10 July 2008

Raikkonen, "In 2009 I will be driving for Ferrari"

Thursday, 10 July 2008
Jul.10 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen has once again dismissed lingering speculation about his future on the formula one grid. New rumours this week suggest that former double world champion Fernando Alonso is indeed in the running for a Ferrari drive next year. With Felipe Massa under contract until 2010, some observers have surmised that - following 28-year-old Raikkonen's recent musings about retirement - the Finn is perhaps the driver most likely to make room at Ferrari for Alonso. But in an interview carried this week by La Gazzetta dello Sport, reigning world champion Raikkonen dismissed the gossip in the most strident of terms. He insists he has a contract to keep racing with the Maranello based team in 2009. "I have not broken a contract in all my life, and I have no intention of doing so now," Raikkonen told his countryman and journalist Heikki Kulta. "In 2009 I will be driving for Ferrari," he added emphatically. Thomas Hancock

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