Raikkonen reveals he has two options for 2014
The Finnish driver returned to Formula One in 2012 with Lotus, and he has appeared to be at home, winning two races and scoring in all but one race since his comeback. This consistency has left him 2nd in the drivers’ championship, four points behind Sebastian Vettel. Despite enjoying a good camaraderie with the team, he explained to Autosprint how he has not made his mind up for 2014.
“At the moment I have a contract for next year,” he said. “However, until now there has not been a lot of contact, we’ve just talked a bit of this and that. I’ll take my decision at the appropriate time.”
Red Bull have also stated that they will not make a decision until the middle of the summer, but it appears that the team is an option for Raikkonen following the breakdown of Mark Webber’s relationship with the defending champions.
When asked how many options he had, Raikkonen said: “It depends. I would say that I have two, but in F1 you can never know exactly.”
Having entered the sport in 2001, Raikkonen has been competing at the top level for a long time now. However, he has no plans to walk away yet, although he did admit that he would give it up when he failed to enjoy racing.
“I haven’t made plans, I never do. If tomorrow I were to realise that I’m not enjoying it, I would leave immediately. But I know that there comes a time in life when you want to do something else, because when you’re in F1 you have to devote almost all the time you have and you do not have much time to rest. Someday I want to stop travelling and do normal things, but for now I’m enjoying the ride.”
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