Raikkonen’s 2014 decision keeps Formula 1 world guessing

Kimi Raikkonen's future is a hot topic at the moment

Kimi Raikkonen’s future is a hot topic at the moment

Former F1 team owner turned pundit Eddie Jordan has tipped Red Bull to choose Daniel Ricciardo as Sebastian Vettel’s new teammate for 2014.

Lotus team boss Eric Boullier said as recently as last Friday that he the team was doing “everything we can” to convince Kimi Raikkonen to stay next season.

Jordan, now working for British television, thinks the Finn will ultimately decide to turn down Red Bull’s strong interest.”

“At first I was pretty sure that Raikkonen will replace Mark Webber,” Jordan told Russia’s Formula 1news.ru.

Eddie Jordan has his opinion on who will succeed Mark Webber at Red Bull

Eddie Jordan has his opinion on who will succeed Mark Webber at Red Bull

“But now I’m ready to change my mind,” he admitted. “Sebastian Vettel is staying until 2015 and so it’s probably not the best time to become his teammate.”

“I think Red Bull will opt for Daniel Ricciardo. I don’t think Raikkonen wants to get into an extensive programme at Red Bull, with all the marketing, the work with the sponsors, the photo shoots and so on.”

“That’s the sort of work that every driver for that team has to do. Red Bull has a marketing programme, but Kimi Raikkonen just wants to race. I doubt [that] they will find common ground,” added Jordan.

Former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher, however, thinks that Raikkonen should snap up Red Bull’s offer.

Daniel Ricciardo in the backgorund as Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen chat

Daniel Ricciardo in the backgorund as Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen chat

“In his situation,” the former Williams and Toyota driver said, “I would go to Red Bull without hesitation – not for a second.

“It’s true that we don’t know every detail, like what kind of agreement Sebastian Vettel has,” the German is quoted by Finland MTV3 broadcaster.

“But if the team gives both drivers the same equipment, it would be a great opportunity for Kimi, because he’s a great driver.”

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  • Mo

    Kimi is awesome and he is proving it since his comeback

  • hahaha

    Eddie c’mon, you off all people should admit JEV is the better one, maybe you’re suggesting Daniel because you know he would be more compliant which suits Red Bull?

  • hahaha

    And as a Tifosi I hope Kimi stays at Lotus and he takes a title with them just to put it up Monty’s 😀

  • hahaha


  • JM

    Eddie’s got it right. Plus DR fits with the Red Bull brand better.

  • Erich Lacher

    Emeritus team leaderEddie Jordan isn´t interested of marketing, because he dosn´t understand that Kimi Raikkonen is number one as a trademark in the world.

    Maby he doesn´t want to understand.

    And as a race driver Kimi is still beter than his imago trademark.

    Let´s see what happends.

  • Bmendon

    In terms of Ricci v. Kimi goes, I think Red Bull will go with Daniel Ricciardo. Red Bull needs to show results from it’s driver develpment program and this is a great opportunity to do so. As for JEV, his driving style and consistency does compliment the Red Bull team. With drivers like Carlos Sainz Jr looking to come from the ranks, I think JEV will be happy if he is still with the Toro Rosso Team.