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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.

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