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Webber will stay at Red Bull - Mateschitz

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mark Webber made his thoughts clear following Red Bull's team orders at the British Grand Prix © Sutton Images

Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz says Mark Webber will stay at his team in 2012, despite a very public disagreement over the use of team orders at the British Grand Prix.

The Silverstone weekend cast doubt over the commitment of both parties after Webber ignored a team order to hold position behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel and after the race said he was "not fine" with the situation.

But Mateschitz reckons it is in both the team's and Webber's interest to extend their deal for another year.

"Mark Webber will re-sign with us," he told Autosport.com. "This will happen for sure. He is very popular within the team, he feels very comfortable and it is an excellent relationship. He knows this and we know it.

"To be honest, Mark has no better choice than the fastest car and we have no better choice for a fast driver."

Mateschitz has often taken pride in not having a No.1 driver at Red Bull, and he added that he was fine with Webber's decision to ignore Sunday's radio messages.

"This is no problem for us," Mateschitz told Autosport.com. "Sebastian realised that Fernando Alonso was gone and could not be caught anymore, so he backed down. This let Mark close in. He would be a very bad racer had he not tried to attack and gain a position."

Webber is on a rolling year-by-year contract with Red Bull and will enter into full renegotiation talks in late August according to team principal Christian Horner.