Ferrari plays down Raikkonen for 2014 reports

Kimi Raikkonen was world champion with Ferrari in 2007

Kimi Raikkonen was world champion with Ferrari in 2007

Ferrari on Wednesday played down reports that it has made a lucrative offer to sign their former driver, 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen for the 2014 F1 season.

As Lotus and Red Bull tussle over the Finn’s services, and amid ‘wild’ rumours that Ferrari number 1 Fernando Alonso is toying with a switch to Red Bull, the Raikkonen-to-Ferrari story was broken earlier today by the German newspaper Bild.

A Ferrari spokesman told the German news agency DPA that the team “has no interest in the driver market right now”.

But with Felipe Massa’s contract expiring, that might not be true. Indeed, the German magazine Sport Bild said that Ferrari has never lost contact with 33-year-old Raikkonen, who won the title with the Maranello marque in 2007.

Raikkonen’s deal was ended a year early, in the latter half of 2009, when Alonso arrived with crucial Santander backing. But Sport Bild says that Raikkonen always maintained a good relationship with team boss Stefano Domenicali.

“I could very well imagine Kimi back at Ferrari,” former driver and German-language Sky commentator Marc Surer said.

He said he doubts that Raikkonen has ruled out Ferrari as an option simply because the team ended his tenure prematurely in 2009.

“At that time it was because of Alonso’s sponsor that Kimi had to go,” said Surer.

So as many muse the possibility of Raikkonen returning to Ferrari, others think a sensational switch from the Italian team to Red Bull for Alonso is also conceivable.

“The way I see it,” ex-Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger said, “Alonso must react.”

“He has been waiting [at Ferrari] over three years now for the title. Each time, Red Bull beating him. So he has to try to drive for them in 2014,” added Berger, who is close to Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

“With the brilliant designer Adrian Newey, at least [Red Bull] gives him the guarantee [of having] a winning car.”

But even Berger, a former Ferrari driver, acknowledged that Alonso will only be able to leave if there are “escape clauses” in his 2016 contract.

Surer, however, thinks thatRed Bull pairing Alonso with reigning triple world champion Sebastian Vettel would be a big mistake.

“If that happens, Kimi in the Ferrari is world champion,” he said. “It would be like 2007, when Alonso and Lewis Hamilton fought so much [at McLaren] that Raikkonen had the last laugh even with an inferior car.

“So I doubt that Red Bull would create a war like that.” (GMM)

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  • dong

    Kimi to ferrari…Nothing more exciting than that….i love to watch the sport every now and then if Kimi at Ferrari, nico Rosberg to Ferrari also…PERFECT PAIR!!!!!

  • Stoner

    Kimi will never go to Ferrari, after all they destroyed his career make him to stop F1 altogether.
    the truth us Alonso wants a Red Bull drive as he failed to get a championship at Ferrari. Niether did he win nor he will let others.
    We will see Kimi either in a Red Bull or Lotus next year.

  • Butterfried

    Kimi and Rosberg Yeah.

    However it seems it is just a dream.
    To stand the cry baby one more year. So depressing.

    Anyway Forza Ferrari

  • Butterfried

    Master of MotoGP..
    You are right but everybody make mistakes. Kimi forgive us!!!

    Slownso to Red Bull?? I don’t think so. Maybe to Sauber, just because they need money (of his sponsors).

    Forza Ferrari