Niki Lauda has dismissed reports suggesting that Fernando Alonso is a real candidate to team-up alongside Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull next year.
“[Alonso] would only bring trouble to the team,” Lauda, the Mercedes F1 team chairman and the outspoken former triple world champion, told Auto Motor und Sport.
He tipped the reigning title holders to choose between two more realistic candidates to succeed the Le Mans-bound Mark Webber.
“With probably four world championships in Vettel, Red Bull has the luxury to weigh in peace the benefits of Raikkonen or Ricciardo,” Lauda told the German magazine.
“One is the better solution in the short term, the other in the long term. In the end they can take a risk. But not Ferrari.”
Indeed, Lauda apparently sees sense in the latest rumours linking 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen with a Ferrari return.
“If Raikkonen doesn’t go to Red Bull, then Ferrari should try to get him on board,” he said. “For a counterweight to Alonso.
“After six years without a title, Ferrari is under great pressure,” added Lauda. (GMM)
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