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Raikkonen Confirms 2010 Sabbatical

Kimi Raikkonen the 2007 F1 World Champion has confirmed he will be taking a sabbatical from Formula One for the 2010 season.

Raikkonen, nicknamed Iceman, was ousted from his Ferrari seat by mutual termination so the team could allow Fernando Alonso in one season early.  Raikkonen will be paid some £10million for not racing next season.

He had an option with McLaren but this was said to be dogged with problems, from money, to sponsorship days to even allowing him tom compete in rallying.  Also, McLaren seemed a little less interested when the possibility of snapping up current world champion Jenson Button arose.

“The options in F1 were with McLaren next season or not at all,” Steve Robertson, Raikkonen’s manager was quoted as saying by respected Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat, which has close links with the Raikkonen camp. “Kimi and McLaren were unable to reach an agreement, so he will not drive at the F1 level – at least not next year.

“A gap year means nothing for Kimi. He is more interested in fighting for wins and the world championship. F1 will miss Kimi. He worked hard over the summer – doing things in a Ferrari that only the best drivers are capable of.”

He will be returning to F1 in 2011, and the only real possibility is with the Red Bull Racing team who could lose Mark Webber at the end of the forthcoming season.  Rumour now is being fuelled that Raikkonen could drive a Red Bull sponsored rally car, the Austrian energy drink giant sponsor the world championship winning Citroen team.

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