Apr 20, 2013, 6:45 AM EDT
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.
- Richard Petty to return at Richmond, first race since wife Lynda’s death 0
- NASCAR VP: 2015 Sprint Cup engine package to be revealed before All-Star Race 0
- Too much, too fast, too soon: The sad saga of Swan Racing 0
- IndyCar: Will high grip and high tempers equal high drama at Barber? 2
- NHRA drag racing superstar John Force goes on vacation — at a dragstrip, of course 0
- VIDEO: Vettel ignores team orders, telling team “tough luck” (20)
- Alonso’s doing it again – another year outperforming teammate, equipment (13)
- NASCAR still humming along after last fall’s Richmond scandal (9)
- In re-released interview, Brad Keselowski recalls how Rick Hendrick left him heartbroken (8)
- Maldonado brushes off crash and spin in practice (7)