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2013-07-16 09:49

VICTORY AT ANY COST: Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel would like to see Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen as his new team mate, but he says "it doesn't matter" who gets the seat as he'll be trying to beat everyone in F1. Image: AFP

LONDON, England - World champion Sebastian Vettel insists it "does not matter" who is selected by Red Bull to replace the departing Mark Webber in 2014.

Vettel has previously admitted he would like to call friend and badminton partner Kimi Raikkonen his new team mate.

After competing in a "Super Mario" costume for a Red Bull-sponsored soapbox racer event in Germany, Vettel admitted : "I know him (Raikkonen) very well, and get on with him well".

Others, such as Red Bull-backed Toro Rosso duo Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, have also been linked with the 2014 vacancy.


Vettel said: "Whoever it is, in the end it doesn't matter. If you are trying to beat everyone, then it doesn't matter if they're in your own team or another one."

At the halfway point of the 2013 season, Vettel was also asked about his 34 point lead in the championship, and his good chances of winning a fourth consecutive title.

Vettel insisted: "I try to ignore the score. There are still a lot of races to go. A long, long way. We are trying to be on the attack. It doesn't take a genius to know that you get more points than the others when you win races.

"So if we do this more often than the competition, it looks good for the championship," he added.

Despite his 30 career victories, Vettel has never won at the Hungaroring, the scene of the forthcoming Hungarian GP on July 28.

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