Red Bull Were Preparing Vettel-Raikkonen F1 Lineup in 2014, Horner Shockingly Reveals

Published 09/04/2021, 7:57 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Kimi Raikkonen has had a long career in Formula One. The Finn had the opportunity to drive for several teams on the grid ranging from Sauber, McLaren, Lotus, Ferrari & Alfa Romeo. However, the Team Principal of Red Bull, Christian Horner revealed that they were looking to bring Raikkonen in 2014.

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But, instead of putting pen to paper with the Milton-Keynes-based outfit, Raikkonen signed for Ferrari. While, Red Bull got in Daniel Ricciardo from their sister team, Toro Rosso.

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Kimi Raikkonen could have been at Red Bull alongside Sebastian Vettel

When Mark Webber left the team, the Raging Bulls were looking to bring in the Iceman. However, after having numerous talks, they couldn’t come to a conclusion. Hence, the F1 community was deprived of having Vettel and Raikkonen as teammates back in 2014.

As quoted from Motorsport. total.com, Horner said, “We had a few talks with Kimi when it came to who should replace Mark Webber.”

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The Iceman was involved in the World Rally Championship. Horner added, “Kimi had a relationship with Red Bull during his time as a rally driver.” (Translated from German via Google)

Raikkonen’s last season in Formula One

The 2021 F1 season would be Raikkonen‘s last year on the grid. Currently, with Alfa Romeo, the 41-year-old would aim to end his season on a high. However, so far it hasn’t gone his way, and hopes to find his form, and help his Swiss-based team get ahead in the constructor’s standings.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

As of now, Raikkonen finds himself in seventeenth place with just two points under his belt. With him missing the Dutch Grand Prix due to having contracted Covid-19, and possibly missing the race at Monza. Raikkonen would hope to get behind the wheel and seize some points for Alfa Romeo.

What are your predictions for the Iceman in his last season on the grid. Will he find his form? Or will have a tough time as he ends his time in F1? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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