Räikkönen keeping options open for 2014
11 April 2013 – Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen is keeping his options wide open for the 2014 Formula 1 campaign, following comments from Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz that the former World Champion would be a candidate should a vacancy arise at the team.
With Räikkönen's Lotus contract expiring at the end of this season, the same time as Red Bull driver Mark Webber's agreement runs out, Mateschitz described the Finn as "cool and fast and always a candidate" to Germany's Speed Week publication.
Räikkönen, who returned to the sport after a two-year sabbatical last season, paid little attention to the remarks, but admits that remaining with Lotus is not a given.
"There are always rumours in Formula 1, it's normal to be honest," he told reporters. "I don't have a contract for next season and I have no plans. Usually you guys make the rumours so we'll see what happens, but this season is only two races old."
"I don't have a contract [with Lotus] so I don't really have a plan. I will probably be [in Formula 1], but this is a funny place and so far I have no contract."
Räikkönen heads into the Chinese Grand Prix weekend second in the championship standings, nine points adrift of current leader and title holder Sebastian Vettel.