Webber Fully Committed to Williams

Mark Webber has pledged his commitment to the Williams team, amidst speculation that the Australian's manager Flavio Briatore could be looking to release the driver from his Williams contract at the end of this year

Webber Fully Committed to Williams

Webber joined Williams this season on a two year contract, but rumours at the Hungarian Grand Prix paddock suggested Briatore, also CEO of the Renault F1 team, would like to see Webber move to Renault next year, in exchange for Giancarlo Fisichella who would move to Williams.

The swap between the two drivers was already done last year, in fact: in order to sign Webber, Williams had made a technical agreement with Fisichella and then exchanged his services with Renault.

But Webber has shot down talks of such a swap and said he was fully committed to helping Williams come out of their difficult stage, having lost the backing of BMW for next season.

He told Autosport magazine: "I am 100 per cent behind the team, even though we're not where we want to be in terms of performance.

"This has been a tough season, but I want to keep pushing and for us all to come through the other side. Flavio and I had a lot of discussions last year about coming here, but I wanted to do it and get on with it."

Williams have yet to announce their engine plans for next season but are expected to sign a deal with Cosworth for one year.

Read more analysis on Webber's situation and the 2006 drivers market, in this week's edition of The Weekly Grapevine.

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