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Raikkonen: I’m interested in rallying when my F1 career ends

Kimi Raikkonen has scoffed at reports that he has inked a deal to drive for Toyota in the World Rally Championship (WRC) next year but admitted that he would consider it once he is finished with Formula 1, suggesting it will not be at the end of this season…

During the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, Raikkonen was asked about the Toyota WRC reports by an Iltalthti journo, to which the Ferrari driver replied, “I’m only interested in rallying when my Formula 1 career ends at some point in the future.”

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“This is never a secret, but I have no agreement or contract or anything like that. People invent and then write all kinds of things about this, but that’s not my problem.”

And added, “The funniest thing for me was that the story claimed that Mika Hakkinen confirmed this. Really? This writer and Mika – how much do they really know about my life?”

Raikkonen has had a spell of good form since this season began, clearly upped his game as his contract is due for renewal at the end of the year and evidently, he wants to extend his stay at the pinnacle of the sport for at least another year and it’s a case of Ferrari or bust for the Finn.

The delay and perhaps the only stumbling block to 2007 F1 World Champion’s ambitions of continuing in red next year is the fact that everyone is watching what Daniel Ricciardo will do.

The Australian, also on an impressive run of form, has been linked to Maranello for years and with his contract due for renewal with Red Bull this is arguably the best time for the two parties to unite.

Until Ferrari or Ricciardo make a call, Raikkonen’s future is uncertain but the collective wisdom in the paddock is that the Australian will stay at Red Bull for at least another year, and Raikkonen (pending his performance between now and signing deadline) will get another year with the Reds.

It is suggested by various sources that although Sebastian Vettel publically claims that he does not mind who his next teammate will be, he does like to point out that his partnership with Raikkonen works well. Behind-closed-doors it is well known what the German wants but he insists that it is not his decision to make.

Big Question: Does Kimi deserve another year in Formula 1?