Date: 11th April 2013 at 9:53am
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Mark Webber has officially confirmed that he will see out the 2013 Formula One season with Red Bull.

The paddock was abound with rumours suggesting that the 36-year-old Australian was considering not seeing out the remainder of the season following the Red Bull fall out during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

‘I’m definitely keen to finish the season – a lot of people were questioning that, but that wasn’t something on my mind,’ Webber told Sky Sports during the Drivers Press Conference.

Vettel was rightfully slammed by his team, people in the paddock and the media for his actions and while some called for Red Bull to hand Vettel some form of punishment, such as a race ban for directly disobeying team orders. Webber claimed Vettel would receive ‘protection as usual’.

Red Bull handled the affair internally so we don’t know if Vettel was reprimanded, but any possible punishment certainly fell short of a race ban as the Red Bull team-mates return to action this weekend in China.

The fact that Vettel has shown little remorse in his comments refusing to apologise for winning will only niggle at his team-mate even further.

But while Webber will remain at the team for the rest of the season, it’s looking more and more likely that he will leave Red Bull come the end of the season. Although he refused to confirm this.

‘Year-by-year [contract extensions], that’s how it has always been for me, so come the summer I will talk to Dietrich [Mateschitz] and we’ll go from there, We’re only at the third race and I have never, ever made decisions about my career at this point in a season and, although it’s a topic at the moment, I don’t see why I should make any decisions about the future.’

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