Former Formula One racer commentator on British Sky Sports F1 television in recent years, Martin Brundle, said Kimi Raikkonen did not want to leave Lotus, and the statement that negotiations with Red Bull were over was a psychological game.
Raikkonen manager Steve Robertson said the Finn is no longer a candidate for a seat next to Sebastian Vettl in Red Bull's second garage, as he is expected to suspend negotiations with the Milton Keynes team and has several other options, including a move to Ferrari. But Brundle says Iceman’s management in negotiations with Red Bull is merely bluffing with rumors of a possible return to Maranello.
"I believe it's all a lot of bluffing, so we're going to have to wait a while before we see what happens," said Brundle, who backs his theory with the fact that Red Bull initially planned , that they will already officially announce Daniel Ricciard in Spa, as Mark Webber's deputy, and now they have decided that there will be no announcement yet.
“I think there are four racers who should be at the top of the candidate lists of all the teams. On this list, Raikkonen joined Sebastian Vettl, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. If two of them were put on the same team at the same time, the team would be a very competitive issue, but of course such a choice of racers would also be effective. So let’s wait and let’s follow with interest who can afford two racers from this list on the same team, and who can face the pressure of such a decision, ”Brundle urged, adding at the end,“ Does Raikkonen want to leave Lotus? Probably, considering that the transfer is being discussed with other teams. ”
It is also rumored that Ferrari is set to start negotiations with Nico Hulkenberg, and Raikkonen wants a sponsor from his future employer, be it Red Bull or Ferrari, to sponsor his motocross team.
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