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Father insists Webber will race on

26 March 2013

Mark Webber's father Alan has insisted that Australian isn't considering his future in F1 following the controversial Malaysian Grand Prix.

Webber missed out on victory at Sepang after team-mate Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders not to pass his Red Bull partner and went on to clinch his first win of the 2013 campaign.

It was a move that left Webber angered and led to speculation that he could elect to walk away from the team, although his father said he would be in action for the next race of the year in China and had been reassured of his role in the team by Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz.

"Well, he's coming home to hop on a surf ski or a surf board, but we'll be up in China for the next one," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "It's been controversial up there for sure.

"The team aren't altogether happy with Sebastian I'm afraid. Sebastian's apologised to Mark and he's even apologised to me, but I just don't know how Seb can disobey an order, come back and feels he won a race and then make an apology after.

"When you look at him in his eyes he looks quite sincere about it all...but anyway that's what happened to Seb and he's apologised but the team I know aren't happy with him at all.

"I think it will take a while [for Vettel] to earn the respect and trust again.”

Webber also revealed that a text message from Mateschitz had assured his son of his future.

"I'll say this: I read the text that Mr Mateschitz sent Mark,” he said, β€œand I think Mark's position is assured.”


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