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Raikkonen Linked to Red Bull Racing for 2014 Season

11 April 2013

By Scott Campbell

Kimi Raikkonen says he is open-minded about his plans for the 2014 Formula 1 season amid new speculation linking him to a Red Bull future. With renewed focus on Red Bull's driver line-up following Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber's team orders furore in Malaysia, Red Bull chief Dietrich Mateschitz was quoted in the German media as saying Raikkonen was "always a candidate" for a seat in his squad.

But Raikkonen said he was still far from entering into any talks over 2014 deals.

"There are always a lot of rumours in F1, that is a normal thing," he said. "I don't have a contract for next year and I have no plans.

Asked if he expected to still be in F1, Raikkonen replied: "I don't have a contract so I don't really have a plan, but of course I probably will be. But you never know. It is a funny place. So far, I have no contract."

You guys make the rumours, so we will see what happens. The season is only two races old so I'll try to do this year well and we will see what happens.

Although Lotus has regularly stated its belief that it provides an ideal atmosphere for the free-spirited Finn, Raikkonen said he never really been uncomfortable in an F1 team.

"Like I've always said all the teams have been different, and I have had a pretty good time in all the teams," he said.

"They all have a different way of being run and I try to achieve the same result.

I wouldn't say that this is much better than other places, because I never had any problems [elsewhere] or anything like that. It is just a different place.

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