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Lauda: Red Bull should sign Raikkonen

Apr 20, 2013, 6:45 AM EDT

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Formula One legend Niki Lauda has encouraged Red Bull to sign Kimi Raikkonen as a replacement for Mark Webber.

Webber’s relationship with the team appears to be at an all time low following the multi 21 debacle in Malaysia, which saw Sebastian Vettel overtake his teammate against team orders.

Although Webber insists that no decisions have been made about his future, Lauda believes that Red Bull should set their sights on 2007 world champion Raikkonen.

“If I was Red Bull and I wanted to change something with the drivers, then I would definitely go for Kimi,” Lauda told Bild.

“He is sensational. A cool guy, and absolutely on the level of Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton. Kimi is definitely a title contender.

“He is the best driver on the market by far.”

Lotus has insisted that Raikkonen will remain with the team for 2014, but the Finnish driver does have connections with Red Bull following his stint in the World Rally Championship, where he was sponsored by the energy drink giant. Although Raikkonen does seem very happy at Lotus, the lure of a triple championship team could be too much to resist.

  1. apexassassin - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    I hate it when I agree with Lauda. I’d love to see Kimi alongside Vettel. Though having a clear #2 driver support Vettel would be the smarter choice for them, but RBR seems intent on maintaining that they want equality among it’s athletes across all it’s sports. And since Webber isn’t up to the task, why not bring in a former world champion who’s currently the most consistant driver in the field, a proven commodity, who also has a strong relationship with both Red Bull and Vettel? Seems perfect to me.

    Though word in the paddock this race is that “Vettel will def have an Aussie for a team mate next year”.

    • chaparral2f - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      Great post. Totally agree. Having Kimi alonside Seb would make this team unstoppable. Dieter Mateschitz wants the best athletes, so Kimi would be a natural fit.

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