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Lotus plays down reports linking Kimi Raikkonen with a move to Red Bull for 2014

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John - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 7:39 PM

Kimi left McLaren after the 2006 season, which was the same time Newey left McLaren. Kimi drove Newey cars for five seasons - 2002 through 2006.

michael fornarina - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 8:34 PM

Richard -- Vettel didn't get one of the best results in the BMW-Sauber -- both Heidfeld and Kubica were on the podium several times in those cars.. and remember Kubica won in it. Vettel on the other hand took a 3rd paced BMW and finished EIGHT in it -- and everyone went bonkers!

michael fornarina - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 8:43 PM

Slash -- beginning of the season all the pundits said Redbull is the team to beat -- score card for 2013 after 3 races
Australia - Raikkonen p1 Vettel p3
Malaysia - Raikkonen p7 Vettel p1
China - Rakkonen p2 Vettel p4

Hmm.. and Vettel in a faster better car? no it's not the twilight zone -- too bad Kimi is not already in the RB9 -- that head-to-head would be fascinating.

As sadly for Iceman if he goes there, I don't think Redbull is going to be all that quick next season..

richard

April 16, 2013 9:07 PM

michael. seb got one of the best results for bmw, and was only an 18 year old rookie, who had not driven the car before. not bad. and kubica win wa not really a win. it was a gift from lulu.

benignlyindifferent

April 16, 2013 9:36 PM

I still believe Seb's response to the incident, and the seeming retraction of his apology, suggests he will be wearing red coveralls next year. Ferrari often sign these deals well in advance and I suspect this is a possibility. If so, Kimi begins to look very attractive to Red Bull, and Weber might stay as well, something I never thought possible. Time will tell but if Kimi keeps performing as he is, he will have no shortage of opportunities should he choose to leave Lotus. Perhaps even a return to McLaren to partner Button.

slash - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 9:53 PM

@ michael: With these kind of tires Lotus is the faster car+ tire combination, with only Ferrari ahead. With durable tires ala 2010 Red Bull would be fastest ahead of Mercedes.
The unbiased car order is:

1. Ferrari
2. Lotus
3. Red Bull
4. Mercedes
5. McLaren
6. Force India
7. Sauber
8. Toro Rosso
9. Williams

tdog - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 10:06 PM

Let me tell you why this would work - both of them don't care who they're driving with and won't follow team orders. Nada. Especially Kimi. They will race their hearts out and leave it all on the track. There will be no friction because they don't care about each other. Kimi is a very fair driver and his racecraft is well-known. Vettel could learn from Kimi and their wheel to wheel battles will be legendary. Like Alonso and Lewis in 07. Fair and hardnosed. Unlike the Senna and Prost partenership, which was destructive to the team. These two will race fair and square and that's all there is to it. Great partnership, me thinks.

Bugoy - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 11:25 PM

We can only speculate how Vettel and Raikkonen will perform when they are on the same team. They may work in a constructive way or they may cut each others throat. They maybe friends off the track, on the track you can expect a different relations. What we can expect though is some good racing from the two. Also of all the team mates that Raikkonen had who among them he became friends with?

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