8 July 2013
German Grand Prix: Raikkonen under no pressure to decide future
Kimi Raikkonen continues to deflect questions about his likely destination in 2014, while potential team-mate Sebastian Vettel insists that he has no say in the matter.
Kimi Raikkonen insists that the only hurry for him to decide where he will be driving next year comes from wanting to end the speculation about his future.
The Finn has been installed as the favourite to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull following last week's announcement that the Australian would be headed to sportscars in 2014, but he maintains that there is no rush for him to reach a conclusion on whether it would be better to partner Sebastian Vettel in the title-winning Red Bull team or remain at Lotus, which has yet to fully convert promise into success on a regular basis.
“I don't know what will happen in the future,” he responded when asked the same question for the umpteenth time during the German Grand Prix weekend, “Things will be decided at some point but, until that happens, there's nothing to talk about. I would definitely tell if I know something just so that all these follow-up rumours and nonsense stops straight away but, right now, there's absolutely nothing for next year and we will see.
“For sure, at some point, once we know, we will tell, but I don't have any pressure to make any decision right now. Obviously, I'll try to make the right decision for myself, but it depends on many things. Next year there are rule changes and everything else, so it can be a right or wrong decision. Whatever it will be, I will live with it and I'm fine with it. We will see when it comes.”
Vettel, as the Finn's potential team-mate, was also asked about his view on the future – the point even being the first put his way during the public post-podium question and answer session – but he, too, continued to play the probe with a straight bat when asked if he relished the prospect of partnering Raikkonen in 2014.
“I wouldn't mind but, in the end of the day, to be completely straight, it's not my decision,” he maintained, “I think I have a good relationship with the team and, to be honest, we spoke about it, but not in detail yet. I think the team has no pressure to decide on anything - at least, that's what they communicated with me.
“I think I get along fairly well with Kimi; we never had a problem on track, even if one day we might have and crash into each other, which can happen. Then I think we'll deal with it as grown-ups and talk about it and sort it out amongst ourselves. At least, I think that's the relationship I have with him. I respect him a lot on and off track. But like I said, it's not my decision.
“I think it's strange in a way because I was looking up to Kimi when he was with McLaren for many years and trying to give Michael a very hard time but his McLaren broke down many times. Now, since he's come back, I've raced him again and I think there's no doubt that, when it comes to qualifying, to race, he does his job very well and gets the maximum out of the car.
“That, at the end of the day, is our job. He's quite good at what he does. That's my opinion...”
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