Red Bull has responded to news of Mark Webber’s decision to join Porsche next year.
The team said it “would like to thank him for the extensive contribution he has made to the team during the seven seasons he has driven for us.”
It added that a decision on his replacement will be taken “later in the season.”
Christan Horner said: “I am sure Mark thought long and hard before making what has no doubt been a very difficult decision. His achievements in Formula One are extensive and I am sure he will continue to push hard and build on that record until the end of the season.
“We support Mark’s decision, he has been an excellent addition to the team since joining us in 2007 and we wish him all the best in the next stages of his career.”