Kimi Raikkonen has spoken out that he wants to leave Lotus, who took him on when he returned to Formula 1 after his blip in NASCAR rally racing, and possibly return to Ferrari, where he was employed in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Kimi Raikkonen was extremely successful in his first season for Ferrari winning the Drivers’ Championship, but after that he started to go downhill for the following two years. In 2008, he still finished in a good position of third in the Drivers’ Championship, yet it got even worse by the end of 2009 when he finished sixth.
Former Formula 1 racing driver, Eddie Jordan, believes that Kimi Raikkonen will join Ferrari after rumours have been going around that Red Bull are set to make an offer for Toro-Rosso’s, Daniel Ricciardo. According to reports in Germany, Red Bull are planning to announce Ricciardo as Mark Webbers replacement and Sebastian Vettel’s new driving partner at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. Red Bull released a statement earlier saying, “We don’t have anything to announce at present but will advise when we do.”
It was already confirmed by Kimi Raikkonen manager, Steve Robertson that his driver will not be racing alongside Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull, which originally sparked the rumours about a possible Ferrari move. Robertson commented, “Talks broke down. We haven’t spoken for a little while and it’s clear Kimi won’t be driving for Red Bull in 2014. Kimi’s a free agent. He still has options out there. There are a lot of things happening behind the scenes and I’m pretty confident he will be in F1 next year.”
However, if he is comfortable at Lotus, there is no reason why he won’t stay there for another year in 2014, only he is not likely to win anything at Lotus, whilst he has a better chance at Ferrari. If Räikkönen does move to Ferrari, it means he will be the partner to Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who is a two time Drivers’ Champion. Nevertheless, even if Kimi Raikkonen does seal the deal with Ferrari, it is still not advised to put a bet on him winning the Drivers’ Championship as Sebastian Vettel is the current three time Champion, and he doesn’t look like he will lose his title soon.
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa is also thought to have not been preferred by the certain people in the Ferrari team who would prefer to have Kimi Raikkonen as Alonso’s support driver. Amid all of these talks and rumours, a Ferrari spokesman commented, “This is the exact same scenario as last year, with not only Kimi but a long list of other drivers allegedly going to Ferrari. At the moment our priority is produce the car for Fernando and Felipe and a decision on the 2014 line-up will be made at the appropriate moment, which is not right now.”
Author Daniel Foster
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