Webber seat the main focus point of this year’s silly season

Mark Webber

Mark Webber

The highly coveted vacant race seat at Red Bull for the 2014 season is the headline act in this year’s Formula 1 driver silly season.

The world champions are giving Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo a trial at the Silverstone test this week, and the other candidate to replace the Le Mans-bound Mark Webber is Kimi Raikkonen.

Finn Raikkonen said that his negotiations about money are not the clincher.

“It is an important aspect, but not everything,” he told France’s Auto Hebdo. “Whatever I decide, the money side is quite similar to my current situation anyway,” the Lotus driver added.

He admitted to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that a major consideration is the radical new V6 rules, where the current pecking order could be shaken up for 2014.

“It is ten times harder than usual to predict who will be good next year,” said Raikkonen. “Luckily I have the same (Renault) engine for both options.”

Red Bull is also leaving its options open, having not ruled out its ‘home-grown’ talents, Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

“They have recognised,” said Helmut Marko, “that the best self-promotion is stepping on the throttle.”

Indeed, Red Bull bought Minardi – and re-christened it Toro Rosso – in order to develop drivers to move up to the main team.

But, so far, Toro Rosso drivers have failed to live up to the Sebastian Vettel model.

Marko doesn’t quite agree, “When Vettel came to Red Bull, everyone said that it was too early for him. But I think he grew into the job.”

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  • Matthias O’keeffe

    Red Bull is just wasting money on Toro Rosso, coz they are not because they are not bringing drivers from there to the senior team..

  • earlcee7

    Totally agree @Matt, even for advertising the major sponsor is still RB and the image is better on the parent team…
    However if I were Deitrick I’d go for Daniel, i think he has the talent and raw pace and would make a better teamate to Vettel. Plus he’s Australian! I’m not Australian btw…

  • hahahaha

    JEV is better than Daniel, plain simple the facts are there. Also Jules Bianchi an Nico Hulkenberg are in the same league, wet or dry.