Mercedes are looking to lure Sebastian Vettel from his seat at Red Bull, or so claims Mercedes’ chairperson Niki Lauda.
Talking to Germany’s Bild newspaper, the former world champion turned self-promoted Mercedes spokesperson, said he is looking to get the triple world champion to move from the team that raised him and into Mercedes – in an identical path to Briton Lewis Hamilton who ditched McLaren last year.
“I continued what [Norbert] Haug began.” Lauda said.
Fellow Austrian Dr. Helmut Marko, the man in charge of the Red Bull Young Drivers Programme, said “Niki should absolutely be trying to get Vettel.”
This news has done nothing but add fuel to the rumour fire surrounding the Red Bull seat. With Mark Webber possibly leaving to take a seat with Porsche in Le Mans, that would see at least one seat empty at the reigning world champion team.
Kimi Raikkonen is one man who has been linked with a seat, something the Finn has not spoken directly of with the public.
“I don’t have a contract [After 2013].” he told the Finnish Turun Sanomat newspaper. “But at some point I have to think about it. “I want to win, and at least for the moment, I want to be here [at Lotus].”