F1 » Boullier: Silverstone won’t decide Kimi’s future

Eric Boullier insists that a bad strategy call at Silverstone won't decide Kimi Raikkonen's future with the Lotus team

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July 03, 2013 10:56 AM

It might be decided already.

To say Lotus sucks is a bit harsh, they won a race and have had plenty podiums (mostly thanks to Kimi) but I don't think they have the money to compete with Ferrari/RBR & Merc despite what Boullier might say.

They made a huge loss last year, part of the reason they sold 30% to raise equity. They need more sponsorship bucks.

Webber is saying Riccardo is in pole position for the 2nd RBR seat but not so sure. He'd say that anyway.


July 03, 2013 11:15 AM

I think talks have been ongoing, which likely led to Mark making his announcement when he did. And now things are heating up. If RB can find a way to limit Kimi's press days to the fun things RG does, then I can't see why he would not move to a championship winning car and more money.


July 03, 2013 2:16 PM

For various reasons, I think it would be a masterstroke by Red Bull to get Kimi at this time. He would be re-uniting with Adrian Newey, plus the move would give Ricciardo and JEV time to learn their trade and hone their skills/racecraft even more at Torro Rosso, while getting ready for the big time with all the increased expectations that goes with it.

Also, one of those two can slot in at number 2 if Seb decides he needs a new challenge at Ferrari (to replace Massa) especially if he wins a 4th straight WDC with Red Bull. Then Kimi can become Red Bull's number 1 and either Ricc or JEV can back him up!

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