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Kimi Raikkonen has no idea where he stands in Red Bull F1 talks
Kimi Raikkonen says Red Bull stopped responding in their 2014 Formula 1 contract negotiations and he has no idea where he stands with the world champion team now.
The Finn’s management team declared earlier this week that Red Bull was no longer an option for Raikkonen next year, leaving the way clear for Daniel Ricciardo to replace sportscar-bound Mark Webber as Sebastian Vettel’s team-mate.
Then at Spa on Friday Red Bull boss Christian Horner insisted the team had not ruled Raikkonen out.
Raikkonen said he was bemused by the situation.
"I had no answer from them," he told reporters in the paddock. "We will see what happens.
"You have to ask them what they will do. I don’t know any better than you guys."
"We never heard anything for a while, which is not the ideal situation, but that’s how it is."
While staying at Lotus is believed to be Raikkonen’s most likely option, he has also been linked to Ferrari.
But he refused to be drawn on his future on Friday and hit out at media coverage of his contract talks.
"There is no different answer I can give you," said Raikkonen.
"Until there is anything 100 per cent sure, I’ve nothing to tell.
"There is a lot of talk I’m supposed to go to McLaren, I read somewhere, then there’s Ferrari, and then there’s Lotus.
"I still don’t have a contract so what else can I say?
"Until I can tell you anything 100 per cent, you keep asking and I keep saying the same things.
"We will not get anywhere and then there is a lot of bullshit in the papers about the different options, that this will happen, that this guy said that.
"There must be much more interesting things to write about and tell people than the same things over and over again."
Kimi Räikkönen Only Interested in Driving at Spa
After a summer break one day longer than most, Kimi returned to the cockpit – and the media glare – for the first day of running here in Belgium, where there seems to be quite a lot people want to know from the Iceman…
Have you recovered from yesterday?
How was your day today?
The car was okay. It could have been a bit better, but it wasn’t a disaster either so for sure we can improve a bit more for tomorrow. The weather wasn’t great this morning and it’s certainly better for us when it’s dry. We had a little problem with the front wheel in the first session which meant we didn’t run as much as we wanted to. The afternoon was pretty normal. For sure it looks like it will be a difficult weekend to beat Red Bull but that’s what we must try to do if we want to catch them in the Championship.
What do you make of all the speculation surrounding where you might drive next year?
There must be much more interesting things to write about and tell people than the same things over and over again.
No answer from Red Bull – Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen says he has not had an answer from Red Bull over a potential seat with the team next season.
Red Bull is looking to replace Mark Webber in 2014 and Raikkoenn was one of the favourites for the seat until his manager said talks had ended "some time ago" earlier this week. However, Christian Horner yesterday refused to rule out any driver getting the vacancy and Raikkonen said the stall in talks had come from the Red Bull side.
"I’ve had no answer from them and I will see what happens," Raikkonen said. "You will have to really ask them what they will do; I don’t know any better than you guys … We haven’t heard anything for a while, so obviously that’s not the ideal situation but that’s how it is."
Asked about rumours he could join Ferrari, Raikkonen said: "There’s not much I can tell you other than that until there is anything 100% sure I don’t have anything to tell. There’s a lot of talk that I’m supposed to go to McLaren. I read somewhere that it’s Ferrari one day and it’s Lotus the next day so … I still don’t have a contract so what else can I say?"
Raikkonen confirmed he is still awaiting payment from Lotus, saying it was an area he wanted rectifying if he were to stay at the team.
"Not as it should, but hopefully those things get sorted quickly."
Raikkonen also hinted that he may not have been ill on Thursday when he was absent from Spa.
"Maybe I could, it wouldn’t change anything for me. You would ask me the same questions today that you would have asked yesterday. There’s always reasons for things but I don’t have to tell you all of those things."