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#1 Antonov

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 11:02

Well, it had to happen, didn't it?

 

http://www.autosport...t.php/id/109387



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#2 DrF

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 11:11

Not sure what the thread title and the link have to do with each other...



#3 Imperial

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 11:18

The extremely obvious suggestion is clearly that Mclaren are keeping their options open by not signing Button's contract yet.  Kimi is the most high profile driver available next year.

 

Fairly obvious link.



#4 Gilles4Ever

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 11:30

Also this tweet

 

Woken up and you dont have a scenario from the rumor mill to think about? Kimi to McL - Button to Ferrari http://bit.ly/13HJ4mX 

 

Button to Ferrari discussed here



#5 DrF

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 11:32

Link does not mention Kimi and Button states in the link that he wants to stay at Mclaren.



#6 Cool Beans

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 11:37

Do we really need a separate thread for every possible future team for drivers? Wouldn't a single 'Where will x drive in 2014' thread do?



#7 Gilles4Ever

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 14:05

Tobias Grüner ams F1
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 #F1 Kimi is not an option for @McLarenF1 Whitmarsh: "We like to continue with Jenson & Checo" AMuS: http://www.auto-moto...mi-7654349.html


#8 Cyanide

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 14:08

 

Tobias Grüner ams F1
@tgruener
 #F1 Kimi is not an option for @McLarenF1 Whitmarsh: "We like to continue with Jenson & Checo" AMuS: http://www.auto-moto...mi-7654349.html

 

 

As expected. 



#9 midgrid

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 18:44

Do we really need a separate thread for every possible future team for drivers? Wouldn't a single 'Where will x drive in 2014' thread do?

 

Shhh, I've nearly got a full house in my Autosport Forum bingo card!



#10 DutchQuicksilver

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 19:35

 

Tobias Grüner ams F1
@tgruener
 #F1 Kimi is not an option for @McLarenF1 Whitmarsh: "We like to continue with Jenson & Checo" AMuS: http://www.auto-moto...mi-7654349.html

 

 

Whitmarsh should rephrase that to: We like to continue to please our British fans and we need the money from Telmex. How foolish of McLaren to not take Kimi now that he's available. Dump Button then, cause I understand they can't afford to mis Pérez' money.


Edited by DutchQuicksilver, 23 August 2013 - 19:36.


#11 Sonic2k

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 19:39

He also says that he thinks Kimi will not drive for McLaren. Sounds like he's not quite sure about that.  :drunk:



#12 Cyanide

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:29

Martin Whitmarsh open for Raikkonen return.

Q: Have you ever considered getting Kimi Raikkonen back? He seems to be the best Kimi there has ever been right now…
MW: Yes, we have. Kimi has always been great and I am a big fan of him. There is a lot of speculation out there at the moment, so let’s see what happens.

Q: Are you one of the teams that he could consider? Have there been talks with him?
MW: I probably shouldn’t be, but I’m completely open - last year we had talks with him, but for various reasons it didn’t happen. This year we’ve had no talks - yet.

Q: So it could be that somebody approaches somebody?
MW: Yes, could be. Obviously Kimi is determined to go somewhere else and I sense that he will not succeed in that goal, so let’s see how he gets on there.

Q: Given that 2014 will likely be another difficult year for McLaren before you switch to Honda engines in 2015, wouldn’t having two world champions on board get you more positive media mileage?
MW: Yes, it might do. We’ll see. We are not talking to Kimi at the moment, so let’s see what happens in the drivers’ market.

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:33

He said that they are happy with Jenson and Checo.

Jenson won't leave, Checo is important factor as well money-wise.

So it is just a bullshit. Also if they would replace Checo now, it would look irrational



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:34

He said that they are happy with Jenson and Checo.

Jenson won't leave, Checo is important factor as well money-wise.

So it is just a bullshit. Also if they would replace Checo now, it would look irrational

 

:up:



#15 Cyanide

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:34

He's probably referring to 2015.

So it could well be that Kimi decides to stay put one more year at Lotus and transfer to McLaren in 2015.

#16 EthanM

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:42

in 2015 Kimi will be 36 and Jenson 35. You guys think McLaren will start up a retirement home side business?

