Red Bull owner has not yet ruled out Mark Webber nor the two young Toro Rosso drivers yet Dietrich Mateschitz admits that the Finn is also candidate for the 2014 season.
Apr.2 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen is "a candidate" to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull, team owner Dietrich Mateschitz has admitted.
In the wake of the 'Multi-21' team orders affair, Red Bull denied speculation Webber's role as teammate to world champion Sebastian Vettel is now untenable.
Kimi is cool and fast and always a candidate.
But even billionaire Mateschitz, a known strong supporter of 36-year-old Webber, agrees that the Australian could leave at the end of his 2013 contract.
"Whether he retires, only he will choose," Austrian Mateschitz told Speed Week.
"(But) Mark is definitely a candidate for 2014.
"He is always welcome with us. So too would be a quick junior like Vergne or Ricciardo from the Toro Rosso team," he added.
"Sorry, I know it's a diplomatic answer which leaves everything open, but that's how it is. Everything else is pure speculation."
Fascinatingly, Mateschitz also mentioned Finn Raikkonen - a close friend of Vettel's - as also potentially in the running for a 2014 seat.
Often mentioning the 2007 world champion in interviews, Mateschitz is an open admirer of Raikkonen's, having sponsored the 33-year-old's two year rallying foray in 2010 and 2011.
Germany's Bild newspaper reported that Webber has "already been in contact" with Porsche officials, regarding a new 2014 prototype team for the famous marque at Le Mans.