Webber can race Vettel 'freely' in 2013 - Mateschitz

Mateschitz ordered no more team orders to be done by the Christian Horner-led team

Apr.29 (GMM) Dietrich Mateschitz has confirmed reports Red Bull's drivers will no longer be subjected to team orders in 2013.

The Austrian billionaire was reportedly so enraged by the 'Multi-21' affair that, during a phone call with Mercedes' Niki Lauda, he suggested pulling Red Bull out of F1 is even an option.

Dr Helmut Marko has since rubbished that rumour, suggesting Lauda got the gist of Mateschitz's comments wrong before they were leaked.

But it does appear true that Mateschitz ordered that team orders be no longer deployed by the Christian Horner-led team.

The 68-year-old confirmed: "Vettel and Webber can race freely to the end of the season.

"The motto is 'Go ahead of me if you can'," he told Krone newspaper.

Finally, Mateschitz said it is possible Webber will stay with Red Bull beyond 2013, amid talk the Australian may have been offered a Le Mans seat with Porsche.

"It all depends on Webber himself," he insisted. "How fast he is and what other offers he has."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Niki Lauda
Teams Mercedes
Article type Breaking news
Tags mateschitz, multi 21, vettel, webber