Another report suggests that Raikkonen will move to Red Bull

Kimi Raikkonen in 2010 as part of the Citroen Junior Team

Kimi Raikkonen in 2010 as part of the Citroen Junior Rally Team

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.

  • Dan

    Nooo. I want to see him make Lotus great again!

  • bamza

    Me too but the team at red bull make less mistakes and the lotus inability to qualify is such a handicap.

  • Ankit

    one point all r missing is that kimi won’t get freedom what he is getting now with lotus if he join redbull

  • bamza

    Im not so sure. Maybe RB will run with the great marketing tool Kimis freedom and media attitude has been for Lotus

  • Sunshine117

    I’m not entirely sure that Vettel will like this move at all. Who will be second driver and put up with all the bullshit drama like Mark does? No one will…this could potentially cause lots of grief (and even more drama then the team has now) when Vettel expects Kimi to stay behind him. Kimi simply won’t take Vettels crap like Mark does. I mean it’s only now that Mark is finally fed up with Vettels bullshit. Kimi just wont stand for it from the get go. If Vettel pulls another Malaysia on Kimi as a team mate, Mark wanted to punch Vettel in the face…Kimi will punch him in the face with no hesitation, no matter how close of friends they seem to be.

    But I admit it would be interesting to see, so I’m kinda in favour of it. Plus Mark needs a change…

  • Bourkkonen

    The car Kimi drives at the moment IS NOT a Lotus. It’s a former Toleman car, Benetton sponsored Enstone car, Renault sponsored Enstone car and Lotus sponsored Enstone one.

  • TimeLord

    If Saari sais so

  • grat

    That’s not a “report”, that’s someone with a microphone expressing an opinion.

    I suspect Kimi will stay at Lotus as long as the car is competitive, and the team realizes that as Eric Boullier put it, the way to get the most out of Kimi is to minimize the things that annoy him.

    I can’t see him being able to deal with Christian Horner or Helmut Marko without expressing his actual opinion of them, and promptly getting fired.

  • lol

    grat, webber has been saying anything he wants, including damaging the team for 4 years now without any reprimand. so stop the bs theories.

  • Pitwall

    An opinion of a rumour presented as a ‘report’. Wow.

  • Steve

    >”this could potentially cause lots of grief (and even more drama then the team has now) when Vettel expects Kimi to stay behind him.”

    You’re quite deranged. Seb has never “expected” Mark to stay behind him – why would he expect Kimi to?

    >”Kimi simply won’t take Vettels crap like Mark does.”

    The only driver who has been taking crap at Red Bull has been vettel.

    >”If Vettel pulls another Malaysia on Kimi as a team mate..”

    You mean if the team orders Vettel to not pass Kimi? If the team orders Vettel to not pass Kimi, and he does – then brats like you will demand that Kimi punch Seb in the face.

    On the other hand, if the team orders Kimi to not pass Seb – then brats like you will demand that Kimi punch Seb in the face, and you’ll applaud Kimi for ignoring any such orders.

    Grow up, you silly little boy.

  • Jack

    I think we all just want to see him actually punch somebody on the face

  • IowaF1fan

    Kimi to Red Bull Webber to Ferarri

  • IowaF1fan

    sorry Ferrari

  • Sunshine117

    @steve
    I wasn’t implying that it’s all Vettel, Mark is not an innocent party here either, he’s just as much to blame for the teams misdemeanours, as is Helmut Marko and Horner. It’s all of of them. All I was trying to say is that I don’t believe that Kimi will put up with the politics as much as Mark does. Mark gets the shits, then realises that he is still no.2 then forgets about it….sort of. Where as if Kimi were was in the same position as Mark was in Malaysia, Kimi would settle it with Vettel then and there, and not stuff about. Cos Kimi won’t put up with BS!!!

    BTW, I like Vettel, as a driver. He’s a champion no doubt about it. I just think he’s a spoiled brat. Only thinks of himself…and not the team.

  • rod

    Kimi would kick Vettel’s ass in the same car.