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Webber: Malaysia not a factor in 2014 decision 27 Jun 2013

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 battle.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 24 March 2013 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 24 March 2013 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing with Adrian Newey (GBR) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Director. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Turkish Grand Prix, Race, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Sunday, 8 May 2011

Red Bull’s Mark Webber has insisted that leaving Formula One racing at the end of 2013 was always his plan, and that his run-in with team mate Sebastian Vettel at March’s Malaysian Grand Prix played no part in his decision.

Webber was leading the Sepang race and set for his and Red Bull’s first victory of the season, until Vettel defied team orders to hold station and passed the Australian for the win.

Asked if this or ‘other well-documented incidents’ had influenced his signing for Porsche’s sportscar programme from 2014, Webber told his official website: “No, I’ve had a personal plan and I’ve stuck to it. This is the next chapter.”

Despite his departure, Webber revealed that he plans to continue his involvement with the Red Bull brand, describing his relationship with the energy drink company’s boss Dietrich Mateschitz as “quality”.

“Going forward I will remain tightly inside the Red Bull family, working with the brand, and watching and supporting fellow Red Bull athletes push the boundaries,” said Webber.

He went on to state that although he had options to stay in F1 racing beyond 2013, he never considered them as “Formula One as a category wasn’t on my radar for 2014”.

Webber described the chances of a future F1 return as “extremely unlikely”, especially given the dramatic technical rule changes that come in from next season, but admitted there will be some things he will miss.

“I realise F1 is seen as the absolute pinnacle of motorsport and I’ve worked with some incredible people, in particular (Red Bull technical chief) Adrian Newey. I've driven in some of the toughest and most challenging conditions and circuits, and against some incredible drivers which I’ll continue to do until the end of the year. Will I miss some of this? Yes, of course, but time doesn’t stand still for anyone and it’s time to move on to my next challenge.”

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