Sebastian Vettel would be comfortable with Formula 1 team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and his lack of “tricks or games” staying at Ferrari next year.
Ferrari waited until the 2015 summer break to re-sign Raikkonen for this F1 campaign and is likely to wait until the same window again before making a decision about next season. Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas, Nico Rosberg, Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean are said to be in the frame to take Raikkonen’s seat and partner Vettel in 2017.
Raikkonen, who won the 2007 championship with Ferrari and rejoined the team in ’14, said he is happy and wants to stay beyond this year.
When asked if he would want Raikkonen to stay on, Vettel said: “I certainly don’t mind, we definitely get along. It’s easy to work with him because you don’t need to worry about any tricks or games or whatever that are potentially a distraction to getting the job done.”
On the potential of Ricciardo joining Ferrari, which would reform the partnership the two had at Red Bull, the German said: “I raced with him in 2014 and we didn’t have any problems. It’s not my decision, it’s not my job to sign people. I don’t mind him, I like him, he’s a strong guy. He had a good season in 2014. This year, it’s difficult to judge as you don’t know what is going on internally, but from what I know, he’s a good guy.”
Vettel was overshadowed by Ricciardo in 2014, with the latter winning three races and finishing higher in the championship.
When asked if he would favour having the Australian as a teammate again because he has unfinished business, Vettel said: “Not really, 2014 is behind me. The way I look at it is different to what [other] people look at and what they remember. In the end you don’t take the raw result.
“It’s the same as on a test day, someone is P1 but he is P1 for many reasons. I haven’t spoken with the team, it hasn’t been a subject that has come up yet. With where we are currently, we are busy enough trying to close the gap – that’s the main priority.”