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Sep 11

Raikkonen Happy To Partner With ‘Great Driver’ Alonso

Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari

of Finland drives a team car during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2009. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen says he’s happy to be back at Ferrari and has good memories of his last stint with the team.

Ferrari has released a brief quote from Raikkonen regarding his return, and while it may contain a touch of PR spin, it’s all he seems prepared to say for the moment.

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Sep 11

Raikkonen Return Officially Confirmed By Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen

of Finland. (Photo: Getty Images)

has finally officially confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen will partner in 2014.

The team said simply: “Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has reached an agreement with Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn will join Fernando Alonso in the driver line-up for the next two racing seasons.”

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Sep 10

F1 World Awaits Raikkonen-To-Ferrari Confirmation

Kimi Raikkonen

of Finland. (Photo: Getty Images)

The world is still awaiting news from on its driver plans for next year – with all the signs still firmly pointing to Kimi Raikkonen being announced this week as ’s teammate.

If the Alonso/Raikkonen lineup is confirmed, it will be fascinating to see how Ferrari manages the driver dynamic, given that the arrival of Alonso and Santander led to Raikkonen being squeezed out at the end of 2009.

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Aug 22

Raikkonen A No-Show At Spa On Thursday

Kimi Raikkonen is the 2007 F1 World Champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

is the 2007 F1 World Champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen skipped out on his commitments at -Francorchamps on Thursday, and his team has said that the Finnish driver is ill, but will be back at the track on Friday.

Usually on Thursdays, drivers have media commitments, team briefings, and a track walk with their engineers, although Raikkonen opts out of the latter.

Inevitably, there is speculation that Raikkonen simply doesn’t want to face a barrage of media questioning about his future.

A more likely explanation is that he is making a point to the team, which is believed to be behind on salary payments. While missing Friday or any other track running will clearly harm his title campaign, he may well believe that he can skip Thursday and in doing so ruffle a few feathers at the team.

Meanwhile, his future remains up in the air after his management told the media earlier this week that any negotiations with Red Bull had ceased.

Although he can clearly stay at Lotus, he has to be convinced that the team will have a competitive package in 2014, and that the funds will be in place to properly recompense him.

Raikkonen is still potentially of interest to other teams, and a return to is not out of the question.

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Aug 16

Raikkonen Upbeat On Belgian GP Prospects

Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen  drives during the third practice session at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest on July 27, 2013 ahead of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix.  AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINI        (Photo credit should read Tom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images)

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calls his favorite circuit, and the Finn has a great record in the Belgian GP. In order to get his title challenge back on track, he really needs to finish ahead of Sebastian Vettel when action resumes. Can he do it? Here’s a Q&A provided by .

You were second in Budapest before the summer break. How good would it be to go one step better at Spa?

“Usually I’ve achieved a good result at the , but what has happened there before doesn’t help me right now. Of course, it doesn’t cause any harm either and it would be great to win at Spa for a fifth time. Extra points are always good and if you win the race no-one scores more points than you.”

How has your history been at the circuit?

“For me there have only been good memories from Spa and it’s great to go racing there. You can’t get the same kind of a feeling anywhere else. It’s great to race with a modern racing car at a proper circuit which has such a great tradition.”

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