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Mark Webber offered Red Bull contract extension

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Mark Webber is set to stay at Red Bull Racing in 2014, with reports coming out of German Magazine Auto Bild Motorsport claiming Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has offered him a contract for next year.

The rumours come just days before the British Grand Prix and look set to fuel the air of uncertainty regarding Sebastian Vettel's partner for next season.

German newspaper Die Welt has also reported Mateschitz personally presented the Australian with an offer to extend his contract.

Animosity between Webber and the Red Bull management became public after the Malaysian Grand Prix, wherein team-mates Vettel and Webber were involved in a dispute surrounding team orders.

Vettel, who disobeyed his team to take victory from Webber, later stated he would do it again in the future.

"Mark didn't deserve to win," he told a media press conference before the Chinese Grand Prix.

"I would... probably have done the same thing [again]."

But despite tension within the team reaching record heights in 2013, this latest rumour suggests Webber could yet drive for Red Bull Racing for an eighth consecutive season in 2014.

"The ball is pretty firmly in my court, which is nice," Webber told Australia's Sky Sports Radio last week.

"I'll continue to be in touch with [Mateschitz] on where my thinking is at, where my energy levels are and where my motivation is for operating at this level."

"We can leave it reasonably late, I think."

Despite speculation that 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen will partner Vettel in 2014, no official reports have suggested Raikkonen's management has attempted to make such a deal.

Sebastian Vettel is contracted to Red Bull Racing until 2016.


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