Lotus plays down Raikkonen to Red Bull reports

Gerard Lopez (FRA) Genii Capital and Kimi Raikkone

Gerard Lopez with Kimi Raikkonen

Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez has played down reports that their star driver Kimi Raikkonen could be set to jump ship to Red Bull for 2014.

Lopez told France’s RMC Sport that he thinks the rumours connecting the reigning world champions with the Finn are a diversionary ploy by Red Bull.

He said Lotus would like to keep the 2007 world champion, who is currently just three points behind Sebastian Vettel for the drivers’ title lead.

“Kimi is a driver we appreciate greatly,” said Lopez. “I think he also appreciates the team.”

“We would like him to stay,” he admitted. “For now, I think he cannot see himself somewhere else either.”

Lopez said he thinks Red Bull triggered the rumours about Raikkonen as some sort of diversionary tactic amid the ‘Multi-21′ team orders affair.

“After the third race, to be saying things like that … I think those who have said it are maybe having other problems. But that’s not the case with us, it’s going very well just as we are,” said Lopez.

  • McLarenfan

    At present Kimi is happy why would he change. Red bull would want him to play second fiddle to Vettel

  • Tamburello_1994

    Smoke, Meet fire.

  • McLarenfan

    Fire meet ICE

  • aks

    RED BULL shutttttttttttttttttttt Upppppppppppppppp dnt talk unwanted shit first clean up ur mess u morons