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Red Bull deny Webber exit

2013-03-28 10:06

Red Bull on Wednesday denied reports Mark Webber will surely leave Red Bull at the end of the season.

Major German daily Bild reported it has learned the 36-year-old Australian will depart F1 at the end of his 2013 contract.

A similar claim was made by Webber's manager Flavio Briatore, who said he is now sure either Webber or Sebastian Vettel will split with the team as a result of the Malaysia team orders saga.

TOO EARLY TO TELL

But Red Bull told the BBC on Wednesday that the claims are "pure speculation".

"We are two races into the current season and it's far too early to be talking about 2014," the team said in a statement.

Red Bull said the Vettel/Webber pairing had been highly successful, but also survived periods of "intense rivalry", including their collision in Turkey during the 2010 season and occasions that have seen both drivers "ignoring team orders at different times".

"The team has managed the situation each time in its own way behind closed doors," said the team.

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Comments
  • Andre Bekker - 2013-03-28 11:00

    Webber should bugger off, he gets beaten everytime its though by Vettle, then complains and complains.....do tv work like DC

  • Kiss123 - 2013-03-28 15:47

    Jonathan....... hey boet go watch the race from start to finish- before you hang yourself out to dry !

      archmichael - 2013-04-01 20:17

      Where did he turn his engine down Jonathan? On his in-lap for his pit stop? Go check the lap times from lap 36 to 45 Webber was faster than Vettel more often than not, lap 42 he was 1.5seconds faster. Lap 43 Vettel pitted and Webber was over 11seconds faster(Logical), the next lap webber went to pit and Vettel was 16seconds faster, Webber came out from the pits side by side with Vettel. However, going by the lap times, I want you to tell me where Webber turned his engine down where Vettel perhaps haven't done the same? If Vettel didn't turn his engine down, how can Webber go so much faster with a tuned down engine? Ridiculous suggesting...

  • Rudzani Mulaudzi Mulaudzi - 2013-03-29 12:08

    The past years when Michael wins all those races people say F1 must not allow team Ferrari to give Michael instructions over the Radio and it was banned, now why Red Bull give Vettel instructions on radio they must be published also because is no longer allowed. Followers of F1 they know what I mean.

  • Cobus Fenwick - 2013-03-29 13:56

    This is the beginning of the end for Redbull. 7x is not as easy as they thought. Honesty is easier though!

  • Band Leader - 2013-03-30 09:06

    Webber is 36, still competitive, but no title contender against the young guns around him. Yes he's good, but Red Bull won't miss him if he leaves. Vettel won, cheating, but he won. End of story. Three times world champion versus very good also-ran rival teammate. Vettel will get the vote.

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