Red Bull snub would make Raikkonen 'a wimp' - Lauda

While Sir Jackie Stewart thinks to be a Vettel's teammate is a bad move for Raikkonen, Niki Lauda says he is a wimp if he will not do it.

Jul.1 (GMM) Two F1 legends fundamentally disagree about Kimi Raikkonen's best next move.

It is rumoured the 2007 world champion is the hot favourite to replace Red Bull's Porsche-bound Mark Webber next season.

But Sir Jackie Stewart, a triple world champion turned consultant for Lotus team owner Genii, thinks becoming Sebastian Vettel's teammate would be a bad move for the Finn.

"I wouldn't want to go into the garage next to another top driver who for many years has established his place within that team," the Scot told Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat.

Typically bluntly, however, fellow triple world champion Niki Lauda thinks 33-year-old Raikkonen should make the jump to Red Bull.

"If Kimi doesn't go," the Austrian legend told German newspaper Bild, "he's a wimp.

"Yes, he might have to do a few more working days, but all that means is a few less drinking days!" Lauda added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Kimi Raikkonen , Jackie Stewart , Niki Lauda , Sebastian Vettel
Article type Breaking news
Tags lauda, mark webber, porsche, raikkonen, red bull