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Raikkonen: I’ve had “zero discussion” on Sauber management link

Singapore Grand Prix – Kimi Raikkonen says that he’s had no talks regarding a possible senior role within the Sauber team after he’s finished racing in Formula One.

Earlier this week, Ferrari confirmed that 2007 world champion Raikkonen was to leave the team at the end of the season.

That news was swiftly followed by Raikkonen confirming that he will race for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team from 2019, signing a two-year deal.

Given Raikkonen’s previous stance on not wanting to compete for a team incapable of winning races, the move sparked rumours that the Finn had other interests in the team, possibly linking him with a management role within the Swiss team after he’s finished competing.

However, ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, Raikkonen was quick to play down the rumours, adding that he’s only focused on racing for Sauber.

“There’s zero discussion on that. Obviously I signed my contract as a driver and I hope I stay there as a driver. Who knows what happens in the future, in two years, or whenever it’s all said and done, but I’ve no idea.

“I don’t know myself and there’s always speculation and everything but I don’t have any contract about that right now.”

When asked if he would have to reassess his desire to be in a winning car, Raikkonen added: “I don’t think so. Obviously the aim is always that [winning], whether it’s realistic…who knows? We can only aim for the best position and see what comes up.”

Raikkonen coy on aiding Vettel’s championship challenge

With the Finn without the pressure of a Ferrari drive for next season, he was also quizzed on whether or not he will be helping out team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s bid for the drivers’ championship.

“I can only drive one car, obviously,” quipped Raikkonen.

“It’s always easy to say this and this will happen. In theory, it’s always difficult to get it right in many ways so we’ll see what happens in the racing.

“Obviously we know our rules, and it’s very simple.”


Luke Murphy

As an FIA-accredited motor sport journalist, degree-level Motorsport Engineer and amateur karter, Luke's passion for motor sport is evident. He is one of the editors at FormulaSpy and one of the longest-standing members of the team.

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