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Red Bull: Raikkonen and Ricciardo in file to replace Mark Webber

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Raikkonen and Ricciardo in box to replace Mark WebberRed Bull Racing team Principal Christian Horner says that Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo in file to replace Mark Webber for next season.

Formula One veteran Mark Webber decide to retire from the sport at the end this season, following Red Bull short-listed three names Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

But the defending champions give chance for Ricciardo to driver young drivers’ test at Silverstone and its shrink Vergne’s possibility for his next year Red Bull seat. Horner also replied about Ricciardo’s chance: “Essentially, probably.

“Obviously there’s a great deal of interest in the seat but we will be looking to make some decisions later in the summer,” he told Sky Sports during day 1 testing at Silverstone.

“It’s an opportunity here for us to have a look at Daniel, for him to do some of the tyre testing work for us in an RBR car and it’s a great opportunity for him.

“I don’t think [he’s shown potential] just since Mark’s announcement, but of course you’ve got to look at what these guys have at their disposal.”

“For sure both Jean-Eric and Daniel are very quick drivers and we’ve got an opportunity to have a closer look at Daniel which is why we’ve chosen to exercise that and then get him in the car tomorrow.” Horner added.

“The situation between the drivers is obviously going to be confidential between the team and those drivers. Kimi’s track record speaks for itself; he’s a championship contender as we speak. He pushed Sebastian very hard at the last grand prix and we’re in a fortunate position where not only are we attracting fantastic drivers like Kimi, we’ve also got the opportunity to look at the youngsters we’ve been nurturing in the likes of Daniel.”

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