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Webber set for contract talks with Red Bull

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Webber was thought to be on the move this year. (©GettyImages)
Webber was thought to be on the move this year. (©GettyImages).

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has looked to calm speculation over the second seat at Red Bull next season by saying talks with Mark Webber over a new contract will start in the summer.

After the team announced it had extended it's contract with triple world champion Sebastian Vettel until 2015, attention has now switched firmly back onto who will partner the German next year.

After the 'Multi-21' affair at the Malaysian Grand Prix, that saw Vettel ignore team orders and pass Webber for the victory, many believe Webber's future at the team is in doubt. Since the events blew over, however, there has been little news of any continuing rift between the pair.

Despite that speculation has been swirling linking several driver's with Webber's seat for 2014. Top of the list seems to be Kimi Raikkonen - the Finn's contract with Lotus expires after this year and the 2007 champion does have plenty of friends within Red Bull one of them being Sebastian Vettel.

The two Toro Rosso driver's are also being linked, earlier in the year it was Daniel Ricciardo putting his case forward with two stand out performances in China and Spain, now Jean-Eric Vergne has also put his name back in the hat following a career best sixth place finish at the Canadian GP.

However, Horner insisted Webber remained very much in the picture.

"Our driver pairing is one of the most successful in Formula 1 history," he said to Speedweek.

"We stand behind this team and will be having a conversation with Mark later in the summer."

One man not being mentioned is Red Bull reserve Sebastien Buemi, the Swiss is racing in the Le Mans series as well as his duties with Red Bull and it is believed he will stay as reserve driver next season.

Asked about his chances of returning to F1, Buemi said to 20min.ch"Actually, very good.

"As Red Bull's third driver I'm interesting to the smaller teams. But that would have to make sense.

"I'd prefer to stay here rather than finish 18th," he insisted.

And that last line suggested he was more than happy to remain as Red Bull reserve.

"It looks good that it (the contract) will be extended," he said.

"I've been in the car for about seven days (so far) this year, which is not much. I hope next year it'll be more."


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