While Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz made the news last week by suggesting the team would always welcome Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus F1 boss Gerard Lopez says he thinks Kimi will remain with the team:
“Kimi’s position is going to be based on a bunch of things and not on what Red Bull say – I think they have their hands full right now,” Lopez said in part reference to the simmering tension between Vettel and Webber.
“As far as we are concerned, the relationship with Kimi is excellent. We are where we want to be, he is where he wants to be, and I can guarantee you Kimi is not the kind of guy who is going to sign any sort of pre-contract – not with anybody.
“If we keep giving him what he wants then I don’t see there is any reason for him to go anywhere, and we are happy so we don’t see any reason for us to replace him.
“We are where we are, and I think Kimi will stay.”
Let’s make this really simple, Kimi will stay at Lotus F1 if they have enough money to keep him. Kimi could go to Red Bull if they really want him because they have the cash to pay him just about anything he’d want. end of argument.