Last weeks MWM had some interesting thoughts about Honda's return possibly pushing Button out. No mention of Kimi though.
Lotus money Qs would be plenty of reason for Raikkonen to look elsewhere, but Honda will want another Sato figure so Kimi seems unlikely to fit THAT one. Would Macca dump Mexican money and take Kimi back plus ?Kamui? in the second car.....?
Next week on As Bernie's World Turns:
Managing director Jonathan Neale said: "Who knows who will be in the car in 2015. I've been laughing with Jenson about it."
"But Jenson will drive here as long as he wants to. He's a great guy who is doing a really good job in difficult times at the moment.
"He fits our values and our culture really well. It's a question of hoping he will still be here in 2015.
"But right now he is excited by the prospect of Honda as well."
In 2006 when Honda took over BAR and created the Honda team they dumped Sato (ended up in Super Aguri after being offered the role of a reserve driver) and replaced him with Barichello.
If they want drivers to test with Honda they have an armada of good test drivers to do it. Besides which most of the work (if not all) will be done in the simulator.
Missing a year does not make sense, the experience of a year racing with the turbo cars is invaluable for the next year, and he appears to be breaking his own records in triathlons/marathons/iron man races this year so I can't see any need for recuperation.
My gut feeling is that he still badly wants to get a podium at the British GP, his last tick on the to-do list, and he is going to use every oppertunity to get it.
Edit: Besides which if a contract is up for re-newal (2015+) its not in the drivers contractual interest to be seen to be "too easy to get"
Edited by WitnessX, 04 June 2013 - 08:51.