Webber to have private talk with Mateschitz after Bahrain

Mark Webber with Dietrich Mateschitz

Mark Webber with Dietrich Mateschitz

Mark Webber on Thursday refused to specifically deny reports he is set to quit Formula 1 and spearhead Porsche’s Le Mans prototype project next year.

“At the moment there’s all sorts of rumours going around,” the Australian is quoted by Austria’s Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper.

Indeed, in the wake of the Multi-21 team orders affair and his nightmare Chinese Grand Prix a week ago, some conspiracy theorists were suggesting Red Bull was deliberately sabotaging Webber’s car.

“There’s also a lot of nonsense being peddled,” Webber said.

The 36-year-old did not specifically address the Porsche rumours, except to say “I still have a lot to offer”.

Salzburger Nachrichten reports that Webber is scheduled to have a “private conversation” with Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz on Monday.