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Raikkonen refuses to rule out Ferrari return

Kimi Raikkonen doesn't rule out returning to Ferrari in the future
Kimi Raikkonen has refused to rule out the possibility of ever returning to Ferrari after speculation linking him with the team for the 2013 F1 season.

With ongoing rumours about the future of Felipe Massa, speculation linking Raikkonen with Ferrari emerged over the course of the weekend in Hungary, although BBC F1 reporter Andrew Benson then tweeted that a source within Ferrari has revealed that there has been 'no decision yet on second driver but Raikkonen not on list'.

Raikkonen won his championship title while with Ferrari back in 2007 but then left the team ahead of the end of his deal when an agreement was reached to release him from his contract at the end of 2009 – allowing Fernando Alonso to come in in his place.

Two seasons in the WRC followed before Raikkonen returned to the F1 grid with Lotus this year, with second place in Hungary giving him his fifth podium finish of the season.

Following the Hungaroring race, there was little surprise that Raikkonen was questioned about the Ferrari rumours and while he refused to rule out a return ever happening, the Finn also insisted he was happy with his current employers.

“I always said that I didn't have bad feelings against them,” he said. “I had a good time with the team. I won my championship there but things probably could have gone a nicer way in the end.

“Life goes on and you never know what happens in the future but I'm happy where I am now and things are going pretty nicely. Like I said, you never know what can happen in the future but I'm happy where I am. I don't come up with the rumours, so perhaps you have to ask the people who write them.”



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benignlyindifferent

July 30, 2012 8:50 AM

Strange.... Almost everyone who has ever worked with Kimi says he is an excellent test and development driver, works very hard, and is always fast. His negative reputation is largely unfounded, and is based on his distaste for media work etc. After all, McLaren definitely wanted him back, Lotus is thrilled with his performance, and Ferrari clearly seem interested, and these people seem to know what they are doing. I think it would work this time as Ferrari now have their chosen one, Alonso, and he will dictate much of the focus. Kimi would care less who his teammate is, and could focus on racing. And, should he really have no interest in Ferrari, the rumour certainly helps his cause when negotiating with Lotus.



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