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I hope Kimi stays at Lotus. It makes it easier to be a fan. It gets complicated if Kimi were to drive a RedBull or Ferrari. Kind of like this year where I root for Alonso and against Ferrari or for Webber and against RedBull.
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Alonso and Hamilton make 20m Euros and Lotus pays Kimi 3m. Lotus has also been slow to pay him.
Kimi has a low base salary but large incentive clause that is currently paying him 16 m pounds (about 26 m USD), also remember in his prior Ferrari life he had a 51 m/yr USD 3 year contract, fro which they bought out his 3rd yr. I think this is why he says money is not his driving need, what he wants fro Lotus F1 Team is a commitment with Renault to get premium support. This said, with Red Bull off the table, I do prey Kimi does not go back to the red devil racing team.

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Räikkönen to Ferrari all but confirmed, pairing with Alonso could tear Ferrari apart - Marko
Kimi Raikkonen with Fernando Alonso on the drivers parade 25.08.2013 Belgian Grand Prix / XPB
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The F1 world is only now waiting for the announcement.

"It's done," agreed Autosprint correspondent Alberto Antonini.

"Kimi Raikkonen has a Ferrari contract in his pocket."

It is explosive and significant news, because - at least on paper - Fernando Alonso alongside the Finn is arguably the best driver duo on the grid.

"If it works, the constructors' title will be harder for us," Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko told Bild newspaper.

"Or they could tear each other apart. Wait and see," he added.

Indeed, Spaniard Alonso has made clear his strong desire to continue to be partnered by the Brazilian Felipe Massa.

"I have a great respect for Felipe," he is quoted by Brazil's Globo. "He is a great professional and works very hard on the race weekends but also in the simulator.

"If the team decides to keep him, I'll be happy," added Alonso.

So it's there where the problem may lie. Having already flirted with Red Bull, the latest rumours are linking Alonso with a shock switch to McLaren or even Lotus.

"To be honest, we have several plans," said Lotus team boss Eric Boullier, facing up to the prospect of probably losing Raikkonen.

"After Ferrari fills their vacancy, our seat will be the most coveted. So we can afford to see what happens."

The leading candidate to replace Raikkonen at Lotus is the German Nico Hulkenberg, who put his CV in the limelight with a top performance at Monza.

But the experienced Massa could be another option.

"Ferrari is a super team; it's difficult to find another like it," the Ferrari driver said. "So it's important to look at all the options."
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No way...

how can they afford to pay a sh*t load of money to both drivers? I guess Alonso didn't learn his lesson when he ran with Hamilton? They'll get along in the beginning, but when it gets tight, sparks will fly.

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Kimi Raikkonen To Join Ferrari For 2014 F1 Season - Forbes

Well....guess it's nearly official.....
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Fernando and Kimi will simply take champion chip points off of each other, giving the finger a 5th champion chip.

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So, who do you think will replace him??
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So, who do you think will replace him??
the hulk?

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So, who do you think will replace him??
Alonso. He has plenty of experience with Enstone. He is frustrated with Ferrari. And it seems unlikely that he would want to partner with Kimi. I don't think he feel threatened by Grosjean (yet).

Hulkenberg will replace Massa if all this plays out.

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So maybe a swap - Kimi & Grosjean at Ferrari while Alonso & Hulkenberg go to Lotus
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At least it will make the races more fun to watch....races have been a yawner for a while.
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In a shocking news report just released by Scuderia Ferrari, their F1 driver Fernando Alonso has cloned himself and will drive both Scuderia Ferrari F1 cars in 2014!

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Felipe Massa has confirmed he is leaving Ferrari | Ferrari | Formula 1 news, live F1 | ESPN F1

Regardless who goes to Ferrari, they (Ferrari) needs to build a better car to keep up with Red Bull

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Felipe Massa has confirmed he is leaving Ferrari | Ferrari | Formula 1 news, live F1 | ESPN F1

Regardless who goes to Ferrari, they (Ferrari) needs to build a better car to keep up with Red Bull
They need Adrian Newey to build them one. McLaren hasn't done that well since he left and Red Bull is benefiting from his innovation.
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