Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has revealed he considers Kimi Raikkonen the favorite teammate he had worked alongside so far in his career.
Vettel and Raikkonen have been Ferrari's drivers since 2015 and have formed a good relationship, based on mutual respect and trust. The German has admitted he likes Raikkonen for being 'straightforward' and a guy that does not mess in team politics.
“It’s not your decision – and I don’t think it should be. So I don’t mind," Vettel explained to Motorsport.
“Obviously it makes it a lot easier if you have somebody who you are working with that you feel the respect.
"You know, many times people tend to make things much more complicated than they are, especially in Formula 1, so it’s good if you can work with somebody where there are no politics or no confusions or anything.
“In this regard, Kimi is probably the best teammate that I had. He is pretty straightforward, but I also got along well with Daniel [Ricciardo]."
Working with someone that you are close to is a pleasure, but this has not always been the case for the German.
Vettel also remembers the time when he and Mark Webber were teammates at Red Bull. And compared to Raikkonen and Ricciardo, Webber seems to be a completely different story.
"Then with Mark (Webber), obviously at times we had our differences. Also I have to say we were different generations, so we probably from the start were not that close. But that is how it is.” Vettel recalls.
Despite his fractious relationship with Webber as a teammate, from a personal perspective, it was a great period of success for Vettel. He enjoyed four consecutive titles with Red Bull (2010-2013) during the Australian`s last years in the sport.
He went on to become the youngest double, triple and quadruple world champion in Formula One. Since parting ways with Webber and Red Bull, though, Vettel has not won a Championship and is again unlikely to do it this year. The German is 59 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton with only four races left.