Kimi Raikkonen, GP3, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013

Raikkonen wants to leave Lotus, says Whitmarsh

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, GP3, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Kimi Raikkonen has his sights set on leaving Lotus at the end of the year, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes.

However Whitmarsh denied Raikkonen has had any talks this year about returning to the team he drove for between 2002 and 2006.

“Last year we had talks with him, but for various reasons it didn?t happen,” Whitmarsh told the official Formula One site. “This year we?ve had no talks – yet.”

“Obviously Kimi is determined to go somewhere else and I sense that he will not succeed in that goal, so let?s see how he gets on there,” he added.

Raikkonen was under consideration by Red Bull for the seat alongside Sebastian Vettel next year. But during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend Mark Webber indicated Daniel Ricciardo will get the drive.

Other rumours have linked Raikkonen to a return to Ferrari, who he won the world championship for in 2007.

Whitmarsh admitted McLaren have considered trying to lure back Raikkonen, who won nine races for the team: “Kimi has always been great and I am a big fan of him. There is a lot of speculation out there at the moment, so let?s see what happens. ”

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91 comments on “Raikkonen wants to leave Lotus, says Whitmarsh”

  1. Raikkonen and Perez sounds better than Button and Perez on paper, but Kimi is not going to help the team in terms of development. Having two old geezers like Button and Kimi doesn’t make a whole lot of sense either.

  2. I read this has an indirect invitation to Raikkonen. Saying “the door is open” for him to join Mclaren. Don’t know if its serious or just to put the Mclaren name on the same level as the current more desirable teams. I would say there’s truth in both sides of this reasoning.

    1. I’m thinking of re branding “silly season” to “stupid season.” What a game they have with fans and each other over the signing of one driver.

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