Vettel, Raikkonen friendship will endure track rivalry

© F1 Pulse, 31 March 2013
© AP Photo/Rob Griffith

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are comfortable with their friendship with each other pointing out that their rivalry on the track won’t affect their relationship.

The Finn won the opening race of the season in Australia, while the defending champion emerged victorious in Malaysia. Lotus, however, looks stronger than last season and has the potential to compete as a contender in 2013.

But that won’t change anything between the two world champions, who get along very well with each other.

"What happens on the track and life outside the cockpit are two completely different pairs of shoes. We are both professionals who can separate one from the other,” Raikkonen told the official Formula 1 website.

“I always wonder what people are expecting us to do? That we are running with a knife through the paddock seeking revenge after a race incident, or what?” he asked.

Vettel echoed the 33-year-old’s views.

"You have to separate your professional from your private life,” the German said. “But of course we never crashed into each other. How we would both react then, I don’t know, but I am sure that this would be off the table again very fast.”


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