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Howett: Raikkonen price 'too high' for Toyota

Toyota Motorsport President John Howett warns 2007 F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen that there will be no room at the inn for him in 2010 unless he lowers his salary demands
Kimi Raikkonen is pricing himself out of an F1 seat with Toyota in 2010, the big-budget Japanese manufacturer's motorsport president John Howett has warned.

Since it was finally officially confirmed that the 2007 world champion is to part company with Ferrari come season's end, Raikkonen has been linked with a number of potential suitors – most prominently his former team McLaren-Mercedes, but also Renault, Red Bull Racing and Toyota.

However, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has insisted that the Finn is not on the energy drinks-backed concern's agenda for next year – insisting that the team is more than happy with current contracted pairing Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber [see separate story – click here] – and it is said that McLaren, with whom Raikkonen triumphed in eight grands prix during his previous stint from 2002 to 2006, is baulking at his financial demands. Toyota too, Howett reveals.

“He gave us back a figure that is too high,” the Englishman told Motorsport Aktuell. “He says he has options, so we are going to wait.”

Having cast considerable doubt upon the prospect of either Jarno Trulli or Timo Glock remaining on-board at the Cologne-based outfit in 2010 [see separate story – click here], Howett has mused that a Raikkonen-Kamui Kobayashi pairing could be on the cards, following the Japanese ace's impressive F1 debut in Glock's place in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos last weekend.



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