Kimi Raikkonen has again refused to divulge any details of his possible future plans, insisting that he doesn’t know what he will do in 2014.
Raikkonen, who has no commitment to Lotus beyond this season, has been linked with Mark Webber’s seat at Red Bull.
“I’m sure there are some options, it’s no secret,” he said in Monaco today. “There are also options that I don’t drive anything. Right now I have no [contractual] options, I don’t have a contract, nothing. When I have and when I know what will happen I will tell, and it’s as simple as that. I’m sure it’s not going to be the next race or the race after, so I’m sure it will take time, whatever the decision will be.”
Raikkonen conceded that he is high on people’s wish lists as other star names are under long term deals.
“For sure there are not many top, top drivers that don’t have a contract, so obviously I’m probably the only one of those. There are some contracts that will end next year… Like I said I don’t have a contract. This is normal, even when you have a contract the rumours will still go on. It’s a very normal situation in F1, and it’s not me or my management that creates the stories. Obviously it comes from another side of the table.
“I’m not in a hurry. If I would be desperate for a contract I would already try to sign it [with Lotus] last year. Like I said the year before I try to do my work well and if I do it well I am sure will get the contract if I want. I’m sure if we want to make a contract in the end together it will be very easy, and not painful way of doing it. It just involves certain details to get it right, and that’s it. I don’t really think that we have to sit down every day and discuss it because it’s not going to change, the decision has to come from me, and I have not made any decisions.”
Pressed further about staying at Lotus, he added: “Like I said still a lot of things have to happen, and a lot of things that can go that way or this way. It can also go on the other side of the life something happens, and you don’t want to be in racing or you cannot be, there’s a lot of things that will decide it for you. And then you decide OK this is it, or you choose something else.”