Aug.25 (GMM/ Mark Webber on Thursday hinted he is close to inking a deal to stay at Red Bull in 2012.

It has been suggested that the Australian is all set to sign on the dotted line, and that the basic deal would be agreed over the course of the recent summer break.

“I know some of you are waiting for news on my future,” he is quoted as writing in a column for BBC Sport.

Webber, 34, said he met with Red Bull mogul Dietrich Mateschitz in Salzburg on the way to Hungary, the last race before F1 closed shop for the month of August.

And he revealed on Thursday that, “as planned, the … break gave me a good opportunity to have a chat with team principal Christian Horner about me continuing in 2012″.