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Motor Racing

F1: Mark Webber given 2014 backing by Red Bull owner


The Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has assured Mark Webber he has not been ruled out of the running for a drive next year.

Speculation has been rife about the future of Webber, whose contract expires at the end of the season, since team-mate Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders to claim victory from him in the recent Malaysian Grand Prix.

"Whether he retires, only he will choose, but Mark is definitely a candidate for 2014," said Mateschitz, referring to the possibility of a one-year deal for the 36-year-old Australian.