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Webber and Kimi 'candidates' for 2014 - Mateschitz

ESPN Staff
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Red Bull co-owner Dietrich Mateschitz sees Mark Webber as a candidate for a 2014 drive © Getty Images

Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz has reassured Mark Webber that he will be a candidate for a drive in 2014 when it comes to making a decision.

Since the Red Bull team orders controversy at the Malaysian Grand Prix there has been speculation about whether Webber will remain at the team. In the post-race press conference Webber said he had a lot to consider ahead of the next race in China, making reference to previous incidents at the team as well as the most recent bust-up.

However, Mateschitz, who has been a long-term ally of Webber, said the Australian would be considered for 2014 if he wants to stay on.

"Mark is definitely a candidate for 2014," Mateschitz told Speedweek. "Whether he retires he must decide, but with us he is always welcome. Just as a quick junior such as [Jean-Eric] Vergne or [Daniel] Ricciardo from Toro Rosso would be. Sorry, that is a diplomatic answer which leaves everything open, but that's how it is. Everything else is pure speculation."

Asked whether Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen would be considered for a future role, Mateschitz added: "Kimi is cool and fast and always a candidate."