Boullier: Räikkönen likely to stay put
26 August 2013 – Lotus team boss Eric Boullier is confident that Kimi Räikkönen will remain with the outfit next season, despite persistent speculation linking the Finn to a move away.
Although Steve Robertson, Räikkönen's long-time manager, stated last week that Red Bull talks had concluded, rumours are continuing to circulate about the 2007 World Champion's plans, with Christian Horner refusing to rule out the possibility of a move.
And with Felipe Massa's future at Ferrari also under threat, the possibility of a surprise return to the Italian marque has been muted. Nevertheless, Boullier believes that if the Enstone-based team can get its financial affairs in order, the final outcome will ultimately see Räikkönen again lining up in black and gold for the 2014 campaign.
"Yes I am," Boullier explained to Sky Sports when asked whether he feels confident of retaining Räikkönen for what would be a third Formula 1 term together. "He loves the team, he likes to be here, and he likes the environment we have created for him.
"But you need to be rational: we have to sort out the strength of the team financially and there is a technical challenge we face for next year. It is still up in the air, but as soon as we know we can deliver what he wants then we will obviously sit down."