Current world champion Sebastian Vettel says it 'does not matter' who replaces the retiring Mark Webber at Red Bull next season as the battle for the second seat appears to be a two-horse race.
The young German has already mentioned his preference for friend and badminton partner Kimi Raikkonen to be drafted in from Lotus, however Daniel Ricciardo is also in the running and will drive the RB9 at this week's Young Driver Test at Silverstone.
Speaking at the Red Bull soapbox event in Germany last week, where he participated dressed as Super Mario, Vettel said: "I know him (Raikkonen) very well, and get on with him well."
But Vettel also admitted: "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."
Finally Vettel was asked about his chances this season, he heads into the second half of 2013 with a 34-point lead and with his nearest challengers having a few struggles Vettel's quest for a fourth straight title does look on track.
Despite that - he 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.
Indeed the next race at Hungary has not been the happiest place for Vettel as it remains one of only a handful of circuits the charismatic German has yet to taste victory.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: https://bit.ly/12evFlH
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms