Vergne: Red Bull should take Ricciardo, not Raikkonen

Vergne: Red Bull should take Ricciardo, not Raikkonen

copyright octaneJean-Eric Vergne believes that Red Bull should hire Daniel Ricciardo instead of Kimi Raikkonen to replace the outgoing Mark Webber next season.

Vergne was initially shortlisted for the seat by Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, and he is still hopeful of landing the seat despite being ruled out of contention by Horner last week. However, the Frenchman has given his support to his Toro Rosso teammate should Red Bull not hire him.

“I think it’s my teammate Daniel Ricciardo who should get the job, not Kimi Raikkonen,” Vergne told Kronen Zeitung.

Recently, Ricciardo has outperformed Vergne which is thought to be the reasoning behind Red Bull’s decision. Despite admitting this failing on his part, Vergne did point out his hard luck.

“If Daniel, who at the moment is doing better than me, is running alongside Sebastian Vettel, it will show the quality of the young drivers of Red Bull.

“If it is said that I am not consistent, then I have to point out that after my sixth in Canada, I had two retirements due to mechanical problems.”

Red Bull are expected to make a decision on the seat in the coming few weeks. You can read Richland F1’s analysis of the race to replace Mark Webber here.

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