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Who will be driving for Red Bull next season?

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Ricciardo is favourite alongside Raikkonen. (©GettyImages)
Ricciardo is favourite alongside Raikkonen. (©GettyImages).

The vacant seat at Red Bull next season has sparked a lot of interest from fans and media alike. 

The two drivers that have been confirmed to be on Red Bull’s shortlist are former-world champion Kimi Raikkonen and product of the Red Bull driver programme Daniel Ricciardo.

As soon as Mark Webber announced his decision to leave Formula 1 on the 27th June, many believed that Kimi Raikkonen would be the obvious replacement and would make a very good teammate for Sebastian Vettel. 

Raikkonen, who won the world championship in 2007 with Ferrari, left Formula 1 all together at the end of the 2009 season. Since then he has successfully returned to Formula 1 racing for Lotus and has proven that he still has what it takes to win another world championship, after finishing third in his first season back. 

It is easy to see why a man of his quality would be one possibility for Red Bull.

However, it is very easy to forget options that Red Bull have in their sister team Toro Rosso. 

Daniel Ricciardo has had a short but very successful start to his Formula 1 career and has recently begun to work his way up the drivers’ standings from 27th in his first season to 18th in 2012. 

The Australian is currently 14th in the standings with 11 points and has qualified in fifth and sixth in his last two races. 

Ricciardo recently took part in the Young Driver Test in Silverstone and drove the RB9 in what was described by many as his audition for a place on the Red Bull team next season. However, the session did not start well as Ricciardo put the car in the gravel just seven laps into the session.

When asked about the decision, Sebastian Vettel claimed to get along with both of them and that he did not have a preference as to who will partner him in the 2014 season.


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