Kimi: 2014 choice may be stupid to some

Thursday 25-July-2013 16:26

Kimi Raikkonen insists he will only sign for a team that "feels right" to him even if it is "stupid" to others.

The Finn, who returned to Formula One with Lotus in 2012, has a tough decision to make over the next few weeks when it comes to who he races for next season.

Lotus are keen to retain the 33-year-old while Championship leaders Red Bull Racing want him to replace Mark Webber.

And which way Raikkonen is leaning is anyone's guess.

"There has to be an overall package that feels right to me," Raikkonen said.

"It might, whatever the decision, feel stupid to somebody else, but then it might just feel right for me. I have no idea what will happen and we have to wait and see what will come.

"There is no guarantee that the choice will be the right one in the long run, but I will be fine no matter what it will be. You have to live with the decision."

Raikkonen, who is third in this year's Championship, 41 points behind Sebastian Vettel, downplayed talk of public relations and sponsorship outings playing a role in his decision.

"We cannot guarantee what will happen next year with any team or any car.

"There are a lot of rumours about PR days, that we [at Lotus] have 10 and another team has 100, but I have been in most of the top teams and I know exactly how it goes.

"If you count things that you do during the week and at the weekend, everybody has a different way of counting the days. At least in my knowledge the difference in the teams is just a few days and it's not going to be a deciding factor."

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