Vettel: I don’t know how realistic it is that Kimi will join Red Bull

3 June, 2013

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel on the podium in Australia

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel on the podium in Australia

World champion Sebastian Vettel admits that he is not sure if the idea of having Kimi Raikkonen as his teammate next year is a realistic prospect

Red Bull has not ruled out replacing Mark Webber, who fell out badly with world champion Vettel over the ‘Multi-21′ affair, with Finn Raikkonen in 2014.

Asked if he would like to share the Red Bull garage with his friend and fellow world champion Raikkonen next year, Vettel admitted: “I don’t know how realistic that is.

“I do get on very well with him,” he told Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

However, Vettel insisted that the media image of him and Raikkonen as best friends is exaggerated.

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel battle wheel to wheel in Bracelona

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel battle wheel to wheel in Bracelona

“We see each other at the races if time permits, as we are both straightforward, honest – we do get on well together,” he said. “But you don’t find your real friends in Formula One”

Meanwhile, Vettel said that his handling of the Multi-21 affair – when he brashly said that he had refused to let Webber win in Malaysia because the Australian “didn’t deserve it” – simply revealed his true character.

“The image of me that existed before that day was simply wrong,” said the triple world champion.

“Malaysia opened the eyes of many in this regard,” Vettel admitted.

“If there is something unpleasant to speak about, I have always done it, just normally in the presence of those who really need to hear it, not the people sitting in front of the television.

‘This time, it was different,’ he added. (GMM)

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  • Dan

    In other words, he may beat me and I wouldn’t like being a “number 2 driver”.

    In my opinion Raikkonen is the better of the 2 drivers.

    How many titles you have won doesn’t make you great. Just look at Sir Stirlin Moss

  • Butterfly

    People in F1 used to know how to put together a sentence, but nowadays, it’s just endless streams of nonsense.

    What the heck is “I don’t know how *realistic* it is that Kimi will join Red Bull” suppose to mean, Sebastian? In what context could that gibberish make any sense to a human being?

    Jesus H. Christ. Seriously, a psychiatrist should have a look at these guys, they’re all getting sick.

  • M451

    You can never be best friends while you’re competing against each other for world titles. Ever hears of Prost and Senna? Alonso and Hamilton? Also, I completely agree with Dan, Vettel just has a problem with being exposed in a 1 on 1 with Kimi.

  • fools

    Vettel said that his handling of the Multi-21 affair – when he brashly said he refused to let Webber win in Malaysia because the Australian didn’t “deserve” it – simply revealed his true character.

    He has talent. No question But I dont like the guy and his antics.

    Alonso wouldnt talk trash to his teammate like that nor pull that stunt and act so innocent like nothing happened.

    Editor: Thank you for the “Daily News” Tab

    :)

  • Steve

    Seb would beat Kimi like a rented mule if they ever drove the same car. How many titles did Kimi win in the several years he drove Adrain Newey cars? None, that’s how many.

    Nice to see Braterfly wander in to offer her worthless opinion on other peoples sentences.

  • Steve

    “How many titles you have won doesn’t make you great. Just look at Sir Stirlin Moss”

    It’s really a bit pathetic the way Brits keep trying to claim that Moss is an F1 “great”. He’s not.

    And yes, winning IS what makes somebody “great”.

  • Donna

    I concur with Steve about Kimi. Not so much about Sir Moss. I think people think Sir Moss is great cuz he’s old & spunky and fun to listen to sometimes.

    But yes, winning is a sign of greatness. So, right now on the grid, based on Championship wins, Vettel is better than all of the other World Champions.

  • hillside

    Kimi will put a lot of pressure to Seb, if Seb has to put up a lot of crap to driver like Webber what more to a character like like Kimi.

  • Mark

    Coward! You know well how good and competitive Kimi is. If Kimi will be in red bull next season, you’ll only see yourself as a shadow of him.

  • Froza Ferrari

    @ Butterfly

    F1 is about racing.. Drivers come to race not for English Class…
    So please……!!!!!!!

