Hakkinen says Raikkonen move to Red Bull is logical

(L to R): Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren with Mika Hakkinen (FIN). Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 21 October 2006.
Kimi Raikkonen with Mika Hakkinen

Red Bull would be a logical next step for Kimi Raikkonen, according to fellow Finnish F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen.

This week, Lotus’ Raikkonen effectively confirmed rumours Red Bull has made him an offer for 2014, admitting he has “two options” for his next Formula 1 contract.

Hakkinen, a former double world champion, said Red Bull would be a wise move for his countryman.

“We can see that Red Bull’s situation is quite a lot stronger,” the 44-year-old is quoted by Finnish broadcaster MTV3.

“If there is a place open there, then yes, I think it would be quite logical,” added Hakkinen.

But as Raikkonen pointed out, even moving to the team that has won the last three drivers’ and constructors’ championships on the trot is not a simple calculation.

“Of course, they have won a number of years in a row, but next year the rules are changing,” he told MTV3. “It’s a bit of a lottery who will make a good car and who will not.”