Kimi Raikkonen will miss Thursday’s planned media sessions ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix as he is reportedly ill.
This absence comes on the first day back for the Formula One circus following a three week break since the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Raikkonen’s future has been one of the major talking points over the summer break, with the Finn linked with a move to Red Bull to fill Mark Webber’s vacant seat, as well as a possible return to Ferrari, a team for which he raced for between 2007 and 2009.
Steve Robertson, the 2007 champion’s manager, this week confirmed that the 33-year-old would not be driving for Red Bull in 2014, but as yet there remains no confirmation where Raikkonen will line-up next year, with reports that he could still remain at Lotus if the team can provide the Finn with the necessary assurances about their financial and technical future.
“Lotus hold the key to Raikkonen’s future,” said Robertson.
“If the team can provide him with the answers he is seeking, which will ensure he has a car that can fight for race wins and the championship, then he will stay.”
Raikkonen is expected to be fit for Friday’s free practice sessions as the on track action gets under way at Spa-Francorchamps.
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