Webber & Raikkonen 2014 “candidates” – Mateschitz

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Mark Webber, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013In the round-up: Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz says Mark Webber can stay at the team if he wishes – and Kimi Raikkonen is a candidate for the drive as well.


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Mark Webber could keep Red Bull seat in 2014 despite Vettel feud (The Guardian)

Dietrich Mateschitz: “Whether he retires, only he will choose but Mark is definitely a candidate for 2014.”

“The championship is still on”: Defiant Jenson Button says he can still win the F1 title, despite sluggish start (The Mirror)

“The championship is still on as far as I am concerned and I am aiming for that. Definitely.”

Di Resta keeping sights high (Sky)

“I’ve a lot of respect for what McLaren do. Although they are struggling at the moment, they can develop. But we will be pushing to stay in front of them.”

Force India: V6s must not dictate form (Autosport)

Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley: “It mustn’t be like it was in the past when the engine differentiators were overwhelming. It would be a shame if we got there.”

Rookie diary – Sauber?s Esteban Gutierrez (F1)

“After many crazy qualifying sessions in GP2 – and believe me, you are confronted with crazy situations all the time in GP2 – it was a bit ironic that my first ever F1 qualifying session was the continuation of my GP2 experiences!”

Kimi Raikkonen Lap Behind the Scenes – Top Gear – Series 18 – BBC (Top Gear via YouTube)


Comment of the day

Adam Blocker on Ferrari retaining a veto over F1’s technical rules:

I understand that Ferrari have an immense value to the sport. I am okay with them having a minor stake in F1. However they should not be allowed a veto. They are a team competing just as the other ten teams are. They should be treated the same as everyone else when it comes to competition rules. Either everyone gets a veto or nobody gets a veto.
Adam Blocker (@Blockwall2)

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On this day in F1

Ayrton Senna made his McLaren debut 25 years ago today in his home race at Jacarepagua in Brazil.

Senna took pole position but had to abandon his car following a gearbox problem. He had to switch to the spare car and start from the pits.

Despite that he had climbed to second place by lap 20, only to be disqualified for his change of cars. Team mate Alain Prost won, beginning a season of dominance by the pair.

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144 comments on “Webber & Raikkonen 2014 “candidates” – Mateschitz”

  1. Not sure if Kimi at Red Bull would work. From Eric’s interviews it feels like Lotus has to adjust a lot to Kimi and he is quite a different personality than other drivers.

    Not sure if Christian or Red Bull will be that accommodating of Kimi. As the recent Malaysian GP has shown, Red Bull firmly thinks that drivers are nothing but employees who are to obey their bosses all the time.

    But on the plus side, it will silence Vettel haters if Vettel does get an upper hand and maintains it throughout the season.

  2. Although Raikkonen and Vettel would be perhaps the most exciting driver line-up since 1988, its not going to happen. Here’s why…
    1. Raikkonen won’t be interested. He’s comfortable and has probably signed for the final team of his career. Red Bull is currently globally accepted as the pinnacle of the pinnacle of motorsport, and the means a lot of PR. There’s no way Raikkonen would even allow himself to be tricked into going into the same room as a Red Bull contract.
    2. Vettel will be plugging his resources to make sure that this doesn’t happen. As he’s just shown, he doesn’t like being beaten by his teammate, and if Raikkonen was his teammate, I would wager there is a greater than 60% chance of that happening.
    3. Marko is clearly posturing by suggesting that the Red Bull can tempt one of the grid’s finest drivers from a team that make the most of him and from an environment where he is comfortable. In reality, its about as likely as Alonso going to Red Bull in 2014; it ain’t gonna happen. Ricciardo has shown he has real talent, he will replace Webber at the end of the season, of that I am sure.

  3. Reply to Fernley’s opinion on F1 engines: I think what he implies is that he wants equal chances for all teams – engine shouldn’t be deciding factor. In much the same way, the FIA are narrowing down the design freedom for aerodynamicists with each passing season, making it harder for the teams to really come up with a dominant design. The teams themselves are also partly responsible for that: the number of staff members Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes have is ridiculous… no wonder all their cars ‘look the same’.

    Paired with this is a massive improvement in the quality of racing: cars are more equal, which results in close racing. But just take a step back – is that what we really want? I for one love to just look at the cars and appreciate the team’s and designers’ hard work, as well as looking at how different teams solve the same problems differently. I feel like this is gradually becoming more a thing of the past, as people just want to see cars side-by-side really fast and that’s it. I know that the majority of F1 fans just doesn’t care, but if the cars becoming pretty much identical I do not find it as entertaining to watch, which is one of the reasons I don’t really enjoy Indycar.

    Right grumpy cat, what do you want? The problem with the engine suppliers and teams is that they have way to many employees. Therefore the engine designs and car designs have all gone through many testing phases, like wind tunnel tests or simulators. And if they notice a problem, they can solve it quickly. One of the nicest things about F1 in say 1960-1980 is that all teams just did something and they would see if it worked or not when the car goes out on track for the first time. It’s something that today is revived in student racing series, where they just think really hard, try to solve problems creatively and see where they end up – and it’s just glorious to watch and admire their designs. I hope this aspect will get a boost in F1 in the near future (budget caps!!).

    1. “engine shouldn’t be deciding factor”

      Why not? We are talking about cars after all…
      Should aerodynamic be the deciding factor (like these days) according to you?
      If you ask me, I’d prefer a mechanical edge rather than an aero one any day.

  4. I wouldn’t be hugely surprised if Mark Webber retires at the end of this season, he has little chance of beating Vettel and I can imagine that’s very frustrating.

    I can’t see him moving to another team seeing as no one else currently looks like they may retire.

    Raikkonen is a more accomplished racing driver in my opinion, he could be a real match for Vettel.

    Hopefully this gossip turns out to be true.

  5. I read the “veto article” If Ferrari has a veto since 2005 why haven’t we seen decisions being made all in favour of Ferrari, regardless of the written rules we have accessed, I don’t believe that Ferrari has taken anything from other teams in terms of race results, even if they have a better stake money wise.

  6. Granted the article is quoting The Guardian, but surely it reads to most of us more like what was being said was “Of course any team would love to have Kimi” and not specifically that Kimi is in Red Bull’s sights for hiring.

    Since they don’t quote the question they asked which elicited this response, I struggle to take this seriously.

  7. I’m glad Ferrari have ownership interest in F1, and a sporting veto! I only wish that they would, no – could – use it more often. It’s simply fantastic and such a great thing.

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