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Raikkonen says McLaren is his only real option for F1 in 2010
Friday, 30 October 2009
Kimi has revealed that his only real opportunity to remain in Formula 1 next year is to complete a deal with McLaren-Mercedes.

Raikkonen is a free agent after 2009 season, having agreed an early end to his contract with Ferrari, yet he has not yet firmed up his plans for next year.

"I can (have a year off) if I want," he said, also admitting that rallying is "definitely" another serious option. "It is not just Formula One or rallying. There are other things I could do and we will see what happens.
The sticking point with McLaren seems to be money, after Toyota's John Howett recently said the Japanese team was not willing to increase its financial offer to the 2007 world champion. But Raikkonen denies Toyota was ever a serious option.

"Toyota has not even been discussed," he told the Finnish broadcaster MTV3. "If I want to drive (F1) cars, then McLaren is the only option. I should know the situation in the next few days."

Money aside, another essential element of a deal is permission to do more rallying. When he drove for McLaren between 2002 and 2006, the Finn's contract disallowed such outside activities.

"It's not going to hurt you, he said. Any kind of driving is always going to give you some experience, so I don't see what's the issue. It's going to be in the contract that I'm allowed to do it.
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