Whitmarsh: Last year we had talks with Kimi, I’m a big fan and completely open

Kimi Raikkonen has a strong history with McLaren and Martin Whitmarsh

Kimi Raikkonen has a strong history with McLaren and Martin Whitmarsh

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has admitted that his team has considered luring Kimi Raikkonen back to the team and he is completely open to entering into negotiations with their former driver amid all the speculation regarding the Finn’s future.

Speaking to the official F1 website Whitmarsh was asked if he had considered having Raikkonen back in a McLaren. he answered, “Yes, we have. Kimi has always been great and I am a big fan of him. There is a lot of speculation out there at the moment, so let’s see what happens.”

“I’m completely open – last year we had talks with him, but for various reasons it didn’t happen. This year we’ve had no talks – yet,” said Whitmarsh.

Kimi Raikkonen's future is subject to much speculation

Kimi Raikkonen’s future is subject to much speculation

“Obviously Kimi is determined to go somewhere else and I sense that he will not succeed in that goal, so let’s see how he gets on there,” added the team boss.

Raikkonen won nine grands prix as a McLaren driver and was twice runner-up in the F1 world championship in their cars.

McLaren have Jenson Button and Sergio Perez on their books currently, and Whitmarsh is a supporter of both drivers.

Of Button and Perez, Whitmarsh said, “Bear in mind that Checo is still very young – he is ten years younger [than Button].”

Martin Whitmarsh with Jenson Button and Sergio Perez

Martin Whitmarsh with Jenson Button and Sergio Perez

“I have to say is that we haven’t given our drivers the car we should have done this year. But they’ve been fantastic ambassadors and I think they deserve another go with us next year,” conceded the McLaren boss.

Button is out of contract, but reportedly on the verge of signing a new three year deal with the Woking outfit.

The Times reports that the team marks 50 years in Formula 1 next week and an announcement that Button’s € 14 million-a-year contract has been renewed could coincide with the celebrations. The deal is likely to be for three years, taking Button to his 36th birthday.

Recently Button told the media, “I feel good here, and I still feel we can achieve so much together. I’ll be here for my future in Formula 1.” (GP247)

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  • the fan

    mclaren simply thought that perez would be like a hamilton, a kid who has tons of potential but they were wrong, very wrong

  • adri

    14 mil euros for Jenson ? I just can believe it , give 2 to Hulckenberg and he will do a lot better than Jenson , who can even tell if a car is good or bad or wasn’t Button the one that had said that the MP4-28 was the best McLaren ever ?puffff 14 millions going to the toilet !

  • Boycottthebull

    LOL Hilarious, McLaren cant afford to develop the car they have let alone empty their bank balance into the greedy bottomless pit that Gimme Gimme Kimi is. I agree you have to cut loose “Push em off to Pass Perez” and i agree with other posters in the Hulk being a good choice although i would prefer Lotus to cut Gimme Kimi off and bring the Hulk into Lotus. Grosjean has proven he can be quicker in qualifying and cost a tenth as much, him and the Hulk would do well. I hope Kimi and his Rock Star Promoter Manager get left out in the cold with nothing. they say Pride cometh before a fall I think Greed should too.

  • Urko

    Who gives a f… about last years snow.

  • rowin

    Put KIMi in car he kicks arse.Go chec it out, most consistent
    driver in all the years he”s driven THAT”s MY MAN