Raikkonen: A contract in F1 means very little

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1. Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice, Monza, Italy, Friday 7 September 2012.Sep.22 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen has confirmed he has a contract with Lotus for the 2013 season, but insisted that this fact doesn’t mean he will definitely be with the Enstone based team next year.

Fending off rumours that the Finn is a candidate to move to Ferrari or McLaren next year, Lotus owner Gerard Lopez recently revealed that Raikkonen’s current contract includes an option for the 2013 season.

Raikkonen confirmed that ‘option’ to the Finnish broadcaster MTV3.

But the 2007 world champion also insisted: “You never know what is going to happen. We have seen before in Formula One that even if you have a contract, it doesn’t mean you’re going to drive somewhere.”

Raikkonen is undoubtedly referring to 2009, when at the end of that season Ferrari paid the 32-year-old to sit out 2010 in order to make room for Fernando Alonso.

MTV3 said Raikkonen’s 2013 option expires at the end of September.

The driver confirmed that he is likely to stay.

“I have no reason to do something else,” he said.

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  • JodyRenza

    The longer this drags on the more it seems Hamilton will go to Mercedes & Kimi will go back to Mclaren?? Very likely!