Red Bull snub would make Raikkonen ‘a wimp’ – Lauda

Mon, 1 July 2013, 08:35

Jul.1 (GMM) Two F1 legends fundamentally disagree about Kimi Raikkonen’s best next move.

It is rumoured the 2007 world champion is the hot favourite to replace Red Bull’s Porsche-bound Mark Webber next season.

But Sir Jackie Stewart, a triple world champion turned consultant for Lotus team owner Genii, thinks becoming Sebastian Vettel’s teammate would be a bad move for the Finn.

“I wouldn’t want to go into the garage next to another top driver who for many years has established his place within that team,” the Scot told Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat.

Typically bluntly, however, fellow triple world champion Niki Lauda thinks 33-year-old Raikkonen should make the jump to Red Bull.

“If Kimi doesn’t go,” the Austrian legend told German newspaper Bild, “he’s a wimp.

“Yes, he might have to do a few more working days, but all that means is a few less drinking days!” Lauda added.

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