 

Realistically 14 and maybe 15 is all both of them have, beyond that I don't think teams will be queuing to bid for a 37 year old Kimi's services for 16 and beyond 

 

Vettel's contract runs out in 2015. That will be McLaren's target, not Kimi.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:45

in 2015 Kimi will be 36 and Jenson 35. You guys think McLaren will start up a retirement home side business?

 

Realistically 14 and maybe 15 is all both of them have, beyond that I don't think teams will be queuing to bid for a 37 year old Kimi's services for 16 and beyond 

 

Vettel's contract runs out in 2015. That will be McLaren's target, not Kimi.

 

This. 

People really think that big teams will hire oldies that are over 35 in 2015.. What would be the point? They would need to spend a year to accommadate etc. And then what? 1-2 season more, without peak form (well I highly doubt that 36-38 is a peak of the form).



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:47

Whitmarsh specifically says "This year we’ve had no talks - yet"
Since he says 'this year', the possible talks that could happen in the future would be regarding 2014, not 2015

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:53

What is telling is that no one is saying that Button and Perez WILL BE in the team next year. Whitmarsh is not coming out and making it concrete. Kimi to MAC is a real possibility for 2014...? Can't rule it out.



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#20 SealTheDiffuser

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:54

please put Magnussen in the car, I can't stand PER anymore.



#21 artista

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:58

What is telling is that no one is saying that Button and Perez WILL BE in the team next year. Whitmarsh is not coming out and making it concrete. Kimi to MAC is a real possibility for 2014...? Can't rule it out.


Yep, if you look at the last question of those quoted by Cyanide, the interviewer assumes it's Pérez who would leave, not Button

#22 hello86

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:00

in 2015 Kimi will be 36 and Jenson 35. You guys think McLaren will start up a retirement home side business?

 

Realistically 14 and maybe 15 is all both of them have, beyond that I don't think teams will be queuing to bid for a 37 year old Kimi's services for 16 and beyond 

 

Vettel's contract runs out in 2015. That will be McLaren's target, not Kimi.

 

:up:  This year was Kimi´s last chance to get a seat in a top team 



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:00

 

Obviously Kimi is determined to go somewhere else and I sense that he will not succeed in that goal, so let’s see how he gets on there.

 

Probably the most relevant info we had so far.



#24 Totall73

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:02

To me it seems like right now there are even unusually loud voices suggesting that Kimi will drive for Lotus next year. Suddenly everyone seems to be very confident about it. I´m starting to believe that when at the same time there is speculated to be a BIG Bernie run operation to save Lotus, certain media and F1 people have been persuaded not to publish what they actually know of Kimi´s contract situation (to Ferrari) or speculate it "in a positive way" (Kimi will probably continue with Lotus...).



#25 kimister

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:09

Ok ,then this can be that way.If it will certain that he will not go to Ferrari and Red Bull and still he did not sign for Lotus, McLaren thinks to approach to him for next year.We know team did not use Button's next year option yet. They also need Perez for...hmmm money. Then for 2015 , Vettel will be probably free, so they can take him and in 2015 we ca see Vettel/Raikkonen line up + new Honda engine. How is that story  :p .....unlikely  :lol:



#26 EthanM

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:11

McLaren have reportedly (SkySports News) offered Button a 2+1 year contract (ie 14+15 with an option for 16)



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:18

To me it seems like right now there are even unusually loud voices suggesting that Kimi will drive for Lotus next year. Suddenly everyone seems to be very confident about it. I´m starting to believe that when at the same time there is speculated to be a BIG Bernie run operation to save Lotus, certain media and F1 people have been persuaded not to publish what they actually know of Kimi´s contract situation (to Ferrari) or speculate it "in a positive way" (Kimi will probably continue with Lotus...).

 

If you will tell me what is connection between these two I will grateful.

If they would want to have Kimi in Lotus, and that would be the only reason to sponsor the team, they could as good as put the enclosure that would say - cash if there will be Raikkonen in the team. If the team wouldn't want to sign the deal cause of it, then they would know the outcome.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:19

Some people are arguing teams won't be interested in Kimi, when he is 36 years old.

