Oct.13 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Keeping Mark Webber alongside new back-to-back world champion Sebastian Vettel for 2012 was the right choice.

That is the claim of triple world champion Niki Lauda, referring to the recent one-year extension of the 35-year-old Australian’s contract.

Webber, after mounting a close championship challenge in 2010, has failed to win a single grand prix this season compared to early title winner Vettel’s nine in an identical Red Bull.

But pundit Lauda backs the move to renew his deal.

“On a good day Mark is really fast and pushes Sebastian hard enough to keep the (car) development moving on,” he told Austrian television Servus TV.

“I see it as a very good (driver) combination,” added Lauda.