As Kimi Raikkonen sat next to Sebastian Vettel in the post-race press conference at Nurburgring, it was inevitable that they would be quizzed about the possibility of being teammates in 2014 in the wake of Mark Webber’s decision to move away from Formula 1.
When asked about the matter, Raikkonen was non-committal and apparently irritated by the questions that have plagued him for the past two weeks.
“I don’t know what will happen in the future. Things will be decided at some point but until that happens there’s nothing to talk about. I would definitely tell if I know something just so that all these follow-up rumours and nonsense stops straight away,” retorted the Iceman.
“Right now, there’s absolutely nothing for next year and we will see. For sure, at some point, once we know we will tell but I don’t have any pressure to make any decision right now. Obviously I try to make the right decision for myself but it depends on many things.”
“Next year there are rule changes, everything else, so it can be a right or wrong decision. Whatever it will be, I will live with it and I’m fine with it. We will see when it comes,” he added.
Vettel, who had just fought of Raikkonen to win the German Grand Prix for the first time, was also questioned on the matter of Raikkonen’s possible arrival at Red Bull.
“Well, I wouldn’t mind, but in the end of the day, to be completely straight, it’s not my decision. I think I have a good relationship with the team and to be honest, we spoke about that but not in detail yet. I think the team has no pressure to decide on anything, at least, that’s what they communicated with me,” said Vettel.
“I think I get along fairly well with Kimi; we never had a problem on track, even if one day we might have and crash into each other which can happen, then I think we deal with it as grown-ups and talk about it and sort it out amongst ourselves, at least, I think that’s the relationship I have with him. I respect him a lot on and off track.
“But like I said, it’s not my decision,” reiterated the world champion. (GP247)
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