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Marko confirms interest in Raikkonen to replace Webber

(L to R): Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 celebrate on the podium. Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday 22 April 2012.
Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are mates away from the race tracks

Red Bull’s motorsport director Helmut Marko has echoed team owner and billionaire Dieter Mateschitz’s recent claim that Kimi Raikkonen is a candidate to drive for the reigning champions next year.

“Kimi Raikkonen is someone who is on our list (of candidates) for next year,” confirmed Marko.

36-year-old Australian Webber’s current contract runs out at the end of 2013 and he has been linked with a move to Porsche’s 2014 Le Mans prototype project.

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It is also well known that world champion Sebastian Vettel is a good friend of Raikkonen, which stretches beyond the F1 paddock. (GMM)