Less than two days after Mark Webber ignored team orders at the end of the British grand prix the sensational claim of the high-circulation German newspaper Bild-Zeitung is that Red Bull is planning to pair Sebastian Vettel with his friend Kimi Raikkonen in 2012.
2007 world champion and Finn Raikkonen, 31, left F1 at the end of 2009, and Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was quoted on Monday as saying “I believe he has put F1 behind him”.
The German newspaper, Bild-Zeitung, said the plan to replace Australian Webber with Raikkonen is “top secret” but divulged the information of a source “at the highest level”.
Even so, German Vettel and Raikkonen remains friends, the pair often meeting in Switzerland to play badminton. The reigning world champion asked recently who his ideal teammate is, replied: “Kimi.”
Red Bull’s driver manager Helmut Marko, referring to Mark Webber, told Bild-Zeitung recently: “We have other options but I don’t want to talk about them now.”
Besideallthese, the report also said Raikkonen told a Finnish journalist recently: “I have never said that my formula one career is over.”
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