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New rumors link Raikkonen to Ferrari return

Aug 20, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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Rumors continue to surround the future of 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen following yesterday’s news his management team had failed to agree terms for a move to Red Bull in 2014.

Former F1 team principal turned pundit Eddie Jordan believes Raikkonen is seeking a return to Ferrari, who he last drove for in 2009.

Raikkonen lost his seat to Fernando Alonso for 2010. However Jordan claims there are elements within Ferrari who want to bring him back as Alonso’s team mate. However president Luca di Montezemolo has spoken against pairing two top drivers in the past.

Ferrari traditionally make decisions about their driver line-up at the Italian Grand Prix. However last year they waited until October before confirming Felipe Massa would remain in their squad.

Massa’s position at the team is in doubt again after another patchy season to date in which he has once again scored less than half the points score achieved by his team mate.

There are also claims the Red Bull door may not be closed to Raikkonen yet. According to Sky, Raikkonen’s team will meet with Red Bull for a final round of talks at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has not given up hope of retaining his driver, but admitted to Autosport they could not afford to keep him at any price: “I would like to keep him, to be honest, but I want to keep him with the right conditions.”

  1. wiscpaul - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    NBC Sports seems to be behind the curve on this story “Red Bull talks ended ‘some time ago”, says Kimi manager, Finnish newspapers are reporting that Kimi – Ferrari is a done deal. Ferrari learned from Red Bull that to win the ultimate prize, the manufacturers championship, you need two top drivers earning points.
    Also, Daniel Ricciardo is expected to be confirmed as Sebastian Vettel’s new team-mate at Red Bull Racing during this weekend’s return to action at the Belgian Grand Prix. (This weekend)
    Ricciardo’s deal is expected to open up the driver market, it could pave the way for Nico Hulkenberg – currently struggling at Sauber – to join Romain Grosjean at Lotus.

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