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Raikkonen linked with Ferrari return

31 July 2013

Kimi Raikkonen has been linked with a return to Ferrari in the latest twist in F1's silly season.

The Finn is one of the drivers in the mix to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull Racing next year, while his current Lotus team has also expressed a desire to keep hold of the 33-year-old for a third year.

However, Bild has now suggested that the fight for Raikkonen's services could be a three-way affair between Lotus, Red Bull and Ferrari.

According to the German publication, Ferrari has offered Raikkonen a deal worth $15 million a year alongside bonuses and support for his motocross and hockey teams.

Current Ferrari driver Felipe Massa is out of contract at the end of the season, while Fernando Alonso could also be on the move after speculation arose in Hungary at the weekend that he too is being courted by Red Bull for 2014.

Should Raikkonen make a move to Ferrari, it would see him return to the team that carried him to the 2007 title but which also released him early from his contract in order to bring in Alonso for the 2010 campaign.

News of the links between Raikkonen and Ferrari come at a time when Alonso's relationship with the Scuderia appear to be somewhat frosty, with Luca di Montezemolo having warned the Spaniard over his conduct following comments made after the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Ferrari has been quick to downplay any suggestions of a rift between driver and team however, with a spokesman telling AS that di Montezemolo was '100 per cent with Alonso'.

"Montezemolo is the first one to support the call of our driver to improve, as soon as possible, the competitiveness of the car," the Spanish 'paper quoted the spokesperson as saying.


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