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According to Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat, Kimi Raikkonen has decided to move to Ferrari next year with the 2007 world champion ditching the option to join Red Bull or stay with current team Lotus.
If the report is confirmed, Raikkonen will join James Allison, who served as Lotus’ technical director before moving to the Italian team earlier this year.
Raikkonen raced for the Maranello-based team for three seasons starting from 2007, when he won his title.
Raikkonen had said in Hungary that he was hoping the choice he would make about his future would be the right one.
"Whatever the decision will be it might feel stupid to somebody else but then it might feel right for me," he had said.
It is unclear who the Finn will replace at Ferrari as rumours have now indicated that Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz is interested in roping in Fernando Alonso to fill in the seat to be vacated by Mark Webber.
Alonso had replaced Raikkonen at Ferrari in 2010 when the Finn decided to take a sabbatical from F1 but has been unhappy with the car, as outlined by his outburst after the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Spaniard’s manager was spotted chatting with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner in Budapest, fuelling speculation that Alonso was considering a change.