JULY 16, 2013
New teammate identity does not matter to Vettel
World champion Sebastian Vettel insists it "does not matter" who is selected by Red Bull to replace the departing Mark Webber in 2014.
The German has previously admitted he would like to call friend and badminton partner Kimi Raikkonen his new teammate.
After competing in a 'Super Mario' costume for a Red Bull-sponsored soapbox racer event in Germany, Vettel admitted again: "I know him (Raikkonen) very well, and get on with him well".
But others, like the Red Bull-backed Toro Rosso duo Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, have also been linked with the 2014 vacancy.
"Whoever it is," Vettel is quoted by SID news agency, "in the end it doesn't matter.
"If you are trying to beat everyone, then it doesn't matter if they're in your own team or another one."
At the halfway point of the season, the newly-26-year-old German was also asked about his 34 point lead in the 2013 championship, and his good chances of winning a fourth consecutive title.
"I try to ignore the score," Vettel insisted.
"There are still a lot of races to go. A long, long way.
"We are trying to be on the attack. It doesn't take a genius to know that you get more points than the others when you win races.
"So if we do this more often than the competition, it looks good for the championship," he added.
Despite his 30 career victories, Vettel has never won at the Hungaroring, the scene of the forthcoming Hungarian grand prix.