Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen plays it cool over replacing departing Mark Webber at Red Bull

Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen played it cool at Silverstone when asked if he was being lined up to replace t

Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen played it cool at Silverstone when asked if he was being lined up to replace the departing Mark Webber at Red Bull for 2014. Photo: Andrew Ferraro - Credit: Archant

Kimi Raikkonen admitted Hethel-backed Lotus had been the perfect place for his Formula One return – but it may well be Red Bull that represent his future.

Kimi Raikkonen has made an impressive return to Formula One with Lotus. Photo: Alastair Staley

Kimi Raikkonen has made an impressive return to Formula One with Lotus. Photo: Alastair Staley - Credit: Archant

With Mark Webber's Red Bull exit confirmed, Raikkonen is the considerable favourite to fill the vacancy alongside his good friend Sebastian Vettel and leave a major hole for the Norfolk marque to fill.

Indeed, speculation Raikkonen will switch to Red Bull when his current contract at Enstone expires in the winter has been around for months.

Having been on the verge of a title challenge since his return from rallying for the 2012 season, the 2007 world champion said: 'I still don't know what I am doing next year. People will talk about it more now but it doesn't really make any difference.

'I've discussed it (a move to Red Bull) with certain people, but it doesn't mean there is a contract or anything like that.


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'It will not be an easy decision. This team has been perfect and without them I wouldn't be back in Formula One. And for sure, they got something out of it too.'

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