Ferrari will announce a news bomb in the coming weeks if German and Finnish media are correct regarding Raikkonen’s return to the team. Auto Motor und Sport confirmed today that Raikkonen’s manager has indeed been in contact with Ferrari during the Hungarian Grand Prix, while Finnish media report that the deal has been finalized.
German newspaper giant, Bild, was the first to report on Tuesday that Kimi Raikkonen was approached by Ferrari with an offer to rejoin his former team next year. On Thursday morning, Finnish media backed the story and claimed that they have highly reliable sources confirming that a contract has been signed and an announcement is imminent.
Today, the highly reliable Auto Motor und Sport confirmed that Raikkonen’s manager, Steve Robertson, was seen entering the Ferrari motorhome in Hungary. Robertson has also been in contact with Red Bull and Lotus. AMuS reported that Ricciardo has the upperhand to join Red Bull, and that Raikkonen is probably unwilling to stay at Lotus, who have been late to pay his salary on two occasions.
Raikkonen’s return to Ferrari would be a shocking twist to earlier reports of him joining Red Bull. It is currently unknown whether he would replace Fernando Alonso (also linked with a move to Red Bull) or Felipe Massa. Finnish media are reporting that Ferrari will replace both drivers and hire Hulkenberg or Bianchi alongside Kimi Raikkonen.