Kimi Raikkonen says that he has not yet decided what he wants to do next year, despite the confirmation that Mark Webber’s seat is available.
Raikkonen is widely regarded as Webber’s most likely replacement, although Lotus is still trying to hang on to him.
“I still don’t have an answer for what will happen next year. It hasn’t changed since the last two races,” he said. “Obviously, people will be talking more about chances, but it doesn’t really change what I will do next year or what my decisions are, even if there is obviously an open place.
“I have no contract, which is normal in F1. I have nothing to tell people unless there is something certain on paper, and then I will tell immediately because, for me, it’s much easier, everybody stops asking the same question. Until I have something, I can’t answer.”
“I think whatever the decision will be will not be an easy one. It’s never easy. It’s not the first time that there are different options on the table, then you take the one that you think is right for you at the moment. It’s hard to say if it’s the right or wrong decision, but then you have to live with it, whatever it is.”
Regarding the prospect of having Sebastian Vettel as a teammate, he said: “I have no problem to race with anybody. I’ve never been in a position to change who I drive with, so it doesn’t change anything. If would happen, obviously, it would be more easy than some other years.”
Meanwhile, he admitted it would be difficult to leave Lotus.
“It’s been perfect," Raikkonen said. "Without them I wouldn’t be back in F1. For sure, they also got something out of it, so no complaints. Obviously, there’s certain things that have to improve, but I’ve had a great time with the team so far and that’s why whatever the decision will be, will be difficult.”
He also suggested that it was not certain that he would be in F1: “Until I have a contract, there is always the option that I will not race. There’s a long time from now to the beginning of next year. A lot of things can happen in life that make the decision for you, and you might not be racing. But I think that there’s a bigger chance that it will be F1 next year for me.”