With Mark Webber having elected to leave the sport at the end of the season, Red Bull are in the market for a new racer.
Raikkonen and Alonso are two names said to be on their hit list, but Vettel made it clear that he would prefer to be alongside the Finn:
“I’d prefer Kimi,” he told BBC Sport.
“I need to be careful now, but nothing against Fernando. I really respect him a lot as a driver.
“But I respect Kimi on track, off track, because he has always been very straight with me.
“From that point of view it would be a bit easier.”
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