F1 » Robertson: Raikkonen has options


Manager Steve Robertson insists that Kimi Raikkonen 'has options' for the 2014 season - even if Red Bull Racing are no longer amongst them...

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Taipan

August 20, 2013 3:28 PM

Eddie Jordan (F1 sage and predictor of all things) claims that Kimi wanted to join RBR but has switched his attention to Ferrari now.

He also suggests -

"Senior figures wants Massa out and are keen for Raikkonen to return but that Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo is not keen on the idea."

benignlyindifferent

August 20, 2013 4:20 PM

Hmm. Kimi's manager says he has options and that he is talking to teams. Ferrari and Lotus obviously. Red Bull no more. Who else can afford Kimi, would want to change their lineup, and who Kimi would be willing to join? Posturing likely. But if not, McLaren? Thoughts?

JJ9871011

August 20, 2013 4:33 PM

It seems right now KR's options are Ferrari or Lotus. RBR, McL, Merc, all seem sets, so really those are his last 2 options for a top running team. I would personally love to see KR @ Ferrari just to see if it will the the straw that breaks the camel's back to LdM. IMHO, I think KR stays at Lotus on a 1 year deal to see how things shake out in 2014, then make a move in 2015. Perhaps take over JB from McL pending how long JB's contract goes.

Matt2

August 20, 2013 6:52 PM

@ rob01

So they said, truth was they needed Massa for maketing reasons and there was ****load of money coming from santander. It had nothing to do with Kimis lack of communication. Every other engineer has said that Kimi has great communication skills...

Taipan

August 20, 2013 7:48 PM

Hmm Marko has changed his mind about making the driver announcement at Spa, he's now saying -

"We will express ourselves when the time comes, and that will definitely not be at Spa. What we will do will be the best for the team, in the medium term"

Is there a clue in "medium term" I thought Dan would be seen as a long term prospect?

richard

August 20, 2013 8:15 PM

ty. "in the medium term" could mean that ricciardo could be signed up for 2014, and that maybe Alonso would then switch. rbr are a winning team, and I still cannot see ricciardo as a long term prospect, especially as during a race, vergne has the legs on him. yes, he may score points, but I cannot see vettel/ricciardo 1-2s which webber was able to do. until such a time as rbr find a true wunderkind like vettel, they will need to have a top line driver on the team

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