Aston Clinton’s F1 racer Mark Webber has poured scorn on internet reports suggesting he and teammate Seb Vettel have healed their Red Bull rift.
The Aussie driver has denied reports he has made peace with reigning world champion Vettel after their fractious relationship came to a head following the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The German claimed a controversial victory in that race after ignoring team orders not to pass the Vale man.
Speculation over the future of Webber at Red Bull has been rife ever since with reports he would be leaving the sport altogether to join Porsche’s World Endurance Championship team in 2014.
Those rumours were quickly denied by Porsche while Red Bull have maintained there is still a place at the team for the Stag at Mentmore co-owner.
But in a new twist this week the 33-year-old was quoted as saying he and Vettel ‘share a great camaraderie and continue to respect each other’.
The quote suggested Webber’s stance towards his teammate was softening and was interpreted as the first sign of the civil war abating.
However, the feud clearly still burns bright after the straight-talking former Minardi ace took to social networking site Twitter this week to pour cold water on the quotes.
Webber tweeted: “Some rubbish quotes floating around I hear, good old spin job by someone… #outofdatequotes.”
Meanwhile, the rumour-mill has gone back into overdrive this week with reports Webber could be replaced at Red Bull in 2014 by fellow Aussie Daniel Ricciardo.
The early favorite was Kimi Raikkonen, but Red Bull’s driver manager Dr Helmut Marko insists he is in “no hurry” to make a decision.
“Many drivers want to drive for Red Bull, and we have two very good juniors,” he is quoted by APA news agency at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, Austria on Monday.
You can follow Mark Webber on Twitter @AussieGrit