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Lotus close to meeting Kimi's demands - Boullier

ESPN Staff
September 9, 2013 « Ferrari prepares to announce signing of Raikkonen | Red Bull still working hard on 2013 »
Lotus is hoping to meet Kimi Raikkonen's demands by the end of the week, but it could be too late © Sutton Images
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Lotus team principal Eric Boullier believes he can offer Kimi Raikkonen what he wants by the end of the week and is hoping it won't be too late to keep him at the team next year.

Raikkonen's future is the hot topic in Formula One, with rumours that a Ferrari deal has already been signed while the door remains open to the Finn at Lotus. In recent weeks Raikkonen has sought reassurances that Lotus will have the funding to mount a serious challenge for the title next season and still be able to pay his bills on time. Boullier said he would be able to put forward a full package to his driver by the end of the week.

"I gave them some updates this weekend [at Monza] and I am very sure that within a week I can have answers for the reassurance they are asking," Boullier said. "And from then I think we can move very fast after that in talking about next year."

He added: "Singapore would be nice and it should be realistic."

But Boullier admitted that he could not stop Raikkonen going to Ferrari if that is what his driver has his heart set on.

"If he wants to go to Ferrari then he can go to Ferrari and that's it."

Boullier said he is not worried about missing out on other drivers as Raikkonen is Lotus's first choice.

"You have a lot of plans, but no one has been further than Kimi in our thoughts," he added. "I want to understand Kimi's situation first and I think after the second Ferrari seat we are next in the list [for other potential drivers]. So people can wait and we can afford this luxury choice."