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2013-05-22 11:22

TOO COOL: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen is the hottest property in the F1 driver market right now. He has two seats for the 2014 season so far. Image: AFP

LONDON, England - Kimi Raikkonen is weighing up two offers to remain in Formula 1 beyond 2013.

The Finn's two-year contract with Lotus will expire at the end of the 2013 racing season but the team now clearly wants the 33-year-old former World champion to stay. He's thrived under Lotus' laid-back regime.

Team owner Gerard Lopez admitted to PA Sport news agency: "If he could find a better car somewhere else, and he had an option to go there, then I'm sure he would consider it."

Raikkonen's other option could be Red Bull, to which the team is "not committing".


When asked how many options he has for 2014, former Ferrari and McLaren driver Kimi Raikkonen told Italy's Autosprint: "It depends. I'd say I have two but in F1 you never know exactly. I've been in F1 long enough to know that the only thing that matters is finding the right situation for yourself."

Steve Robertson, Raikkonen's long-time manager, said it was obvious that Kimi is the hottest property on the drivers' market. He told Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat: "Kimi has done a brilliant job with Lotus. It's no secret that he's the hottest driver available for 2014.

"You know what a good job a driver is doing when a team (Lotus) starts talking so early about the following year. I'm not saying if there are more teams interested (in Raikkonen) but, for sure, a driver as competitive as Kimi is right now is always very much in the attention of all the top teams."

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