Vettel: In the end it doesn’t matter who my teammate will be

Super Seb does his best impression of Super Mario

Super Seb does his best impression of Super Mario

Triple F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel is adamant that it does not matter who is selected by Red Bull to replace departing Mark Webber in 2014.

The German has previously admitted that he would like to call friend and badminton partner Kimi Raikkonen his new teammate.

After competing in a ‘Super Mario’ costume for a Red Bull-sponsored soapbox racer event in Germany, Vettel admitted again: “I know  [Raikkonen] very well, and get on with him well”.

But others, like the Red Bull-backed Toro Rosso duo Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, have also been linked with the 2014 vacancy.

“Whoever it is,” Vettel is quoted by SID news agency, “in the end it doesn’t matter.

Sebastian Vettel with Kimi Raikkonen

Sebastian Vettel with Kimi Raikkonen

“If you are trying to beat everyone, then it doesn’t matter if they’re in your own team or another one.”

At the halfway point of the season, the 26-year-old German was also asked about his 34 point lead in the 2013 championship, and his good chances of winning a fourth consecutive title.

“I try to ignore the score,” Vettel insisted. “There are still a lot of races to go. A long, long way.”

“We are trying to be on the attack. It doesn’t take a genius to know that you get more points than the others when you win races.”

“So if we do this more often than the competition, it looks good for the championship,” he added.

Despite his 30 career victories, Vettel has never won at the Hungaroring, the scene of the forthcoming Hungarian Grand Prix. (GMM)

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  • hillside

    team orders over the radio will always help

  • KC

    “team orders over the radio will always help”

    Webber never paid the slightest attention to team orders.

  • Yup

    hillside, you mean just like the at least 2 teamorders Vettel got against him, to make sure Webber won/was in front? Turkey 2009 and Malaysia 2013.

  • visz963

    Alonso would never dare to work with a competitive teammate – he is trying to keep Massa at all cost.

  • AusF1

    I think they should keep going with the Young Driver teams. Otherwise, whats the point of Torro Rosso? Lets see how Daniel goes at Silverstone.

  • IowaF1fan

    Ya Vettel is so good with team orders. I liked Webber he was second fiddle at Red Bull, wish he woulds went to Ferrari next year

  • KC

    Right, because at Ferrari Webber would not be second fiddle!
    No team in F1 has a more rigid first driver/second driver policy than Ferrari.