Räikkönen: Decision over future not easy

Räikkönen: Decision over future not easy

27 June 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen has admitted that he faces a difficult decision if presented with offers from both current employers Lotus and Red Bull for the 2014 Formula 1 campaign.

The Finn, whose Lotus contract expires at the end of the season, was this week described by Red Bull team boss Christian Horner as an option to race for the team next year, with Mark Webber's switch to sportscar racing since being announced.

Discussing the situation at Silverstone, Räikkönen said: "Whatever the decision, it will not be easy. It is not the first time that there are different options on the table, and you then take the one that you think is right at that moment. It is hard to say if it is the right or wrong decision. But you have to live with it, as only you can make the decision."

He added: "I still don't have an answer for what will happen next year, it hasn't changed. People will be talking about the chances more but it doesn't really change what I will do next year or what my decisions are, even if there is an open place."

Räikkönen went on to explain that the environment he currently enjoys at Lotus will be a crucial aspect to consider, having thrived as a result of the team's relaxed approach.

"It is one of the key points," said the former World Champion. "Obviously you want to have a good car and certain things have to be right, but there are a lot of small things that have to be right for yourself as well. I've been around the business long enough to know what I want. If those things are not right then the decision might be different."

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