Horner: Vettel won't be fazed
Red Bull chief Christian Horner says that Sebastian Vettel has not tried to exert any influence over the team's decision on who partners him in their line-up for 2014.
The World Champions are thought to be using the summer break to deliberate on who represents the best option to replace Mark Webber when the Australian retires at the end of the season, with Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull junior Daniel Ricciardo still the leading two candidates for the coveted seat.
On learning that he would have a change in his team-mate for the first time since joining Red Bull in 2009, Vettel admitted it "would be nice, of course, to get asked if you have a good relationship" with a prospective candidate but stressed he didn't expect the team to give him a direct role in the process.
And although Vettel did respond to blockbuster rumours at the Hungarian GP that his chief title rival of recent seasons Fernando Alonso could yet prove a shock candidate for the seat by making clear that "I'd prefer Kimi", his team boss has stressed that the triple champion hasn't attempted to sway Red Bull's decision-making process.
"I don't think he minds to be honest," Horner replied when asked about Vettel's position over his 2014 team-mate.
"I don't think Sebastian has any concerns about going up against any driver, and he hasn't voiced a preference either way.
"He knows Kimi, he knows Daniel. Both are very quick drivers and would represent a challenge for him, but he has not looked to influence the team in any way as to which way we should be looking."