Red Bull not ready to announce 2014 driver line-up

Will Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel be teammates in 2014?

Will Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel be teammates in 2014?

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner insists that his team is not ready to announce its 2014 driver lineup.

With Mark Webber approaching his 37th birthday, the end of his contract and currently amid a fractious relationship with Sebastian Vettel, it has been rumoured that either Daniel Ricciardo or Kimi Raikkonen could replace him.

Australian Webber, however, sounds confident that he will still be on the grid in 2014, as he is reportedly looking ahead to the radical new turbo V6 engine rules.

“There will be so many new things that you’ll see many retirements in the first grands prix of the season,” he told Italy’s Autosprint magazine this week.

“Even winter testing will be complicated because it won’t be like today, covering 400 kilometres a day – the cars will be in the pits a lot of the time.

No love between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel

No love between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel

“I think that in the early races, it will be good enough to get to the end of the race and in the points,” added Webber.

Horner, meanwhile, is not ready to talk about Red Bull’s 2014 lineup.

Asked specifically about Raikkonen, the Briton said at Milton-Keynes this week: “There is only speculation.”

“We have not decided what we are going to do beyond Mark’s 2013 contract. But if we do have to announce the name of a driver, it certainly won’t be in the next week.”

Meanwhile, Red Bull designer Adrian Newey had an embarrassing moment while racing a Lamborghini in the ‘Super Trofeo’ race at Silverstone last week, losing control and smashing into the wall on the warm-up lap.

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  • hillside

    the cheapest competitive driver out there was Kamui. he would fit the bill as no.2 and wouldnt demand more. the problem is, SC has already snatch him.

  • Matthias O’keeffe

    Who the hell is SC?

  • Lol.

    @Matthias

    Sports cars.

  • Apex Assassin

    Lotus don’t have an engine deal yet, so Koby could still end up there.

    As for RBR I like how the article says Webber’s contract is up. He’s only had 1 year contracts for as long as I can remember, so he contract is always up for renewal.

    I’m just hoping he gets shown the door… if you really want to have a strng driver pairing, Webber has to go. He’s not fast enough to compete for the title nor loyal and humble enough to play the #2 role. So if you had a choice between him and Kimi, who would you want? Keep in mind Kimi’s about to tie Schumi’s record of 24 consecutive points finishes – No Alonso, no Hamilton, no one else even even close to that level of consistancy.

  • KevinW

    Weber will be with Red Bull in 2014. The media frenzy has created a fictitious stir over Malaysia that is not a factor at all. It is in Red Bull’s interest to maintain continuity going into 2014, and to keep a competitive relationship between the two drivers, even contentious, as that motivates them both to score points for the team. Weber is not yet ready to bag F1. Red Bull is not ready to announce drivers for 2014… because they never do before August, so why this is even news is just more media diddling than anything else.

  • M451

    No team can be expected to announce next years drivers at this point in the season.

  • Wk

    Vettel would be off to Ferrari in 2014 if only Alonso wasnt blocking Vettel coming to Ferrari, like many sources are claiming, including Italian sources.

    Alonso is scared shitless that Vettel becomes his teammate and blows away his hollow reputation. Vettel would make Alonso look like Alonso is making Massa look.

  • Alonso_is_slow

    Vettel would destroy Alonso from 1 day 1 at Ferrari.

    Still, if Webber could be dispatched to Ferrari, it would be quite funny to see him matching his ‘friend’ Alonso, while he was never even second to Vettel in any championships.

    hope one of them goes to Ferrari to make Alonso ridiculous.