'No new contract for Webber'

2013-03-27 10:11

Mark Webber will leave Red Bull at the end of 2013, according to German newspaper Bild.

An article reads: "Bild has learned: Webber will not get a new contract at Red Bull."

Webber hinted he might quit the team or Formula 1 in the wake of the team orders saga at the Malaysian grand prix, Webber's father Alan and partner/manager Ann Neal have confirmed the veteran will be back at the wheel at the Chinese Grand Prix in April 2013.


Neal said: "There is no question whatsoever about Mark not continuing this season."

Beyond 2013, however, Webber's future is much less clear.

Central to Webber's management throughout his career, Flavio Briatore thinks the driver's relationship with teammate Sebastian Vettel is now terminally broken.

Asked if one of them will leave Red Bull at the end of the season, the Italian told Rai radio: "For sure.  I don't think it can be fixed now."

British journalist Bob Mackenzie agrees: "(Red Bull's) next decision will be who will replace the Australian."

A video posted on YouTube shows Webber giving Vettel "the finger" at Sepang!

Indeed, while Webber is this week surfing in his native Australia, Vettel was at work in the Red Bull simulator at Milton-Keynes.

McLaren's Jenson Button - now the most experienced F1 driver on the grid - agrees that the impact of the Sepang saga for Red Bull is "big".

Button said: "Even if they sit down and discuss it, it is not going to change the outcome. What has happened is still in their minds.  It does not go away."

Spain's El Mundo newspaper adds: "Vettel and Webber have never got along, but now a wide gap has opened up between them."


  • Sameer Baijnath - 2013-03-27 10:38

    At last, thank goodness, at least now the seat can go to someone deserving. Allot of options for Redbull, the drivers will be lining up to join. Will be nice to see Hulkenberg in a Redbull. Redbull will realize that they should have let Webber go a long time ago.

      Slowboat - 2013-03-27 11:00

      Unfortunately the next driver will share the same fate as Webber and will have to play second fiddle to Vettel (Understandably so given the nature of F1!)

  • Quintin Smit - 2013-03-27 11:28

    Good for Vettel if you ask me. "By being a racing driver means you are racing with other people. And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you're no longer a racing driver, because we are competing. We are competing to win, and the main motivation to all of us is to compete for victory; it's not to come 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th." - Ayrton Senna in an interview with Jackie Stewart Team orders make the race boring to watch, it's the same as match fixing in my opinion.

      Phoenixx - 2013-03-27 15:44

      That is not the point at all.

      Ian Finch - 2013-03-28 10:06

      This senna quote is being used out of context, Senna went for an overtaking move that was risky, Vettel stole Webbers victory when Webber was taking the car home under team orders. Peroni did this to Villeneuve in 1982, Peroni wasn't really forgiven for that either, its a big no-no between team-mates. Its a scummy move, period.

  • Sabrie Mosaval - 2013-03-27 17:59

    English press bias. If the roles were reversed, Webber would've been hailed a hero for defying team orders and racing for the fans and not the status quo. I like to see drivers racing each other and fighting to the end. Not bit ching like a cry baby.

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