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Ferrari happy for Raikkonen rumours to run and run.

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has admitted that he would be happy for the Formula One rumour mill to continue speculating about Kimi Raikkonen's future if it means that the Finn keeps on racking up podium finishes.

Speaking after the 2007 world champion ended a 25-race victory drought in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, Domenicali answered questions about Raikkonen's future by saying only that he would be happy for the media to continue its speculation. The Finn has variously been the subject of suggestions that he may be poised to quit F1 for a career in the World Rally Championship, be bought out of his current Ferrari contract in order that the Scuderia can partner Fernando Alonso with Felipe Massa, or move to any number of rival organisations, including Williams and Renault.

"There is a lot of speculation," Domenicali admitted in the wakes of Raikkonen's Spa success, "But I really hope that you people keep writing that because, if this is Kimi's reaction, then please do it day and night!"

Despite team-mate Massa being injured in Hungary, casting doubt on his grand prix career, the speculation surrounding Raikkonen has intensified since his impressive WRC debut, on home soil, during F1's summer break. The Finn appears to have been sparked by the rumours, with a run of three straight podium finishes - culminating in Sunday's win - but insists that he is not listening to the chatter.

"There have been rumours almost every year since I've been in F1, so I don't really care about them," the 29-year old told Reuters, "I'm not worried about next year. I have a contract, so it's nothing that I should be worried about. I don't make the decisions in the end, but we will see what happens. Maybe Ferrari have some other plans but as far as I know nothing has changed."



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alex - Unregistered

August 31, 2009 12:47 PM

LOL who else saw Kimi BLANK Domenicali backstage as they were about to go to the podium ? At least twice he turned his back on SD while SD jumped around like an overexcited puppy. How funny it would be if they had to pay KR $25M to drive a McLaren because the Spanish have paid so much for Alonso to get a Ferrari drive, but then again maybe funnier if he stays there and makes Alonso look not-quite-the-greatest-ever ..... .... Or will the Massa loving mechanics do that anyway for Felipe ?

JJ - Unregistered

August 31, 2009 2:52 PM

I'm not saying Alonso is a bad driver, but he's not 'the best' like many people always say. Kimi has usually beaten his teammates except Heidfeld in his rookie year at Sauber and Massa in the 2nd year at Ferrari (remember he won the WC the year before in his 1st year with Ferrari when Massa was already there for a year). The year with Heidfeld was his rookie year and he showed enough raw pace to move to McLaren, last year with Ferrari he was leading comfortably after three races but it got away somehow. Beating JPM and Coulthard on fairly even terms is much more impressive to me than beating Tarso Marques at Minardi then Fisi and Piquet at Renault with 1st driver status.



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