Raikkonen open to Ferrari return

© Ubaid Parkar, 30 July 2012
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Kimi Raikkonen has emerged as the latest candidate to replace Felipe Massa next season despite the Finn holding a Lotus contract for 2013.

Dropped from the Italian team at the end of the 2009 season for Fernando Alonso, with a year remaining on his contract, the 32-year-old is nevertheless open to returning to Maranello.

Raikkonen was compensated for the early termination following which he pursued a career in the World Rally Championship for the next two years, before returning to Formula 1 with Lotus this season.

Now the 2007 world champion, speculated to partner Alonso, hasn’t ruled out returning to Ferrari, despite the differences between the two parties.

“I always said that I didn't have bad feelings against them,” Raikkonen insisted. “I had a good time with the team. I won my championship there but things probably could have gone a nicer way in the end.

“Life goes on and you never know what happens in the future but I'm happy where I am now and things are going pretty nicely.

“Like I said, you never know what can happen in the future but I'm happy where I am. I don't come up with the rumours, so perhaps you have to ask the people who write them,” he added.


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