Vettel open to Ricciardo reunion

Date published: June 10 2016

Sebastian Vettel would have no issue partnering Daniel Ricciardo at Ferrari but “certainly” does not mind if Kimi Raikkonen stays on for a further season.

With Raikkonen out of contract at the end of this year, the rumour mill is buzzing over who could possibly partner Vettel in 2017.

One candidate is his former Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo, who believes he is ready to fight for a first World title.

Asked about the prospect of teaming up with the Aussie, Vettel told Motorsport.com: “[When] I raced with him in ’14, we didn’t have any problems – and I knew him before that.

“I don’t mind him, I like him, I think he’s a strong guy and obviously he had a good season in 14. Last year and this year it’s a bit difficult always to judge because you don’t know what’s going on internally, but, from what I know, he’s a good guy.

“Then again, it’s not my decision, not my job to sign people. I haven’t spoken with the team and it hasn’t been a subject that’s come up yet. I think we are currently we’re busy enough trying to close the gap, that’s the main priority.”

The German, though, says he also has no problem should Ferrari opt to keep hold of Raikkonen for a further season.

“I certainly don’t mind,” he said. “We definitely get along, it’s very easy to work with him because you don’t have to worry about any tricks or games that are potentially a distraction to get the job done.”