man Kimi Raikkonen
has said he won't make a decision about whether or not to return to F1 next season until the second half of the year, 'at the earliest'.
Raikkonen, who incidentally scored his first points of the season yesterday, when he finished eighth on the Jordan Rally in his Citroen C4 WRC car, has been rumoured to be in discussions with Red Bull
Racing from some time.
Indeed speculation that he will replace Mark Webber
alongside Sebastian Vettel
for F1 2011 continues to persist, although the 'ice-man' himself is adamant – at least publicly - that he is not thinking about next year and that his current focus is completely on the World Rally Championship.
"The way I see it is that for now I'm a rally driver so I'm not thinking about the past or the future, even though people keep asking me," Raikkonen told the official WRC website in his Jordan Rally blog.
"Obviously at some point I need to take a decision about what I do next, but that won't be until the second half of the year at the earliest. Everything is possible, but I need to know how I will get on in rallying before I take any decisions.
"For now I have only just started and so far I am really enjoying myself. Somebody actually pointed out to me earlier that it was the Malaysian Grand Prix
this weekend; I hadn't even realised until it was mentioned."
Raikkonen meanwhile was boosted by his form in Jordan and the 2007 F1 world champion is now looking forward to next WRC event in Turkey later this month.
"From the beginning my goal was to get to the end of the Jordan Rally and I'm really pleased that we've been able to do that even though the conditions were difficult," he continued. "As the stages went on I've learned more and more, and my confidence has grown bigger as well.
"We came to Jordan with very little experience of the car on gravel and now we've practically doubled it. I'm getting to know the car better now, but the important thing as well is that I've really enjoyed these three days. We're making progress, which is why we are here, and hopefully this will continue on the next WRC round in Turkey."