Boullier: I can’t see why Kimi would want to be the second driver at Ferrari
30 July, 2012
Jul.30 (GMM) Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has responded to growing rumours that his team could be set to lose Kimi Raikkonen to Ferrari at the end of the 2012 season, as Maranello seek to replace under performing Felipe Massa.
After a weekend of speculation that he could be Ferrari’s best option to replace the struggling Felipe Massa, Finn Raikkonen on Sunday hinted that his spat with Luca di Montezemolo might not be too big an obstacle.
“Things probably could have gone a nicer way in the end but life goes on and you never know what happens in the future,” said the Italian team’s 2007 title winner.
Until recently, it was thought that Raikkonen was on a two-year contract with Lotus.
Team boss Boullier is quoted by the Finnish broadcaster MTV3: “There are always a lot of rumours. We have a two-year contract with Kimi, but as in every agreement, there are always options.”
“I believe [that] Kimi is happy here,” said the Frenchman, “and I do not believe that his experience with Ferrari was the best one.”
Boullier thinks Raikkonen would be wiser to stay at Lotus in 2013.
What the Hungaroring rumours have’proved’ is that Brazilian Massa’s position at Ferrari is definitely in doubt.
“Felipe knows very well that these are some important races for him,” boss Stefano Domenicali said after Sunday’s Hungarian Gand Prix.
As for Raikkonen, Domenicali said he has “always had the opinion” that the Finn is a “very special driver”.
Massa was asked by Brazil’s Globo if the new rumours are a worry.
“For sure the first part of the season was not very positive for me, but I feel better today than then,” he answered.
“The situation with my contract is not clear and I have nothing to say.”
McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh, meanwhile, utterly rubbished rumours that Jenson Button might be yet another name on Ferrari’s shortlist.
“Total bollocks,” was his response.
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