Finn says he won't be in F1 next year if he can't agree a McLaren deal
30 October 2009

Kimi Raikkonen has said he won't be in F1 next year unless he can agree a deal with McLaren.

The Finn is a free agent after this season, having agreed an early end to his contract with Ferrari.

He has been linked with moves to both McLaren and Toyota next year - but has now revealed he is only interested in the McLaren deal.

"Toyota has not even been discussed," Raikkonen told Finnish television station MTV3. "If I want to drive [F1] cars, then McLaren in the only option. I should know the situation in the next few days."

Raikkonen also said there were other options for him outside of F1 – including rallying or even a sabbatical.

"Basically I have a few different options and we will see what is the best one overall and then make my decision," he said.

When asked specifically about rallying, Raikkonen said: "It is definitely one of them, but I mean it is not just Formula 1 and rallying. There are other things I could do and we will see what happens."

Speaking about the possibility of taking a sabbatical, Raikkonen said: "I can if I want. I can do whatever I want, but like I said before, I haven't made my decision what I want to do yet."

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30 October 2009

I hope he stays, because another journeyman at McLaren would be disappointing.

One remote possibility is that Raikkonen, perhaps interested more in rallying in 2010, leaves F1, so that McLaren takes the opportunity of filling the empty seat with Button.

Although it's actually irrelevant, the idea of English team-mates would be attractive to some people. Also, Button would have a wealth of experience to bring should there be any niggles with engine development if, after Mercedes sell their share in McLaren, the team has to buy-out the BMW operation and produce its own engine package.

With the favour and backing of Mercedes, Brawn could be a dominant force next year, so I hope McLaren don't fall back further and waste the talents of Hamilton again.

30 October 2009

[quote Broom Broom]One remote possibility is that Raikkonen, perhaps interested more in rallying in 2010, leaves F1, so that McLaren takes the opportunity of filling the empty seat with Button[/quote]

I doubt that Button will leave Brawn.

I think Kimi will take a year off and go rallying, McLaren can then sign Timo Glock

[quote Broom Broom]Button would have a wealth of experience to bring should there be any niggles with engine development if, after Mercedes sell their share in McLaren, the team has to buy-out the BMW operation and produce its own engine package.[/quote]

I wouldn't say that Button has a wealth of engine development experiance.

Who said Merc would sell their share in McLaren?

The BMW engine operation is not for sale and McLaren have not approached BMW

[quote Broom Broom]With the favour and backing of Mercedes, Brawn could be a dominant force next year, so I hope McLaren don't fall back further and waste the talents of Hamilton again.[/quote]

There's more chance of McLaren being the dominant force than Brawn next year, especially judging by the way they turned a car that struggled to score points in tro one that won occasional races.

Whereas the Brawn development didn't really move forward

30 October 2009

[quote Broom Broom]

[quote Richard H]

[quote Broom Broom]One remote possibility is that Raikkonen, perhaps interested more in rallying in 2010, leaves F1, so that McLaren takes the opportunity of filling the empty seat with Button[/quote]

I doubt that Button will leave Brawn.

I think Kimi will take a year off and go rallying, McLaren can then sign Timo Glock

[quote Broom Broom]Button would have a wealth of experience to bring should there be any niggles with engine development if, after Mercedes sell their share in McLaren, the team has to buy-out the BMW operation and produce its own engine package.[/quote]

I wouldn't say that Button has a wealth of engine development experiance.

Who said Merc would sell their share in McLaren?

The BMW engine operation is not for sale and McLaren have not approached BMW

[quote Broom Broom]With the favour and backing of Mercedes, Brawn could be a dominant force next year, so I hope McLaren don't fall back further and waste the talents of Hamilton again.[/quote]

There's more chance of McLaren being the dominant force than Brawn next year, especially judging by the way they turned a car that struggled to score points in tro one that won occasional races.

Whereas the Brawn development didn't really move forward

[/quote]

Well, that's that idea roundly fucked by you, then, isn't it!

I doubt that Button will leave Brawn too, but when he does, you'll look silly. Really silly.

Button is now very experienced, and no where near as immature as he once was, so when a team has to develop a new engine, that can be useful. There's no specific quality of any driver that helps to develop an engine. You don't understand. Again: I made you look silly there.

Timo Glock at McLaren? You made yourself look silly there.

The fact that something hasn't yet happened with BMW doesn't mean it won't. F1 exists in a linear time and motion paradigm. God, I made you look silly just then.

There's more chance of McLaren having another tricky year chasing Ferraris, Brawns and Red Bulls that will all have race-winning potential.

Cocky little midget. That told him.

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Not in the best of moods this morning Broom Broom?

30 October 2009

[quote tannedbaldhead]Not in the best of moods this morning Broom Broom?[/quote]

No, I've got the right hump now.

30 October 2009

So take it out on people you don't know on a public forum? Silly comments? Only my opinion, you'll look silly when Lewis win the championship in 2010 You need to grow up

30 October 2009

Seconds out..... round two...... ding ding.

30 October 2009

I think there is a possibility that any race not won by a Ferrari next season will be declared null and void by the FIA.

30 October 2009

OH ! NO! Kimi, you could go huntin'n'fishin or become a playboy in the med or you could just go rallying for a year!

Peter Cavellini.

31 October 2009

Nothing wrong with his sense of self-importance then. Frankly, Kimi has under-achieved for the last couple of years so I can't see why McLaren would be desperate for him to join (having got rid of that other 'I'm bigger & better than the team' madonna Alonso so recently). I'd rather see someone like Vettel or Kubica giving Lewis a run for his money.

19 November 2009

Definition of Gracious: kind and warmly courteous; tactful; compassionate; indulgent; charming and graceful; elegant and with good taste. You picked the wrong word. MATE.

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