Sebastian Vettel has admitted a move for Daniel Ricciardo from Toro Rosso to the main Red Bull team would "make sense" for 2014.
Well known for his preference towards his friend Kimi Raikkonen, Vettel was asked about Mark Webber's comment on Sunday that Daniel Ricciardo had been chosen as his replacement for 2014.
"The last few weeks have been very tumultuous in this sense," the German is quoted by Brazil's Totalrace. "But it (Ricciardo's signing) would make sense.
"He has been with us for a long time.
"Some people may doubt Daniel is ready, but you could also ask if I was ready when I arrived at Red Bull. How can you know beforehand?" he said rhetorically.
"It's not my decision, but I get along with him well," Vettel added.
The 26-year-old denied that should the Ricciardo appointment be confirmed, it would leave him, most likely a four-time champion, with clear number 1 status in the team.
"It's a shame," Vettel started, "that some people on the outside sometimes have the wrong idea about certain drivers and certain teams.
"In the end, we will give everything to have a good performance, and someone will always prevail.
"Mark had the strength to beat me and I do the same to him. That's life," he insisted.
McLaren's Jenson Button ruled himself out of a move away from McLaren saying he was happy at the Woking based team.
He told the Telegraph: "I am very happy here. I will be here.
"I am definitely not going to Red Bull.
"I feel that Ricciardo will go to Red Bull, Kimi Raikkonen will stay at Lotus and Massa will stay at Ferrari for another year," the Briton added.
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