  • Nemo

    @Dan, So what does make you great? If winning 3 titles in a row doesnt. lol You cant argue the fact that he ‘has the fastest car’ because that would cancel out A LOT of world champions going back the years. A Lot

    Im not sure Kimi will go to RBR, since they have at least one good driver @ Torro Rosso to act as a #2. I really think Kimi is quite happy where he is

  • Lol.

    @Steve

    If you honestly think Sterling Moss is not an F1 great, you have descended to the realms of complete idiocy.

  • Apex Assassin

    Sounds like Vettel is getting nervous about his dynasty… and should Kimi join RBR, Vettel should be!!!

  • TylerC

    @Steve Just because McLaren ran Newey penned cars doesn’t mean Kimi didn’t drive the wheels off it. You must bear in mind he was racing against the Schumacher-Ferrari machine that destroyed everyone else until the FiA changed the rules and tried to screw them, and not only them, but the Alonso-Renault combo and the unreliability he faced in ’05 and ’06

  • Steve

    “Sounds like Vettel is getting nervous about his dynasty… and should Kimi join RBR, Vettel should be!!”

    You do realize that Vettel is the one campaigning for Kimi to come to RB, right? Does that really sound like Seb is terrified of Kimi?

  • Steve

    “Just because McLaren ran Newey penned cars doesn’t mean Kimi didn’t drive the wheels off it.”

    It DOES mean that Newey cars are not the automatic ticket to a WDC which the typical nitwit following F1 seems to imagine though. If I had a penny for every time I’ve read some clown on an F1 message board opining that “Anyone could win in a Newey car!” or “My Aunt Gertrude could win in one of those Newey cars!” I’d be richer than Lewis Hamilton.

  • Steve

    “Alonso wouldnt talk trash to his teammate like that nor pull that stunt”

    It’s impossible to imagine Alonso ever being instructed to let Massa win, so we can’t even begin to imagine what he’d do if given such an order.

    Webber behaved like a complete dick last year, he’s lucky to to still have a seat in F1 after the stunts he pulled. Vettel saying (correctly) that Webber did not deserve the team to hand him an undeserved win is a slap on the wrist. Seb would have to do much, much worse to Mark to even the score between them.

  • Apex Assassin

    @Steve: next time read the article. ;) Seb’s recent comments have not be very positive about Kimi at RBR, despite their off track friendship and his earlier comments.

    Just face it, only a fool wouldn’t be nervous with such a teamie rumoured to join. Though Seb is still very young, I’m sure once it’s announced and he has the down time to accept it he’ll happy to have a challenge with a teamie that super talented and not trying to put him into the wall.

    Also, you say the FIA screwed Ferrari over? That’s so funny I don’t even kinow where to begin to set you straight on it… how about the FIA/FOM allowing Brigestone to make tyres specifically for Ferrari? Or that Ferrari alone had veto power over any regulations they disagreed with? That’s not too much of an advantage, is it? Sounds more like cheating to me…

    and how could you make that statement without then asking why would Kimi want to go to the team the FIA/FOM is currently targeting to be slowed down?

  • Steve

    “Seb’s recent comments have not be very positive about Kimi at RBR”

    Oh? Can you cite some specific examples? “I don’t know how realistic that (Kimi joining) is” does not translate to “Oh God, PLEASE don’t let Kimi come to RB!” It sounds like a recognition that Lotus may try to keep him and RB may not want to pay a lot of money for him, that’s all.

    “you say the FIA screwed Ferrari over?”

    I do?? I mean, no, I don’t say that. You’re thinking of “TylerC” above.

  • visz963

    Fact is, Alonso would no even dare going any team where he as to compete – he was so many times beaten by teammates. He can only survive on team orders. Vettel as a teammate would be suicide for him.

    Only Kimi has the guts to do this. They would be a nice pair.

    And Vettel certainly not afraid of anybody. Never tasted defeat by teammates like Alonso did so many times.

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