F1 » Red Bull talks ended ‘some time ago’, says Kimi manager

Kimi Raikkonen's manager insists that there has been no recent contact between his client and Red Bull Racing, despite the Finn being strongly linked to the #2 car for 2014.

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August 19, 2013 4:09 PM

If true, this would be a massive shame, I really wanted to see a top, top driver next to Seb. Until Seb has some true competition from the 2nd Redbull car it's very difficult to judge how good he really is. At the moment its difficult to know how much of his success is down him and how much is down to Adrian Newey. If he joined Redbull Kimi would be a great benchmark to judge Seb against. IMHO if Seb never has a top, top driver in the team with him (and/or he spends his entire career in the best car) there will always be that question hanging over his career. Although, it does make for some great "debates" down the pub lol


August 19, 2013 7:29 PM

Same old same old!! - It happened with Schumacher and all the other top champions going back the last 50years,
I hope Lotus can just pay the fee and give Kimi a decent car next year. Kimi has nothing to prove and isn't interested in the politics, marketing and other bull**** of F1. Its about time we had another "James Hunt" to liven it up. He may be a Marketing man,s nightmare, but could be a PR mans dream!!


August 19, 2013 9:47 PM

If its true, like Horner said its not going to be about the money. I cant even understand why people think "Kimi salary going to be too big, Red Bull not gonna pay". Does someone really think that in team that has almost 500 miljon budjet, doesent have the money to pay 10-15mil (?) for Kimi? Absolutely ridicilous...

And yes, Kimi doesent have to do anythink money wise, ever period. Hes wife took half of Kimis money at the breakup (alledgedly, they hadnt have prenup) leaving him with over 50 mil.€ and that is before all the salary that have come from Lotus beginning 2011...

Hes not in this sport or any other sport for money, he doesent need to be...


August 19, 2013 10:43 PM

"He may be a Marketing man,s nightmare, but could be a PR mans dream!! "

Yes. This. A thousand times. It's about time we do away with the robotized marketing puppets. I reckon Kimi has more fans than any of the other drivers and not just his countrymen but also internationally. I don't see the problem of connecting your brand with him. Well ok, maybe if you sell medical equipment or something dreary and serious like that there could be an issue but especially a 'cool rebellious' brand like RB??? The guy is a PR dream for them.

But the decision was probably not about that nor about money (eventhough Kimi's manager usually requires a hefty sum). They just gave Seb and Marko what they wanted to keep them quiet.

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