Sport Bild has reported that Kimi Raikkonen admitted to friends during an booze fueled party night out in Helsinki that he will be wearing red again in 2014.
Also reporting about the Helsinki party, broadcaster RTL suggested Ferrari has put a € 11 million contract on the table for Raikkonen to consider, including bonuses and sponsorship of his motocross team.
However with the silly season in high gear, there are conflicting reports.
Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat is now quoting Raikkonen’s manager Steve Robertson as saying the driver actually wants to stay at Lotus in 2014.
“Kimi likes it at Lotus,” said Robertson. “But we are waiting for information on certain issues that are still outstanding. About Kimi’s future, the ball is in Lotus’ court.”
Meanwhile, Lotus has made clear it wants to keep the 33-year-old on board, while reports continue to insist that there is a real chance that Raikkonen will return to Ferrari. Watch this space…
Most recently Welt reported that talks between Ferrari and Nico Hulkenberg, about replacing the Brazilian Felipe Massa, have now kicked off.
Raikkonen, no fan of the spotlight, is the man of the moment as Formula 1’s summer slumber ends this weekend in Belgium.
The Finn’s manager has ruled out a move to Red Bull, but some sources at Spa-Francorchamps think the fact the team has put off announcing Daniel Ricciardo’s 2014 deal is a sign that Raikkonen might still be in the running. (GMM)
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