Vettel: I don't mind who partners me
19 July 2013 – Sebastian Vettel says he has no preference over who partners him at Red Bull next season, the reigning World Champion claiming that he has an amicable relationship with both fellow title winner Kimi Räikkönen and Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo.
Speaking after the conclusion of this week’s Young Driver Test at Silverstone, the German insisted that he would welcome both scenarios, with the battle to replace Mark Webber being narrowed down to the pair by team boss Christian Horner.
"No, I don't mind either of them," Vettel explained to reporters when pushed on the matter. "I get along with both of them. I probably know Kimi a little bit better than Daniel but I think he did a good job [during his run in the RB9 chassis] yesterday."
He went on to explain that if Lotus driver Räikkönen was ultimately given the nod by Red Bull chiefs, it would not cause major concern: "In the end if you want to fight for the Championship it doesn't matter, you have to beat everybody. It doesn't matter if there are strong drivers in your team or not. It's difficult to judge at this stage what would be best. It's the team's decision; obviously I can give my opinion but that's it."
Vettel, who set the pace on the final day at Silverstone, added that there were "no big surprises" with Pirelli’s new tyres, which will be raced for the first time in Hungary.