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Red Bull future in my hands - Webber

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Mark Webber: "I've got some decisions to make but not shortly I don't think" © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber says it is up to him if he stays at Red Bull beyond the end of the current season.

With Webber only signing one-year deals at a time in recent seasons, there is annually speculation about whether he will continue racing in Formula One. This year the expectation that he will retire has increased following the team orders row with Sebastian Vettel at the Malaysian Grand Prix, while a number of potential replacements have been mooted, but Webber told Sky Sports Radio Australia that it remains his decision whether or not to stay at Red Bull.

"The ball is pretty firmly in my court, which is nice," Webber said. "I have to - of course - 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.

"Having to watch my weight over the last 12 years and all of those other things but I know that when you stop that's going to be another big chapter as well. So I'm not taking it lightly, I'm very driven and focused to get to my goal. 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."