Kimi Raikkonen wants to join Ferrari next season, after the Lotus driver was rejected by Red Bull, who decided to sign Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo instead.
Eddie Jordan, BBC Formula One’s chief analyst, has confirmed that the Finn is pining for the move to the Italian motor-sport giants, with whom he had won the 2007 world title. Jordan has also revealed that the decision could be announced as soon as the Italian Grand Prix, which takes place next month.
Ferrari have since distanced themselves from the claim, and they have insisted that no decision has been made for next season’s line-up.
However, Jordan insists that Ricciardo has already been signed to Red Bull for next season, where he will partner Sebastian Vettel. Jordan believes that this will be announced at the Belgian Grand Prix, which takes place next weekend.
A Red Bull spokeswoman stated, “We don’t have anything to announce at present but will advise when we do.”
A Ferrari spokesman remarked, “This is the exact same scenario as last year – with not only Kimi but a long list of other drivers allegedly going to Ferrari. At the moment our priority is to produce the car for Fernando [Alonso] and Felipe [Massa] and a decision on the 2014 line-up will be made at the appropriate moment, which is not right now.”
Steve Robertson, Raikkonen’s manager, told BBC Sport that he wouldn’t be driving for Red Bull next year, stating, “Talks broke down. We haven’t spoken for a little while and it’s clear Kimi won’t be driving for Red Bull in 2014. Kimi’s a free agent. He still has options out there.”
Robertson added, “There’s a lot of things happening behind the scenes and I’m pretty confident he will be in F1 next year.”
Robertson then stated that Ferrari would be an option, concluding, “Until they confirm their seats, my job is to speak to all the teams and see what’s available.”