Kimi Raikkonen’s ‘large’ salary isn’t a factor in deciding between him and Daniel Ricciardo for the second seat at Red Bull in 2014 according to team principal Christian Horner.
Whilst Ricciardo’s pay packet would initially be far smaller should they choose him, Horner isn’t taking that into account when the big decision finally has to be made.
“Of course, finances are always a factor but you can also contrast that with the difference between first and second,” he told reporters on Thursday.
“Second and third or fourth is a significant amount in the constructors’ world championship so the financial element of it, if you don’t make the right decision, it’s going to impact you anyway if you are not scoring points.”
Raikkonen is yet to announce a decision, but he says when he does, it might not look like the right decision to some.
“There has to be an overall package that feels right to me,” said the Finn. “It might, whatever the decision, feel stupid to somebody else, but then it might just feel right for me. I have no idea what will happen and we have to wait and see what will come.
“There is no guarantee that the choice will be the right one in the long run, but I will be fine no matter what it will be. You have to live with the decision.”