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Mark Webber has contradicted recent reports that said he re-signed with Red Bull for 2012 because he had no other options.
The Australian revealed that, in fact, the interest expressed by rival teams when he was still on the market was "amazing".
Webber, 34, has had a difficult season alongside Sebastian Vettel, failing to win a Grand Prix compared with his dominant teammate's ten so far.
"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 is quoted as saying by the Sydney newspaper 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 therefore leaves the door open to switching teams after next season, saying he considers retirement to be "incredibly overrated".
What was amazing this year was the amount of response I had from other teams
"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.
As for 2012, he insists that F1's youngest ever back-to-back reigning world champion Vettel is beatable.
"Yes, it's possible, absolutely. I've seen enough, and knowing how close it is, it's possible," said Webber.