AUTOSPORT claims Kimi Raikkonen will decide his Formula 1 future in the next 48 hours as a Ferrari deal is almost imminent.
After weeks of interest surrounding the Finn’s plans, sources close to the former world champion have revealed that he is now ready to make his choice.
Raikkonen has been waiting for Lotus to get the financial and technical assurances he wants to be sure of staying.
However in light of Lotus not being in a position yet to deliver those guarantees, Raikkonen’s management team has also been in discussions with Ferrari.
Those talks are at an advanced stage, with Ferrari also closing in on a decision about who to partner Fernando Alonso with in 2014.
Ferrari is expected to make its choice clear on Wednesday, and it is understood Raikkonen is ready to commit if the deal on offer is attractive.
Although there are reports that Raikkonen’s Ferrari deal is done, sources close to him insist a final call has not been made yet.
Ferrari too is not definite on its plans, although Raikkonen is believed to be its preferred choice.
Other sources, such as Auto Motor und Sport, RTL, Bild and various Italian websites claim the deal is done, with an announcement to be made on Wednesday.