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Manager not ruling out F1 switch for Raikkonen

ESPNF1 Staff
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Kimi Raikkonen is currently getting to grips with rallying © Sutton Images

Kimi Raikkonen's manager has refused to rule out the prospect of the 2007 world champion returning to Formula One.

When Ferrari ended its contract with Raikkonen one year early, he signed up with Red Bull sponsorship to race a Citroen full-time in the 2010 World Rally Championship. It had been rumoured that a return to F1 with Red Bull Racing in 2011 was a possibility, but the team is now expected to renew Mark Webber's contract for another season.

"Kimi has committed himself to rallying and he seems to be enjoying that environment," team boss Christian Horner said in Turkey last weekend.

However, Finland's Turun Sanomat reports that it was Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko who was most interested in replacing Webber with Raikkonen. The Finn's Manager Steve Robertson said he is not sure what Raikkonen is going to do in 2011.

"We have not had any discussions in any direction for next season," he said. "There will be a time when Kimi will think about what he wants to do."

When asked if Raikkonen's F1 career is over, Robertson answered: "Never say never."

But Raikkonen himself continues to speak about his future being in rally. "I love this job and the whole environment," he said. "But I have much to learn and I want to be good at what I do. With a relaxed setting you do not go far. Now it is the time to learn; my Formula One past does me no harm."