Sky Sports F1 pundit Martin Brundle is of the opinion that Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen wants to leave the team at the end of the season. The future of the former Ferrari driver has been speculated a lot especially given that he has only a contract till the end of the season.
So far, he has not appeared to be closer to reaching a deal with Lotus due to interest from several teams like Red Bull and Ferrari for his services. Up until recently, he was heavily linked with a move to Red Bull in 2014. However, that move seems to have fallen off due to several reasons.
Raikkonen’s manager Steve Robertson recently confirmed that his client will not be joining Red Bull and it appears that he may be set for a return to Ferrari. The Italian team have not won a title for the last six years and they are under tremendous pressure. They put all their money on Fernando Alonso, but he has so far not delivered the title for the team. Interestingly, it was Raikkonen who won the world championship title for Ferrari in 2007. Brundle has said that Raikkonen will be regarded as one of the top drivers in the paddock alongside the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Alonso, and Sebastian Vettel.
“I think there is a lot of bluffing going on and we will have to wait and see what the teams do. There is certainly some negotiations going on and Kimi might well spring from the Lotus team. Does Raikkonen really want to leave Lotus? You have to assume he does as he is scouting around,” said Brundle in a recent interview. F1 will be resuming this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix, which is a favourite track for most of the drivers and teams.