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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Taz

July 10, 2013 9:38 PM

@CJD

Yup.

They remind me of Lancia when they were rallying. Constructors 1st and then the WDC.

Lancia Stratos and 037 were masterpieces but I digress.

RBR is big business and although Ricardo has impressed they'd only take him to save cash and they are awash with that. If they can hire the best two they will and getting Kimi with Seb is pretty close.

richard

July 10, 2013 9:50 PM

ham2. I think that when you say that kimi is rude and arrogant, then it maybe you who is trolling. I challenge you to show when he has been either or both. he can be a little taciturn, but that does not make him worthy of an insult. there are other drivers who are as bad or worse.

if it is your opinion that I am a troll, well, it bothers me not. but maybe you would see that this is a forum for discussion and not one for insulting drivers

TMS

July 10, 2013 11:01 PM

CJD,

I think it is a bit unfair to say that about Webber. You can't really blame him for the pitstop in Germany.

I would love to see Kimi in the 2nd Red Bull! Kimi isnt going to sign any contract that even hints the number 2 in it. It will be game on!

Seb is top driver, however I reckon Kimi and Fernando are better.

benignlyindifferent

July 11, 2013 12:16 AM

Kimi is sought by RB and probably a couple of other teams we have not hear about because he delivers. He is an excellent tester and developer, despite the press criticisms,and he races extremely well in today's environment which requires drivers to think and plan more than ever before. Toro Rosso is a development team but the Raikkonens of the world only come available on rare occasions. Who else deserves to be rated with him? Alonso? Seb? Maybe the Mercedes pair? And they are not going anywhere.

shamarone

July 11, 2013 4:12 AM

re: "I don't know why...they want a #2 driver that will play ball. That isn't Kimi. At all."

that's what i'm screaming. what we've got here is silly season talk at it's best. kimi's not back in F1 to be vet's bi@tch.

130R

July 11, 2013 4:12 AM

Stay at Lotus Kimi.

A team drivers winning in B teams says allot for both.

Yeah, sure you can go to RB and take over Mark's Number 2 - but it's Seb's team, just like anyone going to pair with Michael, regardless of if you can win the championship or not, Seb is their Golden boy and will be favoured, no matter how many times Kimi takes it to Seb.

Kimi can enjoy number 1 status at Lotus ... they are absolutely doting themselves on him. Doubtful Kimi would get that kind of preferential treatment with Marko.

Webber didn't come from TR either - so, has nothing to do with the development program being a failure or not. Farm leagues are all over the planet .. just because you are in one does not guarantee that phone call to the big leagues.

I have always enjoyed Kimi, since his Sauber days and am glad to see him again .. but really, would hate to see him paired with the finger.

JohnMarston

July 11, 2013 5:33 AM

I just can't picture Kimi fitting in with the whole media and business side of RBR. I know he is employed to drive the car, but so much more goes into it when your at a top team. I think Dan or Jev would simply be a better all round fit to the team then him. Last time he was in this situation he bailed on F1 and went rallying. People have short memories. While Dan and Jev arn't at his level yet. How do you know they aren't championship contenders when they have been driving that peice of crap Toro Rosso for the last season and a half. Dan has had some great quali results to prove he has the pace, Jev had a great drive in monaco and Canada. barring a few driver errors, it's always been the car that's let them down. Not the speed of the driver. for me, Dan is the man to take over the seat.

Cris Zarate

July 11, 2013 7:43 AM

Uh-Oh, Kimi will make the Finger Boy look very ordinary on a very superior car.... Provided RedBull gives equal opportunity not like what they did to Webber. Am I the only one who notice that since Vettel became a champion, Webber's performance went downhill.

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