Mark Webber says he is firmly in control of his Red Bull
future, as speculation begins to mount regarding the second seat at the team.
Webber, who has signed just one-year-deal extensions in recent seasons, was rumoured to have agreed to switch to sportscars for 2014 following the Malaysian Grand Prix, where team-mate Vettel passed the Australian and denied team-orders.
But Webber says he is in no rush to sort his future, and claims he is well in control.
"The ball is pretty firmly in my court," Webber was quoted as telling Sky Sports Radio Australia
"I have to continue to keep driving well obviously then that ball will go out of your court and other people will roll in to that seat because they're probably going to be more attractive to a team like Red Bull.
“But for myself the relationship is very good with Dietrich Mateschitz and I've been in touch with him over the last six to eight months and will continue to be on where my thinking's at and where my energy level's at and where my motivation is towards still operating at this sort of level.”
Webber admits he has already considered life after F1, but says he needs more time to come to a decision.
“I'm not taking it lightly, I'm very driven and focused to get to my goal,” he added.
“I respect that and I don't trivialise how important it is for me to operate at this level; I love doing it.
"I've got some decisions to make but not shortly I don't think, I still need to have a bit more time and we can leave it reasonably late I would say. There are no guarantees in sport so just watch this space as they say."