Former Benetton F1 Driver Johnny Herbert has spoken about who he could potentially see joining Red Bull Racing at the end of 2013 should Mark Webber leave the team, something he also expects to happen.
Discussing the topic in a phone-in, the Sky Sports F1 pundit admitted that he could see Raikkonen making the move to Red Bull and fitting in well alongside Sebastian Vettel. When asked who would fit in well alongside Vettel for 2014 he replied “The one who fits for me is Kimi. His mannerisms are very Red Bull-ish, he had the relationship when doing rallying which makes complete sense and he is obviously a world champion too,”
Reports suggested that current Toro Rosso racer Daniel Ricciardo is also in line for the potentially vacant seat. However Herbert dismissed the possibility of the Australian being promoted to sister team Red Bull. “Daniel Ricciardo is the other one. I don’t think he has achieved enough for them to say ‘this guy looks like the future.’”
If the decision was down to him, Herbert admitted that Raikkonen would be his first port of call. “If there was a choice I think you’d like to see Kimi, but of course he is with Lotus at the moment.” Despite saying that Lotus will obviously fight to keep the Finn at the Enstone based squad, he knows that the decision will “purely be driven by one driver” wanting to leave. Herbert also admitted that it would depend on whether Vettel would accept Raikkonen as a new team-mate.
So all this discussion about a vacant Red Bull seat must mean that the former grand prix winner expects Webber to move on in 2014? “It does seem to be the case now, yes” he said before adding “it seems that it is bubbling up quite quickly now.”
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