‚ÄúWhether he retires, only he will choose,‚ÄĚ Austrian Mateschitz told Speed Week. ‚Äú(But) Mark is definitely a candidate for 2014. ‚ÄúHe is always welcome with us. So too would be a quick junior like Vergne or Ricciardo from the Toro Rosso team,‚ÄĚ he added. ‚ÄúSorry, I know it‚Äôs a diplomatic answer which leaves everything open, but that‚Äôs how it is. Everything else is pure speculation.‚ÄĚ
Fascinatingly, Mateschitz also mentioned Finn Raikkonen ‚Äď a close friend of Vettel‚Äôs ‚Äď 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‚Äôs, having sponsored the 33-year-old‚Äôs two year rallying foray in 2010 and 2011.
Contradicting April Fool rumours that Raikkonen has announced his impending retirement, Mateschitz said: ‚ÄúKimi is cool and fast and always a candidate.‚ÄĚ
Edited by BackOnTop, 02 April 2013 - 12:43.