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Alfa Romeo not confirming Raikkonen's contract rumours amidst talks of Schumacher-signing

2020-10-01 11:45
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Kimi Raikkonen (Marco Canoniero / LightRocket via Getty Images)

• Alfa Romeo is yet to announce their 2021 driver line-up.

• Mick Schumacher is expected to join the team next year.

• Kimi Raikkonen is rumoured to resign with Alfa Romeo.

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Frederic Vasseur has declined to say whether Kimi Raikkonen has already signed a contract to remain at Alfa Romeo in 2021.

It is now increasingly expected that 40-year-old Raikkonen will stay at the Swiss team to be an experienced team mate for likely Formula 1 debutant Mick Schumacher.

Rumours at Sochi indicated Raikkonen has even signed a deal.

Alfa Romeo boss Vasseur told Russia's Championat: "Have I read the rumours that Kimi has already signed? Sure! But two weeks ago they wrote about Hulkenberg, three weeks ago it was about Perez, last week it was about Vettel. Journalists can write whatever they want, but it will not affect my decision in any way."

Ferrari will have a say

However, Vasseur also admitted that Ferrari will have a say in the identity of the occupant of the other Alfa Romeo seat for 2021.

Regarding Raikkonen's seat, he said: "No deadlines. We'll be talking to Kimi over the next few weeks to see what might be the next step we take together. As for the second place, we will have discussions with Ferrari and make a decision in the next months. There are a lot of good drivers available, but first of all I have to discuss everything with the guys who are now in the team.

"Despite the difficult first half of the season, they did their job well with teamwork, which is very important for me."

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