Red bull have been left searching for a new driver after Mark Webber’s decision to retire from F1 at the end of the season. There have been several names linked with the in the last few weeks, and this includes even former world champions like Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. However, it is not expected that Red Bull will sign a former world champion because they will pose competition to the current number one at the team – Sebastian Vettel. The presence of the German, though, will not be any influence to the selection of the next driver according to team principal Christian Horner.
It is widely believed that the presence of Sebastian Vettel is the reason behind Webber deciding to call it a day. Vettel and Webber have not got along with each other well in recent seasons, as there has been a lot of infighting in the team. Team harmony is expected to be the main priority for Horner when he searches for a new driver. This could see the arrival of a young name to the team, as they are unlikely to pose a challenge to Vettel and would also be quite happy to accept a second role in the team.
“I don’t think he minds to be honest. 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, he knows Daniel. 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. We obviously want the two fastest and strongest drivers we can put in the car for next year,” said the Red Bull team principal when asked about his options for next year.