Red Bull Racing have denied the speculation that their Australian driver Mark Webber could leave the team at the end of the season. The 36-year-old has had a frosty relationship with his teammate Sebastian Vettel over the last few years.
However, the relationship turned sour after the recent Malaysian Grand Prix when the German driver disobeyed the orders from the team to overtake Webber in the final few laps of the race, thus claiming the 27th victory of his career. There have been suggestions that Red Bull have been favouring Vettel over the years. Yet, Webber has continued with the team.
The Australian, though, is thought to be deeply disappointed by the lack of action from the team for this selfish attitude by Vettel. He has been rolling contract with Red Bull for the past few years, and his current contract ends at the end of the current season. Webber’s manager Flavio Briatore stated that he cannot see the Australian continuing at Red Bull after this latest incident. There have even been suggestions that Webber may retire from the sport itself. However, the team have said in an interview to the BBC that such speculation are baseless. According to the team, it is also too early to talk about the 2014 season.
“We are two races into the current season and it’s far too early to be talking about 2014. The team has managed the situation each time in its own way behind closed doors,” said a statement by the team. This is not the first time Vettel and Webber had clashed with each other. The most famous incident between the two happened in the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix. The pair ignored the team orders and clashed on the race track, thus ending the hopes of Red Bull having two cars on the podium.