Webber: Ball is firmly in my court regarding my future with Red Bull

Mark Webber with Red Bull billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz

Mark Webber with Red Bull billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz

Mark Webber has contradicted reports that he is waiting on a decision by Red Bull as to whether he will be retained beyond his 2013 when his contract with the energy drinks team is set to expire.

Amid the heightened tension with his teammate Sebastian Vettel this year, and reports that Red Bull is weighing up Kimi Raikkonen or one of the two Toro Rosso drivers to succeed Webber, the 37-year-old Australian insisted that he is in fact in control of his future.

“The ball is pretty firmly in my court, which is nice,” Webber told Australia’s Sky Sports Radio.

He said that the key to staying in control will be to keep performing at a high level.

“I have to of course continue to keep driving well, otherwise that ball will go out of your court and other people will roll into that seat because they’ll probably be more attractive to a team like Red Bull,” said Webber.

No love lost between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel

No love lost between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel

Although relations with Vettel as well as the influential figure Helmut Marko are undoubtedly strained, Webber said his relationship with Red Bull supremo Dietrich Mateschitz remains “very good”.

“I’ll continue to be in touch with him on where my thinking is at, where my energy levels are, and where my motivation is for still operating at this level,” said Webber.

Marko admitted in Canada recently that Red Bull will turn its attention to the matter of Vettel’s 2014 teammate during the Formula 1 season break in August.

Regarding the timeframe, Webber said: “I still need to have a bit more time, and we can leave it reasonably late…I think.” (GMM)

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  • Spartacus

    Webber’s only problem is that Vettel is such a talented driver. Otherwise he’d be the leading driver of any team. However, even under those conditions he probably would still only trail behind the likes of Vettel; not because he’s anything but a top class driver, but rather because Vettel is simply at the top.

    Interesting if he did move to Ferrari. If given equal status (unlikely – Alonso wouldn’t allow it) then he would be scoring points and embarrassing his teammate.

  • Bernardo Labonza

    I am overjoyed to hear Mr. Webber report that “the ball is pretty firmly in my court, which is nice.”

    . . . just so long as the steering wheel is no longer in his hands come next season.

  • David L

    Webber ! definately one of the best and most fearless drivers on the grid. Almost always in the top ten finishers. Put him in a Ferrari, he would give Herr Finger a run for his money.