“It’s not going to affect us”
Kimi Raikkonen has hit back at claims only money motivates him to keep racing in formula one.
After a two-year hiatus in world rallying in the wake of his Ferrari career, the phlegmatic Finn returned to the grid with Lotus last year, winning in Abu Dhabi and finishing a surprise third in the world championship.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ new co-owner and director, has admitted he will be keeping an eye on rookie Valtteri Bottas’ progress in 2013.
Before switching to Mercedes, Austrian Wolff had the very same role at Williams, where last year Finn Bottas, 23, was groomed for a future race seat as reserve driver. Now, as the youngster steps up to race, Wolff has jumped ship.
Luiz Razia, a 23-year-old Brazilian, looks set to secure the Marussia race seat for 2013 recently vacated by salaried driver Timo Glock.
Brazil’s Globo said Razia, the 2012 GP2 runner-up, had secured the place “after months of negotiations”. “The official announcement will be made on February 5, during the presentation of the new car” at Jerez, said the report.
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