Red Bull to announce Webber successor after Budapest

Daniel Ricciardo with Jean-Eric Vergne

Daniel Ricciardo with Jean-Eric Vergne

Daniel Ricciardo and Jean Eric Vergne remain contenders for the soon to be vacated race seat with world champions Red Bull, as the team’s billionaire owner revealed that the identity of Webber’s successor will be announced after the Hungarian Grand Prix.

AFP quotes Mateschitz saying, “No decision has been taken yet. It is still under discussion within the team but it will be announced after Budapest. Ricciardo did an excellent job at Silverstone and Jean-Eric Vergne (also of Toro Rosso) was good too.”

Kimi Raikkonen remains a candidate, but it is appearing increasingly likely that the Finn will stay on with Lotus who have received an injection of funding which will help them in their future title ambitions.

Insiders say Raikkonen’s preference would be to stay with Lotus, but he needs assurance that they are solid financially in the wake of late payment of his retainer earlier this year and also to battle the big teams next year when the new turbo era begins.

Currently, in the race for the highly coveted seat at Red Bull, Ricciardo appears to have edged ahead of Vergne although the latter is ahead in the championship standings – the Hungarian GP weekend could be decisive.

  • =El Presidente=

    Vergne does not have the same experience and is doing a better job in points, thus a better job overall. (and also the last two races Vergne had mechanical issues)

    I would not be surprised is Eric comes out on top, on the other hand i think Ricciardo is better prepared, and just fits better with the total image of RB.

  • BigRed

    kimi should stay and i think ricciardo should go to rb
    just my opinion:)

  • Tamburello_1994

    Gotta be one of the Rosso boys for a decision to be announced mid season.

    A Kimi deal would be a season-ender for sure.

    (my 2 cents)

  • hahaha

    Presidente, that’s what i’ve been saying for weeks. JEV is the better one, but they will choose the compliant one, and that’s Ricciardo. Fans want the best drivers in the best cars that’s all. And if Kimi says that his choice may seem stupid to some, it must be staying at Lotus. Or does he mean the “second driver role rumour” at Red Bull?

  • Hawk

    2nd driver role more stupid

  • Cab

    Christian Horner : “Kimi’s qualities speak for themselves,” “He has a proven track record. You can’t question Kimi’s credentials.

    “We want the two fastest and strongest drivers that we can put in the car for next year. I think both Daniel and Kimi would represent extremely good options.”

    Its going to be Kimi.. His words indicate that.. :) :( :)

  • Tom Riddle

    On the one hand I would like to see Kimi go to Red Bull so that we can see Vettel struggling to catch him. On the other hand Daniel is not too far from Vettel’s pace in the Red Bull so he would also be a good choice.

    Kimi for the championship though.