Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has again re-iterated that there is no conspiracy against Mark Webber within the team and insisted that he believes the Australian will see out his deal with the defending champions.
Webber was left angered by the way in which Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders to pass him for the lead in Malaysia, with the team openly admitting that the German had gone against instructions by making a move on his team-mate ahead.
The incident has only served to add more fuel to the argument that Vettel is the favoured figure within the Red Bull team, but Horner insisted that there was equality and that he was sure Webber would be with the team until the end of the year at least.
"Mark knows there was no conspiracy within the team," he told Sky Sports F1
. "We gave equality and our intention was to shut the race down and minimise the risk - particularly with the tyre degradation we had seen.
"It was the intent of the team for Mark to win the race. It wasn't that we suddenly gave Sebastian the instruction to 'go and pass your team-mate'.
"He is big enough to know there was no malice and no intent to create any situation like that. He is in a car capable of winning grands prix and hopefully winning World Championships.
"I have no doubt Mark will see out the contract with us."