Kimi Raikkonen has failed to shed further light on his plans for next season, amid continued speculation regarding who the Finn will eventually drive for next season. At first he was strongly linked to Red Bull, however with negotiations allegedly braking down between his management and the team, a return to both Ferrari and McLaren have been rumored as potential possibilities.
After apparently falling ill and failing to attend the Thursday media formalities at the track, Kimi Raikkonen endured a difficult day in the office behind the wheel of his Renault-powered Lotus E21. During the damp proceedings in the morning both Kimi Raikkonen and team-mate Romain Grosjean decided against running on dry tyres, instead opting to focus on wet weather running in anticipation of further rain throughout the weekend.
In the second practice session the Lotus took full advantage of the dry conditions, with Romain Grosjean in particular eventually finishing a competitive 3rd behind the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Once the track action came to a conclusion, the almost obsessive talk within the paddock was where will Kimi Raikkonen eventually end up come 2014. Despite his manager’s comments regarding Red Bull, the Finn has heard nothing from the Milton Keynes-based outfit and has elected to remain silent on the rumors linking him to what would be a shock return to either Ferrari or McLaren.
“It’s the same as it was four weeks ago, nothing has changed apart from more rumours and more teams.” Explained Kimi Raikkonen, when asked about his current situation. “There are always options open, I don’t know. I have nothing to say until there is something certain and for sure we will tell when we know. I’ve always said I have a very good team here, but things have to be right in all of the areas. As long as I get a place where all of the things are as I want them then everyone is happy. I want a good car as possible, but with all of the rule changes it’s very difficult to say which team will be the best.”
Kimi Raikkonen has competed around Spa-Francorchamps in Formula 1 on eight occasions, each of which have either yielded a retirement or a podium finish. The Iceman will undoubtedly be aiming to add to that tally of podium finishes this weekend, despite the overshadowing rumors linking him to every other team at the front of the grid except Lotus.
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