like to drive a Red Bull car and we have two talented young drivers (Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo) that we have been developing in Toro Rosso. We don’t need to rush into a decision.”

The 36-year-old is having a tough season, having failed to win a grand prix and lying fifth in the drivers’ championship, 63 points behind Vettel. But the Australian has done well at Silverstone _ having won two out of the past three races _ and is confident he can add to his nine victories and 36 podium finishes before leaving F1.

“It’s been a happy hunting ground around here, in Formula One and also, years before that in the junior categories,” he said. “The Red Bull car in the last few years has also been pretty strong here, so we’re looking forward to certainly challenging for another victory.”