Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Kimi Raikkonen back in the fight for Red Bull seat

As the silly season gets sillier, Sky sports last evening reported that Red Bull and Helmut Marko have pulled a 180 and declared that they will not announce their 2014 driver line up at Spa.

Just a day earlier Dr. Helmut Marko told Germany’s Sport Bild what Red Bull have been saying since Hungary, that “we will make an announcement at Spa”. The announcement was speculated to be the arrival of Daniel Ricciardo to partner the three time world champion.

But on Tuesday, Marko, advisor to Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, was quoted by SID news agency that, “We will express ourselves when the time comes, and that will definitely not be at Spa.”

Sky Sports presenters quoting "sources", on Steve Robertson's (Kimi's manager) statement, said that, "I'm not sure that this is the end of the story. My sources are telling me there could be one last try this week at Spa Francorchamps between Steve Robertson and the Red Bull team because Christian Horner quite likes this guy (Kimi).

"Messages have been put out to give it one last try. They (Red Bull) have also said that they are not going to announce who their second driver will be, possibly until Monza" ,he added.

Meanwhile, Robertson had come out and said that talks with Red Bull had in fact happened, but a deal will not be happening. While Red Bull was to be Kimi's first choice, rumours suggest that the 2007 world champion could very well return to Ferrari in 2014.

The outspoken Dr. Marko did not want to comment, but did say, “What we will do will be the best for the team, in the medium term,”

Medium term could suggest the arrival of a 33 year old Finn instead of a 24 year old Australian.

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