Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has said Sebastian Vettel has no sway in deciding who will partner him at the team in 2014.

It has been speculated that Vettel, who has won the World Championship each year since 2010, might try to influence the team's decision to sign either Kimi Raikkonen or Daniel Ricciardo for next year.

But Horner is adamant Vettel isn't concerned about who his teammate will be.

"I don't think Sebastian has any concerns about going up against any driver, and he hasn't voiced a preference either way. He knows Kimi [Raikkonen] and Daniel [Ricciardo]," Horner said to Press Association.

"Both are very quick drivers and would represent a challenge for him, but he has not looked to influence the team in any way as to which way we should be looking."

Vettel and Raikkonen have been known to have a healthy relationship and the reigning World Champion recently admitted he'd prefer to partner Raikkonen than Fernando Alonso.

Rumours surrounding Alonso's possible move to Red Bull next year ran rife after the Spaniard's manager was seen in conversation with Christian Horner at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

But with Alonso having signed a contract in May with Ferrari until the end of 2016, the chances of the 2005 and 2006 World Champion jumping ship are slim.

Despite Vettel's long-standing relationship with the team, Horner pointed out that any driver would receive equal opportunity to be the grid's most successful driver and denied any favouritism within the squad.

Current Red Bull driver Mark Webber will retire from the sport at the end of the year and has suffered a string of mechanical issues in 2013 after infamously being beaten to victory at this year's Malaysian Grand Prix.

"Both drivers get the same opportunity," Horner said.

"It's down to what they do on the track that determines who is the lead driver or not, and the lead driver at any given time is the one who has the most points."

 

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