 

Well, I have to say, it depends on competition. If the grid is full of drivers, who struggle to get within 50% of SV-FA-LH-KR level driver points, then he will still be courted.

Recall early 1990s. Mansell, Patrese, Prost were all still courted by top teams, though they were all in their late 30s. Reason was that even those old guys, even if they had just a few years left in sport, were viewed as better drivers to score points and championships than the young guns.



#29 EthanM

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:24

Some people are arguing teams won't be interested in Kimi, when he is 36 years old.

 

Well, I have to say, it depends on competition. If the grid is full of drivers, who struggle to get within 50% of SV-FA-LH-KR level driver points, then he will still be courted.

Recall early 1990s. Mansell, Patrese, Prost were all still courted by top teams, though they were all in their late 30s. Reason was that even those old guys, even if they had just a few years left in sport, were viewed as better drivers to score points and championships than the young guns.

 

 

yeah but back then you didn't have 19 year old rookies and 23 year old world champions. And before that Fangio was getting drives in his 50s. Times change. With Webber gone I think Kimi will be the oldest driver in the grid



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:31

Well pretty many rumours and speculation. But if Perez has more weekends like the Spa-weekend then his contract isn't as safe as it seems to be.

 

Magnussen delivers well in the World Series by Renault with 2 x wins ; 3 x 2nd ; and 3 times 3rd. And he's in the young driver programm of McLaren.

 

But the most likely scenario is that BUT and PER will stay.


Edited by nosecone, 27 August 2013 - 10:35.


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:34

It is likely that Mclaren has good car in 2014. 

So it is likely that Kimi might be attempted to fix one year contract with Mclaren.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:43

in 2015 Kimi will be 36 and Jenson 35. You guys think McLaren will start up a retirement home side business?

 

Realistically 14 and maybe 15 is all both of them have, beyond that I don't think teams will be queuing to bid for a 37 year old Kimi's services for 16 and beyond 

 

Vettel's contract runs out in 2015. That will be McLaren's target, not Kimi.

I have a feeling that the current top drivers will stay on for quite some time since there are very few in the junior category with a WOW factor.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:46

Martin Whitmarsh open for Raikkonen return.

Q: Have you ever considered getting Kimi Raikkonen back? He seems to be the best Kimi there has ever been right now…
MW: Yes, we have. Kimi has always been great and I am a big fan of him. There is a lot of speculation out there at the moment, so let’s see what happens.

Q: Are you one of the teams that he could consider? Have there been talks with him?
MW: I probably shouldn’t be, but I’m completely open - last year we had talks with him, but for various reasons it didn’t happen. This year we’ve had no talks - yet.

Q: So it could be that somebody approaches somebody?
MW: Yes, could be. Obviously Kimi is determined to go somewhere else and I sense that he will not succeed in that goal, so let’s see how he gets on there.

Q: Given that 2014 will likely be another difficult year for McLaren before you switch to Honda engines in 2015, wouldn’t having two world champions on board get you more positive media mileage?
MW: Yes, it might do. We’ll see. We are not talking to Kimi at the moment, so let’s see what happens in the drivers’ market.


Where was that interview?

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:50

Replacing Perez with Kimi would give McLaren a great line up going fowards.

Whats Perez's situation in terms of contract and sponsership?

Or maybe Kimi could replace Button if he moves to Ferrari...



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:53

That inteview is with the official site - formula1.com



#36 Sonic2k

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:55

http://www.formula1....13/8/14918.html

#37 Totall73

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 11:00

Even though ti is well known that Kimi and Martin get a long well, the only purpose of his comments in formula1.com today is to reply to Jenson Button.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 11:05

I believe Raikkonen is still pretty popular within the McLaren team and Whitmarsh has never hidden his admiration towards Kimi. That said, I (unfortunately) never see it happen as I think they'll stick with Button & Perez.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 11:09

So from that interview it sounds like he'll talk to Kimi if his other options fall through and the possibility of getting him for (relatively) low money is realistic. No doubt he'd be an improvement of Perez and the battle with Button would be fascinating.

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 11:13

Even though ti is well known that Kimi and Martin get a long well, the only purpose of his comments in formula1.com today is to reply to Jenson Button.


