Sebastian Vettel didn’t take long to set the fastest time of the the three day Formula 1 Young Drivers Test, but afterwards admitted that he was impressed by the performances by the trio of young drivers who did duty in his world championship leading Red Bull RB9 at Silverstone.
Speaking to media after his afternoon spent evaluating the new Pirelli tyre offerings, the world champion said, “All the drivers that we had in this week, Felix [Da Costa] and also Carlos [Sainz Jr], they did a good job. [They] kept the car on track, it’s not an easy track and quite hot as well so I think we can be happy with the results.”
Invariably questions regartding his teammate for next year were high on the agenda. When asked about the two likely candidates – Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo – Vettel was pragmatic in his response.
“I don’t mind either of them. I get along with both of them,” said Vettel. “I probably know Kimi a little bit better than Daniel but I think he did a good job yesterday.”
“Of course I can understand [the excitement it would create]. But in the end if you want to fight for the championship it doesn’t matter, you have to beat everybody, and then it doesn’t matter if there’s strong drivers in your team or not,” insisted the triple world champion.
“It’s difficult to judge at this stage what would be best, etcetera. It’s the team’s decision; obviously I can give my opinion – that’s it,” revealed Vettel. (GP247)
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