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Raikkonen Leaving the Door to Formula 1 Open

Kimi Raikkonen in his WRC office

According to Kimi Raikkonen’s manager, Steve Robertson, the laconic former world champ isn’t ruling out a comeback in Formula 1.  Recent rumors have suggested that the flying Finn might be signed to partner Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull in 2011.  Red Bull is the current sponsor of Raikkonen’s World Rally team.

Christian Horner has given indications, however, that Red Bull’s hiring of Raikkonen isn’t on the cards, and there have been further signs that Mark Webber’s contract will be extended for another year.  Webber’s current contract expires at the send of this season.

Apparently Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko was a major promponent of Raikkonen’s replacing Webber next year.   And, as is typical of the laid back Raikkonen camp, Steve Robertson is leaving all doors open, without betraying what Raikkonen’s intentions might be.

“We have not had any discussions in any direction for next season,” he recently told ESPNF1. “There will be a time when Kimi will think about what he wants to do.”

The Kimster has never been one to rush a decision.  He’s also known for becoming bored rather easily, even in a racing car that’s approaching 200 mph.  Could it be that he’ll turn his back on the WRC and strike out for entirely new territory?  Can you say NASCAR truck series?

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