F1 » Horner: Has Kimi signed anywhere else?

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner refuses to rule anyone - including Kimi Raikkonen - out of the race to replace Mark Webber next season.

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August 23, 2013 8:45 AM

My guess - they made one last bid to Kimi, he didn't say if he was interested or not, so they were going to sign Ricciardo at Spa, but Kimi said he was interested at the last moment. That's how it feels like to me.


August 23, 2013 9:06 AM

It's funny as soon as kimis manager says it off now seb comes around to the idea and says it would have been good to partner up with the Finn. Vet is a brilliant driver in a brilliant car. Mark is an ok driver in a brilliant car. Would like to see a world champ number two seb, sparks would fly.


August 23, 2013 9:40 AM

It's clear Vettel has no say - Unless of course, while It's in the teams interest to protect their Champion driver - I think Kimi called a bluff move and as RED's called it off, once public - Kimi came back with more realistic terms and 'no' not bow to Serb .. - Time frame - Cash offer - PR work.
Kimi would push Serb to new highs... 2 great racers would be a definite Constructors win and drivers title either way! A challenge for management to contain the top 2 BULLS!

Yes Yes Yes Leave Me Alone

August 23, 2013 11:11 AM

Ricciardo would be good in that car, so nothing against him.

However, RBR have a great chance to put two of the greatest drivers of the modern era together in their cars (Alonso or Raikkonen), and that chance doesn't come around very often - I hope they go for it!


August 23, 2013 2:19 PM
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Anybody can pull the cheque book out and bid for the highest profile driver. It takes real commitment, integrity, conviction and backbone to promote a driver you have identified and nutured from an early stage and promoted through your own driver program.

C'mon Red Bull, prove that you have not consigned yourselves to the cheque book game, and still have the conviction of backing your own product, Daniel (just like you did Seb).


August 23, 2013 3:28 PM

Daniel is not ready, and may only be 85% of what they need at his very best. He does not deserve the seat just because a few years ago he was chosen to drive an STR. Kimi would be a good match for Vettel, but I am not convinced Kimi would enjoy the pressure Vettel would put him under - and when Kimi feels put off his driving suffers, while Vettel just digs deeper. Alonso? Not a chance for so many reasons it's not worth reflecting on - but mainly because he is a horrible team mate when he feels he is being treated as less than the center of the known universe. I'd personally like to see Vettel and Rossberg together at Red Bull. Nico is the most under-rated driver on the grid, would be a real step up from Weber in challenging Vettel. The pair would chew through the points to deliver IRB the WCC they so covet, and give us loads of opportunities for exciting races.

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