24 August 2013
Raikkonen: There are always options
Kimi Raikkonen admits that he is spoiled for choice when it comes to 2014, but confirms that he does not yet have a contract to sign.
Kimi Raikkonen has confirmed that he is not short of choice when it comes to F1 in 2014, but insists that he is no closer to a deal with any of his potential suitors.
The Finn has been linked to Red Bull and Ferrari in recent weeks, but is also being pursued by current employer Lotus, which wants him to stay on board for a third season. His chances of joining Sebastian Vettel at RBR appeared to have died in the build-up to this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix but, with the team not announcing Daniel Ricciardo as expected – and suggesting that a decision would not be forthcoming until Monza at the earliest – Raikkonen could still be in the frame.
“[The situation] is the same as it was four weeks ago,” Raikkonen told the official F1 website, “Apart from more rumours, nothing has changed.”
With Ferrari and Lotus still potential destinations for 2014, Raikkonen does not appear to be in a rush to decide where he may end up, although he admits that talks with Red Bull cooled during the summer break.
“I have no answers from them and am waiting to hear from them personally what they are going to do,” he revealed, “Right now, I don't know better than you guys. There are a lot of rumours around - one day I go to Ferrari, the next day to McLaren and, again, the next day I stay with Lotus - but I still don't have a contract. There are always options [and] there is no deadline, but of course there are things that have to be sorted out.”
The main stumbling block at Lotus could be the fact that the team has been slow to pay Raikkonen for his services, despite the assurances of principal Eric Boullier.
“I always said that I like it here but, of course, some basic parameters have to work,” Raikkonen admitted, "Things are not as they should be, but hopefully those things get sorted quickly."
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