This was my first thought as well. Although i would like see kimi drive for McLaren again.

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 11:37

Martin Whitmarsh open for Raikkonen return.

Q: Have you ever considered getting Kimi Raikkonen back? He seems to be the best Kimi there has ever been right now…
MW: Yes, we have. Kimi has always been great and I am a big fan of him. There is a lot of speculation out there at the moment, so let’s see what happens.

Q: Are you one of the teams that he could consider? Have there been talks with him?
MW: I probably shouldn’t be, but I’m completely open - last year we had talks with him, but for various reasons it didn’t happen. This year we’ve had no talks - yet.

Q: So it could be that somebody approaches somebody?
MW: Yes, could be. Obviously Kimi is determined to go somewhere else and I sense that he will not succeed in that goal, so let’s see how he gets on there.

Q: Given that 2014 will likely be another difficult year for McLaren before you switch to Honda engines in 2015, wouldn’t having two world champions on board get you more positive media mileage?
MW: Yes, it might do. We’ll see. We are not talking to Kimi at the moment, so let’s see what happens in the drivers’ market.

 

http://www.formula1....13/8/14918.html

 

:lol:

 

Martin's been trying to get Kimi back since 2009. Nice to see that he's still open to the idea though this open invitation aimed at Kimi's camp seems more like a publicity trick than anything else at this point of the silly season. Martin, and certain Mr Ron Dennis, are obviously bummed out that Red Bull and Ferrari have been getting most of the attention so far.

 



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 11:37

He said that they are happy with Jenson and Checo.

Jenson won't leave, Checo is important factor as well money-wise.

So it is just a bullshit. Also if they would replace Checo now, it would look irrational

 

I dont understand why it would be irrational to replace Perez except if he is really bringing in a lot of cash. He has only scored 38% of Button's points, he has sightly more points then Ricciardo and Vergne. Perhaps he could improve in the second half of the season, but he really hasn't shown much up to date. Mclaren tend to go for drivers who can reasonably perform on the same level. 

 

But ultimately anyone going to Mclaren right now now would take a big risk. Mclaren are suddenly employing pay drivers, and they are changing to Honda who would be a year behind on development. 



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 11:37

btw. McLaren should take Buemi (who is in his prime and has loads of RB.knowlege) into consideration.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 12:19

btw. McLaren should take Buemi (who is in his prime and has loads of RB.knowlege) into consideration.

 

These days most teams would prefer Perez and his tie-in with Carlos Slim over "RB knowledge"

Keep in mind McLaren are losing vodafone



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 12:58

Kimi to McLaren would be nice but Kimi himself ruled McLaren out last weekend. They didn't find common ground 2009 and neither last year so they most likely wouldn't now either. Heikki Kulta from Turun Sanomat is now also turning more to the idea Kimi to Ferrari.

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 13:02

I find Ferrari harder to believe than McLaren simply due to the way the Kimi/Ferrari partnership ended. Didn't they have to pay him a full years salary when he was sat with his feet up? I can't see LDM forgetting that in a hurry. Also the McLaren team is different to the 2009 team. No more Ron Dennis for a start which may be seen as a bonus for Kimi. However the PR engagements will be a turn off for him.

 

The door at Redbull is still open until they close it.


Edited by pRy, 27 August 2013 - 13:03.


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 13:16

Everyone is ignoring Button in this years market.

 

Starting to think Button might be looking for greener pastures, either legitimately or as leverage for a better deal from Mclaren.  Martin probably floating the, "careful sunshine, we have other options" angle.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 13:17

My god, everyone is trying to get a free-ride on the publicity that is associated with perhaps having Räikkönen on-board next year!

Whitmarsh, I think I sense, is not prepared to make a change for next year, even if he is a great admirer of Räikkönen.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 13:33

I'm starting to get frustrated with all these contractual disagreements.

What is wrong with Kimi's management? In 2009 they couldn't agree on a McLaren move, last year neither, this year they can't agree on a Red Bull move and only God knows what's happening with Ferrari and Lotus.

I would really like to know what Robertson is asking for during these negotiations.

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 13:34

probably a fat amount of commission.