Sebastian Vettel says he will probably be unhappy to not have Kimi Raikkonen as his Ferrari Formulation 1 team-mate subsequent 12 months, as a result of they’ve a relationship primarily based on “zero bull****”.
Raikkonen has pushed for Ferrari since 2014, racing alongside Vettel for the previous 4 seasons, however will transfer to Sauber after Ferrari determined to advertise protege Charles Leclerc to a race seat for 2019.
Vettel and Raikkonen had been associates earlier than they grew to become team-mates at Ferrari, and often journey to races collectively.
“Yeah, completely,” mentioned Vettel, when requested if Raikkonen was the very best team-mate he had labored with.
“Clearly one factor you possibly can categorical in numbers and outcomes and so forth, however I believe that is not a very powerful factor.
“I believe a very powerful factor in case you are team-mates is the respect that you’ve for one another, or the diploma of bullshit occurring between one another, and with Kimi it has been zero from the beginning, and I do not assume it is going to change till the top.
“It is a fantastic likelihood for Charles, but additionally it is unhappy to know that Kimi shouldn’t be there anymore as a result of I believe we get alongside despite the fact that we’re totally different.
“Now we have this mutual respect for one another.”
Requested if the dynamic within the staff will change, Vettel mentioned he had not given the topic any thought.
“Clearly it is at all times a change, however to be trustworthy proper now nothing modifications,” he mentioned.
“I am extra targeted on the following races reasonably than subsequent 12 months.
“It is a fantastic alternative for him. He is been within the junior programme of the staff for a very long time, so it is good to see there’s development.
“I am not interested by that in any respect, so I’ve no ideas.
“All people is totally different, so for positive there will probably be a distinct dynamic and so forth, however I believe he is a great child and I hope he integrates nicely. I am positive all people is prepared to assist.”
When requested if taking a teen was the fitting determination for Ferrari, Vettel downplayed the significance of age.
“In case you are quick and gifted then the age does not matter,” mentioned Vettel.
“You will be quick and gifted additionally if you end up outdated on paper. Kimi might be the very best instance, so you will have two good examples.
“He [Leclerc] deserves to be in F1, and as I mentioned earlier than it is nice that he will get the chance to race in an enormous staff, after which we’ll see.
“We’ll do our greatest to work on him, we wish to work collectively as a staff. However for now it isn’t that essential, it is extra essential for subsequent 12 months.”
Vettel admitted he has had no contact with Leclerc because the announcement: “It is appropriate. I haven’t got his quantity, however in as of late I am positive he was very busy anyway.
“If I get to see him then I am positive that I am going to discover the fitting phrases. “By the sound of it we’ll have sufficient time to trade our cellphone numbers sooner or later.”