Kimi Raikkonen is one of the candidates to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull Racing, team owner Dietrich Mateschitz has revealed. After another complication between the team's rivals at Red Bull, Sebastian Vettl and Mark Webber, it is increasingly speculated that the 36-year-old Australian will leave the team at the end of this season. Mateschitz, a strong supporter of the Australian, also admits that Webber's departure is entirely possible. "Only he will decide when he will retire," the Austrian told Speed Week. “But Mark is definitely welcome with us and is thus one of the candidates for the upcoming season. Among the candidates are also fast youngsters Vergne and Ricciardo from the Toro Rosso team, ”he added.
“I know this is a diplomatic response that leaves everything open, but that’s the way it is. Everything else is just speculation. ” However, Mateschitz also nominated Finn Kimi Raikkonen, Vettl's close friend, who is openly admired by the owner of the energy drink factory and who also supported him in his two-year involvement in the rally world. "Kimi is cold, fast and is always a candidate for a seat."
Webber is already set to contact the Porsche team, regarding a new prototype race car for next season of endurance racing Le Mans.
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