Raikkonen: PR work “not a deciding factor” for 2014

2013 Hungarian Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Nurburgring, 2013Kimi Raikkonen says his choice of team for 2014 will not be dictated by which requires him to do the least public relations work.

Raikkonen’s Lotus contract expires at the end of the season and he is known to be in the running for a seat at Red Bull alongside Sebastian Vettel.

However Raikkonen, who is notoriously averse to publicity work, denied that the question of ‘PR days’ will determine who he races for next year.

“There’s a lot of rumours about PR that we have ten and some other team has a hundred,” he said in the Hungarian Grand Prix press conference.

“I’ve been in most of the top teams and I know exactly how it goes and if you count things that you do during the week, during the weekend, everybody has a different way of counting the days. I’m sure it’s not, at least in my knowledge, the difference between the teams is in days and it’s not going to be a deciding factor.”

Raikkonen said no single issue would decide where he goes next year: “I think it’s going to be the overall package and whatever feels right for me.”

“Whatever the decision will be might feel stupid to somebody else but then it might just feel right for me. I have no idea what will happen, we have to wait and see what will come. But hopefully whatever it will be, it will be the right choice.”

He added that the change in technical rules for next year made the decision more difficult: “It really depends if one engine manufacturer gets it right and one wrong it might be a long season for some teams and and easy one for others. I don’t know, you hear rumours but that’s what I know about it.”

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49 comments on Raikkonen: PR work “not a deciding factor” for 2014

  1. Merv (@) said on 25th July 2013, 19:51

    People seem to be forgetting Kimi has already said he’ll NEVER go back to Ferrari, and I think his feelings toward McLaren are similar.

    As @hamilfan said, this is probably his last chance to go to the only other top team as RedBull seats don’t come along on a weekly basis.
    So IMO he has to decide wether he wants a crack in a RedBull (and go heads up with SV) or see his career out at Lotus.
    Think about it, the last place Alonso won a championship at was Enstone, everybody expected him to clean up after leaving there to go to Ferrari.
    Enstone is definitely a very attractive prospect for Kimi, they won’t force a multi year contract on him and he’s been competitive for a season and a half in their car now.

    • caci99 (@caci99) said on 25th July 2013, 20:05

      Kimi has already said he’ll NEVER go back to Ferrari

      Never say never. I am not saying that he will move to Ferrari but:

      …I’ve been in most of the top teams and I know exactly how it goes…
      …Whatever the decision will be might feel stupid to somebody…
      …It really depends if one engine manufacturer gets it right and one wrong…

      And the move of James Allison, it is looks like a slim possibility, doesn’t it?

      • I agree, and it’s easier to sit down a couple of years later to discuss what caused the “never” statement and negotiate from there.

      • Merv (@) said on 25th July 2013, 20:48

        Yes of course it looks a slim possibility. But talented as Allison undoubtedly is, he “only” headed a team of designers that are still at Lotus. The people that drew up the E20 and E21 are mostly still there.

        Oh, I didn’t say never, Kimi did ;)

  2. I Love the Pope said on 26th July 2013, 4:59

    Kimi back at Ferrari?

    Now THAT would be an interesting move that many would consider stupid.

    I hope it happens.

  3. Shimks (@shimks) said on 26th July 2013, 9:29

    In my opinion, Kimi’s statement makes it crystal clear that he favours moving to Red Bull.

    If any team is going to tackle the new regulations properly, it’s going to be Newey.

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