Vettel: It’s not my decision, but it would make sense to sign Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo with Sebastian Vettel

Daniel Ricciardo with Sebastian Vettel

World champion Sebastian Vettel has admitted that “t would “make sense” if Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo becomes his new teammate at Red Bull.

Having earlier revealed his disappointment that Kimi Raikkonen seems out of the frame, Vettel was asked about Mark Webber’s claim on Sunday that fellow Australian Ricciardo had been selected by Red Bull to succeed him in 2014.

Red Bull bosses denied Webber’s claim. But Vettel said the appointment of Toro Rosso driver Ricciardo would “make sense”.

“The last few weeks have been very tumultuous in this sense,” the German is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace, “but [Ricciardo’s signing] would make sense.”

“He has been with us for a long time. Some people may doubt that Daniel is ready, but you could also ask if I was ready when I arrived at Red Bull. How can you know beforehand?” he asked rhetorically.

“It’s not my decision, but I get along with him well,” Vettel added.

Daniel Ricciardo leads Mark Webber during the German GP

Daniel Ricciardo leads Mark Webber during the German GP

He also denied that Ricciardo’s appointment would leave him – in all probabability a quadruple world champion at the beginning of 2014 – with clear number 1 status at Red Bull.

“It’s a shame,” Vettel started, “that some people on the outside sometimes have the wrong idea about certain drivers and certain teams.

“In the end, we will give everything to have a good performance, and someone will always prevail. Mark had the strength to beat me and I do the same to him. That’s life,” he insisted.

Meanwhile, McLaren‘s Jenson Button has finally counted himself out of the running for the Red Bull seat.

He told the Telegraph: “I am very happy here [at McLaren]. I will be here. I am definitely not going to Red Bull.”

“I feel that Ricciardo will go to Red Bull, Kimi Raikkonen will stay at Lotus and Massa will stay at Ferrari for another year,” the Briton added. (GMM.)

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  • coward

    Vettle you coward. You thought you would get away from Kimi and now that that it likes more possible than before with Lotus finance issues, you want Daniel as your teammate.

  • March_of_the_Frogs

    Grosjean to Red Bull for 2014!
    He will put Vettel back in place.
    Vive Le Francais!

  • Elf

    @coward: Let me guess… You are not a German, definitely not one of Vettel’s fans :), and probably not loving Brave word more than Kimi’s vodka and his monotone speech.

    Mate, I am a Kimi fan sure thing, I do like this guy, but I am happy he does not join the Bulls for the simple reason I do not want to see him trashed by Vettel and his aura completely f#cked. He is a great lad, I would prefer to be remembered as an exceptional F1 driver instead of the one beaten by mighty Seb.

  • Boycottthebull

    Off course he will be happy with Ricciardo as team mate. He wont stay anything when his clutch is consistently “faulty” whenever he is close to Vettel on the starting grid. Daniel get your Toro Rossi mechanics to check your clutch on ever start mate its the only way you will get off the line. I hope Gimme Gimme Kimi misses out on a seat altogether. Im sick of the constant speculation because he cant find some new team to plunder for more cash. Grosjean is faster for way less money. Not to mention prepared to smile and do the required promotional work that is a part of being a F1 driver. Greedy Kimi wants all the cash and none of the work. I think him and driving drink cans would be a good match.