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No deadline for Raikkonen decision

Sunday 7th July 2013

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No deadline for Raikkonen decision

No deadline for Raikkonen decision

Kimi Raikkonen insists he's in no rush to decide his future as Red Bull are opening courting the Lotus driver.

With Mark Webber announcing he is leaving F1 at the end of this season, Red Bull Racing have made it known they have Raikkonen on their short list to replace him.

Lotus, though, are keen to retain the Finn, whom they brought back into the sport at the start of last season.

However, where he ends up is anybody's guess, even Raikkonen's.

"I have no idea," the 33-year-old told the official F1 website. "I will obviously decide at a certain point but there are still a lot of things that have to be right and good things always take time. I have no deadline."

As for the factors that will weigh in his decision, Raikkonen admits being comfortable within the team and personal freedom are big issues.

"I have always looked to get the maximum in that respect. But yes, at some teams you have a little more to do than at others. It largely depends on the sponsors.

"The important thing for me is that I can do my stuff and that has not been different in the past and will not change in the future."

And of course being with a team capable of winning the title is also a factor.

"That's why we are here," said the 2007 World Champion. "If it doesn't happen this year we will try again in the future.

"It is always the aim to win races and Championships. If it doesn't happen it doesn't happen, but at least we keep trying."

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