Kimi Raikkonen has said that he will way up all his option, using heart and head, before rushing into a possible return to Formula One next season.
The Finn, who was forced to make way for Fernando Alonso
and then allegedly shunned overtures from McLaren
and Red Bull
to join Citroen's World Rally Championship assault with backing from the energy drink brand, is making slow progress in his new employ, but insists that he will not be swayed into an immediate U-turn for 2011.
Ferrari is effectively paying his wages this season, having dropped him a year before the end of his contract, allowing Raikkonen to concentrate on a discipline he clearly feels comfortable in. Although his first couple of outings did not go to plan, he has scored points in each of the last two rounds - in Jordan and Turkey - to hold down a top ten championship position, and says that he is willing to wait until deeper into the campaign to make a decision on where his future lies.
“[My mind] has not turned in any direction," the 30-year old told Finland's Turun Sanomat
newspaper, “There is no rush for me to make decisions. We'll have to see what are the possibilities and what for me is the most interesting — what I enjoy the most and what it is I most want to do.”
Raikkonen definitely feels more at home in the easy-going world of rallying, even if he is still be dragged into the occasional publicity event against his will.
“If the F1 world could go back 20 years, it would be the same as rallying is now,” he said, “[Rallying] is still professional, but has a bit more of a relaxed style.”