Red Bull and Webber to sit down for contract talks

Christian Horner and Mark Webber

Christian Horner and Mark Webber

Team principal Christian Horner has moved to calm mounting speculation about Red Bull‘s driver plans for 2014 by revealing that he will hold talks with Mark Webber later in the summer.

As the team extended its contract with Sebastian Vettel to 2015, speculation ramped up that Australian Webber, 36, will not get a new deal beyond his contract which expires this year.

The early ‘favourite’ to succeed him was Kimi Raikkonen, but the latest talk has been about the solid progress of Red Bull’s Toro Rosso duo, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

“I think they’re doing a good job so far,” Horner is quoted by Speed Week.

“Both have shown [that] they have the speed, now it’s about adding the final touches to build on their experience and run regularly in the points.”

Asked when Red Bull will make a decision about Vettel’s teammate for 2014, Horner insisted that Webber is still very much a contender.

“Our driver pairing is one of the most successful in Formula 1 history,” he said. “We stand behind this team and will be having a conversation with Mark later in the summer.” (GMM)

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  • KevinW

    I am sure the media will be completely shocked when Weber signs on for at least one more year with IRB. That is a given to all but those trying to sell ad space through fictitious controversy. The question will be 2015… Either Red Bull needs to make room for an STR pilot to step up, or risk losing them, and the investment in them to others. Of course, if Mark stays for 2014, and the move of STR to Renault power is designed to bump that teams competitive capability by gaining from IRB experience as much as IRB will gain from data collection. Maybe STR becomes less of a liability to its drivers? A quick STR saves the drivers, takes points away from IRB rivals, and increases Red Bull presence – more bang for the buck. In that case Weber stays with them till he retires… just sayin’…

  • =El Presidente=

    @KevinW : yes i also think Mark will stay another year, if only for RedBull to have the same drivers, for the new “era” to have stable feedback and all that. Webber will be valuable, instead of for example Raikkonen who has no experience in the RedBull, and will not be able to provide direct related feedback.

    For webber.. i think he has no choice, a bit like Massa. just trying to collect as many trophies as they can, and rack up some nice money along the way ;)

  • Alonso_is_slow

    he must go

  • The Pessimist

    The talk of Red Bull or for that matter Ferrari replacing their 2nd driver with some Tom,Dick and Harry is nothing but mere speculation considering the new regulations for 2014 which are going to be massive.

    The top teams except Lotus will end up announcing the current driver line up for next season as well, wonder what Kimi may do should that happen considering that James Allison is no longer with Lotus.