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2013-06-26 09:51

STRAINED RELATIONSHIP: Red Bull's Mark Webber (left) wasn't happy when team mate Sebastian Vettel stole the win against team orders in the 2013 Malaysian F1 GP. Image: AFP

Mark Webber has the support of Red Bull mogul Dietrich Mateschitz as he considers his future beyond a 2013 contract, says Germany's Auto Bild Motorsport.

Webber claimed earlier in June 2013 that "the ball is pretty firmly in my court" regarding a deal for the 2014 Formula 1 season.

Previously, it was believed Red Bull was considering replacing Webber with either world champion Kimi Raikkonen or a Toro Rosso driver.


Webber's seven-season run with Red Bull was said to be effectively over, having fallen out with team mate Vettel over the "Multi-21" affair, and finally succumbing to the lack of support of the influential figure Helmut Marko.

Webber said: "I'll continue to be in touch with him (Marko) on where my thinking is at, where my energy levels are, and where my motivation is for still operating at this level."

Die Welt newspaper reports that Mateschitz has "personally presented the Australian with an offer to extend his contract".

The report added that Webber will consider the offer until August, when Red Bull's bosses Marko and Christian Horner have said consistently they will turn their attention to the team's 2014 driver lineup.

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