Webber considers team change ahead of Istanbul return

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MARK Webber’s future has been cast into doubt after he admitted that he may leave Red Bull at the end of the Formula 1 season.

The Australian’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he’s seen his career go from strength to strength at the city team since 2009, winning six races and leading the championship table until the final round in 2010.

Webber has been outperformed in each of the opening three rounds of this season by team-mate Sebastian Vettel though, with the German now leading the championship race going into the fourth round in Turkey this weekend - scene of the controversial collision between the pair last year.

Team principal Christian Horner has hinted that Webber might retire from the sport if he isn’t offered an extension to his current deal, but the man himself says he’s not ruled out making the switch to a rival team.

“When this championship ends my contract with Red Bull does as well,” said the 34-year-old. “I don’t think it depends on the results, I want to win for me.

“We’ll see, if the team doesn’t want me any more, I’ll have to ask myself a question - hang up my helmet or change teams?

“I have my flaws but I’m also very determined. Last year I fought for the title and I want to do it again.”