Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vettel Is Pressured by Raikkonen but Would like to Be His Mate

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vettel Is Pressured by Raikkonen but Would like to Be His Mate

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SEBASTIAN VETTEL finally lived up to expectations by winning his home race after being given a run for his money by potential new team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Vettel took the chequered flag at the German Grand Prix for the first time in six attempts, finishing just a second ahead of fast-charging Kimi Raikkonen in his Lotus.

Vettel is 34 points clear of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in his quest to win a fourth successive Formula One world title as the Spaniard was only fourth, with Raikkonen a further seven points adrift.

With Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber quitting at the end of the year, the talk is that Raikkonen will join Vettel (right) next season.

Welcoming the opportunity of partnering Raikkonen, Vettel said: "I wouldn't mind. I'd definitely be excited by the challenge. I get along fairly well with Kimi. We've never had a problem on the track, and I respect him a lot on and off it.

"There's no doubt when it comes to qualifying, to racing, he does his job very well and gets the maximum out of the car. …

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