The Formula 1 driver market is currently waiting for Kimi Raikkonen’s next move, which is likely to be a decision to accept an offer to drive for Red Bull next year, according to Oskari Saari, a commentator for Finnish television MTV3.
“Red Bull’s Helmut Marko said in Canada that driver decisions will be made in August, during the summer break,” Saari said.
It is strongly rumoured that Lotus’ Raikkonen, having firmly re-established his reputation in the wake of a rallying sabbatical, is now likely to move to Red Bull in 2014 to replace Mark Webber.
Saari believes that Raikkonen is a better candidate than Red Bull’s youngsters at Toro Rosso, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.
“They’re good guys, but not quite good enough,” he insisted. “I think the probability of Kimi going to Red Bull is very high – it would be a logical move.”
Saari also repeated speculation that Lotus might look to Williams’ Pastor Maldonado and his PDVSA sponsor millions to replace Raikkonen.
During his sabbatical from Formula 1 – in 2010 and 2011 – Raikkonen’s escapades were backed by Red Bull.