Formula 1 experts agree that Raikkonen return to Ferrari is highly unlikely

Kimi Raikkonen unlikely to be wearing red in2013

Kimi Raikkonen unlikely to be wearing red in2013

Well-known Formula 1 paddock personalities doubt feverish silly season speculation that Kimi Raikkonen is on the verge of signing to return to Ferrari next year.

It is rumoured the Finn is now poised to agree the deal, but triple world champion Sir Jackie Stewart said at Monza: “I don’t see how the management could be considering having Kimi in the same team as Fernando Alonso.”

“For one thing, Alonso would not like it,” he added.

Stewart, however, might not be speaking absolutely objectively, as he is a consultant for Lotus team owner Genii.

And Lotus is pushing hard to convince the Finn to stay. But even former Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello expresses doubts about the Alonso-Raikkonen lineup.

“It’s hard to imagine Ferrari making a change like that, with continuity being so critical,” said the Brazilian.

Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso share the podium in China

Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso share the podium in China

He might be referring to the radical incoming rules for 2014, but Barrichello also insisted that Alonso-Raikkonen would be a change in Ferrari’s long policy of having a clear ‘number 1′.

“With Alonso and Raikkonen, you wouldn’t have that,” he told Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper.

Another ex Formula 1 driver, Luciano Burti, agreed in Monza: “I wouldn’t bet on Kimi being at Ferrari with Alonso.

“I see everything depending on what Felipe [Massa] manages to do here and in Singapore. In Formula 1, your … recent results count the most,” he said.

One candidate linked recently with a possible move to Ferrari next year is Jenson Button, but it appears the Briton is fully committed to McLaren for now.

“Well, he doesn’t seem very worried about his future, does he?” team boss Martin Whitmarsh told the Italiaracing publication at Monza.

Kimi Raikkonen was 2007 world champion with Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen was 2007 world champion with Ferrari

“He is a great ambassador for us and a great driver. In principle both parties are in agreement and the right time will come for an official announcement,” he added.

Button also ruled out moving to Ferrari.

“Ferrari will always be an option for me,” the 2009 world champion is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace, “but there have been no serious discussions.

“So there is definitely no chance to go there this time. I believe they will continue with Fernando and Felipe.

“But I did hear an interesting rumour today,” said Button. “Someone told me about Fernando going to McLaren.

“I don’t know if it will happen – he didn’t exactly leave McLaren in a good way (in 2007),” he added. “But let’s wait and see.” (GMM.)

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