Webber had interest from other teams
Mark Webber has contradicted recent reports that he re-signed with Red Bull for 2012 because he had no other options.
Webber has had a difficult season alongside Sebastian Vettel, failing to win a grand prix compared with his dominant team-mate's ten so far. But he said other teams did show an interest in him before he renewed his year-by-year contract with Red Bull.
"What was amazing this year was the amount of response I had from other teams when I was about to sign with Red Bull," he told Sydney's Daily Telegraph. "They were very, very interested in having a chat to me, which was another little reminder to me that things were going pretty well."
Webber is also leaving the door open to switching teams after next season, saying he considers retirement to be "incredibly overrated".
"I'll go again next year, [but] to say where I'll head in 2013 and 2014, we need to another six months and see how we go," he said.
And he insists Vettel is beatable in 2012: "Yes, it's possible, absolutely. I've seen enough, and knowing how close it is, it's possible."