Raikkonen doesn’t rule out move after McLaren link

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Raikkonen doesn’t rule out move after McLaren link

Formula 1

Raikkonen doesn’t rule out move after McLaren link

Kimi Raikkonen did not rule out racing for another team in Formula 1 following a link to a McLaren drive in 2019.

McLaren is assessing its options for next season as Fernando Alonso weighs up whether to remain in F1 or lead the team’s expected IndyCar entry. Daniel Ricciardo is one driver confirmed to be on McLaren’s radar — with racing director Eric Boullier saying talks had taken place last week — and if the team wants a world champion as a replacement then Raikkonen is one who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Having previously said he would finish his career at Ferrari, when asked if he would be willing to race for another team, Raikkonen replied: “I don’t know, really.

“I said in 2007 that I would finish at Ferrari and obviously at some point it didn’t look like that, and now it looks like that again. You never know what comes after this and that but we’ll see, as usual. There’s a lot of talk, as always, and I’m not really happy to comment on all of those. Everybody will see at some point what happens, including me. So let’s wait and see.”

However, pushed on whether he has had talks with McLaren about next season, Raikkonen says he does not want to discuss his future with the media.

Raikkonen talks to the media Thursday at the Austrian Grand Prix. (Image by Hone/LAT)

“I spoke to them for sure, obviously, in the past a lot when I used to be there. I have zero interest in getting involved in all this nonsense about my future.

“You would like to know? You can take it as you want… I don’t think you ever ask our opinion about a lot of stuff that you guys write. You usually write what you’ve decided by yourself.”

And Raikkonen doesn’t have a deadline for when he wants to know his future, with the Finn still seeing himself as having an outside shot in this year’s title race following his fourth podium of the season at Paul Ricard last weekend.

“If you count the points that are still left, then for sure [I’m in the fight], but we didn’t get the ideal things happening in a couple of races where we didn’t finish and that put us in a trickier position.

“Apart from that we’ve been pretty OK, so we keep going and try to stay away of any issues and if things are solid we’ll do everything we can. It’s going to be a long year and those two small issues were not ideal but it was also not a disaster.”

–Chris Medland 

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