F1 » Boullier: Red Bull 'pushing hard' for Raikkonen

Lotus team boss Eric Boullier says Red Bull are 'pushing hard' to try and do a deal that would see them pair Kimi Raikkonen with Sebastian Vettel next year - but insists that Lotus hasn't given up hope of retaining the Finn

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July 10, 2013 5:55 PM

Ham2, while you may assume it does, the junior team scenario doesn't not necessarily automatically mean an instant promotion to the A-team as soon as a vacancy arises. Those junior team drivers need to be "ready" to go for championships - and only the team will know best when a driver is ready to make that transition.

With all his years of experience at different teams, Webber struggled to match Vettel in similar equipment for so many years. The time may not be right for either junior driver to go up against the 3-time champ. But Kimi is mentally equipped and more than ready for the challenge - provided the like of Marko do not start inteferring in team decisions.


July 10, 2013 7:01 PM

If that's their reasoning then they are putting the wrong drivers in the cars. Very few people are ready to go for championships in two years, but they never seem to get more time until they get replaced.
Kimi just wants to race, and hates the business side. As a driver he is as good as anyone, as a person he comes across as rude and arrogant, but that's a matter of opinion.


July 10, 2013 8:12 PM

Richard, when did I ever say my opinion is all that mattered? You are just making sweeping comments to draw me into an argument. I have many drivers who I like, don't talk to me about arrogance, when you obviously just troll forums.


July 10, 2013 9:12 PM


Fanboy fishing and trolling are completely different things. Had a few disagreements with Richard but he's no troll.

How on earth can you think putting Kimi is the Lotus was a bad thing?

Having spent some time in Scandinavia it's not rudeness or arrogance, they are deadpan but can be very funny once you get the humour.

Kimi is an old school driver and doesn't play to the camera's or twitter. If that's what your after then your namesake must be the complete F1 driver :rolleyes:


July 10, 2013 9:21 PM

It does seem to be a waste of $$ if the idea of STR is to groom drivers to be ready to step up to RBR, only to not have them move up when there is a vacancy.

Seems that if RBR want a youth driver program, would it not be cheaper to have a GP2 team than 2 F1 teams?


July 10, 2013 9:25 PM
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RBR doesnt need a 2nd driver that will play ball ... like ferrari

RBR is after both WDC and WCC titles - look at webber - last two races he was blody last and got 24 point for the wcc

will vergne or Ricciardo have made those points ?

i think kimi WILL have made them ...

thats why RBR is after kimi ... WCC is more worth than wdc for horner, marko and dieter (believe me) - vettel is just doing a great job for them getting the extra WDC constantly the last years.


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